Spiritual Gifts (Part 2)| Bible Study

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.

Bible references: 1 Corinthians 12:8-1028-30Romans 12:6-8Ephesians 4:11.

In today’s study, we will be looking at ministerial gifts and manifestation gifts.

Ministerial 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.

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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.

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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.

Manifestation Gifts

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.

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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.

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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.

However Paul makes us clear that the church is best edified with prophetic words that everyone can understand than with tongues (1 Corinthians 14:4, 1 Corinthians 14:18-19).

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?

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I will like to know in the comment section 🙂

Click here to read Part 1 of this study.

35 thoughts on “Spiritual Gifts (Part 2)| Bible Study

  1. Thank you Efua!

    God has called me to teach. I also know that He’s called me to the office of the five fold -one who flows in the gifts and one who holds the office are no the same. I understand you are strictly talking about the five fold ministry gifts in this post, I just wanted to make that distinction. I wouldn’t say that evangelist make people curious, the evangelist are gifted in winning souls and they flow in signs and wonders.

    Thank God for the five fold ministry gifts that equip us for the work of ministry (Ephesians 4:12). I sit under an Apostle who encompasses all five ministry gifts. I am thankful for the gift God has given me, Apostle’s are God’s Sha’luach–His messenger. Apostle’s are sent forth to establish, they establish doctrine, train and equip leaders, raise funds for ministry and as you said plant churches. These are the marks of an biblical Apostle.

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    1. Thanks for your comment Kim. And I am so glad that you know your gift and you are using it for God’s glory.

      When I said evangelists make people curious, I meant the kind that makes people want to surrender and give their lives to Christ which is the same thing with what you said.

      I also mentioned the Holy Spirit gives these gifts in various measures. So yes it is possible for someone to have the 5 folds but I am yet to see someone who has all of the gifts (the whole 20). I suppose the Holy Spirit does this for a reason. So we can learn to depend on each other and so pride won’t take over us. Anyone who has the whole doesn’t really need anyone and this isn’t the intention of God.

      If someone is gifted with the 5 folds, then of course they will be able to train, teach, establish churches and do all what the 5 fold ministry is about. Good to know that you are blessed to be under the leadership of such a man.

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      1. I hear what you’re saying woman of God, however it when it comes to people giving their life to Christ we have to remember that scripture says no man can call Jesus Lord but by the Holy Spirit. That means that as a person hears the gospel the Holy Spirit verfies with them that what they are hearing is true. God never leaves anything up to guess or chance so that’s why I said I wouldn’t use the word curiosity in that particular context. I hope that helps in making clear what I was trying to say?🤔

        When I spoke of an Apostle encompassing all five fold ministry gifts– the Apostle, the Prophet, the Evangelist, the Pastor and the Teacher, there only 5 offices, in that he has the ability to establish, he has the ability to prophetically see what is going on in the body, he has a heart for souls i.e see people get saved, he has a heart for people and knows how to shepherd the flock, then he’s able to teach the scriptures from a doctinal standpoint not just expository teaching and preaching.

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      2. Thanks Kim. I hear you and I still think we both are saying the same thing with regards to the ‘curiosity bit’😊❤️. I am not saying the evangelist saves people as of course that is entirely the job of the Holy Spirit. Maybe we are just wording things differently.

        With regards to apostles, I have seen very many cases where people termed apostles are not able to operate in all the roles of the 5 folds but many assume that they should be able to do so. I have also seen cases where the apostle operates in the roles of the 5 folds. I am not saying you are wrong. I am just saying that is not always the case. Please refer to the below bible verses.Blessings my sis❤️

        “And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles? Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?”
        ‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭12:28-30‬ ‭KJV‬‬

        “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:”
        ‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭4:11-12‬ ‭KJV

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      3. Anyone who says they are an Apostle should be able to operate in these 4 areas because according to scripture that’s what a biblical Apostle does. I see this biblical model practice by my Apostle.

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        Blessings to you too my sister!♥️🤗

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  2. Thanks for a very well balanced article. I think the subject of spiritual gifts is one of the most misunderstood, and it’s a source of some contention, pride, and feelings of superiority. One of your references, I Corinthians 12, gives a great perspective on what our attitude should be toward gifts and toward those who do or do not have them.

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  3. Efua, Both parts of your Bible study are extremely well done. Over the years, I’ve heard multiple teachings on spiritual gifts and by far this is the best in its scriptural support and clear explanation of each gift. I just went back to reread part one. I was struck again with gratitude by the manner in which you opened this study with your statement “Every believer has a spiritual gift” then want on to explain “No one person has all the gifts of the spirit and no one has none. Some have more than others. Understanding this truth will help us stay humble.” Sadly, I’ve met too many Christians who have questioned their salvation because of errant teaching which insists their salvation is proven by the manifestation one specific gift such as tongues or evangelism. Oh, how I wish they could have read what you have written. May God continue to bless your writing.

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    1. Beth thank you so much for your comment. When I was a lot younger, I desired the gift of speaking in tongues so much because I felt less of a Christian without it. I grew up in a church that focused a lot on it as though it is the only gift of the spirit. Some positions could only be occupied by tongue speaking Christians. Others who had other gifts but didn’t speak in tongues were considered as not being filled with the spirit. Bad and sad isn’t it?

      But thank God for clarity and thanks to the Holy Spirit who reveals the truth about His word to us. God bless you.

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    1. Wow, I have to say, I am very impressed. Also I’m inspired. God gave me a word about the Spiritual gifts awhile ago and I’m thinking He wants me to post it now. Thank you for the quick references!

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  4. Hi Efua. Another great indepth bible study. I like the way you carefully explained the Word of God with biblical references.

    The gifts of tongue and prophecy are the two most controversial topics. When I was a young child growing up in the church, no one would dare call themselves a prophet or an apostle because they know based on the examples of the prophets and apostles in the bible that they come with many persecutions.

    However, now, anyone and everybody is calling themselves apostles and prophets as prestigious titles to edify their flesh.

    As you stated many of these modern day prophets are operating under a spirit of divination and fortune telling. I called them Balaam because they love the wages of unrighteousness.

    I saved your post to read again. Thank you and continue the great work that you are doing.

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  6. Thank you sister, for a very balanced teaching that’s easy to understand. There have been many abuses in these areas and many people hurt, many that don’t care to have any giftings. As you know, Paul urged us all to pursue and desire the gifts of the Spirit, especially to prophecy. I have been blessed with a giving spirit, wisdom and Bible verses that the Spirit brings to mind as needed. I tend to be an encourager and also have ability to simplify things for others. I pray and sing in tongues often; it edifies my soul and loosens my tongue to speak the encouragement and God-thoughts. I pray we all will step into the flow of the Spirit of God and rise up as manifest children of God to reap this harvest that’s so white! Amen.

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  8. Great job once again, Efua. I love how you are being so thorough with breaking these down. I am definitely a teacher, but your explanation on the gift of healing also captured my attention because I do have a heart for and pray for people who are sick, kids with disabilities or who are in the hospital, etc.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Lily. I am really glad that this has brought some form of clarity to readers. It is also good to know that you have identified and working in your gift as a teacher. Gift of healing is such a beautiful gift to have too. Pray over this so the Holy Spirit will help you work in this gift to the the fullest. God bless you sis. I really hope you have a great new year💕

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