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What are your spiritual gifts? February 23, 2010

Posted by Henry in Matters of the Faith.
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Some time after I was baptised an elder in the church I attended at that time asked me what my spiritual gift was. According to her everyone must have a gift which arguably they should be using in the “church”. Needless to say I struggled with her question and didn’t have an answer and told her that I wasn’t actually sure. I think today I still struggle to a certain extent with the question and my discussions with “Glasseyedave” on another topic has prompted me to put this post out. To be quite frank I do not witness a wide variety of gitfs being exercised in the churches I have attended. Aside from preaching, teaching and exhortation I do not witness many giftings? In any event I usually only witness the pastor or a few elders who may exercise the gifts aforementioned. But reading from 1 Cor 12 we see the diversity of gifts given to the church:

4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. 6 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. 7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. 8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; 9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; 10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: 11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.

27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. 28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles? 30 Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?

The question I have therefore is this, could it be that the format of church (clergy vs laymen)  does not allow for some of these gifts to be identified, developed and utilised in the church? What are your spiritual gifts and are you using them to the edification of the church? How did you identify your gift?

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1. glasseyedave - March 12, 2010

Bingo!

You have said it. First of all the spiritual gifts are manifestations of the Holy Spirit. This can not be faked by us. It is supernatural in its nature. It is not speaking ability, charisma etc.

First reason we do not have this, in my humble opinion is because we have left the gospel we find in scripture. Hence my blog.

But secondly we have done exactly what the Jews have done. They rejected God as their king and we reject Christ as our head. They wanted a man to rule them, to be like the rest of the nations around them and we are just like the rest of the religions around us. We have a man that is our head. This man say’s who gets airtime and at what time. How does the spirit of the pastor know what the Spirit of God is saying to the prophet, apostle or evangelist? He don’t. This goes totally against what Paul taught us.

We have followed the way of error in the church. How is it the office of the pastor has usurped the office of the Apostle, Prophet, Teacher, Evangelist?

What we need is The Gospel According to the Gospel and to get that man out of the way and let Christ be our head.

2. Henry - March 13, 2010

Glasseyedave,

What you have referred to is what I referred to as the “church in it’s current format.” This idea of “one man, one church” is foreign to the gospel and was actually instituted by Rome with it’s clergy vs laity theology. This idea is not found in scripture. But that is another topic to itself.


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