~ Spiritual Gift Categories ~
Opening Comment ~ “Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures” (James 1:16-18).
Scripture ~ “There are different kinds of gifts” (1 Corinthians 12:4a, niv). “We have different gifts, according to the grace given us” (Romans 12:6).
Four Categories ~ Generally lists of Spiritual Gifts are put into three categories. I have added a fourth category which I list first since they form the foundation or source for the effective use of the other Spiritual Gifts.
SOURCE GRACE GIFTS: The Construction Sector
~~ Love (which develops Prayer, Intimacy, Thanksgiving, and Discernment/Maturity.
~~ Witness (ambassador)
SERVING GRACE GIFTS: The Service Sector
~~ Giving (Time, Talent, Treasure)
~~ Going (Mercy)
~~ Ruling (Leadership)
~~ Discernment (including Discerning Spirits)
SPEAKING GRACE GIFTS: The Medical Community
~~~~ Word of Wisdom
~~~~ Word of Knowledge
SIGN GRACE GIFTS: The Media Group
~~~~ Speaking in Tongues
~~~~ Interpretation of Tongues
~~ Miraculous Powers
Comment ~ It is very important to note that not all Spiritual Gifts are specifically mentioned in Scripture. Any grace gift which God has given an individual for use in building up the body of believers is a Spiritual Gift.
Closing Comment ~ Future posts in this series will look at these Spiritual Gifts in more depth.
~ Robert Lloyd Russell, ABUNDANT LIFE NOW blog.
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