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Spiritual Gifts Index

Motivational Gifts








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.

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.