Bible Terms

Bible Term: Spiritual Gifts

Spiritual gifts are abilities and powers that Jesus gives to each of his followers, as he sees fit for the effective functioning of his church. Three key passages about spiritual gifts are 1 Corinthians 12, Romans 12:4-8, and Ephesians 4:7-13.

A list of the gifts are:

  • administration / ruling
  • apostleship / pioneering
  • craftsmanship
  • creative communication
  • discernment
  • encouraging / exhorting
  • evangelism
  • faith
  • giving
  • healing
  • hospitality
  • intercession
  • interpretation
  • knowledge
  • leadership
  • miracles
  • pastor / shepherding
  • prophecy / perceiving
  • serving / ministry
  • showing mercy
  • teaching
  • tongues
  • wisdom

Key verse about Spiritual Gifts: Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols. Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit. (1 Corinthians 12:1-3, NIV)

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