Spiritual Gifts: Identification And Usage RCCG Sunday School 21/02/2021

Spiritual Gifts

Spiritual Gifts: Identification And Usage

 

 

 

Memory Verse: “As every man hath received the gift, even so, minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God”- 1 Peter 4:10

 

Introduction

It is definitely commendable for God’s children to desire to know the spiritual gifts given to them by the Holy Spirit for the p[purpose of service in the Church and glorify God in the World (2 Timothy 1:6). The existence of a gift is a call to exercise it. Therefore, the Apostle Paul advised Timothy, “Neglect not the gify=t that is in you” (1 Timothy 4:14). 

 

Bible Reference 

2 Timothy 1:6

Some people have turned away from these and have lost their way in foolish discussions. 

 

1 Timothy 4:14

Do not neglect the spiritual gift that is in you, which was given to you when the prophets spoke and the elders laid their hands on you. 

 

Outlines

  • Identifying Your Spiritual Giftedness
  • Effective Use Of Spiritual Gifts

Spiritual Gifts

Identifying Your Spiritual Giftedness

Identifying your spiritual giftedness can be accomplished in various ways.

Effective fervent prayers are very vital because the One who knows exactly how you are spiritually gifted is the gift giver Himself the Holy Spirit. You can ask to show you how you are gifted in order to better use your spiritual gifts for his glory. (Luke 11:9.13).

 

COnfirmation from others also gives light to your spiritual giftedness.  Other people who see you serving the Lord can often identify a spiritual gift in use that you might take for granted or not recognise. (1 Timothy 4:14; 2 Timothy 1: 5-6). 

 In addition, you can carry out a self-test. There are question like

” What spiritual activity do I enjoy doing?” 

“What Ministry in my life is God Blessing?” 

“What is the Holy Spirit telling or prompting me to do?”

(Romans 12:5-8, 1 Corinthians 7:20,24)

 

Bible References

1 Timothy 4:14

Do not neglect the spiritual gift that is in you, which was given to you when the prophets spoke and the elders laid their hands on you. 

 

Luke 11:9-13

Luk 11:9: And so I say to you: Ask, and you will receive; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you. 
Luk 11:10  For those who ask will receive, and those who seek will find, and the door will be opened to anyone who knocks. 
Luk 11:11  Would any of you who are fathers give your son a snake when he asks for fish? 
Luk 11:12  Or would you give him a scorpion when he asks for an egg? 
Luk 11:13  As bad as you are, you know how to give good things to your children. How much more, then, will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” 

 

2 Timothy 1:5-6

2Ti 1:5  I remember the sincere faith you have, the kind of faith that your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice also had. I am sure that you have it also. 
2Ti 1:6  For this reason I remind you to keep alive the gift that God gave you when I laid my hands on you. 

 

Romans 12:5-8

Rom 12:5  In the same way, though we are many, we are one body in union with Christ, and we are all joined to each other as different parts of one body. 
Rom 12:6  So we are to use our different gifts in accordance with the grace that God has given us. If our gift is to speak God’s message, we should do it according to the faith that we have; 
Rom 12:7  if it is to serve, we should serve; if it is to teach, we should teach; 
Rom 12:8  if it is to encourage others, we should do so. Whoever shares with others should do it generously; whoever has authority should work hard; whoever shows kindness to others should do it cheerfully. 

 

1 Corinthians 7, 20,24

1Co 7:20  Each of you should remain as you were when you accepted God’s call. 
1Co 7:21  Were you a slave when God called you? Well, never mind; but if you have a chance to become free, use it. 
1Co 7:22  For a slave who has been called by the Lord is the Lord’s free person; in the same way a free person who has been called by Christ is his slave. 
1Co 7:23  God bought you for a price; so do not become slaves of people. 
1Co 7:24  My friends, each of you should remain in fellowship with God in the same condition that you were when you were called. 

