Within All Saints and of course the wider church there are many opportunities to serve God according to His calling and with the gifts which He has bestowed upon you.
The following is aimed at helping you to identify your gifts and areas to which God may be calling you to serve.
Unwrapping my Gifts
The bible does not lock us into tight restrictions as to the number of spiritual gifts, or even their definitions. The four major lists of gifts are given in;
Romans 12 verse 8,
1 Corinthians 12 verses 1-11, 27-31,
Ephesians 4 verses 11-12,
1 Peter 4 verses 9-11 ,
but there are other passages that mention or illustrate gifts not included in these lists.
As you read through the list contained at the bottom of this page, check off your initial impression concerning yourself. Remember you can have many gifts
GIFTS THAT COMMUNICATE GOD’S WORD
PREACHING 1 Cor. 14:3
Preaching is the ability to publicly communicate God’s word in an inspired way that convinces both the believer and the unbeliever. The ability to persuasively declare God’s will.
PROPHECY 1 Cor.14:3
“But everyone who prophecies, speaks to men for their strengthening, encouragement and comfort”
EVANGELISM Acts 8:26-40
This is the ability to communicate the Good News of Jesus Christ to unbelievers in a positive, non threatening way. The ability to sense opportunities to share Christ and lead his people to respond in faith.
MISSION 1 Cor. 9:19-23, Acts 13:2-3
This is the ability to adapt to a different culture in order to reach unbelievers and help believers from that culture.
APOSTLE Rom 15:20
This is the ability to start new churches and oversee their development
GIFTS THAT HELP YOU EDUCATE GOD’S PEOPLE
TEACHING Eph. 4:12-13
This is the ability to educate God’s people by clearly explaining and applying the Bible in a way that causes them to learn. The ability to equip and train other believers for ministry.
ENCOURAGEMENT Acts 14:22
This is the ability to motivate God’s people to apply and act on Biblical principles, especially when they are discouraged or wavering in their faith. The ability to bring out the best in others and challenge them to develop their potential.
WISDOM 1 Cor. 2:1, 6-16
This is the ability to understand God’s perspective on life situations and to share those insights in a simple and understandable way. The ability to explain what to do and how to do it.
DISCERNEMENT 1 John 4:1-6
This is the ability to discern right from wrong, truth from error, and to give an immediate evaluation based on God’s Word. The ability to discern whether the source of an experience is Satan, self or God’s Spirit.
KNOWLEDGE Daniel 1:17
This is the ability to discover, collect, analyse and organise information that is vital to individual believers or to the entire church family. The ability to comprehend a large amount of information and provide it when needed for effective decision making.
GIFTS THAT DEMONSTRATE GOD’S LOVE
SERVICE Acts 6:1-7
The ability to recognise unmet needs in the church family, and take the initiative to provide practical assistance quickly, cheerfully, and without the need for further recognition.
MERCY Luke 10:30-37
The ability to detect hurt and empathize with those who are suffering in the church family. The ability to provide compassionate and cheerful support to those experiencing distress, crisis, or pain.
HOSPITALITY 1 Peter 4:9-10
The ability to make others, especially strangers, feel warmly welcomed, accepted and comfortable in the church family. The ability to coordinate factors that promote fellowship.
PASTORING 1 Peter 5:2-4
The ability to care for the spiritual needs of a group of believers and equip them for ministry. The ability to nurture a small group in spiritual growth and assume responsibility for their welfare
GIVING 2 Cor. 8:1-7
The ability to generously contribute material resources and/or money beyond the 10% tithe so that the Body may grow and be strengthened. The ability to earn and manage money so that it may be given to support the ministry of others.
GIFTS THAT CELEBRATE GOD’S PRESENCE
MUSIC Psalm 150
The ability to celebrate God’s presence through music, either vocal or instrumental, and to lead the church family in worship.
ARTS & CRAFTS Exodus 31:3-11
The ability to build, maintain, or beautify the place of worship for God’s glory. The ability to express worship through a variety of art forms.
PRAYER RELATED GIFTS
INTERCESSION Col. 1:9-12
This is the ability to pray for the needs of others in the church family over extended periods of time on a regular basis. The ability to persist in prayer and not be discouraged until the answer arrives.
HEALING James 5:14-16
This is the ability to pray in faith specifically for people who need physical, emotional, or spiritual healing and see God answer. The ability to sense when God is prompting you to pray this type of prayer.
MIRACLES Mark 11:23-24
This is the ability to pray in faith specifically for God’s supernatural intervention into an impossible situation and see God answer. The ability to sense when God is prompting you to pray this type of prayer.
PRAYING WITH MY SPIRIT 1 Cor. 14:15-15
This is the ability to pray in a language understood only by God or one whom is given the gift of interpretation at that time.
GIFTS THAT SUPPORT ALL ASPECTS OF THE CHURCH