Palm Sunday: Triumph and Suffering

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Palm Sunday: Triumph and Suffering

In Luke 19:28-44, we see the triumph of Jesus receiving praise and adoration as he enters Jerusalem riding on a donkey. But we also see him suffering as he weeps over the city. The Christian life is full of both triumph and suffering… What can we learn from the story of Palm Sunday that can allow us to live in both of these realities with grace, dignity, and hope?

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March 24, 2013 | Luke 19:28-44 | Sermon | Virginia Beach Church |Download Audio

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March 31st– Easter

March 29, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

This is such an important week in the Christian calendar. Christmas certainly is more hyped, but Easter is the reason for our hope and joy.

Why?

Because Jesus, through the cross and resurrection, defeated sin and death– our two biggest problems– once for all! This is the basis for the gospel– the good news that needs to be proclaimed to all people.

Do you realize that? Do you understand that Jesus forgave your sins and offers his righteousness? It is the most amazing truth in the universe… and it’s for YOU.

Join us for a Good Friday Service at Hilltop Community Church in the sanctuary (combined service with CrossCurrent and Hilltop Community Church) from 5:30pm-6:30pm. Then come celebrate the resurrection of Jesus on Easter Sunday at our regular place and time.

Looking forward to tonight andSunday!

Grace and peace,

Doug

 

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GRACE2F HAPPENINGS

PIN Ministry

Grace Family Fellowship has committed to partner with PIN Ministry to serve the less fortunate and homeless of Virginia Beach.

 

 

WHAT:            Staff the Sunday event. This includes:

  • Serving dinner
  • Manning the clothes tables
  • Helping with medical services/supplies
  • Manning the sundry shop (toiletries, etc)

WHO:             10 volunteers needed each Sunday scheduled

WHERE:       Beach Pentecostal Church,  501 15th St,  Virginia Beach, VA  23451,  (Corner of 15th St. and Baltic)

WHEN:          March 31st (Easter Sunday)  1:45pm—4:45pm

HOW:             Sign up with Ed Lewis

Cel—757-401-5564

e-mail— prodiveserv@hotmail.com

____________________

EASTER 2013

Good Friday Service:   5:30pm-6:30pm in Hilltop Community Church Sanctuary (with HCC and CrossCurrent Church)

Easter Sunday Service:  9:15 Hilltop Community Church Fellowship Hall (our regular meeting place)

Easter Brunch/Gathering:  @ the Haupt’s House (1317 Conrad Lane, Virginia Beach, VA)

Bring some food to share.  Following the service until…

                                                           •PIN Ministry
                                                           •Russell House

 

Spiritual Gifts: Part 5

March 25, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Spiritual Gifts: Part 5– The Ultimate Goal

As we close our study of spiritual gifts we are reminded about their ultimate goal. They are not an end in and of themselves– they are a means to something bigger, better, and more beautiful.

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March 24th News– Palm Sunday

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This Sunday is Palm Sunday and we will remember the day that Jesus returned to Jerusalem for the final time during his earthly ministry. You can read the accounts of this story in Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-11, Luke 19:28-44, and John 12:12-19.

We will focus on Luke’s account and see that this was a day of triumph and pain, victory and suffering.

I encourage you to read each gospel account of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem as we set our hearts and minds on the cross and resurrection. My prayer is that each of us can see and experience Jesus in a fresh, new way.

I want to correct an announcement I posted last week… The Good Friday service with CrossCurrent Church (in the sanctuary of Hilltop Community Church) will be from 5:30pm to 6:30pm (see below for details).

Looking forward to Sunday!

Grace and peace,

Doug

 

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GRACE2F HAPPENINGS

PIN Ministry

Grace Family Fellowship has committed to partner with PIN Ministry to serve the less fortunate and homeless of Virginia Beach.

 

 

WHAT:            Staff the Sunday event. This includes:

  • Serving dinner
  • Manning the clothes tables
  • Helping with medical services/supplies
  • Manning the sundry shop (toiletries, etc)

WHO:             10 volunteers needed each Sunday scheduled

WHERE:       Beach Pentecostal Church,  501 15th St,  Virginia Beach, VA  23451,  (Corner of 15th St. and Baltic)

WHEN:          March 31st (Easter Sunday)  1:45pm—4:45pm

HOW:             Sign up with Ed Lewis

Cel—757-401-5564

e-mail— prodiveserv@hotmail.com

____________________

EASTER 2013

Good Friday Service:   5:30pm-6:30pm in Hilltop Community Church Sanctuary (with HCC and CrossCurrent Church)

Easter Sunday Service:  9:15 Hilltop Community Church Fellowship Hall (our regular meeting place)

Easter Brunch/Gathering:  @ the Haupt’s House (1317 Conrad Lane, Virginia Beach, VA)

Bring some food to share.  Following the service until…

                                                           •PIN Ministry
                                                           •Russell House

 

March 17th News

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This week we are finishing up our study of spiritual gifts and calling (We have learned that these two things kinda go together). I hope that you have been encouraged that you have a place here at Grace Family Fellowship to serve and grow and care for others– even if you haven’t found out exactly where that is yet!