 

Effective Use of Spiritual Gifts

Every Christian is given at least a gift at conversion,. (Eph 4:7). As you manage well your initial gift and as your ministry expands, you may ask God for other fits under the direction and promptings of the Holy Spirit. (1 Corinthians 12:31, 14:39). 

 

Every gifted person has a proper function in the body of Christ (The church). No gift is superior to others but gift differs in function (1 Corinthians 12:20-25). No one believer has all the gifts. (1 Corinthians 12:28-30). So, we need one another. 

 

Spiritual gifts are given to edify (build up) other believers (1 Corinthians 14:12,26; Ephesians 4:12); to promote growth, unity and love (Ephesians 4:16); to assist in the care of one another (1 Corinthians 12:25; 1 Peter 4:10) and to glorify God, especially in the ministry of the Word (1 Peter 4:11).

 

1 Corinthians 14: 12-26

1Co 14:12  Since you are eager to have the gifts of the Spirit, you must try above everything else to make greater use of those which help to build up the church. 
1Co 14:13  The person who speaks in strange tongues, then, must pray for the gift to explain what is said. 
1Co 14:14  For if I pray in this way, my spirit prays indeed, but my mind has no part in it. 
1Co 14:15  What should I do, then? I will pray with my spirit, but I will pray also with my mind; I will sing with my spirit, but I will sing also with my mind. 
1Co 14:16  When you give thanks to God in spirit only, how can ordinary people taking part in the meeting say “Amen” to your prayer of thanksgiving? They have no way of knowing what you are saying. 
1Co 14:17  Even if your prayer of thanks to God is quite good, other people are not helped at all. 
1Co 14:18  I thank God that I speak in strange tongues much more than any of you. 
1Co 14:19  But in church worship I would rather speak five words that can be understood, in order to teach others, than speak thousands of words in strange tongues. 
1Co 14:20  Do not be like children in your thinking, my friends; be children so far as evil is concerned, but be grown up in your thinking. 
1Co 14:21  In the Scriptures it is written, “By means of people speaking strange languages I will speak to my people, says the Lord. I will speak through lips of foreigners, but even then my people will not listen to me.” 
1Co 14:22  So then, the gift of speaking in strange tongues is proof for unbelievers, not for believers, while the gift of proclaiming God’s message is proof for believers, not for unbelievers. 
1Co 14:23  If, then, the whole church meets together and everyone starts speaking in strange tongues—and if some ordinary people or unbelievers come in, won’t they say that you are all crazy? 
1Co 14:24  But if everyone is proclaiming God’s message when some unbelievers or ordinary people come in, they will be convinced of their sin by what they hear. They will be judged by all they hear, 
1Co 14:25  their secret thoughts will be brought into the open, and they will bow down and worship God, confessing, “Truly God is here among you!” 
1Co 14:26  This is what I mean, my friends. When you meet for worship, one person has a hymn, another a teaching, another a revelation from God, another a message in strange tongues, and still another the explanation of what is said. Everything must be of help to the church. 

 

Ephesians 4:12 

Eph 4:12  He did this to prepare all God’s people for the work of Christian service, in order to build up the body of Christ. 

 

Ephesians 4:16 

Eph 4:16  Under his control all the different parts of the body fit together, and the whole body is held together by every joint with which it is provided. So when each separate part works as it should, the whole body grows and builds itself up through love. 

 

1 Corinthians 12:25

1Co 12:25  And so there is no division in the body, but all its different parts have the same concern for one another. 

 

1 Peter 4:10,11

1Pe 4:10  Each one, as a good manager of God’s different gifts, must use for the good of others the special gift he has received from God. 

1Pe 4:11  Those who preach must preach God’s messages; those who serve must serve with the strength that God gives them, so that in all things praise may be given to God through Jesus Christ, to whom belong glory and power forever and ever. Amen. 

 

Conclusion

Faithful utilization of a gift brings increased effectiveness in the ministry, but failure to develop a gift curtails ministry. 

 

Questions

  1. In what ways can believers identify their spiritual gifts?
  2. How can believers put their spiritual giftedness into effective usage? 

 

Action Point

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