Spiritual Gifts at EPLC
Spiritual Gifts – An Introduction
Ed Kruse – 2016
Spiritual Gifts is not a training course. You already have spiritual gifts. God has already given you special abilities. You may have several spiritual gifts. Whether you have one or more than one is not a concern. What matters is that the Holy Spirit has given you spiritual gifts and God enjoys helping you unwrap your gifts and use them.
God gives us spiritual gifts to accomplish two basic purposes - to give glory to God (1 Corinthians 10) and to build up the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12). You and I were created to give glory to God. We are to unwrap and use our spiritual gifts through our congregation.
What are you to do in life? How can you make a difference? The “how” question is answered by your spiritual gifts. As followers of Jesus, it is our joy and responsibility to discern our gifts, experiment with them, and exercise them. When we use our spiritual gifts, we are happy, at peace and excited. We are able to do them with ease. We enjoy doing them. We sense God’s design in our lives. All of this happens because God makes it happen through us. We are important to God.
Many people and congregations are not aware how “gifted” they are. All of our congregation’s spiritual gifts are to glorify God and build up the body of Christ. There are many spiritual functions within those two purposes. Some spiritual gifts help us to develop harmony between people, welcome strangers, or influence others. Other spiritual gifts make us aware of God’s presence in times of difficulty, give us a spiritual listening ability, help us serve behind the scenes, or lead others to Christ. No one has all the spiritual gifts. We all need each other’s gifts in a congregation.
When you take your spiritual gifts inventory you experience new energy. When your congregation discovers its spiritual gifts, the community benefits and God’s world benefits. Your spiritual gifts inventory is available at www.HealthierChurch.org/spiritual-gifts/
Take an inventory here: Spiritual Gifts Inventory