Listen to the message Gifted to Serve, Pt. 2
Each believer in Jesus is given the manifestation of God’s Spirit as a divine gift of grace through various spiritual gifts intended to be used to build up the body of Christ, strengthen the faith of others, and glorify God. Peter, in some ways, classifies these spiritual gifts as more word-oriented or deed-oriented. Though the four basic lists of the spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 12, Romans 12:3-8, Ephesians 4:11-12, 1 Peter 4:10-11) aren’t meant to be exhaustive, we see that some of the word-oriented gifts are apostleship, prophecy, words of wisdom and knowledge, teaching, evangelism, pastoring (or pastor/teacher), and exhortation.
Questions to Consider
1. Is a spiritual gift that God has given you the only one you could ever receive? What light does 1 Corinthians 12:11, 31 shed on that?
2. How does only focusing on the gifts that you have seen God use in and through your life potentially minimize the ministry that He wants to do through your life?
3. What are some reasons why your spiritual gifts go unused and ministry through your life diminishes?
1. Look at your life. Ask others what types of ways they see God working through you. Explore if what you see and others see matches up with any of these word-oriented gifts.
2. Go to those in your life that you see God working through these word-oriented gifts, encourage them, and praise God with them for His gifts of grace to and through them.
3. If you have identified a word-oriented gift that God is using through your life, look for ways to serve the church, strengthen others’ faith, and glorify God through them.