Only Christians have “spiritual gifts.” Every Christian is given spiritual gifts to be used in ministry. If you have committed your life to Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit has “gifted” you. Specifically, the Bible says that your spiritual gifts are supposed to be used to build up the church. When we use our gifts together, the church grows and we all benefit. Printer friendly version.[tabs style=”1″] [tab title=”Biblical Basis”]
Section 1: Biblical Basis
There are numerous passages related to the topic of spiritual gifts found in the Bible. Most theologians agree that when discussing the topic of spiritual gifts in relation to believers, the question is not if a believer possesses a spiritual gift but which gifts he possesses.
REVIEW the following passages and IDENTIFY the individual gifts listed in each group of verses:
- 1 Corinthians 7:7 (2 new gifts) – marriage and celibacy
- 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 (2 new gifts) – voluntary poverty and martyrdom
- 1 Corinthians 14:26-33 (1 new gift) – music
- 1 Peter 4:9-11 (1 new gift) – hospitality
Once you have completed the lists of spiritual gifts above, try to DETERMINE which three best describe the gifts you possess.
Section 2: Biblical Principles
For over 20 years, the Basden-Johnson Spiritual Gift Analysis has been a helpful tool for individuals seeking to better understand the area of spiritual giftedness. The authors offer an inventory that can be used by believers to assist in identifying one’s spiritual gifts. They provide the following principles:
- Universality– Every believer has at least one spiritual gift. No one is the exception!
As a servant leader, you must acknowledge the gift(s) God has given to you. Your leadership style and role should complement these gifts. (1 Corinthians 12:7, 11; Ephesians 4:7)
- Humility– No believer has every spiritual gift. No Christian is ‘omni gifted’!
The goal of servant leaders is not to exercise “every” gift. Servant leaders should humbly fulfill their roles and recognize that these are gifts from God. (1 Corinthians 12:12, 27, 29-30)
- Diversity– Believers have different spiritual gifts from one another. We are all unique!
Servant leaders must realize they are not serving alone. Their gift(s), coupled with the gifts of others, completes the body of Christ. (Romans 12:3-6a)
- Sovereignty– Believers receive spiritual gifts according to the sovereign will of Christ’s Spirit. God distributes gifts according to His wisdom!
It is important for Christ-followers to discover what their spiritual gifts are so they can use them in ministry. (1 Corinthians 12:11; Ephesians 4:7-8)
While some disagreement exists among sincere Christians regarding the nature or function of certain gifts, we believe that GOD has clearly revealed enough about this subject in Scripture for us to be faithful and obedient. Other Biblical Questions answered.[/tab] [tab title=”Your Gifts”]
Section 3: Your Spiritual Gifts
You have spent some time learning what God has said about Spiritual Gifts. Now it’s time for you to find out what your Spiritual Gifts are . We are offering the Basden-Johnson Spiritual Gift Analysis resource to you as a way to discover more about how GOD has uniquely shaped and gifted YOU to live and serve as part of the Body of Christ.
Now, complete The Spiritual Gifts Analysis… it will open in a new window. Once you have completed the analysis you will be given your results. Your top three or four scores will reflect your main areas of spiritual giftedness.
RECORD your top areas of spiritual giftedness.
Section 4: Personal Reflection
As you REVIEW the results, COMPARE them with the projections you made in Section 1.
RESPOND to the following questions:
- Did you have any gifts that were found on both lists?
- Which new areas of giftedness were found from the results of the analysis?
- As you review your projections and the results of the analysis, did you find some areas of giftedness that are not being utilized at this time?
- What do you need to do to put into practice the gifts identified in either or both lists?
One of the challenges of becoming a biblical servant leader involves the ability to fulfill the God-appointed gifts given to believers. One’s ability to actively utilize these gifts in daily life will go a long way in assisting the individual to live out the servant leader role. Strong servant leaders will regularly evaluate the manner in which they are serving in their areas of giftedness.
After reflecting on the information you have gained and feel like you are not utilizing your gifts where God has called you, visit the Leadership Opportunities section in each ministry area to see where your gifts might be better utilized.[/tab] [/tabs]
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