How to Discover Your Spiritual Gifts—Part 1
In the study of spiritual
gifts we need to first understand a Biblical principle.
God fills us first with
abilities and strength so that we may then give back to God and to others.
1 Peter 2:9, “But you are A CHOSEN RACE, a royal PRIESTHOOD, a
HOLY NATION, a PEOPLE FOR God's OWN POSSESSION, that you may proclaim the
excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous
You are… that you may…!
You are a chosen race
You are a royal priesthood
You are a holy nation
You are a people for God’s own possession
God has already made you all
of these things in completeness. Why? So that “you may proclaim the
excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous
We see two principles here.
God will always equip us fully to
do whatever He asks us to do.
God blesses us so that we might
bless others including God Himself.
Ephesians 4:1-3, “I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, entreat you
to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with
all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing forbearance to one another
in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of
Here Paul is laying out some
pretty heavy-duty commandments for us to obey.
But what does he say
immediately before this?
Ephesians 3:20, “Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly
beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us,
to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations
forever and ever. Amen. “
The result of Paul gushing
about the glory and abundance of God leads him to entreat us to then give to
And we can go through the
Scriptures again and again and we will see the same pattern; God asks us to do
But before He tells us to do
it, He first tells us how He has with overflowing abundance already equipped us
to do what He asks.
God never leaves us in doubt
as to our ability to do what is right.
As so here are two
foundational principles of serving
God first gives to us by His grace
and in His abundance.
He gives to us so that we can give
to others and back to God
Matthew 10:8c, “freely you received, freely give.”
Let’s look at spiritual gifts
1 Corinthians 12:1, “Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not
want you to be unaware.”
Some translations read, “I do
not want you to be ignorant.”
George Barna is a religious
pollster and he found in a recent survey that 21% of all Christians did not
believe that God had given them a spiritual gift. That was a huge increase from
the 4% who answered the same way in 1995.
So the church is going in the
wrong direction. It is becoming more ignorant of spiritual gifts.
He said, “If more believers
understood the nature and potential of [God’s] special empowerment, the global
impact of the Christian body would be multiplied substantially.” If churches
focused teaching on spiritual gifts, they could “ignite a movement of service
and influence unlike anything we have experienced during our lifetime.”
He also said, “Educating
those ignorant of God’s promise to provide them with special endowments for
service could transform the self-perceptions and the personal ministry of
millions of believers.”
The word most often
translated “spiritual gifts” is the Greek word “charismata,” which comes from a
root word meaning “grace.” And grace is always an undeserved, free gift from
Why does God give us these spiritual gifts?
1 Corinthians 12:11-27
11 But one and the same
Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He
12 For even as the body is
one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are
many, are one body, so also is Christ.
[So even though each one of
us is a singular person, together we form one living organism and that is the
body of Christ.]
13 For by one Spirit we were
all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and
we were all made to drink of one Spirit.
14 For the body is not one
member, but many.
15 If the foot should say,
"Because I am not a hand, I am not a part of the body," it is not for
this reason any the less a part of the body.
16 And if the ear should
say, "Because I am not an eye, I am not a part of the body," it is
not for this reason any the less a part of the body.
17 If the whole body were an
eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole were hearing, where would the
sense of smell be?
18 But now God has placed
the members, each one of them, in the body, just as He desired.
19 And if they were all one
member, where would the body be?
20 But now there are many
members, but one body.
21 And the eye cannot say to
the hand, "I have no need of you"; or again the head to the feet,
"I have no need of you."
22 On the contrary, it is
much truer that the members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary;
23 and those members of the
body, which we deem less honorable, on these we bestow more abundant honor, and
our unseemly members come to have more abundant seemliness,
24 whereas our seemly
members have no need of it. But God has so composed the body, giving more
abundant honor to that member which lacked,
25 that there should be no
division in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one
26 And if one member
suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the
members rejoice with it.
27 Now you are Christ's
body, and individually members of it.”
So we have in this Scripture
the concept of a human body.
Our bodies have several
It is a complex organism that
could only be created by someone far greater than us
It consists of many different
parts, all of which work together
No part of our body can decide to
take off for a while on its own without suffering dire consequences (those
consequences usually being a rapid withering and death)
Each part has a special task or
function that adds to the maximum efficiency of the body
Some parts of the body are visible
and some are unseen, but all are very necessary
The whole body is controlled by
And God draws the analogy of
the human body to the church.
