God's Got a Gift ... for everyone!
After Jesus’ death, a dozen disciples spread the miraculous news of God’s Son. That small band of believers multiplied and became the early church. Through the Holy Spirit, God equipped each member of the church with a gift to help them serve and strengthen each other. These gifts empowered Christians to do God’s work, yielding greater fruit than might be possible beyond their own talents. God is still in the gift-giving business today!
Simply put, spiritual gifts are special gifts given by God for Christian service. They’re unique abilities God gives to help us do his good work.
What are some things you do well? What are the things you’re good at? Some of the gifts God has given you fall into the category of “natural talents.” Talents are given to everyone. The saying “you’re born with it” really is true! At our physical birth, we’re born with natural abilities that we can do well. Things like sports, cooking, artistic ability, and math aptitude would fall into this category.
But the Bible tells us that at our spiritual birth we receive spiritual gifts. Scripture gives these insights about spiritual gifts:
- God wants us to be knowledgeable about spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 12:1).
- Every Christ-follower has been given at least one gift (1 Peter 4:10).
- God wants us to use our gifts (1 Timothy 4:14).
- Our spiritual gifts have been given to equip us to be able to serve (Ephesians 4:11-12).
- God has already planned the good works he wants us to do. (Ephesians 2:10)
Yet you may be asking, “How can I identify my gifts so that I can serve with purpose and passion?”
The following assessment is a guide to help you identify strengths or areas of gifting. The goal in taking the assessment isn’t to label or box people into a type of service. Rather, it’s to open hearts and eyes about types of ministry that get people energized and excited.
Remember, a spiritual gifting isn’t something you earn or learn. It’s the appearance of the Holy Spirit in you, through a special gift! Approach this assessment with joy and wonder, looking forward to the ways God has uniquely gifted you to be a part of his awesome works!
Once you've taken the assessment, your result will identify your spiritual gifts. We will provide you with more information about the gift and possible serving opportunities that use the gift.
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The gift of Administration is the God-given ability to understand what makes an organization function, and the special ability to plan and execute procedures that accomplish the goals of the ministry.
The gift of Discernment is the God-given ability to distinguish between truth and error. It is able to discern the difference between good and evil, right and wrong.
The gift of Encouragement is the God-given ability to present words of comfort, consolation, and encouragement, so to strengthen, or urge to action, those who are discouraged or wavering in their faith.
The gift of Evangelism is the God-given ability to effectively communicate the Gospel to unbelievers so they respond in faith and move toward discipleship.
The gift of Faith is the God-given ability to act on God’s promises with confidence and unwavering belief in God’s ability to fulfill his purposes.
The gift of Giving is the God-given ability to contribute money and resources to the work of the Lord with cheerfulness and liberality.
The gift of Helps is the God-given ability to accomplish practical and necessary behind-the-scenes tasks, which free up, support, and meet the needs of others.
The gift of Hospitality is the God-given ability to care for people by providing fellowship, food, and lodging.
The gift of Intercession is the God-given ability to consistently pray on behalf of and for others, seeing frequent specific results.
The gift of Knowledge is the God-given ability to learn, analyze, and uncover new insights from the Bible that are pertinent to the growth and well-being of the church.
The gift of Leadership is the God-given ability to cast vision, motivate, and direct people to harmoniously accomplish the purpose of God.
The gift of Mercy is the God-given ability to feel deeply for those in physical, spiritual, or emotional need and then act to meet that need.
The gift of Prophecy is the God-given ability to reveal God’s truth and proclaim it in a timely and relevant manner for understanding, correction, repentance, or edification.
The gift of Shepherding is the God-given ability to assume long-term personal responsibility for the spiritual welfare of a group of believers by nurturing and guiding them toward on-going spiritual maturity.
The gift of Teaching is the God-given ability to understand, clearly explain, and apply the Word of God, in such a way that it is clearly understood by others.
The gift of Wisdom is the God-given ability to apply spiritual truth effectively to meet a need in a specific situation.
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