Sunday we will see the real difference between a calling from God and using spiritual gifts compared with just volunteering. There is an end result in this process– and it’s not just figuring out how/where to serve. If you miss the true end result, you miss everything.

Come Sunday to find out what this end result is all about!

Also, Easter season is coming up. Be open to God leading you to invite someone to our Easter service.

We will be focusing on Jesus and his incredible sacrifice and grace on Palm Sunday– March 24; Good Friday– March 29; Easter Sunday– March 31. This is a great time to invite someone to church to hear the Good News of the gospel. Perhaps you have a friend, neighbor, or family member who would enjoy to join us!

Looking forward to Sunday!

Grace and peace,

Doug

 

__________________________________________

GRACE2F HAPPENINGS

PIN Ministry

Grace Family Fellowship has committed to partner with PIN Ministry to serve the less fortunate and homeless of Virginia Beach.

 

 

WHAT:            Staff the Sunday event. This includes:

  • Serving dinner
  • Manning the clothes tables
  • Helping with medical services/supplies
  • Manning the sundry shop (toiletries, etc)

WHO:             10 volunteers needed each Sunday scheduled

WHERE:       Beach Pentecostal Church,  501 15th St,  Virginia Beach, VA  23451,  (Corner of 15th St. and Baltic)

WHEN:          March 31st (Easter Sunday)  1:45pm—4:45pm

HOW:             Sign up with Ed Lewis

Cel—757-401-5564

e-mail— prodiveserv@hotmail.com

____________________

EASTER 2013

Good Friday Service:   5:00pm-6:00pm in Hilltop Community Church Sanctuary (with HCC and CrossCurrent Church)

Easter Sunday Service:  9:15 Hilltop Community Church Fellowship Hall (our regular meeting place)

Easter Brunch/Gathering:  @ the Haupt’s House (1317 Conrad Lane, Virginia Beach, VA)

Bring some food to share.  Following the service until…

                                                           •PIN Ministry
                                                           •Russell House

 

Spiritual Gifts: Part 4

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Spiritual Gifts: Part 4 (Ephesians 4)

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Remember to Spring Forward Tonight!

March 9, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Tonight we “spring forward” into daylight savings time. Move your clocks forward 1 hour.

Yes, that means you lose an hour of sleep. You will be tempted to decide to skip church because of the lost time– but I urge you to resist that temptation! Start daylight savings time off by coming to church. You won’t regret it.

 

Looking forward to Sunday!

Grace and peace,

Doug

 

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March 10th News

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This week we will continue our study of spiritual gifts. We’ve been learning about what they are and how they are used to build up the body of Christ (the church). We’ve also seen that every believer has, at least, one gift (probably several) necessary for the church to function effectively.

This is pretty cool stuff because it means that everyone has a purpose and calling in the family of God. With this in mind, it is important for us to understand our gifts and consider how they can be used in our particular church.

Sunday, we will see how these gifts are often “clustered” or “grouped”  together for a particular purpose or focus. We will also look at the difference between being a volunteer and being called.

I encourage you to come ready to discover what God is calling you for to build his kingdom and experience the joy of becoming who he has made you to be! I also encourage you to visit the “Doug’s Notes” section of our website (www.grace2f.org). In it, I have listed all the spiritual gifts we find in scripture with a description of each. As you read through it, see what resonates with who you are and the things you enjoy and are passionate about.

Finally, Easter season is coming up (Palm Sunday– March 24; Good Friday– March 29; Easter Sunday– March 31). This is a great time to invite someone to church to hear the Good News of the gospel. Perhaps you have a friend, neighbor, or family member who would enjoy to join us!

 

Looking forward to Sunday!

Grace and peace,

Doug

 

__________________________________________

GRACE2F HAPPENINGS

PIN Ministry

Grace Family Fellowship has committed to partner with PIN Ministry to serve the less fortunate and homeless of Virginia Beach.

 

 

WHAT:            Staff the Sunday event. This includes:

  • Serving dinner
  • Manning the clothes tables
  • Helping with medical services/supplies
  • Manning the sundry shop (toiletries, etc)

WHO:             10 volunteers needed each Sunday scheduled

WHERE:          Beach Pentecostal Church,  501 15th St,  Virginia Beach, VA  23451,  (Corner of 15th St. and Baltic)

WHEN:            1:45pm—4:45pm

 

Dates

March 31 (Easter)

June 30

September 29

December 29

HOW:             Sign up with Ed Lewis

Cel—757-401-5564

e-mail— prodiveserv@hotmail.com

 

What Are the Spiritual Gifts?

