SPIRITUAL GIFTS



Gifts of the father are placed in the church as resources to be utilized at the point of need for ministry in the body (Romans 12: 3-8). Gifts of the Holy Spirit is specifically to "profit" the body of the church. ("Profit," Greek sumphero, means "to bring together, to benefit, to be advantageous," which is experienced as the body is strengthen in its life together and expanded through its ministry of evangelism.) (1 Corinthians 12: 7-11). The gifts which the Son of God has given are pivotal in assuring that all gifts are applied in the body of the church. Ephesians 4: 7-16 not only indicates the "office gifts" Christ has placed in the church along with their purpose. The ministry of these leaders is to "equip" the body by assisting each person.

*Excerpts from The Spirit-Filled Life Bible, "Holy Spirit Gifts and Power" written by Paul Walker, Senior Pastor, Mount Paran Church of God in Atlanta, GA

Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.

Romans 12: 6-8