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Spiritual Gifts ~ Overview

Types of Gifts & Descriptions of Supernatural (God-given only) Abilities:


Apostleship – communicate the gospel and Word to non-Christians in other cultures and geographic areas as a lifestyle


Prophecy – understand and expose God's Word in a relevant, truthful and meaningful way to Believers for the current times


Evangelism – preach the Gospel of J.C. ( with forgiveness of sins, resurrection from the dead by God and ascension to heaven ) to unbelievers in the same culture and proclaim that faith (not merit) is all that is needed to become a Believer

Pastor/Teacher (Shepherding) – instruct, train, feed the Word, and care for a flock of Believers (not unbelievers) to a more mature Christian level


Teaching – instruct consistently and clearly the truth from God's Word to help bring Christian maturity to each Believer


Exhortation – encourage Believers in any spiritual way to comfort, build up, aid, etc. so that those Believers can be freed up to use their gift(s)


Leadership – role model for others by carefully and diligently following God's Word to demonstrate characteristics and lifestyles in an eager manner


Administrations – serve as a special guide for projects, activities, specific ministries and able to handle all details as necessary to completion


Giving – provide support, usually financial-related, to Believers or the Body in their true time of need with no ulterior motive

Helps – provide support, physically and spiritually, whether on a permanent or temporary basis, in various ways to free up other believers to exercise their gift(s)

Service (Ministry) – provide specific ministry support, perhaps to free up certain other believers to exercise their speaking gift(s)


Mercy – provide compassion for those Believers in distress or dire need (physically or emotionally) through words of encouragement and action


Word of Wisdom – understand and apply knowledge in God's Word with insight into the plan for specific Believers; done in humility out of a true, apparent fear of the Lord


Word of Knowledge – understand and illuminate or summarize God's Word and God's teachings in general; done in humility and out of a true fear of the Lord


Faith – focus on Jesus Christ and convince Believers to follow God's plan, whether seen or not, in order to bring joy and hope from God's will at a special time or in daily living circumstances


Gifts of Healings – give God the glory and show His power by performing physical restorations of health, regardless of the sick person's faith


Effecting of Miracles – give God the glory and show His power by a Believer performing an act or acts which are outside of man's normal capabilities and which are not direct divine intervention


Distinguishing of Spirits (Discernment) – understand God's Word in a way to detect and judge good from evil as in the Spirit of Truth from the spirit of error


Tongues – give God the glory and show His power by speaking another language which can be interpreted as God's will and message to unbelievers


Interpretation of Tongues – give God the glory and show His power by understanding and explaining the tongue's language as God's will and message to unbelievers


Compilation By: Randy Johnson

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