Spiritual Gifts: 70 Things Every Man Needs to Know
58. Spiritual Gifts
Excerpted from Pastoring Men, Moody Publishers.
It would be foolish to try to become a lawyer if you prefer to work with numbers. In the same way we pursue vocational employment based upon our aptitudes and abilities, we pursue our spiritual service based on an understanding of how God has gifted us.
Every believer receives at least one spiritual gift. “Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good” (1 Corinthians 12:7). The Holy Spirit determines our spiritual gifts. “Each man has his own gift from God . . . he gives them to each one, just as he determines” (1 Corinthians 7:7; 12:11).
The purpose of our spiritual gifts is to serve Christ by serving others, helping to fulfill the Great Commission. “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms” (1 Peter 4:10).
While theologians and teachers often differ on how to precisely classify and name spiritual gifts, the following generally captures the gist of the different gifts:
To better understand their gifts, have men study the four passages of Scripture that deal with spiritual gifts: Romans 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31; Ephesians 4:11-13; and 1 Peter 4:9-11. Prayerfully have them write down the gifts to which they are drawn.
For More: Go to www.pastoringmen.com and click “58. Spiritual Gifts” to read “How to Determine Your Spiritual Gifts,” including one-sentence explanations of each spiritual gift (or read Chapter 18, “Developing a Personal Ministry” in Discipleship for the Man in the Mirror).
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