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What are Spiritual Gifts and What is Their Purpose?

Leverage your grace, anointing and spiritual gifts to impact the Kingdom.

Spiritual Gifts are a grace and anointing that is given to each person through the Holy Spirit. They are designed like an ability to be a point of leverage for each believer. Their purpose is for building and encouraging people. You use your gift to impact the life of another person. They are ONLY experienced at the highest level when shared.

A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other – 1 Corinthians 12:7

God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another – 1 Peter 4:10

25 spiritual gifts of the Holy Spirit mentioned in Scripture

Most Christians are familiar with the nine gifts of the Spirit that Paul describes in 1 Corinthians 12:4-10. But did you know there are many more? Though the exact number is debatable, here are at least 25 spiritual gifts the Holy Spirit gave to the early church—and continues to give today.

  1. Word of wisdom (1 Cor. 12:8; Luke 6:9)
  2. Word of knowledge (1 Cor. 12:8; Luke 18:22)
  3. Faith (1 Cor. 12:9; Acts 3:6)
  4. Gifts of healing (1 Cor. 12:9, 28; Acts 28:1-10)
  5. Working of miracles (1 Cor. 12:10; Acts 6:8)
  6. Prophecy (1 Cor. 12:10; 1 Thess. 5:20-21; Eph. 4:11)
  7. Discerning of spirits (1 Cor. 12:10; Luke 8:29)
  8. Tongues (1 Cor. 12:10; Acts 19:6)
  9. Interpretation of tongues (1 Cor. 12:10; 14:13-33)
  10. Helping (1 Cor. 12:28)
  11. Administration (1 Cor. 12:28; Acts 6:2-3)
  12. Ministry/service (Rom. 12:7; 2 Tim. 1:16-18)
  13. Teaching (Rom. 12:7; Eph. 4:11-14)
  14. Encouragement (Rom. 12:8; Heb. 10:24-25)
  15. Giving (Rom. 12:8; 1 Cor. 13:3; Acts 4:32-35)
  16. Leadership (Rom. 12:8; Acts 13:12)
  17. Mercy (Rom. 12:8; Luke 5:12-13)
  18. Apostleship (Eph. 4:11)
  19. Evangelism (Eph. 4:11; 2 Tim. 4:5)
  20. Pastoral guidance (Eph. 4:11)
  21. Grace (Rom. 12:6; Eph. 3:7; 4:7; 1 Pet. 4:10-11)
  22. Willingness to face martyrdom (1 Cor. 13:3)
  23. Intercession (Rom. 8:26-27)
  24. Hospitality (1 Pet. 4:9)
  25. Celibacy (1 Cor. 7:8)

The Bible talks about ‘spiritual gifts’ in several passages. These passages describe:

  • The gifts of the Father – the motivational (or redemptive) gifts – in Romans 12:3-7
  • The gifts of the Son – the ministry gifts – in Ephesians 4:11
  • The gifts of the Spirit – the manifestation gifts – in 1 Corinthians 12:1-12, 28

The Gifts of the Son (Ministry Gifts)

A study of the word ‘gifts’ in Ephesians 4 teaches us that these gifts of the Son are
actually people. Jesus gives them to His church to help equip the people in the church
for the work of service for the building up of the body of Christ.
The ministry gifts serve to reveal the plan of God. They are characteristic of a full-time
office or calling, rather than a gift that can function in and through any believer. Here
is a five-finger illustration that outlines each office:
Apostle – An apostle establishes and builds churches; he’s a church planter. An apostle
may function in many or all of the ministry gifts. He is the “thumb,” the strongest of all
of the fingers, able to touch every finger.
Prophet – Prophet in the Greek means to “forth tell” in the sense of speaking for
another. A prophet functions as God’s mouth piece, speaking forth God’s Word. The
prophet is the “index finger,” or pointer finger. He points to the future and points out
Evangelist – An evangelist is called to be a witness for Jesus Christ. He works for the
local church to bring people into the body of Christ where they can be discipled. He
may evangelize through music, drama, preaching, and other creative ways. He is the
“middle finger,” the tallest one who stands out in the crowd. Evangelists draw a lot of
attention, but they are called to serve the local body.

Pastor – The pastor is the shepherd of the people. A true shepherd lays down his life
for the sheep. The pastor is the “ring finger.” He is married to the church; called to
stay, oversee, nurture and guide. He is the main instructor when it comes to overcoming spiritual issues and strongholds.
Teacher – The teacher and the pastor are often a shared office, but not always. The
teacher lays the foundation and is concerned with detail and accuracy. He delights in
research to validate truth. The teacher is the “pinky finger.” Though seemingly small
and insignificant, he is designed specifically for digging into tight, dark places, shinning
light and picking apart the Word of truth.

