Spiritual Gifts, Permanent Gifts

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Pastor-Teacher, (Rom 12:7; 1 Cor 12:28; Eph 4:11).

This is the ability to shepherd, provide for, care for, and protect God’s people through the ability to explain God’s truth to people.


Evangelism, (Eph 4:11).

This is the ability to proclaim the Gospel message with exceptional clarity. Also included in this is the idea that the ministry of an evangelist was itinerant. It might also be done publicly or privately.

Administration, (Rom 12:8; 1 Cor 12:28).

The gift of Administration is the supernatural ability to lead others. This is the gift of administrative leadership. Those with the gift of Administration will clearly understand the immediate and long-range goals of the local assembly, then devise and execute effective plans for the accomplishment of those goals.

Ministry / Service, (Rom 12:7).

This gift is the supernatural ability to minister or serve within in the local assembly or other Christian organizations in a variety of ways. These are the “worker bees” as it were. This gift functions in the administration and maintenance of the local church, serving on committees, mission boards, outreach, or service programs, etc.

Helps, (1 Cor 12:28).

This is the ability to help or serve in the broadest sense of the word. This spiritual gift functions by helping and ministering to others including the sick, the afflicted, the handicapped, and the helpless. It is the supernatural ability to invest in the life and ministry of others, thereby enabling them in their ministry and effectiveness, while increasing their success.

Exhortation, (Rom 12:8).

This involves the ability to encourage, comfort, admonish, and entreat people, with an appeal for action, leading them into the active realization of the will of God.

Giving, (Rom 12:8).

This is the ability to be very generous with what means one has. It should be exercised with simplicity, i.e., with no thought of return or self-gain.

Showing Mercy, (Rom 12:8).

Like the gifts of serving or helps, this involves succoring particularly those who are sick and afflicted. This gift is related to the sick and afflicted and any other who might fall within the sphere of needing succor, (help, aide, assistance, relief, rescue, etc.). In dealing with such, some Christians are given special ability to show mercy with cheerfulness to those that others would consider unlovable.

Faith, (1 Cor 12:9).

This is the ability to believe God for the supply of specific needs. It is manifested not so much in trust in Christ as Savior but in confidence in God in respect to His power and love working in the details of your life, supplying your needs and guiding your steps. Every believer should walk by faith and each has a measure of faith, but not all have the gift of faith.

Two debatable permanent gifts, which are probably more of the works of the Spirit rather than gifts of the Spirit include:

Word of Wisdom, (1 Cor 12:8).
The Word of Wisdom as a gift is the supernatural ability to apply Bible doctrine to circumstances in life and to give that insight to others, as in counseling. It is understanding the Word of God in such a way as to give insight and enlightenment that best applies to specific needs within the Body of Christ, as lead by the Holy Spirit.

Word of Knowledge, (1 Cor 12:8).
The gift of the Word of Knowledge is the supernatural ability to categorize doctrine for application. It is the ability to accumulate, analyze and clarify information and ideas, which are pertinent to the well-being of the body of Christ. This gift can be used to assist a Pastor in his writing and teaching materials and be applied in academic settings by preparing systematic theologies or other academic books, resources, and courses for the edification of the body of Christ.

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