March 4, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Last Sunday (March 3, 2013), we talked about spiritual gifts. I wanted to post some additional information on each of the gifts we find in scripture. To do this, I have gathered information from several different sources and put them together here.

My desire is that you can reference this entry to read about the different gifts as you consider how God has uniquely gifted you to serve the body of Christ. This is by no means an exhaustive study—but it does provide some good information to gain a better understanding of the gifts and how they impact the church.

 

 

Spiritual Gifts Definitions

1 Corinthians 12:8-10

Gift Contribution to the Body
1) Wisdom Guidance
2) Knowledge Awareness
3) Faith Confidence
4) Healing Wholeness
5) Miracles God’s Power
6) Prophecy Conviction
7) Discernment Clarification
8) Tongues A Message
9) Interpretation Understanding

1) Gift of Wisdom (I Corinthians 12:8)

This gift is the ability to gain insight on how knowledge may best be applied to specific needs in the Body of Christ. This involves applying Biblical truths to everyday situations. It also involves special insight into the profundity and implications of how God is working in the world, especially to further the gospel. Compare Romans 11:33-35 with I Corinthians 2:6-10.

This wisdom is intended to be communicated. This is why it is called the “message of wisdom”. (I Corinthians 12:8)

All believers should exemplify some wisdom. (Colossians 1: 9-12)
This wisdom involves revelation from God. It may be direct or unwritten revelation. (I Corinthians 2:6-16)

Use of this gift will be accompanied by: (James 3:13-18)

  • Purity
  • Peace-lovingness
  • Consideration
  • Submission
  • Fullness of mercy
  • Fullness of the Fruit of the Spirit
  • Impartiality
  • Sincerity

This gift can be used to:

  • Answer an unbeliever’s arguments. (I Peter 3:15)
  • Solve problems facing the Body of Christ.
  • Apply to believer’s conduct. (Paul’s epistles)

Probable characteristics of this gift:

  • You find yourself praying for insight on how to apply truths to needs around you.
  • You enjoy the application passages of scripture rather than the doctrinal.
  • Sometimes you see solutions to problems that no one else seems to see.
  • You become frustrated when people do not listen to your solution because you know it 
will work.
  • You have little difficulty communicating your thoughts and usually others listen to you.
  • You enjoy working on solutions to problems more than you do applying all the details of 
the solutions to the problems.
  • Many times in prayer, meditation, or scripture study, solutions will come to mind.
  • People come to you with their personal problems for insight. They see you as a problem 
solver.
  • You feel uncomfortable with discussions which remain at the theoretical level for too 
long a period of time.
  • You have an analytical mind that is always trying to figure out how and why.
  • You usually get to the heart of an issue quickly.
  • You find it easy to decide on a course of action that needs to be taken.
  • You observe many problems that have solutions.
  • When you listen to a message, you are disappointed if it does not include some specific 
applications.

 

2) Gift of Knowledge (I Corinthians 12:8)

This gift is the ability to discover, analyze, accumulate, systematize, and articulate ideas that are essential for growth and edification of the Body of Christ. This especially involves the ability to concretely expound upon Old and New Testament history as well as the history of the Church.

This gift is intended to be communicated. This is why it is called the “message of knowledge”. (I Corinthians 12:8)

This gift sometimes “puffs up” if kept to yourself. (I Corinthians 8:1)
All believers should exemplify some knowledge. (Colossians 1:9-12)
Sometimes this gift requires a person to set aside human knowledge. (I Corinthians 1:19-20; 2:14-16)

Probable characteristics of this gift:

  • Your prayers typically involve deep theological truths and often seek God’s aid in understanding more.
  • You are able to grasp spiritual truths quickly.
  • You enjoy reading the Bible and studying it in depth.
  • You enjoy reading books and articles.
  • You are eager to learn and have a long attention span.
  • You can absorb and remember large quantities of information.
  • You tend to neglect other types of Christian activities and family 
responsibilities because of your desire to learn and study.
  • When listening to a message, you listen for deep truths that are being 
communicated.
  • When you are involved in a discussion about spiritual issues, you find 
yourself with your Bible in hand.
  • You are more comfortable with ideas than people.
  • You like to take time by yourself to think.
  • When faced with a decision, you ask yourself what Biblical principles are 
involved.
  • You are greatly disturbed by people thinking “the end justifies the means”.
  • People see you as more ideological than practical.
  • You are aware of times when people say things that contradict spiritual 
principles.
  • You continually try to reconcile different truths from scripture so you can 
understand how they relate.

 

3) Gift of Faith (I Corinthians 12:9)

This gift is the ability to envision with clarity and confidence God’s future direction and goals for the Body of Christ.

