Gifts of the Spirit

Spiritual gifts are given by the Holy Spirit to individuals, but their purpose is to build up the entire Church.

There are 14 ‘Gifts of the Spirit’, Charismata in Greek, listed in the New Testament:

•Word of wisdom
•Word of knowledge
•Increased faith
•Healing
•Miracles
•Prophecy
•Discerning of spirits
•Diverse kinds of tongues (languages)
•Interpretation of tongues

The following ‘gifts’ are also specific roles within a church:

•Apostles
•Prophets
•Teachers
•Helps (connected to service of the poor and sick, but often interpreted as mundane jobs in a church such as cleaning or making drinks)
•Governments (or leadership ability)

In addition, 7 Spiritual gifts given for personal sanctification, listed in Isaiah:

•Wisdom
•Understanding
•Counsel
•Knowledge
•Fortitude
•Piety
•Fear of the Lord

Other gifts inspired by the Spirit

•celibacy (I Corinthians 7:7)
•hospitality (1 Peter 4:9-10)
•intercession (Rom. 8:26-27)
•marriage (I Corinthians 7:7)
•(effective) witnessing (Acts 1:8, 5:32, 26:22, 1 John 5:6)

Others are found in the Old Testament such as:

•craftsmanship (such as the special abilities given to artisans who constructed the Tabernacle in Exodus 35:30-33)
•interpretation of dreams (e.g. Joseph and Daniel)
•composing spiritual music, poetry, and prose

The principal gift is Wisdom, so that we may discern what our gifts are for building up the church.

“Wisdom is the principal thing.”

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