In the same way the church is a
complex, living organism created by Jesus Christ. Understand that the church is
not merely an organization. It is not simply a bunch of people who all share
the same religious tenets getting together and having meetings like the Elks
Lodge or the Chess Club. The church is a living organism. That is why it is
referred to as the body of Christ and is called a mystery.
The body of Christ consists of
many different people
No Christian will survive
spiritually on his own
Each person in the body of Christ
has a special task or function that adds to the maximum efficiency of the
Some people in the church are more
visible than others but all are very necessary
The entire worldwide church is
controlled by the head who is Jesus Christ
So God gives us spiritual
gifts so that each and every one of us
No matter what our finances are
No matter if we’re weak or
No matter if we are shy and
No matter if we can’t sing or are
illiterate or have absolutely no natural talents
No matter if we are the most
common, ordinary person alive
Each and every one of us has
Something crucial to add to the
body of Christ
Something with which we can bless
Something that will glorify God
What is a spiritual gift?
It is an ability, a talent,
or a skill that is given to a person for the first time ever by the Holy Spirit
so that the person might be a vital, useful, and necessary member of the Body
of Christ. This means that only Christians can have these spiritual gifts.
Does everyone have at least one gift?
1 Peter 4:10, “As each one has received a special gift, employ it
in serving one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”
So yes, everyone has at least
one gift. And notice that, once again, the reason for these gifts is to serve
Can a person have more than one gift?
I believe so. There are such
indications in Scripture.
When does a person get one or more of these
I believe that the moment
that a person gets saved he receives the Holy Spirit and that he will receive
at least one spiritual gift at that time.
Therefore, from the very
first second that you become a Christian you have something to add to the body
There are no levels in the
body of Christ. We don’t all start out as toes and work our way up to the head.
We don’t go from lay person to elder to staff member to pastor to bishop. We
don’t work our way up to black belt Christians. We all have something that
makes us crucial to the body of Christ right from the beginning.
I also believe that God can
add to our gifts after as we grow as Christians as He so chooses.
[1 Corinthians 12:31,
“But earnestly desire the greater gifts.” Here Paul is speaking to Christians
and he is telling them to desire greater gifts.]
Can we ever lose a spiritual gift?
I believe that we can’t.
Romans 11:29, “for the gifts and the calling of God are
Because of disobedience our
gifts may become stagnant, but they will always be there.
What is the difference between a spiritual
gift and a natural talent?
It says in Psalm 139:14,
“I will give thanks to Thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”
God gives to everyone natural
talents and abilities. These are skills that are apart from being a Christian.
So a non-Christian may be a wonderful musician or a great speaker or a great
But when someone becomes a
Christian they receive the Holy Spirit of God who gives them an ability or
talent that they didn’t have before.
So a natural talent is
something that God gives to us from our natural birth.
A spiritual gift is something
that God gives to us only after our spiritual birth.
So just because someone is
good at something that doesn’t mean that it is spiritual gift. Someone who was
a great speaker before he was a Christian and who is a great speaker after he
is a Christian doesn’t mean that he has the gift of teaching. That could simply
be a natural talent that God gave to him.
How are spiritual gifts different from the
fruit of the Spirit?
Galatians 5:22-23, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,
patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against
such things there is no law.”
Whereas the fruit of the
Spirit is something that God wants every Christian to have in full measure, not
every Christian, even those who are most mature, will exhibit all of the gifts
of the Spirit.
Whereas the gifts of the
Spirit are abilities and talents; the fruit of the Spirit is character.
Whereas the gifts are given
to us through grace, the fruit comes through obedience and trust.
Can we become better at our spiritual gifts
as time goes on?
Yes, just as we become holier
and more obedient as we grow as Christians so God can use our gifts to a
greater and greater degree.
So a spiritual gift is
Given freely from God through His
Something that every Christian has
at least one of from the moment that they got saved
Cannot be lost
Makes every Christian necessary to
the body of Christ
Enables every Christian to be a
blessing to others
Means that every Christian can
bring glory to God
Because we all have spiritual
gifts we should all be serving. None of us should be spectators.