The Gifts of the Holy Spirit (Manifestation Gifts)

We believe that the gifts of the Holy Spirit remain available as a part of God’s plan for
His church. They are sometimes called God’s “power tools”, given to the body of Christ
as valuable helps to accomplish works of ministry.
The gifts of the Holy Spirit are gifts that He gives for a specific purpose at a moment in
time. He may or may not give the same gift to the same person to use in the future.
They are:

  • Word of wisdom
  • Word of knowledge
  • Faith
  • Gifts of Healings
  • Workings of miracles
  • Prophecy
  • Discerning of spirits
  • Different kinds of tongues
  • Interpretation of tongues

It should always be remembered that the purpose of all of the
gifts is to edify the church, and their distribution within the body is completely dependant upon the discretion of the Holy Spirit. It’s also noted that it is critical for people to know their spiritual gifts and their spiritual purposes for their protection. Our spiritual warfare depends on our anointing and authority. Our anointing and authority comes through our gifts and helps fight the enemy.

The scriptures imply that it’s appropriate to seek specific gifts, however, one’s motive must be for the building up of the church, not for self-gratification. “…since you are zealous for spiritual gifts, let it be for

the edification of the church that you seek to excel” (1 Cor 14:12).
There is a difference between spiritual gifts and fruit. Gifts are
the Spirit’s manifestation through a vessel, but fruit is the offspring
of one’s spiritual character. Spirituality cannot be measured by gifts,
but by fruit (Gal 5:22-24). Love is the predominate feature of
spirituality (1 Cor 13:13), without which, the gifts of the Spirit cannot

function effectively (1 Cor 13:1-2). Paul expressed that the church
should have a desire for spiritual gifts, but it should follow the
foremost pursuit of love. “Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts,” (1
Cor 14:1).
(Excerpted with permission from the article “Understanding Spiritual
Gifts” by Dr. Dale A Robbins)

The Gifts of the Father (Motivational Gifts)
A crucial facet of you living your best life is to know what your
motivational/redemptive gift is; that set of giftings is our focus here.

(Excerpted with permission from www.totalchange.org)
These gifts are listed in the letter to the Christians in Rome. The passage states that
each of these gifts are dealt to each person in differing measures of faith (verse 3).
That measure is a specific amount and type of faith that Our Heavenly Father
apportions to all people throughout the earth, allotting these gifts as are necessary to
fulfill his sovereign will on earth. Each of us has gifts differing according to the grace
given us by God in His unsearchable wisdom.
Romans 12:3-8
For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to
think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God
has dealt to each one a measure of faith [emphasis mine]. 4

For as we have many
members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, 5
we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. 6
Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us [emphasis
mine], let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; 7

ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; 8
he who
exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence;
he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.
These gifts are given to people, each person having one primary one. That gift is put in
us at conception, and determines the course of our lives, regardless of whether we

become Christians or choose to reject Christ. Psychologists term these differences in
people as “basic temperaments”, or personality types. Many have studied the soul of
man in an attempt to categorize and understand the ways of man. There are many
types of assessment tests to help determine what each of us might be.
Father God installs these gifts in us to fulfill His plan of redemption on the earth. When
we understand our gifts and function in it under guidance of the Holy Spirit, there is a
redemptive result for mankind. Good comes when you operate in these gifts. Good
not only for you, but also for the many around you. They are designed not for you, but
for you to be a part of a large whole, functioning as a body part.

The Bible talks about “spiritual gifts” in several passages. The motivational – or
redemptive – gifts are found in Romans 12. These gifts are given to every person –
believer or not – and they are kept throughout a
person’s life.
These gifts are sometimes called “motivational”
because they describe a fundamental drive –
motivation – in each of us: to teach, to encourage,
to give, etc. They are also sometimes called
“redemptive” because Father God installs these
gifts in us to fulfill His plan of redemption on the
When we understand our gift and function in it under the guidance of the Holy Spirit,
there is a redemptive result for mankind. These gifts are a part of your identity. It is critical that you investigate what part they have in your life.

Good comes when you operate in these gifts.
Good not only for you, but also for the many around you. They are designed not for
you, but for you to be a part of a large whole, functioning as a body part.
We want you to know what your motivational gift is, to have the pleasure of
functioning in it – for your blessing and for ours – and for God’s purposes to be
accomplished in the process. The gifts are: Perceiver (or Prophet); Server; Teacher;
Exhorter; Giver; Administrator (or Ruler); Compassion Person (or gift of Mercy)

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Margaret Semwanga
Margaret Semwanga
1 year ago

Thanks you for educating me about spiritual gifts. I humbly request for a download able document of this.