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What are the Nine Gifts of the Spirit?

As a charismatic I believe that the gift of the Spirit are still in operation today and that we need them all to fulfil the mission to which God has called us.

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I have discussed the gifts briefly before here but in the following series I want to look at each of the nine gifts in 1 Corinthians 12:8-12 in more detail. What are they? How do they work? How do they help us fulfil God’s mission?

Paul refers to these nine as manifestations of the Spirit. There are a number of other lists of the gifts. Some refer to spoken contributions when we gather as church. Others include more natural abilities that can be used in serving such as administration. Others list roles in the church such as apostles. Many of these lists overlap and none may not be exhaustive.

1 Corinthians 12:8-12

For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, and to another the word of knowledge according to the same Spirit; to another faith by the same Spirit, and to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, and to another the effecting of miracles, and to another prophecy, and to another the distinguishing of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills.

For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ.

So what are the nine gifts?

My aim in this series is to define each one of the gifts in this passage in turn and look at how they work especially in relation to mission. Of course the purpose of the gifts is to build each other up as the body of Christ but the impact of these gifts also overflows to others.

I will start with the word of wisdom next week and then work through the list in order:

Word of wisdom
Word of knowledge
Discerning of Spirits
Interpretation of tongues

Further Reading

Audio teaching on 1 Corinthians 12 Gifts of the Spirit on Prodigal Thought

August 7, 2012 at 6:00 pm
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