Bud Wilkenson, former
football coach at the University of Oklahoma said, “A football game is
happening where 50,000 spectators, desperately needing exercise, sit in the
stands and watch 22 men on the field who desperately need rest.”
Don’t you just sit back and
watch the pastors and elders and ministry leaders do all of the work.
What are the spiritual gifts?
There are four passages in
Scripture that list spiritual gifts.
Some may argue that these
lists are just examples and so aren’t all of the gifts that God can give to
That may be true but then I
hesitate to say that because then anyone can claim to have some funky ability
and claim that it is from God. If we depart from these lists then the ability
to Biblically evaluate some manifestation as being from God becomes more
difficult. Therefore, I prefer claiming that these passages do indeed list all
of the gifts.
6 And since we have gifts
that differ according to the grace given to us, let each exercise them
accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith;
7 if service, in his
serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching;
8 or he who exhorts, in his
exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he
who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.
So in this passage we see 7
1 Corinthians 12:8-10, 28-30
8 For to one is given the
word of wisdom through the Spirit, and to another the word of knowledge
according to the same Spirit;
9 to another faith by the
same Spirit, and to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit,
10 and to another the
effecting of miracles, and to another prophecy, and to another the
distinguishing of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, and to another
the interpretation of tongues.
28 And God has appointed in
the church, first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles,
then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, various kinds of tongues.
29 All are not apostles, are
they? All are not prophets, are they? All are not teachers, are they? All are
not workers of miracles, are they?
30 All do not have gifts of
healings, do they? All do not speak with tongues, do they? All do not
interpret, do they?
So in this passage we see 13
more spiritual gifts; two of which are repeats
Word of wisdom
Word of knowledge
Effecting of miracles
Distinguishing of spirits
Interpretation of tongues
And He gave some as apostles,
and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers
Here we see 5 more gifts;
three of which are repeats
1 Peter 3:9-11
9 Be hospitable to one
another without complaint.
10 As each one has received
a special gift, employ it in serving one another, as good stewards of the
manifold grace of God.
11 Whoever speaks, let him
speak, as it were, the utterances of God; whoever serves, let him do so as by
the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified
through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever.
Here are three more gifts,
two of which were mentioned before
(Speaking or Prophecy)
That gives a total of 21
Others sometimes add a few
gifts that are mentioned else where in the Bible but not in any of these lists.
Celibacy (1 Corinthians 7:7-8)
Martyrdom (1 Corinthians 13:1-3)
Missionary (Ephesians 3:6-8)
Voluntary poverty (1 Corinthians
Exorcism (Mark 3:14-15)
Intercession (1 Thessalonians
Craftsmanship (Exodus 28:3-4)
However, though they are
referred to as gifts, I don’t lump them in with the gifts of the Spirit.
Let’s briefly look at each of
the gifts separately.
And while we’re going through
this list, listen carefully to each one and see if or how it applies to your
The ability to receive and
communicate an immediate message of God to His people through a divinely
A desire to speak direct messages
from God that edify, exhort, or comfort others
Have a strong sense of what God
wants to say to people in response to a particular situation
Sometimes feel that you know
exactly what God wants to do in ministry at a specific point in time
Not afraid to announce God’s
judgment on sin
Can speak clearly, boldly, and
with conviction what you believe God wants people to know
“For-Telling”—one who speaks
“for” another; an inspired spokesperson “for” God.
“Forth-Telling”—one who has
an inspired message from God to deliver “forth” to others.
“Fore-Telling”—one who is
given a revelation from God that enables him to “fore-tell” a coming event.
The ability to identify the
unmet needs involved in a task related to God’s work, and to make use of
available resources to meet those needs and help accomplish the desired goals.
Enjoy being called upon to do
special jobs around the church
Content to do the work rather than
to direct others
Oftentimes are right there
offering to help out
Willing to work at a task no
matter how simple or trivial it may seem
Have a sense of satisfaction in
seeing a task through to completion
Very dependable and responsible
William McRae wrote, “A
person with this gift will loathe the limelight but be the backbone of an
effective church. Many unseen tasks that cause the ministry of the Word to be
performed smoothly are effectively done by these persons. They prepare Sunday
school materials for the teachers, care for the maintenance of the building and
property, work in the tape ministry, do secretarial work, arrange transportation,
set up chairs, assume responsibility for a radio program, provide nursery
facilities, etc. How invaluable are the men and women who do this kind of work
joyfully and faithfully. It is a magnificent gift.”
