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21 Question Test of Spiritual Maturity
Knowing Your Spiritual Gifts Part 2
 
Fact: All Christians have a spiritual gift, so they should get involved in their local churches and use it according to their faith.
 
Romans 12:6 (Amplified Bible)                                                                                                                                    having gifts (faculties, talents, qualities) that differ according to the grace given us, let us use them: [He whose gift is] prophecy, [let him prophesy] according to the proportion of his faith;
 
You have been given spiritual gifts to help you fill your purpose, and those gifts should not be abused nor taken for granted.  The Lord will bless your spiritual gifts as you develop your spiritual fruit (godly character) Galatians 5:22-24. Your spiritual gifts can be used in the kingdom of God and even the world.  However, the world does not know how to value your spiritual gifts and only seeks to profit from them. For example, the world will promote and honor a celebrity even if he/she denounces God and worships the devil.
 
Ephesians 4:4 (Amplified Bible)                                                                                                                            [There is] one body and one Spirit—just as there is also one hope [that belongs] to the calling you received…
 
Types of Spiritual Gifts
Below is a listing of some of the most common spiritual gifts along with their descriptions, strengths and weaknesses.
 
Ephesians 4:11 (Amplified Bible)                                                                                               And His gifts were [varied; He Himself appointed and gave men to us] some to be apostles (special messengers), some prophets (inspired preachers and expounders), some evangelists (preachers of the Gospel, traveling missionaries), some pastors (shepherds of His flock) and teachers.
 
·         Prophecy: a communication of an immediate message from God
·         Knowledge: a download of information from the Holy Spirit
 
  The Gift of a Pastor
This is a person who has the ability to see after a soul.  There are different types of pastors which include youth, music, children’s’ pastor etc. The pastors’ job is to prepare the church body for works of service and also serve as counselors and prayer warriors. Pastors are often taken for granted and should be honored because they give their lives to serve God’s people. It is scriptural to honor the pastors, and the church body can do so by following the pastors’ counsel, attending church services faithfully, faithfully giving tithes and offerings (to support the church vision, and praying for the pastors.  Finally, church members should hold the highest amount of respect for the pastors.  They are selected and ordained by God to carry out His vision for the local church.  Therefore, we should not try to get common with the pastors nor treat them like average people. Constantly covering the pastors in prayer is vital because their weaknesses are being prone to extremes and neglecting their spiritual lives and families.
 
The Gift of Exhortation and Counseling
Individuals who have this gift love to be around people and are good at establishing relationships. They are great at communicating and love conversation; they want to hear every word being said. They have the gift of making bad news sound good while still being honest!  They are patient and are able to empathize with people.  The weaknesses of the exhorter and counselor are that they are prone to extremes and take up the wrong cause/fight in trying to defend people. 
 
Uncommon Spiritual Gifts
Some rare spiritual gifts include people who freely give material resources with ease and often.  Other special gifts include those who are in helps ministries (ushers, cooks, custodians, volunteers) which are often in the background yet keep the ministry progressive.  People who have advanced technical/creative skills (lighting specialists, media experts, graphic designers, thespians, writers, photographers etc.) are beneficial to the church body and as well as intercessory prayer warriors (as they are responsible for covering the church body and getting answers from the Lord).  Finally praise and worship leaders are uniquely gifted as well as craftsmen, landscapers and architects.
 
Love,
Dr. Joyce Oliver

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21 Question Test of Spiritual Maturity
Knowing Your Spiritual Gifts Part 2
 
Fact: All Christians have a spiritual gift, so they should get involved in their local churches and use it according to their faith.
 
Romans 12:6 (Amplified Bible)                                                                                                                                    having gifts (faculties, talents, qualities) that differ according to the grace given us, let us use them: [He whose gift is] prophecy, [let him prophesy] according to the proportion of his faith;
 
You have been given spiritual gifts to help you fill your purpose, and those gifts should not be abused nor taken for granted.  The Lord will bless your spiritual gifts as you develop your spiritual fruit (godly character) Galatians 5:22-24. Your spiritual gifts can be used in the kingdom of God and even the world.  However, the world does not know how to value your spiritual gifts and only seeks to profit from them. For example, the world will promote and honor a celebrity even if he/she denounces God and worships the devil.
 
Ephesians 4:4 (Amplified Bible)                                                                                                                            [There is] one body and one Spirit—just as there is also one hope [that belongs] to the calling you received…
 
Types of Spiritual Gifts
Below is a listing of some of the most common spiritual gifts along with their descriptions, strengths and weaknesses.
 
Ephesians 4:11 (Amplified Bible)                                                                                               And His gifts were [varied; He Himself appointed and gave men to us] some to be apostles (special messengers), some prophets (inspired preachers and expounders), some evangelists (preachers of the Gospel, traveling missionaries), some pastors (shepherds of His flock) and teachers.
 
·         Prophecy: a communication of an immediate message from God
·         Knowledge: a download of information from the Holy Spirit
 
  The Gift of a Pastor
This is a person who has the ability to see after a soul.  There are different types of pastors which include youth, music, children’s’ pastor etc. The pastors’ job is to prepare the church body for works of service and also serve as counselors and prayer warriors. Pastors are often taken for granted and should be honored because they give their lives to serve God’s people. It is scriptural to honor the pastors, and the church body can do so by following the pastors’ counsel, attending church services faithfully, faithfully giving tithes and offerings (to support the church vision, and praying for the pastors.  Finally, church members should hold the highest amount of respect for the pastors.  They are selected and ordained by God to carry out His vision for the local church.  Therefore, we should not try to get common with the pastors nor treat them like average people. Constantly covering the pastors in prayer is vital because their weaknesses are being prone to extremes and neglecting their spiritual lives and families.
 
The Gift of Exhortation and Counseling
Individuals who have this gift love to be around people and are good at establishing relationships. They are great at communicating and love conversation; they want to hear every word being said. They have the gift of making bad news sound good while still being honest!  They are patient and are able to empathize with people.  The weaknesses of the exhorter and counselor are that they are prone to extremes and take up the wrong cause/fight in trying to defend people. 
 
Uncommon Spiritual Gifts
Some rare spiritual gifts include people who freely give material resources with ease and often.  Other special gifts include those who are in helps ministries (ushers, cooks, custodians, volunteers) which are often in the background yet keep the ministry progressive.  People who have advanced technical/creative skills (lighting specialists, media experts, graphic designers, thespians, writers, photographers etc.) are beneficial to the church body and as well as intercessory prayer warriors (as they are responsible for covering the church body and getting answers from the Lord).  Finally praise and worship leaders are uniquely gifted as well as craftsmen, landscapers and architects.
 
Love,
Dr. Joyce Oliver

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