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Three principles for understanding your spiritual gifts.

Today we examine three guiding principles for understanding our spiritual gifts and what to keep in mind:

1st principle:

‘What do you have that God hasn’t given you? And if everything you have is from God, why boast as though it were not a gift? 1 Corinathians 4v7.

Scripture is abundantly clear that it is God who equips us and not  any natural ability or aptitude on our part.

2nd principle:

‘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. Romans 12v6-7

Each one of us has a particular spiritual gift that God expects us to develop and use.

3rd principle:

John testified about (Jesus) when he shouted to the crowds, “This is the one I was talking about when I said, ‘Someone is coming after me who is far greater than I am, for he existed long before me.’ John 1v15

Like John the Baptist who heralded Jesus, we need to take care that any acclamation that comes our way through using our primary spiritual gift is directed towards God and not us.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Spiritual Gift Definition – what makes a prophet?

‘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 Prophet. Often, these people act as God’s conduits  to the Church. Receiving a word or revelation from God, the person is often burdened with it until such time as they are released to to tell others. Although this may be in a verbal way it can also involve some sort of living metaphor (see Hosea 1). Hallmark of a prophet? Answer – Dedicated to prayer.

NB. please note that a distinction exists between those who exercise a prophetic gift (1 Corinthians 12) and the rare few who have a prophetic role (Ephesians 4:11).

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


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Spiritual Gift Definition – what makes a teacher?


‘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 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 spiritual gift is as Teacher.

People with this gift are able to frame complex ideas in ways that make it easy for others to understand. They enjoy reading and discovering new things in the Bible and desire that others find these hidden treasures too. They need no coaxing to prepare sermons or study and will often be frustrated when others miss salient points in scripture that they consider obvious.

Check out the website at primary gift


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