The special ability that God
gives to communicate information, relevant to the health and ministry of the
Body of Christ and its members in such a way that others will learn and be
A strong desire to study the Bible
and learn its doctrines and examples
The ability to communicate truth
so that people understand it better
Sharing things that change
people’s knowledge, attitudes, values, or conduct
The ability to make difficult
teachings and passages clear and relevant
A gift that enables someone
to minister words of comfort, consolation, encouragement, counsel, and reproof
to other people in such a way that they are helped, healed, or convicted to
turn from sin.
People often come to you with
their personal problems for counsel
You are often challenged to help
others reach their potential in Christ
Generally available to talk to
Find yourself encouraging the
downtrodden and also convicting those on the path of sin
The ability of someone to be
willing to cheerfully contribute their material resources to the work of God
with liberality and without any desire for self-benefit.
Seeking to manage your money in
order to give liberally to the Lord’s work
When you are moved by an appeal to
give to God’s work, you usually find the money or resources needed to respond
You can say, “I am so confident
that God will meet my needs that I give to Him sacrificially and consistently.”
You are willing to maintain a
lower standard of living in order to benefit God’s work
You consider all that you own as
resources for God’s use and you freely and joyfully give of these resources
because you love God
When you give you have no desire
to draw attention to yourself and will oftentimes give anonymously
The ability to set goals in
accordance with God’s purpose for the future and to communicate those goals to
others in such a way that they voluntarily and harmoniously work together to
accomplish those goals.
Able to motivate people with such
care and diligence that they are willing to help accomplish set goals
People respect and follow your
In a group where there is no
leader you generally assume leadership
You are good at discerning
people’s skills, talents, gifts and abilities and how to effectively utilize
Enjoy working with people
The ability to feel genuine
empathy and compassion for individuals, both Christian and non-Christian, who
suffer distressing physical, mental or emotional problems. And then to apply
that compassion into deeds that will alleviate and comfort their suffering.
Have a tender heart toward the
needy and will often do what you can to help those who are in distress
Enjoy visiting the sick and
shut-in and in going to hospitals and nursing homes
Look out for those who are
neglected and alienated
Empathize with those who are
embarrassed and humiliated and seek to comfort them
Like to spend time with those who
are lonely and hurting to cheer them up
Work joyfully with those people
who are ignored by the majority of those around them
Word of wisdom
The ability to apply Biblical
knowledge in such a way as to make spiritual truths quite relevant and
practical in proper decision making and daily life situations.
Able to see how the Bible relates
to daily life and how to apply Biblical principles to different situations
Have insight and ability to solve
Able to offer practical solutions
to difficult problems
Often sought out for your opinions
Oftentimes sense God’s presence
and direction when important decisions need to be made
Word of knowledge
The ability to discover,
accumulate, analyze, and clarify information and ideas that are pertinent to
the growth and well-being of the Body of Christ.
Known as a scholar of the Bible
Enjoy searching for answers to
difficult questions in the Bible
Able to take information from
several sources and come up with an answer or a thesis about a subject
Frequently discover new insights
into Scripture through personal study
Enjoy doing word studies,
examining the historical background of a text and getting at the facts of a
passage in order to benefit yourself and others
The ability of being firmly
persuaded of God’s power and promises to accomplish His will and purpose and to
display such a confidence in God and His word that circumstances and obstacles
do not shake that conviction. This person has a deeper insight into God’s will
Able to trust God for great things
Have a confident expectation that
God will accomplish what He says
Willing to step out in faith where
others are more calculating and fearful
Have a great number of your
Have unusual confidence in God’s
plans in a specific situation where others are uncertain
Able to depend on God’s resources
and guidance much more so than others
The ability to heal people of
their sicknesses and deformities and to restore health apart from natural
In the name of the Lord, you have
been able to cure illnesses instantly
Physical healing has occurred as a
result of your praying for others
God impressing on your heart to
pray for those who are ill
Able to heal even people who lack
This gift does not give a
person power over disease so not everyone will be healed. God may have a
greater plan for that illness other than for it to be healed.