Everyone should manifest faith in their daily living. (Colossians 2:6; II Corinthians 5:7) This gift involves seeing both short and long-term goals that will enable the Body of Christ to accomplish its divine purpose. (Philippians 3:12-17)
The visionary nature of this gift requires a significant number of supporting gifts (helps/service, administration, giving, encouragement, etc.) to actually accomplish the envisioned goals. (II Timothy 4:9-13, 21-22)
The few with this gift face the danger of expecting others to see with similar clarity and confidence what God wants the Body to accomplish and having little empathy when they don’t. (Galatians 3:1; Acts 15:38)

Probable characteristics of this gift:

  • Your prayers include many future goals and projects for the work of God.
  • You find yourself much more interested in the future than the past.
  • You are a positive thinker and are frustrated by negative people.
  • You are goal-oriented and enjoy challenges involving new horizons.
  • You are not daunted by obstacles or problems.
  • You are non-traditional in your approach and find significant difficulty in 
working within a “traditional system”.
  • You find yourself dreaming of what God can do in the future but lack the 
desire to attend to all the details to bring His plan into existence.
  • You become irritated by those who lack your vision and criticize you.
  • You are seen as a courageous person because of your confidence that God 
is with you.
  • Sometimes people see you as too self-assured.
  • You find others often are “infected” with your vision if they spend time 
with you.
  • You take risks and often are willing to pursue a vision at great personal 
sacrifice.
  • You are not afraid to stand alone for God’s vision.
  • You sometimes expect too much of others and can’t understand why they 
just don’t “live by faith” more.
  • Trusting God comes easily for you.

 

4) Gift of Healing (I Corinthians 12:9, 28 & 30)

These gifts result in the restoration to wholeness of a person who is physically, emotionally, or spiritually broken, so that they may serve Christ or as a witness for Him.

Jesus is the Ultimate Healer. (Matthew 9:35)
The word literally is plural (gifts) which may indicate several types of cures: physical, emotional, spiritual, etc. (I Corinthians 12:9). One also realizes that all these areas are related.
Healing was primarily used to bring people to Christ or to allow them to serve Christ as they had in the past. (Acts 8:5-7; 9:32-43; 14:8-13; 28:7-10)

Healing in our contemporary context:

  • As in the New Testament, it should bring people to Christ or cause them to continue their service of Him in a like manner.
  • As then, it is not guaranteed until we are with Christ. (Revelations 21:4)
  • Physical healing is always temporary.
  • Healing will sometimes occur miraculously.

We should follow the procedure as outlined in James 5:14-16:

  • The elders should assemble (not necessarily publicly)
  • Medical help should be encouraged (anoint with oil–it was used medically).
  • Prayers are to be offered in faith.

 

5) Gift of Miracles (I Corinthians 12:10, 29, 39)

This gift involves an event where a physical law is superseded (supernaturally) in such a way that it is perceived by the senses and draws the observers’ consciences to their relationship with God. This especially involved exorcisms in the New Testament.

Miracles in our contemporary context:

  • Historically, as in the New Testament, they are most prevalent when and where Christianity spreads into pagan cultures.
  • Historically, as the culture Christianizes, they diminish.
  • Historically, they are always possible in our culture but are unusual.
  • Eternal miracles happen not in the physical sense but in the spiritual sense 
and are not unusual.
  • “Miraculous” answers to prayer are also not unusual.

 

6) Gift of Prophecy (Romans 2:6; I Corinthians 12:10, 28-29; Ephesians 4:11)

This gift is the ability to publicly or privately proclaim God’s word such that people are convicted, consoled, encouraged, challenged or strengthened. Another angle also involves knowing and speaking God’s mind intuitively rather than, as with the teacher, deductively from scripture alone. Scripture is to always check this intuition.

The primary function of this gift in the Old and New Testament is not to foretell the future but to tell forth the Word of God.

As a result of the use of this gift, people are often strengthened and encouraged. (Acts 15:32)

What they say should be weighed by other prophets and the Word of God. (I Corinthians 14:29-32)

Probable characteristics of this gift:

  • Your prayers are often for courage to speak out against injustices and to help others understand God’s Word.
  • You have a good understanding of many social and political trends of our time.
  • You have an excellent grasp of God’s Word.
  • You do not mind someone challenging you.
  • You do not like bureaucracies.
  • You are able to stand alone against the tide.
  • You have courage to confront issues with insights God has given you.
  • Sometimes people see you as a negative person.
  • You are interested in applying God’s principles to social and political injustices.
  • You have the ability to see through surface issues to the true spiritual problem.
  • People have different responses to your messages; some are convicted, others are 
encouraged, but few are neutral.
  • You always seem to be quoting the Bible to others.
  • Your “… words carry God’s authority and have the power to build by stimulating and encouraging. Often this gift reflects special insight into the truth and calls men back to the obedience of faith.”(A. W. Tozer)
  • You see events that will occur if people do not act now on God’s Word.

