In this issue of ACTS Magazine, we will do an in-depth examination of the various gifts listed in Scripture. We do not have space to include everything that could be said. However, if you will study thoroughly what is in this issue, you will have enough information to:
- discover your own gifts, and
- help the members of your church discover their gifts,
THE WHOLE TRINITY
There are three basic groupings of gifts in the New Testament. All three groupings are referred to in 1 Corinthians 12:4-6:“There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all.”
1) “Diversities of gifts but the same Spirit” (v.4). These are the Manifestation Gifts given and operated by the Holy Spirit that are listed in 1 Corinthians 12:8-10.
2)”Differences of ministries but the same Lord” (v. 5). These are the Ministry Gifts given by Jesus Christ the Son listed in Ephesians 4:11.
3)”Diversities of activities, but it is the same God” (v. 6). These are the Motivational Gifts given by God the Father listed in Romans 12:6-8.
So we can see that the whole Trinity -Father, Son and Holy Spirit -are involved in the giving of gifts to the Church in order for the Body of Christ to function as it was designed to.
The seven Motivational Gifts given by God the Father seem to characterize a person’s basic life purpose -in other words, what motivates that person. These in built tendencies, given to each person by the Creator’s unique workmanship, are part of each person’s initial gifting.
Most of us display a “mix”, with characteristics from several of the motivational gifts. However, there is usually a single strong trait that reveals our primary gifting. (See Chapter 1 for a more detailed explanation.)
The five Ministry Gifts given by God the Son are essential for the proper growth and development of the Church. The ministry of these five kinds of leaders is to equip the Body to:
1) minister to God in worship,
2) minister to its various members through edification,
3) minister to the world around them through evangelism and good works.
These gifts are covered in Chapter 2 of this issue of ACTS magazine.
GIFTS AVAILABLE TO ANY BELIEVER
The nine Manifestation Gifts given by God the Holy Spirit are meant to “profit” the Church (1 Cor 12:7). The Greek word sumphero translated as “profit” means “to bring together, to benefit, to be advantageous”. This is experienced by the Church as they submit with sensitivity to the leading of the Holy Spirit, and to one another in love.
All nine of these gifts are available to any believer in Jesus Christ. So it is important that all nine gifts are welcomed and sought after by all the members of the Body. (These gifts are covered in Chapter 3.)
SOME BASIC PRINCIPLES TO KEEP IN MIND
- The Ministry Of Every Believer
All believers in Jesus Christ have been given spiritual gifts. They are expected by God to use them. These gifts are to be used under the guidance of the Holy Spirit and in submission to the God-given structure of the authority in the local church. The believers’ gifts will be used in three general areas of ministry: