The Gifts of the Spirit — Lesson #16

PRINCIPLES OF KINGDOM LIVING

LESSON 16

THE GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT

It is interesting to note that the “Charismatic Movement” got its name because of the great awakening in all denominations to the Gifts of the Spirit. The name “Charismatic” comes from the Greek word, “Charisma”, which means a Free gift or endowment bestowed by God upon believers. These “gifts” are also referred to as “manifestations” of the Holy Spirit.

(1)    WHAT ARE THE GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT?

(I Corinthians 12) lists nine gifts which can be grouped into three major divisions:

A.  REVELATION GIFTS

1.  Word of Wisdom

Supernatural revelation of the mind and will of God, or the method of  how to            carry that will out (Acts 18:9-11).

2.   Word of Knowledge

Supernatural knowledge concerning a person(s), place(s), or thing(s)(Acts 13:11).

3.  Discerning of Spirits

A specialized gift of knowledge for the purpose of identifying evil spirits or   discerning hypocrisy (Acts 16:16-18).

B.  UTTERANCE GIFTS

1.  Tongues

a.   The supernatural gift of speaking in another language without its being                                               learned (Acts 2:3-11); (I Corinthians 14:22).

b.   NOTE: This is not to be confused with the devotional gift of tongues                                 which is a means of private communication between a believer’s                                         spirit and God (I Corinthians 14:2); (Jude 20); (Ephesians 6:18).

2.   Interpretation of Tongues

The divine enablement to explain the meaning of a message given in                                   tongues (I Corinthians 14:10-13).

3.   Prophecy

Comes from the Greek word, “prophetenach”  means the speaking forth of              the mind and counsel of God. It is not necessarily, nor even primarily,                         foretelling; it can be in reference to the past, present or the future (Acts 13:2);           (21:11). A prophet is simply a spokesman for God.

C. POWER GIFTS

1.    Faith

(Speaking in reference to the “gift”, and not general faith) it is the ability given                     by the Holy Spirit to believe God to do the impossible (Acts 3:1-7); (27:25).

2.   Healings

The ability given by the Holy Spirit for imparting healing to a person’s physical           body. This is not human or soulish power, but the Holy Spirit flowing through a   willing vessel (Acts 28:8). It is not necessary that hands be used for this gift to           be operational (Acts 19:11-12).

3.   Working of Miracles

(Literal Greek – “operations of power“) The ability given by the Holy Spirit to   perform works of a supernatural origin and character, such as could not be produced by natural agents and means (Acts 3:12); (6:8); (14:3).

(2)    CAN A BELIEVER MOVE IN ONLY ONE OF THE GIFTS?

A.  Even though the scripture indicates that one individual may function in one gift in                  particular, it also indicates that he may be used in any of the gift areas.

B.   It can also be seen, from examples and definitions of the gifts, that often times              several gifts may be in operation at the same time (faith with healings, word of       knowledge with prophecy, healings with working of miracles, etc).

(3)    WHY ARE THE GIFTS GIVEN TO THE CHURCH?

A.   For the common good (I Corinthians 12:7).

B.   Edification (I Corinthians 14:3,5).

C.   Convict and Convince (I Corinthians 14:24-25).

D.   Instruction and Exhortation (I Corinthians 14:31).

E.   Confirm and Establish ministry (Acts 9:15); (13:2); (I Timothy 1:18).

(4)   WHAT DOES IT MEAN IN  I CORINTHIANS  ABOUT THE GIFTS CEASING?

A.  It says that when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part shall                                  be done away with (verse 10). Many believe the Bible is “that which is perfect”,                           but a better explanation of this verse is when the body of Christ, the Church,                                reaches full maturity (Ephesians 4:13); that is when Jesus returns, then there will              be no need for these gifts.

B.   Love is considered the greatest pursuit because it is eternal. After Christ returns,          even faith and hope will no longer be needed because that which we do not see                      will be seen, and that which we hope for will be realized.

(5)   SINCE CHRISTIAN LOVE (CHARITY)IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE GIFTS, SHOULDN’T WE DISREGARD THEM AND PURSUE LOVE?

A.  It is true that love is more important than the gifts (I Corinthians 13:1-3). But, even       the Corinthian church, which was noted for its zealousness of the gifts, was exhorted to “follow after charity and desire spiritual gifts” (I Corinthians 14:1) and “covet to prophesy” (I Corinthians 14:39).