 

7) Gift of Discernment of Spirits (I Corinthians 12:10)

This gift is the ability to perceive the motives of others and the sincerity within relationships concerning the Body of Christ. Or in other words, it is the ability to know if something is from God, a demonic source, or if it simply reflects human opinion.

All Christians should be able to distinguish between right and wrong. (Hebrews 5:14; I John 4:1)

This gift involves insight into circumstances that ordinarily could not be known, so that motives may be ascertained. (Acts 5:1-10)

At times, this gift will reveal a person’s sincerity in the course of a conversation. (Acts 8:23)

Probable characteristics of this gift:

  • You are very observant to what people say.
  • You tend to notice “body language” that is not consistent with what the 
person is saying.
  • You almost have a sixth sense about what is being said or is happening 
which cannot always be explained.
  • Your intuitions are often correct.
  • You hesitate to speak to others of their motives because they may not be 
receptive.
  • You sometimes gossip about a “feeling” you have with regard to a person 
rather than confront the person involved.
  • Certain events often confirm a premonition you have had.
  • You have an analytical mind.
  • People see you as a very perceptive person.
  • Your prayers often consist of asking God what you should do with your 
intuitions.

 

8) Gift of Tongues (I Corinthians 12:10, 28, 30)

9) Gift of Interpretation (I Corinthians 12:10, 30)

The gift of tongues is the ability to speak to God in an utterance not understood by the speaker (unless it is explained by one with the gift of interpretation) in such a way that it is a sign for unbelievers.

 

1 Corinthians 12:28

Gift Contribution to the Body
10) Apostleship New Ministries
11) Teaching Application
12) Helps Support
13) Administration Efficiency

 

10) Gift of Apostleship (1 Corinthians 12:28; Ephesians 4:11)

This gift is the ability and calling of God to be sent as a messenger to bring the Gospel to places where it has previously not been acculturated.

Probable characteristics of this gift are:

  • Your prayers often include requests for people groups who have little or no exposure to the gospel.
  • You have an unusual ability to survive difficult situations.
  • You adjust well to adversity, almost thrive on it.
  • You have a real burden for sharing the Gospel in places that it has not permeated. 
(Romans 15:20)
  • You have the ability to learn other languages easily.
  • You feel at ease with others in spite of vast cultural differences with them.
  • You have the ability to share Christ with people in terms they can understand
  • You can live with situations that are uncertain.
  • You are a jack-of-all-trades.
  • You enjoy learning from people vastly different from you.
  • You easily adapt to other cultures
  • Being separated from extended family and friends does 
not inhibit your ministry.
  • Your family also survives well in other cultures.

 

11) Gift of Teaching (Romans 12:7, I Corinthians 12:28)

This gift is the ability to communicate information in such a way that members of the Body of Christ understand how to apply spiritual principles to their own lives and ministries.

There were positions in the New Testament church for some who had this gift. (Acts 13:1)

As a result of the use of this gift, people will not just know more, but their behavior will actually change. (Acts 11:25, 26)

Some may use this gift in a:

  • Large group – Acts 5:42; 19:11; 20:20
  • Small group – Acts 2:42; 5:42; 20:20
  • One-on-one – Acts 18:26; II Timothy 2:2

Everyone is called to teach. (Matthew 19, 20)
Exercising this gift carries with it a greater accountability for the teacher (James 3:1) The goal of this gift is spiritual maturity. (Colossians 1:28-29; II Timothy 3:16-17)

Probable characteristics of this gift are:

  • Your prayers are often for understanding with those you are teaching.
  • You have a great deal of patience for those who are learning from you.
  • You have the ability to communicate scripture in an understandable way.
  • You have seen others apply your teachings to their lives and grow as a 
result.
  • You are not easily threatened by criticism when teaching.
  • You enjoy spending time in study for your teaching.
  • Your study is intended to help you communicate with others.
  • As a lay person, you find little time for other ministries in addition to 
teaching.
  • You may communicate through the use of various media.
  • You enjoy people.
  • You have a genuine concern for those you are teaching.
  • You are concerned that precise words and illustrations you use 
communicate what you want to say.
  • You are al ways l earning and then wanting to teach it to others.
  • You are able to apply truths to the lives of others.
  • You sometimes feel you could communicate a point better than someone 
else who is teaching.
  • You are a disciplined person.

 

12) Gift of Helps/Service (I Corinthians 12:28, Romans 12:7)

This gift is the ability to unselfishly meet the needs of other people through practical service. It may be either ministering to the person himself or doing things to enable him to be free to do other ministries.

