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What are "Spiritual Gifts"?


The New Testament has a lot to say about spiritual gifts. The first thing to note is that gifts (and talents) are different than the fruit of the Spirit. Fruit, in the New Testament, has to do with godly character. Gifts have to do with a unique set of talents and abilities that God bestows upon each person. Some are permanent while others are temporary, given by God for a particular occasion. Various spiritual gifts are listed in Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12, and 1 Peter 4. 


We believe that God is sovereign in the giving of spiritual gifts. We also believe that any particular spiritual gift is neither essential, nor proves the presence of the Holy Spirit, nor is an indication of deep spiritual experience (1 Corinthians 12:7, 11, 13; Ephesians 4:7-8). We believe that it is the privilege and responsibility of every believer to minister according to the gift(s) and grace of God that is given to them. (Romans 12:1-8, 1 Corinthians 12:4-11, 1 Peter 4:10-11)