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The ‘how to’ on growing God’s kingdom?

‘The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.’ (Matthew 9v37)
Okay, having dealt with the binary understanding of how a person either knows or doesn’t know their spiritual gift, we turn our attention to a fourth response people sometimes give as a reason for not deving deeper into investigating their spiritual gifts- that being:

 ‘I already know my spiritual gift’ (note: singular).

Now while it is true that God gives all believers one ‘stand out’ spiritual gift – often referred to as a ‘primary gift’ – which should be used most of the time, there is potential to possess a Continue reading The ‘how to’ on growing God’s kingdom?


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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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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 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 a Server?


‘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 gift is as Server. People with this gift have a willingness to serve. They do not need to be asked twice to help and very often have no desire to be in a position of leadership over others. Whatever is asked of them, they do. Servers are the backbone of the Church and a real blessing to others.

Although 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. Find more information and resources at primary gift


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Spiritual Gift Definition – what makes a preacher?

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

Quick recap : every believer possesses a number of spiritual gifts of which one is unique and primary to them – the other spiritual gifts are useful but also carry a formational benefit.  Although 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 gift is primary to you. Today -we consider those who have a primary gift as Preacher.

People with the gift of preaching speak about God in an inspired and authoritative way. Always keen to address individuals, groups or congregations, they will convince and convict people through their arguments.  They are energised as they preach and people understand and respond.

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Failure to Launch 6 – Freewill made me not do it!

In the Bible,  Romans chapter 12 tells us that:

‘In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.’ (v6-8)

For me, two things jump out of this passage: The prerequisite that each person:

The last reason why churches may fail to launch is that sometimes the believer does not utilise the primary gift they have been given. Sometimes this rests with their church leader or friends who do not provide opportunity or encouragement for the person to step out. Other times, it rests with the believer who- although knowing the gift – does not engage it in the context of church because of a range of factors that may include disobedience, fear of failure and timidity.

Now because God’s love results in freewill, the Divine never coerces or forces us into doing anything that we don’t want to do. With this in mind, we see that a primary gift can only be realised in a person as that person desires to identify then use it for the glory of God. Hence, the observation: ‘In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. ‘

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Failure to Launch 5 – You haven’t got all your body parts!

In 1 Corinthians 12  we read this:

‘Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.  Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.’ (v12-14)

Imagine you woke up to discover your nose, left hand and right elbow were missing. Aside from the difficulty of getting out of bed with a club foot and only one hand to balance with, problems would occur as you breathlessly descend the stairs, inhaling and exhaling through your mouth. Now imagine you exit the house and hop to work, justifying to others that you’re better off without the body parts as it is the most normal thing in the world to not  have them? The people you’d meet would think you strange to say the least.

Now, consider the spiritual gifts that make up the church –  preachers, servers, teachers, prophets, encouragers, apostles, generous givers, leaders, pastors, evangelists and administrators. For a church to operate with any of these gifts missing is for it to hamstring itself in much the same way a person becomes when without their foot, elbow and nose. Yet,  where churches fail to help congregation members realise their primary spiritual gifts, they  risk setting aside useful limbs that would help it function as it should.

If your church needs a spiritual audit why not direct your leader to www.primarygift.co.uk You might even forward this post to him or her. Better still, buy the book, app or ebook, use it to discover your own primary gift then pass it on to your leader. All the best and click here to buy Know your spiritual gifts

 


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How is church ministry different to volunteerism? (Launch 4)

Put simply,  no prerequisite is placed on a volunteer. Sure, they may be expected to have some ability  – like being old enough to look after children or a steady hand when pouring tea – but pretty much if they can raise an arm to volunteer, they’re in!

Church ministry on the other hand requires discernment – there is no call from the front for a show of hands but rather prayer and thought as to who is gifted and whether they have a passion for that ministry area.

Naturally, in churches where believers don’t know their primary gift, they may be asked by others to ‘help out’ and end up keeping a ministry afloat  that God has not called them to. Often, this occurs because they don’t know what God has equipped them for and volunteer having zero passion for the ministry. Unfortunately, they soon discover they are ill equipped to fulfil that role as pastor, teacher, etc and then the equally hard task of finding a way to extricate themselves from the ministry.  Leaders may also experience the same as they too are called upon to fulfil roles outside of their remit.  So what’s the answer?

Well, until churches and their leaders reject the temporary fix of volunterrism and take seriously  the development of every member ministry, churches will continue to stutter in their growth or flounder. That said, where people are encouraged to discover and engage with their primary gift and God-given calling, transformational growth does occur within the Church and them.

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