DEFINITION: A spiritual gift is a supernatural ability, given to a believerat the time of salvation,enabling him to minister to the Body of Christ in the area of that gift.
SPIRITUAL GIFTS…The Basics:Who has one? Every Believer!!When did you receive your gift?• At the time of salvation, I Cor 12:11-13How many gifts do I have? Just ONE!!
Why did God give spiritual gifts?• That God might be glorified through Jesus Christ, I Peter 4:10-11.• That the saints might be equipped, Eph. 4:11-12• That the work of service/ministry might be accomplished, Eph. 4:11-12.
Why did God give spiritual gifts?• That the Body of Christ might be built up, Eph. 4:11-12.• That the Body of Christ might be brought to maturity, Eph. 4:13-16.• To foster unity in the Body of Christ! Eph. 4:13-16; I Cor. 12:24b-25.
Why did God give spiritual gifts?• To promote love in the Body of Christ, Eph. 4:15-16.• So that the needs of the Body would be met by members caring for one another, I Cor. 12:7, 25
“Categories” of Gifts...• “Authenticating” gifts, Hebrews 2:3-4.• “Foundational” Gifts, Ephesians 2:20-21• “Temporary” Gifts, I Cor. 13:8-10
“Categories” of Gifts...• “Equipping” Gifts, Ephesians 4:11- 12.• “Speaking” Gifts and “Serving” Gifts, I Peter 4:11.• “Permanent” Gifts...
The Importance of Knowing Your Gift…• Give you direction in your ministry• Give you confidence in your ministry BUT…if you are serving… you will likely be SERVING in the area of your gift… even if you don’t know its name.
How To Discover Your Gift…1. Dedication Romans 12:1-2.2. Description (Know what gifts are available and how they act.)3. Desire (What do you want to do? Philippians 2:13)
How To Discover Your Gift…4. Doing (Get some experience in different areas. You will be able to eliminate some and narrow it down to a few.)5. Delight (What do you enjoy doing?)
How To Discover Your Gift…6. Discernment by others (How do others tell you that you have blessed them?)7. Development (Allow time for growth of your ability to use your gift.)
What about the “Temporary Gifts”… especially‘Speaking in Tongues’?
CESSATIONIST: This is the view that themiraculous sign gifts of the apostolic age “ceased” with the passing of the first generation of Christians.
SPEAKING IN TONGUES:The God-given ability to speak in an existing, foreign language, which the speaker has not previously known or learned,as a sign of God’s confirmation on the speaker, and God’s judgment on the nation of Israel.
SPEAKING IN TONGUES:• Existing, foreign languages γλῶσσα = “glōssa,” vv. 3, 4, 11; later in Acts; and I Corinthians. διάλεκτος = “dialektos,” vv. 6, 8
Date of events, and the reporting of those events!Day of Pentecost Ephesus---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I Corinthians written Acts written
In fact, you can divide the languages in the list into 11:1. Parthians,2. and (καὶ ) Medes,3. and (καὶ ) Elamites,4. and (καὶ ) Residents of Mesopotamia (both [ te ] Judea and Cappadocia),5. Pontus,6. and (καὶ ) Asia (both [ te ] Phyrgia and Pamphylia),7. Egypt,8. and (καὶ ) The districts of Libya around Cyrene,9. and (καὶ ) Visitors from Rome (both [ te ] Jews and proselytes),10. Cretans,11. and (καὶ ) Arabs.
SPEAKING IN TONGUES:Confirmation on the speaker... •Samaritans, Acts 8:14-17(implied) •Gentiles, Acts 10:44-46; Cf. also11:15-17 and 15:6-11. •Disciples of John, Acts 19:1-7.
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