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How to know your primary spiritual gift!


 A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice; to another the same Spirit gives a message of special knowledge. The same Spirit gives great faith to another, and to someone else the one Spirit gives the gift of healing.  He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and another the ability to prophesy. He gives someone else the ability to discern whether a message is from the Spirit of God or from another spirit. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages, while another is given the ability to interpret what is being said. It is the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have.’ 1 Corinthians 12v7-11

Basically, we need to know our primary spiritual gift because it’s one gift in particular (out of many gifts) that God has gives us for a specific purpose in His Kingdom.  Put simply…

ministry =  primary spiritual gift + the God-given passion  (that is particular to you)

 If you don’t know your primary spiritual gift, take a spiritual gift test and ask yourself of the spiritual gifts that came top of your list:

  1. Which gift energises you the most when you use it?
  2. When using that gift are people blessed or edified?
  3. Is there a sense of personal and spiritual fulfilment when operating in this gift?*

If you can answer ‘yes’ to all three questions, that will be the one that is your primary spiritual gift.

( *above extract taken from Know your spiritual gifts)

 

 


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Avoiding the pitfalls of spiritual growth?

The Apostle Paul in the book of Corithians says this: ‘What I told you about Christ is true. Now you have every spiritual gift you need as you eagerly wait for the return of our Lord Jesus Christ. He will keep you strong to the end so that you will be free from all blame on the day when our Lord Jesus Christ returns.’       1 Corinthians 1v6-8

Some believers – if they are not careful – end up with with a condition that is best  described as  ‘spiritual gift envy.’ The situation usually occurs where a person desires to be  like another  to the point where they want the exact same spiritual gifting and ministry. More frequently, their desire is often a ‘trade up’ from what they have at present as seldom do they envy the person who washes dishes or cleans toilets but rather the  evangelist,  apostle, teacher, leader or prophet in the church.

To counter this condition, the person needs to understand that the cure to ‘gift envy’ is contentedness. That’s why scripture says: ‘Now you have every spiritual gift you need– what else can this  mean other than God has given us the spiritual equipping we need that compliments who we are and the perfect role ordained for us to do within the Church. Want to grow spiritually? Ascertain your primary spiritual gift and determine to use it every day to fulfil God’s purpose and plan for your life! You won’t regret it!


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Why I spend half my time using my primary spiritual gift – and you should too!

‘But as the believers rapidly multiplied, there were rumblings of discontent. The Greek-speaking believers complained about the Hebrew-speaking believers, saying that their widows were being discriminated against in the daily distribution of food. So the Twelve called a meeting of all the believers. They said, “We apostles should spend our time teaching the word of God, not running a food program.  And so, brothers, select seven men who are well respected and are full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will give them this responsibility. Then we apostles can spend our time in prayer and teaching the word.” (Acts 6v1-4)

I love this passage because it’s one of the few instances in the Bible where people actively seek to protect the spiritual ministry they’ve been given. For the ‘twelve’ apostles –  serving the widows was never meant to be a full-time ministry but something they did until replacements could be found. What’s more, they weren’t scared to articulate their discontent  such was their sense of loss when forced to set aside their God-given calling.

Let’s cut to the chase! If you know your primary spiritual gift and are using it, you’ve probably already discovered that in busy churches it’s all too easy for ministry to be sidelined as other competing needs present themselves. The advice I give in ‘Know your spiritual gifts’ is to designate 70% of your time to your primary spiritual gift. Of course, it probably won’t ever happen but you may end up with 50% dedicated to your primary ministry with the remainder used on those gifts that make up your formational gift set.

Important as it is to serve in Church, God has purposed and equipped each of us to develop and grow the church using the gift that is particular to us. What that means in practice is much as we serve we also – like the apostles – need to be in tune with what God has called us to do which may mean saying ‘no’ to other peoples requests so that we are true to what God has called us to do.

Find out more at primary spiritual gifts

 


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Spiritual Gift Definition – what makes an administrator?

(Summary table  from ‘Know your spiritual gifts.’)

‘In Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith;  if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach;  if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully. Romans 12v5-8

Today we consider the aspect of leadership that involves the practical outworking and logistical oversight of all spiritual gifts within the church – I refer of course to the role of Administrator.