This is the behind the scenes worker. These people enjoy such tasks as:

  • Washing dishes
  • Cooking meals
  • Setting up meeting areas
  • Operating sound equipment

This is one of the more important gifts and often the least practiced. Without it, all other gifts must perform functions out of their own gift mix, inhibiting their effectiveness. Therefore, the people with the gift of helps/service free others up to use their own gifts.

We all should exemplify this gift as characterized by Christ. But a person who truly has this gift personifies it to the extreme and is recharged by exercising it.

Probable characteristics of this gift are:

  • You have an uncanny ability to see needs.
  • You work by yourself or in small groups.
  • You have a desire to help others.
  • You do not need to receive public recognition for what you do.
  • You enjoy doing “little things” that can help other people.
  • You do not enjoy handling major leadership or overseeing responsibilities.
  • You enjoy doing things for someone else that enables them to use their 
gifts more fully.
  • You do not have to ask what needs to be done; you can see needs.
  • You have the ability to sense the temporal needs of others.
  • In the church, you have a willingness to do jobs that will allow 
leadership gifts to be used in a fruitful way. 
Sometimes you feel guilty or envious because you do not have one of the more “obvious” gifts that others seem to possess.

 

13) Gift of Administration (I Corinthians 12:28)

This gift is the ability to develop, articulate, and execute effective and specific plans in the accomplishment of the long and short-range goals of the Body of Christ.

The word for this gift is derived from “captain” or “pilot” of a ship. (Acts 27:11, Revelations 18:17). It implies keeping the ship on a predetermined course, not determining the course.

This gift is implementing plans and programs consistent with the purpose and goal of the Body.

This gift is not necessary for leaders, but they must have someone with this gift close by to execute plans. (Acts 15:40)

This gift if often used to continue ministries started by others. (Acts 17:15)

Probable characteristics of this gift:

  • You enjoy working with intricate details to make everything work together.
  • Your prayers often consist of asking for God to bring many different factors together to accomplish a given task for His kingdom.
  • You enjoy long hours in the office handling business affairs, such as staff problems, phone calls, closing deals, writing or dictating.
  • You have the ability to make a committee or organization run like a “finely-oiled machine.”
  • You are a very organized person and use outlines or flow charts to develop a plan.
  • You often work from a list.
  • You are a logical thinker and able to keep several projects on target.
  • You enjoy working with people to enable them to work together smoothly 
toward a common objective.
  • You become frustrated with brainstorming sessions that never get 
around to implementation.
  • Others see you as a very pragmatic person.
  • You enjoy working on and within systems.
  • You feel comfortable working with or around computers.
  • You are very loyal to your goals.
  • You tend to be a perfectionist and often expect the same of others.

 

Romans 12:6-8

Gift Contribution to the Body
14) Encouragement Affirmation
15) Giving Resources
16) Leadership Direction
17) Mercy Care

 

14) Gift of Encouragement (Romans 12:8)

This gift is the ability to counsel, model, and encourage people through your personal testimony, life, and scripture so that people are comforted and encouraged to action. If you have the gift of encouragement, you:

Admonish people to pursue some specific course in the future. (I Thessalonians 4:1) Comfort someone who is experiencing some trial or difficulty, often in areas of your life where you have been through a lot and have already been helped by God.
Are able to encourage someone for something they are going to face in the future. The gift of encouragement is the major way through which God works in the Body to encourage each of us to live practical Christian lives.

Probable characteristics of this gift:

  • You feel free to counsel others into certain courses of action.
  • You enjoy sharing a verse of scripture with someone that has changed 
some specific area of your life.
  • You enjoy people.
  • You have personally faced many different situations in your life that God has used to help you grow in specific areas.
  • You are able to identify with the feelings and emotions of another.
  • You accompany biblical truth with practical steps of action.
  • You can see how God is using difficulties in people’s lives to produce new 
levels of maturity.
  • You find yourself emotionally drained after ministering to someone 
because of your ability to identify with another’s difficulties.
  • You have people come to you on many occasions to receive help from you 
with problems with which they are wrestling.
  • You find people like to be around you because you have a tendency to 
cheer up people.
  • You find yourself just spontaneously encouraging or affirming people.
  • You enjoy sharing particular aspects of your life with others because you 
know God will use it to help them in areas of their life.

 

15) Gift of Giving (Romans 12:8)

This gift is the ability to give liberally to meet the needs of others and support God’s ministry with that which God has entrusted to you.

This gift is not to be associated only with wealthy people. (II Corinthians 8:1,2)
This gift is to be exercised with “liberality”.

The purposes for which this gift is to be used are:

  • To meet the needs of believers within your local assembly. (Ephesians 4:28; Galatians 6:10; I John 3:17)
  • To meet the needs of believers in other assemblies. (Romans 15: 25,26)
  • To meet the needs of those who labor in preaching and teaching. (I 
Timothy 5:17, 18; Philippians 4:10)
  • To meet the needs of non-believers.

