Gifts in the Church

In this Bible study, we learned about the gifts God gives us in the church. They have been placed into three main categories: Motivational, Ministerial, and Manifestation gifts. Almost all agree that the motivational gifts and ministerial gifts are still being used today in the churches. The Scriptures where the subject of gifts is mentioned is in 2 Corinthians 12 and 14; Romans 12; Ephesians 4:11; and 1 Peter 4:10-11.

The Apostle Paul and Peter both emphasized that there were higher and bigger issues than identifying one’s spiritual gifts; which is the love of God shed abroad in our hearts, and His ministry working in and through us towards other people. You are devout because you love and because you are loved. You know the love you recognize. That’s the love that’s already in you to shed abroad to others. You know the joy you see. Teach people about that and how to give that. We were drawn to the fruit of the Spirit and not the gift of the Spirit.

Ministry must absolutely be emphasized and taught long before gifts, only because we can take something very beautiful and make it very much carnal.

In the early church the power of the gifts (the manifestation gifts), were shown to separate the church from the world; they were to separate the church and Christianity from other religions. There are certain times God manifests that power. The reality is I first need to be educated in ministry and the tools of ministry to grow in the fruit of the Spirit.

All gifts used for the edification of the church fall under three main divisions:

  1. That which is visible in church service
  2. That which is visible in church activity
  3. That which is visible in church life

I think you have to talk about the non-visible gifts. Generally, the person with the non-visible gift, many times, has only one talent. It’s amazing what you can get done, if you don’t care who gets credit for it. Let me lift up in my mind and see how Heaven sees. Look for the invisible part of serving God, that which is spiritually successful. To what degree am I ready to lose my life?  Honestly, though I have been given these three categories, many of the gifts can fit in any of them. It really depends upon the expression of God in that part of the world, with that particular group of people, in that particular point in time.

This message is taken from our Monday night Bible study. If you would like to listen to the full message, click here.