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On, John F. Walvoord defined spiritual gifts as “divinely given capacities to perform useful functions for God, especially in the area of spiritual service”.  In 1 Corinthians 12, two Greek terms are translated as “spiritual gifts”. In verse 1, the word pneumatika (“spirituals” or “things of the Spirit”) is used. In verse 4, charisma is used. This word is derived from the word charis, which means “grace”.  Let’s begin to look at the basics of spiritual gifts.

What is the best birthday or Christmas gift you ever received? Why was it so meaningful?

Share with the group what you know about spiritual gifts. Do you have a desire to learn/use your gifts?

Compare 1 Corinthians 12:11 and 14:12 with Ephesians 4:11. Who gives spiritual gifts?  Why do you think Ephesians and Corinthians differ?  Is this a paradox?

According to Romans 12:4-6, 1 Corinthians 14:12, Ephesians 4:12&15, and, 1 Peter 4:10-11, who receives spiritual gifts and what are their purpose?

Read Romans 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 12:7-11,27-31; Ephesians 4:11-13; and 1 Peter 4:7-11, and list the spiritual gifts mentioned.

What differences did you notice between the lists? What gifts are repeated on more than one list? Can you draw any conclusions from the fact that some gifts are only listed once and others are repeated?

Read 2 Timothy 1:6. Paul encourages Timothy to “fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands”. How can you ‘fan into flame’ your spiritual gift(s)?

If you do not have a certain spiritual gift (for example, evangelism), does that exempt you from participating in that activity?

One of the main passages on gifts is followed by one of the most famous chapters in the Bible. Read 1 Corinthians 12:27-13:13.  How does chapter 13 relate to chapter 12?


Do you know your spiritual gift(s)?

If not…

  • Humbly pray, seeking the Spirit’s direction
  • Study the gift passages above
  • Humbly pray, seeking the Spirit’s direction
  • Test the waters by serving in various areas
  • Humbly pray, seeking the Spirit’s direction
  • Listen for affirmation from other Christians
  • Humbly pray, seeking the Spirit’s direction
  • Take an online spiritual gifts assessment (HERE)
  • Humbly pray, seeking the Spirit’s direction

If yes…

  • Are you using them? Humbly pray, seeking the Spirit’s direction, and take the plunge and join a ministry team at Fellowship.

If you need help, contact the office (440.543.5643).


7But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. 8This is why it says: “When he ascended on high, he took many captives and gave gifts to his people.” 9(What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions? 10He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.) 11So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Ephesians 4:7-13 (NIV)


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