*The Spirit gives gifts in the moment, i.e., situational spiritual gifts (see 1 Cor 12-14).
*As we continue to exercise them, we gain confidence and a track record of ministry.
*Spiritual gifts are given to the whole body of believers.
- * Generally, situational gifts fall into two categories: speaking gifts and serving gifts.
- Speaking gifts—include prophecy, words of wisdom and knowledge, teaching, exhortation, etc.
Serving gifts—include administration, healings, distinguishing between spirits, giving, etc.
- * Jesus and the Spirit’s gifts
- In the Gospels Jesus proclaimed the Word of God and served human need.
He continues to be the “Word Worker” in our midst as we gather for worship and receive and release the Spirit’s gifts.
* The gift lists in the New Testament are suggestive, not exhaustive.
- *Exercised in and through love
- As Paul teaches in 1 Corinthians 12-14, all the gifts of the Spirit are to be exercised in and through love: “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.” (13:1)