Spiritual Gift Descriptions

ADMINISTRATION: the special ability that God gives to certain members of the Body of Christ to Apostle: the special ability that God gives to certain members of the Body of Christ to understand clearly the immediate and long-range goals of a particular unit of the Body of Christ and to devise and execute effective plans for the accomplishment of those goals.

๐Ÿ“– Luke 14:28-30, Acts 6:1-7, Acts 27:11, 1st Cor 12:28, Titus 1:5

APOSTLE: the special ability that God gives to certain members of the Body of Christ to assume and to exercise divinely imparted authority in order to establish the foundational government of an assigned sphere of ministry within the church. An apostle hears from the Holy Spirit and sets things in order accordingly for the Churchโ€™s health, growth, maturity and outreach.

๐Ÿ“– Luke 6:12-13, 1stCor 12:28, Eph 2:20, Eph 4:11-13

CELIBACY: the special ability that God gives to certain members of the Body of Christ to remain single and enjoy it; to be unmarried and not suffer undue sexual temptations.

๐Ÿ“– Matt 19:10-12, 1st Co 7:7-8

DELIVERANCE: the special ability that God gives to certain members of the Body of Christ to cast our demons and evil spirits.

๐Ÿ“– Matt 12:22-32, Luke 10:12-20, Acts 8:5-8, Acts 16:16-18

DISCERNING OF SPIRITS: the special ability that God gives to certain members of the Body of Christ to know with assurance whether certain behavior purported to be of God is in reality divine, human, or satanic.

๐Ÿ“– Matt 16:21-23, Acts 5:1-11, Acts 16:16-18, 1st Cor 12:10, 1 John 4:1-6

EVANGELIST: the special ability that God gives to certain members of the Body of Christ to share the gospel with nonbelievers in such a way that they become Jesusโ€™ disciples and responsible members of the Body of Christ.

๐Ÿ“– Acts 8:5-6, Acts 8:26-40, Acts 14:21, Acts 21:8, Eph 4:11-13, 2nd Tim 4:5

EXHORTATION (COUNSELING): the special ability that God gives to certain members of the Body of Christ to minister words of comfort, consolation, encouragement and counsel to other members of the Body in such a way that they feel helped and healed.

๐Ÿ“– Acts 14:22, Romans 12:8, 1st Tim 4:13, Heb 10:25

FAITH: the special ability that God gives to certain members of the Body of Christ to discern with extraordinary confidence the will and purposes of God for His work.

๐Ÿ“– Acts 11:22-24, Acts 27:21-25, Romans 4:18-21, 1st Cor 12:9, Heb 11

GIVING: the special ability that God gives to certain members of the Body of Christ to contribute their material resources to the work of the Lord liberally and cheerfully, above and beyond the tithes and offerings expected of all believers.

๐Ÿ“– Mark 12:41-44, Romans 12:8, 2 Cor 8:1-7, 2 Cor 9:2-8

HEALING: the special ability that God gives to certain members of the Body of Christ to serve as human intermediaries through whom it pleases God to cure illness and restore health apart from the use of natural means.

๐Ÿ“– Acts 3:1-10, Acts 5:12-16, Acts 9:32-35, Acts 28:7-10, 1st Cor 12:9,28

HELPS: the special ability that God gives to certain members of the Body of Christ to invest the talents they have in the life and ministry of other members of the Body, thus enabling those others to increase the effectiveness of their own spiritual gifts.

๐Ÿ“– Mark 15:40-41, Luke 8:2-3, Acts 9:36, Romans 16:1-2, 1st Cor 12:28

HOSPITALITY: the special ability that God gives to certain members of the Body of Christ to provide an open house and a warm welcome to those in need of food and lodging.

๐Ÿ“– Acts 16:14-15, Romans 12:9-13, Romans 16:23, Heb 13:1-2, 1st Pet 4:9

INTERCESSION: the special ability that God gives to certain members of the Body of Christ to pray for extended periods of time on a regular basis and see frequent and specific answers to their prayers, to a degree much greater than that which is expected of the average Christian.

๐Ÿ“– Luke 22:41-44, Acts 12:12, Col 1:9-12, Col 4:12-13, 1st Tim 2:1-2, James 5:14-16

KNOWLEDGE: the special ability that God gives to certain members of the Body of Christ to discover, accumulate, analyze, and clarify information and ideas which are pertinent to the well-being of the body.

๐Ÿ“– Acts 5:1-11, 1st Cor 2:14, 1st Cor 12:8, 2nd Cor 11:6, Col 2:2-3

LEADING WORSHIP: the special ability that God gives to certain members of the Body of Christ to accurately discern the heart of God for a particular public worship service to draw others into an intimate experience with God during the worship time, and to allow the Holy Spirit to change directions and emphasis as the service progresses.

