Spiritual Gifts - Woodstream Church

Spiritual Gifts
There are different kinds of gifts but the same
Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but
the same Lord. (1 Cor. 12:4-5)
Each one should use whatever gift he has
received to serve others, faithfully administering
God's grace in its various forms. (1 Pet. 4:10)
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. (Romans 12:4-6a)
 exhortation
 administration
 apostle
 Healing
 Interpretation
 Miracles
 Tongues
of Tongues
Kubernesis (Gk) – shipmaster or captain
Literal meaning – to steer or to rule or govern
 Purpose: to organize, direct and implement
plans to lead others in the various ministries of
the church
 Closely related to gift of leadership
 Goal and task oriented; more concerned with
details and organization
Sometimes confused with the office of apostle
 Purpose: to plant new ministries and churches,
go where the Gospel is not preached, reach
across cultures to establish churches in
challenging environments, raise up and develop
new leaders, call out and lead pastors
 Leaders of leaders and ministers of ministers
 Typically entrepreneurial; able to take risks and
perform difficult tasks
Also known as the gift of “discernment of
spirits” or “distinguishing between spirits”
 Diakrisis (Gk) – able to distinguish, discern,
judge or appraise a person, statement, situation
or environment
 Purpose: to enable to clearly recognize and
distinguish between the influence of God,
Satan, the world and the flesh in a given
All Christians are called to evangelize (Matt.
 Euaggelistes (Gk) – one who brings good news
 Burdened for the lost
 Purpose: to clearly and effectively communicate
the Gospel; an ability to clearly communicate
with all types of people, continually seek out
relationships with others; love sharing the good
Gift of encouragement
 Parakaleo (Gk) – to beseech, exhort, call upon,
to encourage and strengthen
 Purpose: to remind the hearer of the power of
God; to strengthen and encourage those
wavering in their faith
 Able to uplift and motivate as well as to
challenge and rebuke to foster spiritual growth
 Pistis
(Gk) – confidence, certainty, trust
and assurance in the object of faith
 Not the same as saving faith (all Christians
have been given saving faith).
 Purpose: to encourage and build up the
church in its confidence in God
 People with this gift take God at His
Word and put their full lives in His hands.
Metadidomi (Gk) – to impart or to give; and
Haplotes (GK) – sincerely, generously and
without pretense or hypocrisy
 Purpose: to meet the various needs of the
church and its ministries, missionaries or
people who are unable to provide for
themselves; to encourage and provide, giving all
credit to God
 Excellent stewards, typically very hospitable.
Also known as “word of knowledge” or “utterance
of knowledge”
Gnosis (Gk) – knowledge and understanding
Related to the gift of wisdom
Understanding of the things in the world and lives
that is founded in the Gospel and rooted in the
Purpose: to bring about understanding; to relate
the Scriptures to everyday life and circumstances
Closely related to the gifts of administration and
The gift is related to people; not task-oriented
Purpose: to care for God’s people and to lead them
into deeper relationship with Christ and each other.
Lead relationally and with a deep concern for the
well-being of others; visionary; less concerned with
the mundane details; well equipped to lead through
crisis; entrepreneurial and risk-takers for kingdom
All Christians are called to be merciful
 Eleeo (Gk) – to be patient and compassionate
to the afflicted and those suffering
 Hands and feet of God to the afflicted; able to
discern when someone is not doing well; good
 Purpose: to love and assist those who are
suffering and to walk with them until the Lord
allows the burden to be lifted.
Carries many responsibilities
 Responsibilities are synonymous with those
who care for sheep; they are first and
foremost servants; humble; ability to teach
the Scriptures
 Purpose: to reveal the glory of God in Christ
by the power of the Holy Spirit by teaching
His Word to the church; to humbly teach,
guide, protect and lead in the mission of the
Great Commission
Propheteia (Gk) – to receive and deliver to
others a divinely inspired message
(exhortation, correction, disclosure of secret
sins, prediction of future event, comfort,
inspiration or other revelation given to equip
and edify the church).
 Purpose: to make God’s heart known and to
edify the church; words must be tested against
the Scriptures (1 Thes. 5:20-21).
Diakonia (Gk) – to wait tables and Antilepsis
(Gk)– helping
 Purpose: to fill the many gaps in ministry and
meet the needs of the church as it fulfills the
Great Commission; to energize the church and
free up others to use their gifts to the fullest
 People with this gift seek to serve in the
background, they love to help out
Carries a heavy responsibility in the church
(James 3:1)
 Isdidaskalos (Gk)– didactic – to teach, instruct,
instill doctrine, explain and expound
 Purpose: to help the church fulfill its ministry as
“a pillar and buttress of the truth” (1 Tim.
3:15); to uphold God’s Word and the growth
and maturity of His Bride until the day of His
Also referred to as the “word of wisdom” or
“utterance of wisdom.”
 Sophia (Gk) – intimate understanding of God’s
Word and His commandments which results in
holy and upright living
 Purpose: to impart truth and understanding to
believers and to invoke a response of holiness
and worship lived out in the world amongst
God’s people.
 Ministry
Tools Resource Center.
 Spiritual Gifts Test.