An Overview of the Spiritual Gifts Listed in NT

The NT describes 3 different kinds of gifts that believers possess, and all three kinds of gifts are intended to function in conjunction with the word of God. Speaking gifts are for the proclamation of word, serving gifts are for implementation of word, and sign gifts were for the authentication of word.

Here is a quick overview of the different kinds of gifts and specific examples of each kind of gift. Each Christian if gifted with a unique combination of these gifts to serve a specific function in the church.

 

I. Speaking Gifts (cf. 1 Pt 4:11) 

  • Purpose: The Articulation of Word
  • Examples of Speaking Gifts:
    • Prophecy – Proclaim truth (1 Cor 12:10; Rom 12:6)
    • Wisdom – Apply truth (1 Cor 12:8)
    • Knowledge – Clarify truth (1 Cor 12:8)
    • Teaching – Impart truth (Rom 12:7)
    • Exhortation – Appeal to truth (Rom 12:8)

II. Serving Gifts (cf. 1 Peter 4:11) 

  • Purpose: The Application of Word
  • Examples of Serving Gifts:
    • Leading/Administration – lead people to accomplish a common goal. (1 Cor 12:28, Rom 12:8)
    • Serving/Helps – meet practical needs of church & others. (Rom 12:7; 1 Cor 12:28)
    • Giving – give to needs of church & others abundantly without fear or remorse. (Rom 12:8)
    • Mercy – show compassion & care for someone dealing with results of fall. (Rom 12:8)
    • Faith – see God at work even when it is hard; seen in a lack of anxiety & regular prayer. (1 Cor 12:9)
    • Discernment – distinguish between the truth of the Bible and the lies of Satan. (1 Cor 12:10) 

III. Sign Gifts (cf. Hebrews 2:3-4; 2 Cor 12:12)

  • Purpose: The Authentication of Word
  • Examples of Sign Gifts:
    • Gifts of Healings – demonstrable & public healing that anyone could verify. (1 Cor 12:9)
    • Gifts of Miracles – suspend the laws of nature to confirm God’s truth. (1 Cor 12:10)
    • Gifts of Tongues – understand or speak a new language without study. (1 Cor 12:10)
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