Read Galatians 5:22-23 What is the list mentioned in this passage called? What is the difference between Fruit of the Spirit and gift of the Spirit? Think about the difference between being and doing? Which is which? Not everyone has every gift. But what is true of the Fruit of the Spirit? Notice that the word Fruit is singular. What does that tell you? If we are to exhibit all the Fruit, what area do you need to work on?
Read 1 Corinthians 12:8-10 This is a list of manifestational gifts. What do you believe about the validity of these gifts? Have you seen any of them used by God? When might they be used? Are any being seen in your church? Do you practice any of these gifts? Ask God to use these gifts to open the eyes to the truth and power of God to the unreached.
HEALING: A capability used by God to restore others, be that physically, emotionally, mentally, or spiritually.
PROPHECY: The ability to speak the message of God to others. This sometimes involves foresight or visions of what is to come. This skill should be used only to offer encouragement or warning.
SPEAKING IN TONGUES: The supernatural ability to speak in another language (one that has not been learned) before the Body of Christ.
INTERPRETATION OF TONGUES: To be able to understand a language and accurately interpret what was just said to encourage the Body.
WORD OF KNOWLEDGE: This is the gift of someone who actively pursues knowledge of the Bible. This person may also enjoy analyzing biblical data. It can also be used to understand undiscovered facts about a person or situation that is revealed by God
WISDOM: The gift of being able to sort through facts and data to discover what needs to be done for the church.
DISCERNING OF SPIRITS: To tell the difference between the Holy Spirit and an evil spirit at work. The wisdom to recognize truth from untruth by correctly evaluating whether a behavior or teaching is from God or another, ungodly source.
FAITH: People with this gift have such great confidence in the power and promises of God that they can stand strong in their belief, no matter what may try to shake them. They can also stand up for the church and for their faith in such a way as to defend and move it forward.
MIRACLES: The ability to perform a supernatural act to help people praise God.
Read Romans 12:6-8. This is a list of motivational gifts. How are these gifts being used in your church? What gifts do you believe that you have been given? Do you see a place in the church where you can use your gift? Ask God for understanding of your gift(s) and where He might want to use you.
ADMINISTRATION: The ability to help steer the church, or a ministry, toward the successful completion of God-given goals, with skills in planning, organization, and supervision.
EXHORTATION: Competence in offering encouragement, comfort, and support to help someone be all that God wants them to be.
GIVING: Those who have this gift are particularly willing and able to share what resources they have with pleasure, and without the need to see them returned.
HELPS: Someone with this gift is able to support or assist members of the body of Christ so that they may be free to minister to others.
HOSPITALITY: A natural ability to make people—even strangers—feel welcome in one’s own home or church as a means to disciple or serve them.
KNOWLEDGE: This is the gift of someone who actively pursues knowledge of the Bible. This person may also enjoy analyzing biblical data.
LEADERSHIP: This aptitude marks a person who is able to stand before a church, to direct the body with care and attention, and to motivate them toward achieving the church’s goals.
MERCY: This is the defining trait of a person with great sensitivity for those who are suffering. It manifests itself in offering compassion and encouragement, and in a love for giving practical help to someone in need.
SERVING: A talent for identifying tasks needed for the body of Christ and using available resources to get the job done.