The use of this gift will many times be used at considerable cost to the giver. (Luke 21:1- 4) 
The gift should be used in secret as much as possible. (Matthew 6:2-4)

Probable characteristics of this gift:

  • You have an inner sense of unrest when you see someone in financial or material need.
  • You have a reluctance to let the person helped know where the help came from.
  • You sense real joy when giving to meet someone’s need.
  • You have the ability to make wise purchases and investments.
  • You are burdened because you don’t see others sacrificing financially to 
meet needs you see to be important.
  • You want to be a part of the work or project to which you give.
  • You don’t need to be pressured to give.
  • You avoid the spotlight that sometimes comes to those who give 
significant amounts of money.
  • You willingly live a life of personal sacrifice so that others may have their 
basic needs met.
  • You are sometimes taken advantage of by people in need.
  • You have a tendency to think about others before you think about 
yourself.
  • You realize that all of what you have belongs to God and that you are only 
a steward of what you “possess”.
  • When giving, you don’t think about tax advantages before deciding to 
give to something

 

16) Gift of Leadership (Ruling – Romans 12:8)

This gift is the ability to set Godly goals, make decisions, and then communicate them to the Body of Christ, such that others will voluntarily follow and joyously work to accomplish these goals.

This gift is to be used diligently. (Romans 12:8)
This gift is in part exercised by the Elders Board. (I Timothy 5:17)
Those using this gift must first exemplify spiritual maturity and ministry fruit. (I Timothy 3; Titus 1)
Age is not a determining factor in using this gift. (I Timothy 4:12)
One should be tested before assuming such a position (I Timothy 3:10).

Probable characteristics of this gift:

  • You are often setting an example in behavior for others.
  • Your prayers consist of tasks that need accomplishing.
  • Others readily follow you, and they see you confidently knowing what to 
do next.
  • If a male, your family also responds well to your leadership.
  • You are a well-disciplined person.
  • You will not ask others to do what you will not do yourself.
  • You are relaxed when in leadership positions.
  • You delegate well.
  • You do not enjoy maintaining a program or administering details.
  • You tend to “take over” in a situation where there is not a designated 
leader.
  • People look to you for leadership and direction.
  • You remain calm under pressure.
  • You don’t allow criticism to distract from the task at hand.
  • You desire to see things move quickly to a conclusion; then you want to 
move on to a new challenge.
  • You can organize and motivate people to accomplish a desired task.

 

17) Gift of Mercy (Romans 12:8)

This gift is the ability to empathize with those in need (especially those suffering and miserable) and to manifest this empathy in such a way as to encourage those that are in need.

The gift is to be used with cheerfulness; that is, joyousness which is ready to do anything. (Romans 12:8).

This mercy will be manifested in good deeds. (James 2:15,16)
All believers are commanded to have mercy. (Matthew 9:13; Luke 10:37)

Probable characteristics:

  • You find it easy to identify with the feelings of someone in pain.
  • You cry easily or show emotions when you see or hear things that sadden 
you.
  • When someone is sharing something deep with you, you find yourself 
crying when they do.
  • Your immediate reactions when you see someone in difficulty is to want 
to reach out and help.
  • You sometimes become bitter because of the injustices someone else 
suffers.
  • Most people would see you as an empathetic person.
  • People come to you with problems not because of some practical things 
you do, but because you have the ability to understand what they are going 
through and can console them.
  • You have the ability to “cheer up” people who are going through deep 
personal struggles.
  • Your prayer life includes the needs of the many personal struggles you 
know people are experiencing.
  • When you are finished having someone share with you, many times you 
find yourself emotionally drained.
  • You enjoy calling on people in the hospital or who are sick or going 
through some difficulty.

 

Ephesians 4:11

Gift Contribution to the Body
18) Evangelism The Good News
19) Shepherding Nurture/Discipleship

 

18) Gift of Evangelism (Ephesians 4:11)

This gift is the ability to share the gospel of Christ publicly or privately with unbelievers in such a way that men and women respond to become disciples of Jesus Christ.

All Christians are called to evangelize. (Matthew 28:19,20; Acts 5:42; II Timothy 4:5) It is an office of the New Testament church. (Acts 21:8)
This gift not only evangelizes but also equips others to do it as well. (Ephesians 4:11) There are two aspects of this gift:

  • Public
  • Private:

It provides growth for existing churches and helps establish 
planted churches. (II Timothy 4:5; Acts 17:10-15)

 

Probable characteristics of this gift:

  • Your prayer life reveals a burden for those who do not know Christ.
  • You enjoy meeting people and make new friends easily.
  • You feel comfortable with strangers and talk about many different subjects.
  • You are able to articulate your faith easily and people respond positively.
  • You enjoy being around people.
  • You have a burden to share the gospel of Jesus Christ publicly or with individuals.
  • You are able to persuade or help people reach decisions to commit their lives to Christ.
  • You are not satisfied with “superficial commitments;” you want people to become full 
disciples of Christ.
  • You have an inner unrest at the thought of people dying and going to hell.
  • You have the ability to move conversations in a direction of the other person’s 
relationship with Christ.
  • When with non-Christians, their position with Christ inevitably comes up.
  • Your prayers contain the names of many people who are not Christians or those you are 
training to share Christ.
  • People enjoy being trained by you to share their faith.
  • You have the ability to motivate and train others to share their faith effectively.

