Acts 1:4, 8Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised… you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses…to the ends of the earth

GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

1 Cor 12:1, 4-111Now about spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be ignorant…4There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men. 7Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 8To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, 9to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. 11All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines.

A spiritual gift [charisma] is a special ability given by the Holy Spirit to every believer

1] WORD OF WISDOMSupernatural wisdom given by the Holy Spirit in response to a specific need or problem [1 Kings 3:16-28]

2] WORD OF KNOWLEDGEA gracious gift of the Holy Spirit which brings supernatural insight into the Word of God

3] FAITHA gracious gift of the Holy Spirit which enables a person to build up faith in the Body of Christ

4] WORKING OF MIRACLESA gracious gift of the Holy Spirit which enables a person to bring about that which is beyond the normal course of nature

* Healing miracles * Nature miracles

* Raising the dead * Deliverance of the demonized

5] PROPHECYA gracious gift of the Holy Spirit by which a person shares a message from God in a language people can understand

1 Cor 14:3…the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort

1 Cor 14:24-25 …if an unbeliever or an inquirer comes in while everyone is prophesying, they are convicted of sin and are brought under judgment by all, as the secrets of their hearts are laid bare. So they will fall down and worship God, exclaiming, “God is really among you!”

Prophecy must be tested by:

  • the Word of God [Isa 8:20]
  • the fruit of the speaker’s life [Matt 7:15-16]
  • the leadership in the assembly [1 Cor 14:29]

6] DISCERNING OF SPIRITS Supernatural insight given by the Holy Spirit which enables a person to distinguish between God’s Spirit, the human spirit and an evil spirit

  • Test every spirit [1 John 4:1]
  • Helps in discerning the presence of evil [Acts 16:16-18]
  • Recognizing frauds [2 Cor 11:13-15]

7] DIFFERENT KINDS OF TONGUES & 8] INTERPRETATION OF TONGUESGracious gifts of the Holy Spirit that enable a person to speak in a language unknown to him & to give the meaning of the message in tongues

 

  • Personal prayer [1 Cor 14:2]
  • Public use [1 Cor 14:27-28] – always with interpretation:

 

  • Sign to the unbeliever [1 Cor 14:21-22]
  • Encouragement of the Church

9] GIFTS OF HEALINGA gracious gift of the Holy Spirit which enables a person to minister healing to people who are sick

1 Cor 14:26When you meet together, one will sing, another will teach, another will tell some special revelation God has given, one will speak in tongues, and another will interpret what is said. But everything that is done must strengthen all of you.

Why Spiritual Gifts?

  • Signs of God’s presence
  • The Common good
  • To glorify Jesus!

1 Thess 5:19-21Don’t suppress the Spirit, and don’t stifle those who have a word from the Master. On the other hand, don’t be gullible. Check out everything, and keep only what’s good [MSG]

  • Be Open/ Sensitive to the Holy Spirit
  • Stay close to Scripture
  • Be Submissive to Leaders
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