This gift does not make
medical doctors and nurses obsolete.
Bridges and Phypers in their
book Spiritual Gifts said, “The close connection often found in
Scripture between faith and miraculous healing must be recognized. This
connection, it must be admitted, has often created practical problems when divine
healing has been sought. Some Christians have sadly made a very crude
connection between faith and God’s ability to heal, making the latter depend on
the degree of the former. Thus they have caused unnecessary heartache and
suffering in those who have sought healing for themselves or others, and have
not found it, by attributing the failure to the seekers’ lack of faith. Yet
this is a quite false and unscriptural line of reasoning. It is the power of
God and the presence of faith which bring healing and not the pressure of faith
on the reluctance of God. Jesus spoke of faith small as a grain of mustard
(Matthew 17:20; Luke 17:6) as being all that is necessary for the
accomplishment of God’s purposes, and when the prayer of faith does not receive
the expected answer, this must not be attributed to the believer’s lack of
faith but left with the loving purpose of God.”
Effecting of miracles
The ability to demonstrate
supernatural powers, acts, and deeds that are unexplainable except by the divine
intervention of God. These acts are observable, immediate, and beyond the realm
of human experimentation or explanation.
Having performed supernatural
signs and wonders
Able to transform circumstances
through the name of the Lord
Have brought people to Christ
through these supernatural acts
Glory is directed only to God and
not to yourself
You have accomplished things
beyond human means
The Effecting of Miracles is
Healing since that is listed
as a separate gift
And it is not being good at
Distinguishing of sprits
The ability that enables one
to accurately assess and judge inner motives, hidden errors, or corrupting
doctrines. This person can distinguish between teaching and behavior that is
from God, from the flesh or from the devil.
Able to detect a spiritual phony
Known for good spiritual judgement
Seek to prevent false teaching and
confusion from overtaking the church
Very quick to pick up on error
Can readily tell if something is from
God or from other sources
The Greek word means “to
speak in a tongue.” It is the ability to speak in a language not previously
learned so 1) unbelievers can hear God’s message in their own language, 2)
believers can be edified and encouraged and 3) God can be praised beyond our
Through the prompting of the Holy
Spirit, able to speak in a language unknown to you whether that be the tongues
of men or of angels as mentioned in 1 Corinthians 13:1
Tongues enables our spirits to
communicate directly with God above and beyond the power of our minds to
Tongues liberates the Spirit of
God within us
Tongues enables the spirit to take
its place of ascendancy over soul and body
Interpretation of tongues
The ability to make known in
the vernacular (common language) the message of one who speaks in tongues.
Realize that it is an interpretation and not a translation.
Oftentimes hearing someone
speaking in a tongue and, though the Holy Spirit, able to interpret what was
Can interpret a language that you
have never studied or know
1 Corinthians 14:13, “Therefore let one who speaks in a tongue pray that
he may interpret.”
Sometimes the person who has
spoken in the tongue is the one who interprets so the gift of tongues and the
gift of interpretation may go together although it is not necessary.
There are three meanings of
the word “apostle.”
First, there is the office of
apostle, which I believe ceased to exist with the passing of the original
Second, there is the gift of
apostleship, which is what we are going to look at.
Third, the word “apostle” in the
Greek simply means “one who is sent.” So in this sense we are all apostles
since God has sent all of us to do His work. That is not a gift, it is a
The special ability that God
gives to certain members of the body of Christ that enables them to assume and
exercise helpful leadership over a number of churches in spiritual matters.
Eagerness to start new churches in
places where there are none
Respected as an authority in
Able to oversee and administrate a
large group of churches
The Greek word for helps
means, “to take a burden upon oneself.” It is to invest the talents that a
person has into the life and ministry of other members of the Body of Christ,
thus enabling that person helped to increase the effectiveness of his own
Desire to assist pastors, staff
and ministry leaders so as to free them up for their main duties
Help others become more effective
in their own ministries
You can say, “When I do things
behind the scenes and others are helped, I am joyful.” And, “I really do not
care who gets the credit.”