 

19) Gift of Pastor-Shepherd (I Peter 5:1-4; Ephesians 4:11)

This gift is the ability to minister to an established group of people (believers) by caring for their spiritual welfare holistically on a long-term basis.

The word “pastor” is based on the caring for animals (sheep), and its function is not well understood today.

Jesus is the Good and Ultimate Shepherd of all believers. (Psalms 23:1; John 10:11, 14; I Peter 2:25)

Jesus has gifted some as under-shepherds to care for His followers. (I Peter 5:2)
This gift is concerned with serving and caring for the needs of a small group of people. (I Peter 5:2-4)
This gift is concerned with protecting the believers from attacks, both from within and from the outside. (Acts 20:29-31)
This is not a passive or docile gift, but must always be alert. (Acts 20:29-31) This gift is often combined with other gifts. (Ephesians 4:11)
This is not the dominant gift of the Senior Pastor for a large growing church.

Probable characteristics of this gift are:

  • You are a people person and enjoy being around others.
  • You tend to build deep relationships with others and do not enjoy 
superficial or casual friendships for very long.
  • Your prayers are often comprised of requests for the deep hurts and needs 
of those whom you are shepherding.
  • Others are attracted to you because they sense that you truly care for them.
  • People see you as a warm person with a real concern for the welfare of 
others.
  • You are frustrated with tasks that take you away from ministering to those 
around you for very long.
  • You often see others too involved in their own goals to care for those 
around themselves.
  • You do not feel comfortable in a tightly regimented time schedule.
  • When you share with others, you often focus on the relational aspects of 
the Christian life.
  • You feel inadequate to meet al l the needs of those to whom you minister.
  • You have a great burden to protect those around you from 
non-Biblical influences.
  • You feel frustrated when relationships with others do not 
last long-term.
  • You enjoy being able to focus on a few rather than being 
“spread too thin.”

 

I Peter 4:9

Gift Contribution to the Body
20) Hospitality Acceptance

 

20) Gift of Hospitality (I Peter 4:9)

This gift is the ability to reach out to others and welcome them into your home and life in a loving, warm manner, while providing food and lodging, such that the guests feel “at home” in your presence.

This gift is not clearly delineated with other gifts and may be a specific application of the Helps/Service. (I Peter 4:9-11)

All believers are to exhibit hospitality. (Hebrews 13:2)
Hospitality in general is a qualification for spiritual leadership (I Timothy 3:2; Titus 1:8) and for widows who are supported by the church (I Timothy 5:10)

Probable characteristics of this gift are:

  • You often pray that God will use your home to accommodate visitors.
  • You enjoy meeting new people.
  • You enjoy having visitors in your home, and often, your guest registry looks like a hotel 
registry (i.e. you often have people staying with you).
  • You enjoy preparing meals for guests.
  • You are relaxed entertaining people in your home and enjoy having people over who you 
do not know well.
  • You are quick to invite people you have just met to your residence.
  • People feel very comfortable in your home and do not feel as if they are imposing. They 
often “kick off their shoes” and find it easy to relax.
  • You are not upset if your home is not in perfect order when someone drops in.
  • Many people just stop by.
  • You sometimes think others may be too uptight concerning having guests visit.
  • You often open your home for bible studies and social functions.
  • You enjoy asking neighbors over.
  • Others see you as a friendly and open person.

 

Exodus 31:3-5

and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts— 4 to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, 5 to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of craftsmanship.

Gift Contribution to the Body
21) Craftsmanship Hand Skills

 

21) Craftsmanship

The special ability to use the hands, mind, and imagination for the construction of tools for ministry and fro the maintenance, care, and upkeep of God’s Kingdom on earth.

 

1 Timothy 2:1-2

I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.

Gift Contribution to the Body
22) Intercession Protection

 

22) Intercession

The special ability to plead on behalf of someone, to intercede. To consistently pray on behalf of and for others, seeing frequent and specific results.

 

Psalm 150:3-5

Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre,

4 praise him with tambourine and dancing, praise him with the strings and flute,

5 praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals.

Gift Contribution to the Body
23) Creative Communication Artistic Expression

 

23) Creative Communication

The special ability to artistically present God’s truth.

 

Grace and peace,

Doug

 

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