Gifts of the Holy Spirit are gifts that are given to believers in the church, from the Lord for building up the Church and edifying the body of Christ. These gifts are broken up into different groups, groups that need supernatural intervention and gifts that do not need supernatural intervention, otherwise known as gifts of ministry and gifts of manifestation. These gifts are listed in Romans 12:6-8, 1 Corinthians 12:4-11, Ephesians 4:11 and 1Peter 4:11. With-in these scriptures there are different gifts listed and their basic orientation differ. According to Millard J. Erickson, “Ephesians is a listing of various offices in the church, Romans and 1 Peter catalogue several basic functions performed in the church and 1 Corinthians is a matter of special abilities”. It is my intention to highlight the gifts of manifestation found in 1 Corinthians’12:4-11 and the gifts of ministry found in Ephesians 4:1. Thesis Statement, “while some Christians would view Spiritual Gifts as a threat to the structure of a church, many Christians, like myself, believes that these Gifts of the Holy Spirit are edify and perfecting of the body of Christ”.
UNDERSTANDING THE GIFTS
Many Christians will go through life wondering if they have a gift and if they do, they are unsure what it is and how to properly function within the administration of the gift. Ephesians 4:11-13, states “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. The scriptures are a clear sign of how God supplies the believer with all they need to properly work within the body of Christ. Wiersbe states “The church, like the human body, has diversity in unity. Our human members all differ, yet they work together for the health of the body”.
It is very difficult for Christians to believe something that they cannot see or feel, but faith makes the difference and allows one to believe what they cannot see, hear, touch or feel. Once the understanding comes then embracing the thought of having a spiritual gift becomes real and the fear of the unknown goes away. The next question that comes after the realization that a believer is equipped with a spiritual gift is what gift do they have? Guy P. Duffield states that, “The gifts of the Spirit bring the Holy Spirit into outward evidence in the body. The operation of the gifts causes the believers to be aware of the presence of God, producing the effects of praise and worship”. Mr. Duffield is explaining that the believer who realize and acknowledge that gifts are given as a sign of Gods inward working in the life and that this gift are to be used in the spirit of love for the building of the church and...