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.
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)
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.
way the sign gifts that accompanied the apostles are no longer available as we
will show in a later lesson.
- 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
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.
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).
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.
characteristics would be physical stamina for traveling, being able to preach
night after night, and willing to spend many days far from home.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
gift is connected with the ability to minister to the spiritual needs of others
by the word of God.
difference between this gift and the gift of helps can be seen in Acts 6:2-4.
characteristics would be compassion, genuine affection for others, and be
willing to work without the praise of man.
gift is connected with the ability to encourage, stimulate, console, and to
prompt others to grow spiritually and live for God.
characteristics would be the ability to see hope in and for others, be patient
with slow or no progress, and be persistent in prayer.
gift is connected with having the motivation to gain assets and share them with
others in need and for the work of the Lord.
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
gift is connected with the ability of a person to organize, administer and lead
activities of others in the accomplishment of a certain goal.
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
gift is connected with the ability of a person to relate, sympathize and
console others during their sufferings and joys.
characteristics would be being cheerful, uplifting, and willing to be ready to
share the happiness and sorrows of others.
gift is the ability of a person to evaluate and use knowledge.
characteristics would be having the fear of the Lord, and a humble and meek
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.
characteristics would be having the fear of the Lord and a humble and meek
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.
characteristics would be being able to see what God can do and believe even
when it seems impossible.
gift is connected with the ability to minister to the physical needs of others.
characteristics would be compassion and affection for others.
15) Discerning of Spirits
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.
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