B.   Not only that, but even on the human level, it is impolite to refuse a gift when                  offered in love, much less to refuse a gift from God.

(6)    WHAT ARE SOME PRACTICAL GUIDELINES FOR PROPHECY?

A.   It should only be given when there are at least two prophets present, in order that                   the prophecy may be judged (I Corinthians 14:29).

B.  The prophets should wait their turn that all those present can learn and be                             comforted (I Corinthians 14:30-31).

C.  There is a difference between one who occasionally functions in the gift of                             prophecy and one who actually holds the office of the prophet as one of the five-               fold ministry.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             D.        Because of the above, and the spiritual safety of all concerned, personal directive                       prophecy should be judged by the “Ministry” before being spoken.

The gifts of the Spirit are to be sought diligently (I Corinthians 14:1), but never at                   the risk of neglecting LOVE!!!!

PRINCIPLES OF KINGDOM LIVING

LESSON 16 –  STUDY SHEET

THE GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT

Answer these questions and be prepared to discuss them in the next class.

1.   The name “Charismatic” comes from the Greek word, “Charisma” which means a

__________________ or endowment bestowed by God upon believers.

2.   REVELATION GIFTS – please list them with a small description.

1. ________________________________________________________________

2. ________________________________________________________________

3. ________________________________________________________________

3.   UTTERANCE GIFTS – please list them with a small description.

1. ________________________________________________________________

2.  ______________________________________________________________

3.

4.   POWER GIFTS – please list them with a small description.

1.    _________________________________________________________________

2.    _________________________________________________________________

3.    _______________

 

5.   Even though the scripture indicates that one individual may function in one gift in                 particular, it also indicates that he may be used in _____________________ of the             gift areas.

6.  I Corinthians 12:7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit ________________________________.

 

7.  I Corinthians 14:31 For ye may all prophecy one by one, that all may learn, and all may       be _________________________________.

8.  I Corinthians 14:1 Follow after ___________________________________ (love), and      desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophecy. (We are to follow after love, but     we are to desire spiritual gifts as well. If Paul tells you to desire spiritual gifts is it fair            that he would not ask us to desire something unattainable?)

9. The gifts of the Spirit are to be sought diligently but never at the risk of neglecting            _____________________________________________.

Personal Questions:

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"That the Kingdom of God will rule ,with power, on earth as it rules in Heaven." My life time quest. G.W. BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION Rev. George Watkins pastored Christian Life World Outreach and Training Center in Mount Vernon, Washington for 29 years. He is director of George Watkins Ministries a.k.a. WORLDNet Ministries and has ministered through radio broadcasting, audio tape ministry, and a correspondence Bible course reaching into many countries of the world. Ministry teams have traveled with him to over twenty nations, working with local missionaries to establish churches, and conduct crusades and pastors’ seminars. George Watkins has authored several books: Women in Today’s Church, a scriptural insight into God’s intentions for both men and women to minister the Gospel of Jesus Christ; Five Key Secrets to Long Life and Divine Health concerning God’s supernatural protection and promises to those who obey Him; and Staying Free, a mini-book used as a guide to maintaining freedom once delivered from the bondages of satan; Ask The Boy: stories through the eyes of those who were healed by the hands of Jesus. The Wisest Man I Have Ever Known: stories and parables teaching the truths of God’s word, as well as other teaching manuals. George Watkins has been active in the ministry for many years. He has a strong ministry to the local church as a seasoned veteran with his rich background as a pastor and evangelist. Many churches draw from his experience and consider him to be an integral part of their own ministries. His ministry is a blend of humor and straight forward teaching based on the belief that God means what He says, that His Word applies to our everyday, practical lives, and that it has power to make us whole in mind, body and soul. Rev. Watkins believes that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are to be used by every believer. He believes that using these spiritual tools will bring freedom to those in bondage. Rev. Watkins believes this is the age of the supernatural and will prove to be the Church’s finest hour. His vision is to equip the Body of Christ to fulfill the Great Commission, making disciples of all nations. He has a unique ability to challenge the hearer to “sell out” to God, by faith, to fulfill God’s personal plan for your destiny. George and Arlis live in Mount Vernon, WA and are the parents of three adult children: Tony, Tiffany and Corbin.
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