These people oversee, guide and direct the effective use of human and financial resources within the church. This may involve activities in which they organise people in ministries, plan budgets and finance, or ensure adequate resources are available for church events. Without them, church flounders for lack of system and structure.

All of which brings us to the end of our posts on primary spiritual gift descriptors. Although these  descriptor acts as a guide, please consider  doing the test using either the spiritual gift app, of ‘Know your spiritual gifts’ as either a paperback book (available in UK only) or as an ebook (available world wide). These will help you to elicit which one of the spiritual gifts is primary to you. For more information and resources, check out the primary gift website.


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Spiritual Gift Definition – what makes an evangelist?

‘So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.’ Ephesians 4v11-13 

Those who have evangelism as their primary spiritual gift see every encounter as an opportunity to tell someone about Jesus – no time or activity is off limits. Those who also have a speaking ministry are often productive and it is not unusual for people to respond to Christ as a result of their message combined with the Holy Spirit’s conviction.

Find more information and resources at primary gift or click to buy the spiritual gift app.


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Spiritual Gift Definition – what makes a pastor?

Three questions to identify your primary gift (taken from ‘Know your spiritual gifts.’)

‘In Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith;  if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach;  if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully. Romans 12v5-8.

Those with the spiritual gift of sympathy (rendered as ‘mercy’ in v8) make for good Pastors. They spend time with people who are struggling or upset, and notice when a person is not at church. They possess empathetic skills and will utilise a variety of ways of contacting people through visiting, phoning, sending cards, enquiring through others, etc. Pastors are a listening ear, friendly face and concerned prayer. More information and resources at primary gift.


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Spiritual Gift Definition – what makes a leader?

‘In Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith;  if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach;  if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully. Romans 12v5-8.

Today we consider those with a primary spiritual gift of Leadership. Although the spiritual gift of leadership may operate at a range of levels, some people clearly recognise it as their responsibility to lead and develop others. These leaders cast vision and inspire/motivate others with their plans. In team situations, they bring wisdom, insight and direction to whatever project is being undertaken.

Find more information and resources at primary gift

 

 


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Spiritual Gift Definition – what makes a generous giver?


‘In Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith;  if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach;  if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.
 Romans 12v5-8.

Although believers possesses a number of spiritual gifts, one is unique and primary to them – the other spiritual gifts are useful but also carry a formational benefit.  The following descriptor acts as a guide, please  consider getting the app or doing the test in the book/ebook to elicit which one of the spiritual gifts is primary to you. Today we consider those whose primary gift is as Generous Giver.

These believers – sometimes entrepreneurial – are financially secure in ways that enable them to give generously to the work of the Church. As stewards of God’s resources, there is nothing they enjoy more than supporting church projects, charitable organisations or individuals in need. Such giving may involve time, talent and/or money.

Find more information and resources at primary gift.

 

 


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Spiritual Gift Definition – what makes an apostle?


Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? Now eagerly desire the greater gifts.’ 1 Corinthians 12v27-31

Today we consider those whose primary spiritual gift is to serve as Apostle. Unsurprisingly, people with this gift are a rare breed in most churches as they exist to plant, develop or fix, then move on for an assignment elsewhere. In short, Apostles pioneer new initiatives. Their desire is that everyone might know and experience Christ. Like prophets, they are goal orientated in their decision-making.

Find more information and resources at primary gift


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Spiritual Gift Definition – what makes an encourager?

‘In Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith;  if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach;  if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully. Romans 12v5-8

Today we consider those whose primary spiritual gift is Encouragement. Encouragers possess good interpersonal skills and are people-focused. Nurturing and supportive, their focus is usually on counselling and prayer as this is what they do best. Their advice and encouragement is often inspired, recollecting passages, verses and other examples they consider helpful. They are always eager to see people mature and fulfil the spiritual potential that God has for them.

Although the following descriptors may act as a guide, please  consider getting the spiritual gift app or doing the test in ‘Know your Spiritual Gifts’ to elicit which one of the spiritual gifts is primary to you. Find more information and resources at primary gift.


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