In part one of this bible study, we looked at what spiritual gifts are, who they are given to and what they are to be used for. We also listed all the spiritual gifts and looked at the motivational gifts. I strongly recommend you see part 1 before this.
In today’s study, we will be looking at ministerial gifts and manifestation gifts.
This is also known as the 5 fold ministry.
Apostles: These are pioneering missionaries. They are messengers of God whose missions are to plant and establish churches in various places. This greatly helps in spreading the good news of the gospel.
Prophets: A prophet reveals the heart of God for the people. Prophets are oracles of God. They are not fortune tellers but rather they proclaim God’s truth. They are gifted in knowing the heart of God concerning situations. I believe that this is one of the most abused gifts of the spirit because some people manifesting the spirit of divination claim to be prophets. For this reason, we need to pray for the spirit of discernment.
Evangelists: Evangelist are people who are gifted in making people curious about knowing and following Jesus Christ. They know how to celebrate the transforming power of Jesus Christ in people. They are often times very good at sharing stories about Jesus which makes others want to know more about Him. We all are called to evangelise. However people who are gifted in this area understand the ‘hows’ about evangelism and they are passionate soul winners.
Pastors: These people are gifted in nurturing the souls brought in by the apostles and evangelists. As shepherds, they become the ones nearest to the church members. They are gifted with knowing how to guard and lead the flocks given to them by God. They understand the spiritual, emotional and physical needs of the people God has placed in their care. To read more about the duty of a shepherd, i suggest you read a previous post where i explained this in detail. This role tends to be easier when the person is also gifted with leadership. If you attend a local church, i believe you will agree with me that this is one of the most cherished gifts in the body of Christ. We thank God for our pastors.
Teachers: They are curious in understanding and receiving deeper insights and revelations. They are able to simplify complex text for others to understand. They are good at carrying out research to help explain things clearer. They are often used by the Holy Spirit to reveal secrets in God’s word. Their presence challenges others to study their bibles. They are avid learners and are excited at opportunities to share the truth of God’s word. They are bold to challenge doctrines and traditions and they make the word of God exciting. They help bring clarity to scriptures. Without this gift in a church, people find it difficult to study, understand and embrace the truth of the word.
Word of wisdom: Those gifted with word of wisdom are able to speak spiritual truth with discernment. They are very good at communicating information to others in a way not to bring about conflict. They are gifted especially in areas of conflict resolutions, uncertainty, confusion and disagreements. They know what to say at the right time. They are able to give wise directions on how issues are to be handled in a way that glorifies God.
Word of knowledge: People with this gift are very well informed about scriptures and are able to communicate it at various times. They are very good at memorising scriptures and know how scriptures are connected to decisions we make. The Holy Spirit reveals things that others don’t know to them. Teachers tend to be gifted with this too.
Faith: Every believer has faith. Without faith, we cannot believe in Jesus Christ neither can we please Him. The bible says God has given unto us all a measure of faith. However, there are people who have a great measure of faith. These are the ones who are gifted in this area. Those with this gift have a strong and deep confidence in God and are able to stand firm even when things are not going well. Faith without work the bible says is dead. As such, faith should be exercised. People who are gifted with working of miracles and gift of healing tend to also have this gift. A church with this gift is courageous, is able to stand the test of time and experiences great and unusual miracles.
Gift of healing: God heals and sometimes He does it through people. There are moments when we pray for healing and it happens. However there are some people who operate on this grace more than others. Those with these gift find themselves very compassionate towards the sick. The burden to pray for healing for the sick lies on them heavily. They spend time in prayers for sick people. It is important to note that these people are not healers. The Holy Spirit does these great works through them.
Interestingly there is no guarantee that every sick person they minister to will be healed. It all depends on the will and sovereignty of God; just like in the case of the disciples of Jesus. This gift requires a great level of faith and compassion.
Working of miracles: Miracles reveals the glory, presence and greatness of God. It brings about an awe and godly fear to others. It also brings about an awareness of God’s presence in a way that makes people marvel. Like the gift of faith and healing, people gifted with this operate in a great level of faith. There is no guarantee either that every time they pray, miracle will happen because it all depends on God’s will. They are also very empathetic and spend time in prayers interceding for God to intervene in people’s situations.
Discerning of spirits: To discern is the ability to find out, to judge or to recognise. People gifted with this spirit are able to tell if something is of God or not. Paul used this in Acts 16:16-18. Discernment of spirits helps us to know what is behind prophecies, miracles, and things done in the name of God. It reveals whose power and under which name things are done; whether it is of God or the devil. I think this is a gift every church should have.
Various kinds of tongues: Speaking in tongues is speaking in a language that is unknown to the one speaking it. This first occurred in Acts 2:1-4. It is shown as a gift of receiving an infilling of the Holy Spirit. I desired this gift so strongly when I was younger because I felt less of a Christian without it. But now I know better. Some churches teach about this as though it is the only gift of the spirit. It is one of the gifts. It doesn’t make us closer or less close to God. Remember that these gifts are distributed as God wills. It is one of the signs of being filled with the Holy Spirit. But it isn’t the only sign. So we have to be very careful with how we teach about speaking in tongues.
That being said, speaking in tongues can be of benefit because it edifies the speaker (1 Corinthians 14:4). It helps us to express what is in our spirit that we are unable to say with words. In a case where it is interpreted, it becomes beneficial to the congregation.
Interpretation of tongues: As mentioned above, this gift is used in interpreting tongues spoken by individuals. It is very helpful in congregational worships. I visited a church recently where I saw this gift being expressed and I was in awe. It was one of the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. I saw the difference between speaking in tongues in a congregation without interpretation and speaking it with interpretation. It makes a lot of difference. Everyone was carried along. I wish and pray to see more of this gift in the church.
Spiritual gifts isn’t revealed by the tone in which someone speaks; neither is it known by the colour of robe or suit someone wears. For example, a soft speaker isn’t always gifted with teaching, neither is a passionate speaker an evangelist.
Look at these gifts (including the ones listed in part 1) and imagine the kinds of people who would have each gift. Prophets are often bold and articulate. Helpers/servers are faithful and loyal. Teachers are clear thinkers. Encouragers know how to motivate others. Givers are generous and trusting. Leaders are good organisers and managers. Those who are gifted with kindness are caring people who are happy to give their time and resources to others. It would be difficult for one person to have all of these gifts. An assertive prophet would not necessarily make a good counsellor, and a generous giver might fail as a leader. When you recognise your own gift/s, ask how you can use it to build the church family. At the same time, understand that only your gift can’t do all the work. Appreciate the people whose gifts are different from yours. Give them room to use their gifts also. Let your strengths balance their weaknesses and give them room to operate in areas where you are weak. Be grateful that their abilities make up for your deficiencies. Let’s continue to build the church of God together.
Do you know your gift?
What is your gift?
Do you use your gift?
Has this bible study helped you identify your gift?
I will like to know in the comment section 🙂