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 Spiritual Gifts

 Remember Who You're & Whose You're!


 Lanham would like you to know that God has given you spiritual gifts in order that you may bear "fruits

 that last." (John 15:16)  Here you may find a way to  recognize your own spiritual gifts.  

 DISCIPLE study helps you to explore who God says you are.  

 

 From Disciple: Becoming Disciples through Bible Study, 

 Session 33, “Ministry: Gifts of Each Disciple”

 ​"Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function,  so in Christ we who are many form one body,  and each member belongs to all the others.  We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man's gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion  to his faith.  If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach;  if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let  him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully." (Apostle Paul's Letter to the Romans 12:4-8)

 

 Biblical Guidance

  • God works in unusual and surprising ways to accomplish spiritual tasks. Remember Sarah and Abraham (Genesis 18:9-15)
  • Sometimes God uses weakness to show that power belong to God. Remember what Paul said in Corinthians 1:26-29.
  • God can do much through people who willingly turn them selves and what they have over to God. Remember Barnabas, the “son of encouragement” (Acts 4:36-37).
  • God does not reveal the divine will to the curious, but to the obedient. Remember Peter (John 21:15-19)
  • Talent is varied. So are gifts. You are uniquely a part of the body of Christ. No one can take your special place. Remember 1 Corinthians 12:27-31.
  • Leadership in the church requires unusual humility and a willingness to serve without glory. Remember Jesus’ washing of the disciples’ feet (John 13:1-17).
  • No one has enough power to achieve spiritual ministry alone.  You will need God’s help. Recite Philippians 4:13.

 

 Gifts and Talents

 Gifts differ from talents. Talents are God-given, natural, a part of the created order.  Gifts are received through the Holy Spirit.  Both talents and gifts can  be used to serve God.   Gifts are roles or special abilities, different and distinct and achievable through the Holy Spirit. The Spirit distributes these gifts  diversely to each disciple.  Here are 7 gifts Bible teaches us for our spiritual journey.