Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. (1 Corinthians 12:4-7)
Spiritual gifts are given to us by the Holy Spirit. Each of us has at least one spiritual gift. The Church is built up by the gifts of each one of us.
What you should know about spiritual gifts:
- Spiritual gifts are God-given abilities, given to you so that you can make your unique contribution to the Body of Christ.
- All gifts are necessary. My gift isn’t any better or more important than yours, and yours isn’t better or more important than anyone else’s.
- God designs the way that gifts are given out.
- YOU HAVE GOD-GIVEN ABILITIES. YES, YOU!
- Spiritual gifts exist for the common good of the Body of Christ and of the world.
What is the purpose of Spiritual Gifts?
- Given by God to the Church and to the world THROUGH you, not to you
- Glorify God
- Edification (building up of the Body of Christ
- Each of us gets a chance to contribute
- Remind us that we need each other