Spiritual Gifts : Lesson #2 Simple Definitions for Spiritual Gifts

Spiritual Gifts Lesson 2

Simple Definitions for Spiritual Gifts

In this handout we will give short explanations as best we can for the
spiritual gifts found on the handout entitled List of Spiritual Gifts. We will not discuss the sign gifts on this
handout these will be discussed in a separate lesson.

1)  Apostles

  • Some
    question whether this gift is still available for us today. When the eleven
    picked a replacement for Judas, they said the replacement had to have seen the
    resurrected Christ and  been in there
    company prior (Acts 1:21-22)
  • Paul
    called himself an Apostle and he had seen the resurrected Christ on the road to
    Damascus. There were others also called apostles that were with Paul and we are
    not sure if these had the 2 requirements from Acts.
  • If this
    gift is still available today it seems that it would be connected with someone
    like a missionary who is called out to go to a specific culture or people.
  • Either
    way the sign gifts that accompanied the apostles are no longer available as we
    will show in a later lesson.

2)  Prophets

  • There is
    also question in regards to this gift being available today. We know the word
    of God is complete and that there is no new revelation coming. So if the gift
    is available today then it would be someone who use the word of God to tell
    others what is coming in the future, especially warning people about sin and
    its judgment.
  • Some
    characteristics would be love without hypocrisy, a life of walking closely with
    God and being in tune with God’s word.
  • The gift
    of prophesy would be connected here. It would connected with showing things
    from the word of God.

3)  Evangelists

  • Many
    today have given this gift a bad name. In scripture we see Philip called and
    evangelist (Acts 21:8).  He was the first person we see preach the
    gospel to a Gentile (Acts 8:26-40).
  • Timothy
    is told to do the work of an evangelist (2
    Timothy 4:5
    ). It seem this gift is connected with someone who preaches
    the gospel of Jesus Christ and is able to show sinners their sin, need of
    Savior and coming judgment if they refuse Jesus Christ.
  • Some
    characteristics would be physical stamina for traveling, being able to preach
    night after night, and willing to spend many days far from home.

4)  Pastors

  • Pastors
    are also called shepherds of the flock and bishop, or overseer in the word of
    God. Some scripture for these are 1
    Peter 5:1-4
    ; Acts 20:17-28.
  • A Pastor
    must feed, care for, protect, lead, and be an example to the flock. His
    qualifications are given in 1 Timothy 3.
  • Some
    characteristics would be able to exercise leadership, not compromise on God’s
    word, gracious in attitude, live a godly life and must be able to teach.

5)  Teachers

  • The gift
    is connected with being able to teach the word of God in a clear and simple way
    in order for others to understand.
  • Some
    characteristics would be diligently in study, fervent in spirit, and someone
    who will work for the God and not man.
  • The gift
    of teaching will be the same as we see here.

6)  Ministry

  • This
    gift is connected with the ability to minister to the spiritual needs of others
    by the word of God.
  • A
    difference between this gift and the gift of helps can be seen in Acts 6:2-4.
  • Some
    characteristics would be compassion, genuine affection for others, and be
    willing to work without the praise of man.

7)  Exhortation

  • This
    gift is connected with the ability to encourage, stimulate, console, and to
    prompt others to grow spiritually and live for God.
  • Some
    characteristics would be the ability to see hope in and for others, be patient
    with slow or no progress, and be persistent in prayer.

8)  Giving

  • This
    gift is connected with having the motivation to gain assets and share them with
    others in need and for the work of the Lord.
  • Some
    characteristics would be a genuine interest in the needs of the saints and
    strangers, giving to their necessities according to the direction of the Holy
    Spirit.

9)  Ruling
and Governments

  • This
    gift is connected with the ability of a person to organize, administer and lead
    activities of others in the accomplishment of a certain goal.
  • Some
    characteristics would be diligent in directing the affairs of the church, able
    to take criticism, and capable of appointing others to authority.

10)  Shewing Mercy

  • This
    gift is connected with the ability of a person to relate, sympathize and
    console others during their sufferings and joys.
  • Some
    characteristics would be being cheerful, uplifting, and willing to be ready to
    share the happiness and sorrows of others.

11)  Wisdom

  • This
    gift is the ability of a person to evaluate and use knowledge.
  • Some
    characteristics would be having the fear of the Lord, and a humble and meek
    spirit.

12)  Knowledge

  • This
    gift is connected with the ability of a person to know things by revelation of
    the Holy Spirit especially in dealing with the word of God.
  • Some
    characteristics would be having the fear of the Lord and a humble and meek
    spirit.

13)  Faith

  • This
    gift is connected with the ability of a person to believe God and expect things
    from God no matter what the circumstances of life are.
  • Some
    characteristics would be being able to see what God can do and believe even
    when it seems impossible.

14)  Helps

  • This
    gift is connected with the ability to minister to the physical needs of others.
  • Some
    characteristics would be compassion and affection for others.

15)  Discerning of Spirits

  • This
    gift is connected with the ability to judge between the Spirit of God and
    another spirit, whether it be the spirit of man or an evil spirit.
  • Some
    characteristics would be having a sober mind, being filled with the Holy
    Spirit, sensitive to God’s voice, and able to keep what is discerned to
    yourself.