Free Gifts!Discovering Your God-Given Spiritual GiftsPr. Becca Ehrlich
OK, so who are you??• Pastor at Zion Lutheran Church in Frewsburg, NY• Was pastoral staff leader for Participation (amongother ministry areas) at Prince of Peace, CliftonPark during Internship and afterwards• Spiritual Gifts Assessment and matchingministries at two different congregations
So…..Before We Begin…• Why are you here?• What have you heard about spiritual gifts before?• Have you taken a spiritual gifts assessmentbefore? If so, what was it like? If not, how do youfeel about taking one today?• Are there any spiritual gifts that you’ve heard ofbefore that have you puzzled?
What are Spiritual Gifts???• Spiritual gifts are special abilities given by theHoly Spirit, to each member of the body of Christ,in order to fulfill the mission of the Church.• Two major Greek words used in Scripture• Charismata (charis= grace)• Pneumatika (pneuma= spirit)
So What?• Knowing what gifts you’ve been given by God willhelp you better serve God, fulfilling our baptismalcalling (stewardship)• Knowing your spiritual gifts will affect whatministries in and out of Church you will be bestsuited for, and what you will want to get involved in• Knowing your spiritual gifts will stave off burn-out,i.e. spending time and energy on ministries that youdon’t have the gifts for
What’s the Bible Say About This?• There are 3-4 Bible passages that directly deal withspiritual gifts by describing and listing some ofthem:-Romans 12:4-8-1 Corinthians 12: 1-11; 27-30-Ephesians 4:11-13-[1 Peter 4: 10-11]• These lists are no in way exhaustive; other gifts aredescribed in other places in the Bible• Let’s look at these spiritual gifts passages!
Romans 12:4-8• 4 For as in one body we have many members, and not all themembers have the same function, 5 so we, who are many, areone body in Christ, and individually we are members one ofanother. 6 We have gifts that differ according to the gracegiven to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; 7 ministry, inministering; the teacher, in teaching; 8 the exhorter, inexhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence;the compassionate, in cheerfulness.
1 Corinthians 12: 1-11; 27-30• Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to beuninformed. 2 You know that when you were pagans, you were enticed andled astray to idols that could not speak. 3 Therefore I want you tounderstand that no one speaking by the Spirit of God ever says “Let Jesusbe cursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except by the Holy Spirit.• 4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5 and there arevarieties of services, but the same Lord; 6 and there are varieties ofactivities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. 7 Toeach is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 8 To oneis given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another theutterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, 9 to another faith bythe same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10 to anotherthe working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment ofspirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation oftongues. 11 All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots toeach one individually just as the Spirit chooses.
1 Corinthians 12: 1-11; 27-30 (con’t)27 Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.28 And God has appointed in the church first apostles, secondprophets, third teachers; then deeds of power, then gifts ofhealing, forms of assistance, forms of leadership, various kindsof tongues. 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are allteachers? Do all work miracles? 30 Do all possess gifts ofhealing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret?
1 Corinthians 12: 1-11; 27-30Gifts Listed:• Wisdom• Knowledge• Faith• Healing• Miracles• Prophecy• Discernment• Tongues• Interpretation of tongues• **** Not being uninformed about spiritual gifts• ****Not everyone has the same gifts!! (“Are all prophets??...”)
Ephesians 4:11-1311 The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles,some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors andteachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry,for building up the body of Christ, 13 until all of us cometo the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Sonof God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature ofChrist.
Ephesians 4:11-13Gifts Listed:• Apostle• Prophet• Evangelism• Pastoring• Teaching• “To equip the saints for the work of ministry, forbuilding up the body of Christ”
[1 Peter 4: 10-11]10 Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve oneanother with whatever gift each of you has received.11 Whoever speaks must do so as one speaking the very wordsof God; whoever serves must do so with the strength that Godsupplies, so that God may be glorified in all things throughJesus Christ. To him belong the glory and the power foreverand ever. Amen.
[1 Peter 4: 10-11]• A bit different than the other passages• No specific spiritual gifts listed, instead sayingeach of us should use the gifts given to us…• When speaking and serving we should bespeaking and doing the work of God
So, how do we find out our personalspiritual gifts??• There are many different lists of spiritual giftsbased from Scripture• Each assessment will test for different giftsdepending on how many questions there areand how detailed they can be• Many assessments will categorizegifts forbetter understanding
How is a spiritual gift assessment differentfrom a “Time and Talents” sheet?• Time and Talents sheets ask people to checkoff gifts they think they have so that ministryleaders can plug them in• Spiritual gift assessments actually find outwhat gifts each person actually has and thenboth the person and ministry leaders can worktogether to figure out where the person canbest use his/her gifts, both in life and in theChurch
One of the most detailed spiritual giftassessments out there….• The 3 Colors of Ministry by Christian A. Swartz (part ofthe Natural Church Development (NCD) program)• Tests for 30 gifts• Tests for Manifest gifts (gifts you already use and areprobably confirmed) and Latent gifts (gifts you canexperiment with to see if you have them)• 180 questions, 2 people poll, scoring grid, normalizationchart• Gifts put into 3 color categories: green (Creator & world),red (Christ & Scripture), and blue (Spirit & experience)
ELCA Spiritual Gift Assessment (The onewe are going to use today!)• Tests for 20 spiritual gifts• 60 questions, usually takes under 10 minutes• You can take it online (or print it out) athttp://www2.elca.org/evangelizingchurch/assessments/spiritgifts.html• OR go to www. elca.org and type in “spiritualgift assessment” in the search bar
Some helpful hints….• The key for answering the questions is on thebottom of each page (4= consistently true, etc.)• Don’t over-think it, answer with your gut• Take a breather when you finish answering all thequestions– we will score our assessments togetherso that we won’t get confused• Remember: there are no “right” answers. Everyoneis given different gifts by the Spirit, and that’swhat makes us unique!
Awesome! I know my gifts! Now what??• Check out pages 2 & 3 in your packet fordescriptions of your spiritual gifts (Homework:check out the Bible passages for your gifts!)• Any surprises? Any affirmations of what youalready knew??• Any confusion about your spiritual gifts?
OK, so now that I know what my gifts are,how do I use them?• Check out pages 10 & 11 in your packet forsuggestions of where your gifts can be used• Keep in mind– your congregation may havedifferent ministries than the ones listed– try to finda ministry that is similar, or start your own!• We are not only called to use our gifts in theChurch, but also in the world. Let’s use page 12and list a few ways you can use your gifts at home,and work, and in your community.
Reactions?• What did you think about this experience oflearning about spiritual gifts and finding out whatsome of yours are?• How will you go forward differently now that youknow your spiritual gifts? (OR, to go with theSynod Assembly theme, how will you betransformed in learning and using your spiritualgifts?)• For an even deeper look, try The 3 Colors ofMinisty book and assessment (and test for evenmore gifts!)