Enjoy doing the menial and
non-glamorous but necessary tasks
Others know that they can call
upon you to assist them
The difference between the
gift of mercy and the gift of helps is that
The gift of mercy is directed
toward people in distress.
The gift of helps is directed
toward Christian works.
The gift of mercy is to
The gift of helps is to free
workers from temporal service so that they can concentrate on other matters.
The difference between the
gift of serving and the gift of helps is that
The gift of helps is directed
toward helping others in their ministries.
The gift of serving is
directed toward getting things done.
The Greek word for
administration means, “piloting or steering.” It was the helmsman whose chief
task was to keep his ship on course. He steered the ship from dangerous rocks,
mapped out the course that the ship would take, and knew the limits and
capabilities of the crew. It is the ability to clearly understand the immediate
and long-range goals of a particular project and to plan, organize, and
supervise others to reach that goal.
Very good at organizing and
Able to delegate responsibilities
to other people so as to best accomplish set goals
Good at planning strategies that
most effectively pursue a vision
Oftentimes find yourself in a
place of leadership
Willing to bear the responsibility
for the success or failure of a particular task within the church
Able to lead a committee or group
in making correct decisions
The difference between the
gift of leadership and the gift of administration is that
The gift of leadership
involves directing and guiding people primary.
Whereas the gift of
administration involves more the idea of the effective running of an entire
The gift of leadership is
able to properly evaluate the talents and skills of people so that they might
more effectively fit in to a project and then motivate them to do so
The gift of administration is
more concerned with how the overall goals of the project will be accomplished.
Oftentimes, these two gifts
may be combined in one person.
This enables someone to
present the Gospel with simplicity, clarity, and effectiveness. This person has
a deep concern about those who are lost and is comfortable and able to share
the Gospel in any situation and at any time.
A strong desire to share your
faith with unbelievers
Able to give a clear presentation
of the Gospel
Can keep people interested in
hearing the Gospel
Frequently instrumental in leading
others to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ
In the Bible the words
pastor, shepherd, elder, overseer, and bishop are often used interchangeably.
It is the ability to spiritually care for, protect, guide, and feed a group of
believers entrusted to one’s care.
Concerned for the spiritual
welfare of others
Willing to take responsibility for
the spiritual growth and well being of those under your sphere of ministry
Willing to give your own time to
be available for the needs of others
Willing to relate to a group of
people over a long period of time, sharing personal responsibility in their
successes and failures
Desire to restore people back to
Concerned about guarding, like a
shepherd, a group of Christians from those who are enemies of Christianity
The Greek word means “love of strangers.” It is a great
desire to warmly welcome people, even strangers, into one’s home or church as a
means of serving those in need of food or lodging.
Seeking out strangers and making
them feel welcome in the church
Often opening your home to
newcomers and visitors in the church
Enjoy meeting new people
Able to make strangers feel
immediately comfortable in your presence
Enjoy letting out-of-state vistors
stay at your home
Leader Guidelines for
Start by going around the circle
and having everyone say his or her name.
*Tell people not to dominate the
time. There are other people here with thoughts and opinions.
Your role is to guide the
conversation; not dominate it.
Open with one of the questions
below. It doesn’t matter which one it is.
Keep the discussion going, but
don’t panic at the slightest silence.
You can ask other relevant
questions than what is listed below.
You don’t have to cover every
Don’t allow one person to
dominate. Interrupt him or her if you must. You are the leader; people should
If someone is out of control
(however you define that) come get one of the leaders.
Don’t call on anyone or put anyone
on the spot.
If it is absolutely dragging then
talk as much as you need to.
Discuss for around 20
How is the Body of Christ (the
church) analogous to the human body?
In 1 Corinthians 12 it mentions
unseemly members of the body. What might that correspond to in the church? Why
does God give these more honor?
If spiritual gifts make everyone
necessary then give an example of what might happen if someone leaves the
church regarding the loss of their gift to the church?
If someone leaves the church will
God necessarily bring someone in with that same gift in order to fill in the
What is a spiritual gift?
Why does God give spiritual gifts?
How many spiritual gifts does each
How do spiritual gifts differ from
How can knowing your spiritual
gift change how you serve in the church?
Is it important to know your
If you have a spiritual gift and
you refuse to use it then what will be the effects in your life and in the