Spiritual Gifts Index
Unless otherwise noted, all of the information concerning
Spiritual Gifts has been compiled by me, John Lounsberry.
It is my desire that you will benefit from this information.
My first introduction to a Biblical teaching on Spiritual
Gifts was in a leadership conference of Basic Youth
Conflicts on the campus of UCLA in 1971. Since then, I have
come across other Bible teachers who have added their insight to my
understanding of the subject.
The material presented here is a compilation of over thirty years
of study and personal experience. Any place where an author or teacher
is quoted directly will be noted with quotation marks and
an acknowledgement of their contribution.
I would like to especially thank Jackson Snyder, for
allowing us to use his Spiritual Gifts Survey.
Contrary to what some espouse, spiritual gifts did not pass away with the twelve original apostles.
It is interesting to note that scripture tells us that the ascension gifts of Ephesians 4, are given by Jesus,
the motivational gifts of Romans 12 are given by The Father, and the manifestations of I Corinthians 12 are
gifts of the Holy Spirit. In the past, whenever a pastor was "leading a revival" out of town, he was often
refered to as an evangelist.
We have now come to understand that all five of the "ministry gifts", pastor,
evangelist, apostle,prophet and teacher are gifted individuals that Jesus has given to The Church.
I. The spiritual "gifts" of the Scriptures can be categorized under three divisions:
- A. I Corinthians 12:4 The Greek word for Diversities is charismaton.
The listing for this division is found in Romans 12.
- B. I Corinthians 12:5 The Greek word for administrations is diakonian.
The listing for this division is found in Ephesians 4:11
- C. I Corinthians 12:6 The Greek word for operations is phanerosis.
The listing for this division in found in I Corinthians 12:7-11.
The listing found in I Corinthians 12:7-11 is often referred to as nine spiritual gifts.
However, these are not nine gifts given to people. Rather, these are nine ways in which Holy
Spirit manifests Himself through people.
The word "doma" is the Greek word for gifts that is found in Ephesians 4:8. These gifts are
sometimes referred to as ascension gifts or as the "five fold ministry". They are given by
Jesus as gifted individuals to the church.
The motivational or grace gifts are listed in Romans 12:6-8.
These are actually ways in which different individuals view life. (Why they do as they do).
These gifts are actually given by The Father.
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There is a listing of gifts that has been a puzzlement as to where
it should be placed. In
I Corinthians 12:28, we find a listing of the individuals that actually go into the make up
of the leadership of a local ministry.
NOTE: There is a Spiritual Gifts Evaluation at the
Motivational Gifts link. This will help you to determine what your Motivational
Spiritual Gift is.