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Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness. Romans 12:6-8
1. The gift of prophecy:
The word “prophecy” translated from the Greek means “a speaking forth”. It includes the ability to foretell future events but not exclusively as mostly assumed when people come across the word “prophecy”. When you have the Spirit-given gift of prophecy, you declare the will of God, you interpret the purpose of God, you share God’s heart and mind, or you make known the truth of God which will have an impact on other people. The purpose of prophecy is for the exhortation, edification, and comfort of the Church (1 Corinthians 14:1-5).
2. The gift of service:
In Greek the word “serving” or “ministering” means diakonian, from which we get the English word “deacon”. The gift of service is related to any kind of service which means in a broader sense to help those in need.
3. The gift of teaching:
The Greek word for “teacher” is didaskalos, which means master, teacher or doctor. The teacher is one who shares knowledge, guides, makes known or passes on facts. As a teacher you have the Spirit-given ability and desire to serve God by clearly instructing and communicating the truth of God’s Word with accuracy and in the simplest way possible so that anyone can understand it. You are the scholar who makes clear and explains the doctrine and teachings of God’s Word.
4. The gift of exhortation:
With the gift of exhortation, you have the Spirit-given ability and desire to serve God by encouraging, correcting, and calling people to action.
5. The gift of giving:
Those with the gift of giving are concerned for the needs of others and have the desire to cheerfully give what they have to others – whether it is financial, material, or the giving of personal time and attention.
6. The gift of leadership:
If you have the gift of leadership, you have the Spirit-given ability and desire to serve God by organizing, administering, promoting, and leading the various affairs and people in the church. You are like a steersman of a ship guiding with wisdom and grace and exhibiting the fruit of the Spirit in your life as you lead by example.
7. The gift of mercy:
As a person with the gift of mercy you have the Spirit-given ability and desire to serve God by empathizing with and comforting those who are in distress. They feel the compassion to help the sick, the poor, the mentally challenged, the prisoners, the blind, the aged, the homeless, etc. They are willing to deal with people, and minister to these people who have needs that most other people feel very uncomfortable working with. They do all this in a kind and cheerful manner.
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