Do you know your Spiritual Gifts?

Josh, Kim, Hayden and Madison Whitehead

KATB led us in a great time of worship.  It was one of my favorite worship sets EVER.

Trey McKnight brought it singing “Everything” by Lifehouse.  I love that song.

God’s spirit spoke through Josh Whitehead to teach us about spiritual gifts.  I love the idea that God does not regift anyone, but He has uniquely gifted each of us according to His perfect plan and purpose.  Every believer has a spiritual gift.  If you say that God has not given you a gift, then you are saying that you are not a believer.  Also, if you are not serving God, then you are not spiritually mature.

I thought the apple pie story was a great way to illustrate how the different spiritual gifts play out in our lives.

Well, I hope you enjoyed Josh’s last sermon at Graystone Church.  I guess if you want an easy laugh, then make fun of the old pastor.  I am an easy target.  I actually hope and pray that Josh will speak many more times at Graystone Church.  He is a great friend and partner in ministry.  I know that it was God’s spirit who led us to sit next to each other in “Basic Hebrew” in the Fall of 1998.

It’s hard to believe that we are already talking about Sports Camp 2011.  I’m trusting God for 1000 kids this year.  We need every person at Graystone to sign up to serve.  It will take our entire church family to pull off an event of this magnitude.  And let me just say that it is my favorite week of the year, because it is fun “doing ministry” with everyone, and I get to see the entire Graystone Church body working together to see hundreds of kid’s lives impacted for Jesus Christ.  It doesn’t get any better than this.

Speaking of “kids”, I heard that Cweekend was phenomenal.  A big THANK YOU goes out to everyone who served our high school kids this weekend: host homes, drivers, small group leaders, those who prepared snacks/meals, etc.  Over 40 HS kids heard God’s plan for love, sex, and dating.  Let’s keep them in our prayers in this very pivotal time in their lives.

Next Sunday, I will be speaking on “the filling of the Holy Spirit”.  What does it mean to be filled with the Holy Spirit?  Is there a 2nd baptism?  If so, what is it?  What is speaking in tongues and what is the purpose of it?  It should be a good one.

Well, other than my “create a caption/picture contests”, I have a hard time drumming up comments on my blog. But, let’s see how we can do with this one:

Do you know your spiritual gift(s)?  If so, what is it?

Let’s hear it.  I really am interested to know if you know your spiritual gifts, and I am curious what each of your gifts are.  I have the gifts of Apostleship, Evangelism, Faith, and Teaching.

How about you?

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  1. I would have to say my SG’s are serving and intercession. It’s been a while since I’ve done any type of ‘test’ that evaluated them, but that was what they were the last time so I’ll stick with those.

  2. Jonathan, do you think people’s spiritual gifts can change throughout their lives or do you think the gifts are like muscles that need to be used to be strengthened?? As an example, when I was in college, I was certain I had the gift of exhortation. Now.. not so much. -Angela

    • Good question Angela. I don’t think the gifts change but I do think God allows us to grow in certain areas at certain times. When I was in college, I was really focused on prayer and I thought I had the spiritual gift of intercession. Back then, I scored really high on that portion of the gifts test. Now, I don’t think I have the gift of prayer. I think our true spiritual gifts will be evident through the test of time. The spiritual gifts test are not always accurate because we my have certain “leanings” or may be growing a particular area when we take the test. I hope that helps.

      • Thanks! It does help. What you say makes a lot of sense. I remember that I took a spiritual gift test during a crisis, and I scored high in faith, which isn’t typical.

        Anyway, I usually score high in prophesy (always the highest), teaching, leadership, and wisdom. However, I’m not sure I have the gift of teaching. Trey really made me think when he talked about how God gives us “abilities” (he talked about his ability to organize), but these abilities may not be true gifts. I can definitely teach, but I am pretty sure I would have been teacher, even if I had never become a Christian. So teaching may be a skill I use for Him but not really a gift.

        But at the end of the day, we use ALL God has given us, and made us to be, for His glory.

      • Well I think my gifts are encouraging people and helping them to focus on the best part of who they are. I’m actually not even sure if that is considered a spiritual gift.

      • Kelly,
        I love to be around people with the gift of encouragement or exhortation. You can actually use this gift in any ministry situation or every day life. I don’t know many people who do not enjoy hearing an encouraging word. As Josh said Sunday, I have people who encourage me EVERY SUNDAY after my “bad sermons”. Otherwise, I would not keep preaching. BTW, here is a link to a free spiritual gifts tests online. It will share with you your dominant spiritual gift, a description of what it means, and give you some ideas to use your gift in ministry:

  3. Kelly, that sounds like the gift of exhortation (Romans 12:8) which enables Christians with the ability to offer consolation, encouragement, comfort, and counsel.

    Maybe you can get involved as a greeter or at the welcome desk… then you will have the opportunity to meet people and offer encouragement. Just an idea. :0)

  4. People can study spiritual gifts for a long time and still not know what their gift is. I think one of the reasons people don’t know what their gifts are, is because we do not always affirm or encourage. Somone might have a hard time admitting that they have a unique talent which God is really using in an incredible way. Often times those exercises can cause us to appear to brag. I think a better course of action is to affirm people’s gifts through acts of ministry. And acts of ministry are not confined to 3 hours on Sunday, but throughout the week. We need to “encourage one another on to good works.”

    • Great points Dale. The spiritual gifts tests are fun to take and can help point us in the right direction. But like any other tests of these kind (I.e. temperament test), we can score high on whichever gift we want because we know which questions are related to which gift. The best way to discover your gift is to get involved in serving and ministry. See what you enjoy, what comes naturally and see where God blesses. It is probably a good idea to have someone else take the take for you…affirmation from others is huge.

      • To be straight on the point – Jim believes mine is prophecy, but I think its teaching with prophecy secondary to this. When I was in college I was afraid to talk in public, but God has done a miraculous work in me and pushed me way out of my comfort zone. I want to affirm in you Jonathan that whatever you call your gift, to me it is the ability to simply communicate the gospel to others, and show them the way to Christ. You are an extremely deep and complex person, but God has given you the ability to put things on the bottom shelf, and apply them to common people. In my opinion the gifts being exercised positively by the pastor and staff teams is the number one reason Graystone has grown so well. Job well done by all the staff.

  5. My top four, in order of highest score, are: Showing Mercy, Pastor/Shepard, Exhortation and Serving/Administration were tied for fourth

  6. I have just take the spirtual gift test to see where mt stregnths are now. Here are my top 6.
    #1 Faith
    #2 Hospitality
    #3 Mercy
    #4 Service
    #5 Exhortation
    #6 Pastoring (wow this caught me off guard) I’m afraid to speak in public…..

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