๐Ÿ“– 1 Sam 16:23, 1 Chr 9:33, 2 Chr 5:12-14

LEADERSHIP: the special ability that God gives to certain members of the Body of Christ to Leading Worship: the special ability that God gives to certain members of the Body of Christ to set goals in accordance with Godโ€™s purpose for the future and to communicate these goals to others in such a way that they voluntarily and harmoniously work together to accomplish those goals for the glory of God.

๐Ÿ“– Luke 9:51, Acts 7:10, Acts 15:7-11, Romans, 12:8, 1st Tim 5:17, Heb 13:17

MERCY: the special ability that God gives to certain members of the Body of Christ to feel genuine empathy and compassion for individuals (both Christian and non-Christian) who suffer distressing physical, mental, or emotional problems, and to translate that compassion into cheerfully done deeds which reflect Godโ€™s love and alleviate the suffering.

๐Ÿ“– Matt 20:29-34, Matt 25:34-40, Mark 9:41, Luke 10:33-35, Acts 11:28-30, Acts 16:33-34, Romans 12:8

MIRACLES: ย the special ability that God gives to certain members of the Body of Christ to serve as human intermediaries through whom it pleases God to perform powerful acts that are perceived by observers to have altered the ordinary course of nature.

๐Ÿ“– Acts 9:36-42, Acts 19:11-20, Acts 20:7-12, Romans 15:18-19,1st Cor 12: 10,28, 2nd ย Cor 12:12

MISSIONARY: the special ability that God gives to certain members of the Body of Christ to minister whatever other spiritual gifts they have in a second culture.

๐Ÿ“– Acts 8:4, Acts 13:2-3, Acts 22:21, Romans 10:15, 1st Cor 9:19-23, Eph 3:6-8


PASTOR
: the special ability that God gives to certain members of the Body of Christ to assume a long-term personal responsibility for the spiritual welfare of a group of believers.

๐Ÿ“– John 10:1-10, Eph 4:11-13, 1st Tim 3:1-7, 1st Peter 5:1-3

PROPHECY: the special ability that God gives to certain members of the Body of Christ to receive and communicate an immediate message of God to His people through a divinely anointed utterance.

๐Ÿ“– Luke 7:26, Acts 15:32, Acts 21:9-11, Romans 12:6, 1st Cor 12:10,28, Eph 4:11-13

SERVICE: the special ability that God gives to certain members of the Body to identify unmet needs involved in a task related to Godโ€™s work, and to make use of available resources to meet those needs and help accomplish the desired results.

๐Ÿ“– Acts 6:1-7, Romans 12:7, Gal 6:2, 10, 2nd Tim 1:16-18, Titus 3:14

TEACHING: the special ability that God gives to certain members of the Body of Christ to communicate information relevant to the health and ministry of the Body and its members in such a way that others will learn.

๐Ÿ“– Acts 18:24-28, Acts 20:20-21, Romans 12:7, 1st Cor 12:28, Eph 4:11-13

TONGUES – INTERPRETATION: the special ability that God gives to certain members of the Body of Christ to make known in the vernacular the message of one who speaks in tongues.

๐Ÿ“– 1stย  Cor 12:10,30, 1stย  Cor 14:13, 1stย  Cor 14:26-28

TONGUES – SPEAKING: the special ability that God gives to certain members of the Body of Christ to (a) to speak to God in a language they have never learned and/or (b) to receive and communicate an immediate message of God to His people through a divinely anointed utterance in a language they have never learned.

๐Ÿ“– Mark 16:17, Acts 2:1-13, Acts 10:44-46, Acts 19:1-7, 1st Cor 12:10,28, 1st Co 14:13-19

VOLUNTARY POVERTY:ย  the special ability that God gives to certain members of the Body of Christ to renounce material comfort and luxury and adopt a personal lifestyle equivalent to those living at the poverty level in a given society in order to serve God more effectively.

๐Ÿ“– Acts 2:44-45, Acts 4:34-37, 1st Cor 13:1-3, 2nd Cor 6:10, 2nd Co 8:9

WISDOM:ย  the special ability that God gives to certain members of the Body of Christ to know the mind of the Holy Spirit in such a way as to receive insight into how given knowledge may best be applied to specific needs arising in the Body of Christ.

๐Ÿ“– Acts 6:3,10, 1st Cor 2:14, 1st Cor 12:8,ย  James 1:5-6, 2nd ย Peter 3:15-16