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Spiritual Gifts

At Faith Baptist Church we encourage every believer to use their spiritual gift in their service and worship of the Lord. Regardless of your spiritual gift, the Lord desires for each of us to use our gifts for the glory of God.

Description of the Spiritual Gifts

Helps

The spiritual gift of helps, covers a wide range of activities. The Holy Spirit equips believers with this gift to fill the many gaps of ministry and meet the needs of the church as it fulfills the Great Commission. The goal is to energize the church and free up others to use their gifts to the fullest. The result is the continued edification of the church and the added ability to see beyond its own needs and reach out into the community.

Teaching

The spiritual gift of teaching is one that carries a heavy responsibility in the church. Like every believer, teachers are to be stewards of every word that comes out of their mouths. But the greater responsibility to which they are called is to be stewards of the Word of God to His people. Teachers have been entrusted with the task of effectively communicating what the Bible and how we as followers of Jesus Christ are to apply it to our lives here and now.

Encouragement

The spiritual gift of exhortation is often called the “gift of encouragement.” The Spirit of God gives this gift to people in the church to strengthen and encourage others in their faith. Those with the gift of exhortation can uplift and motivate others as well as challenge and rebuke them in order to foster spiritual growth and action. The goal of the encourager is to see everyone in the church continually building up the body of Christ and glorifying God.

Giving

The Holy Spirit imparts this gift to some in the church to meet the various needs of the church and its ministries, missionaries, or of people who do not have the means to provide fully for themselves. The goal is to encourage and provide, giving all credit to God’s love and provision. Those with this gift love to share with others the overflow of blessings God has given them. They are grateful when someone shares a need with them, and are always joyful when they can meet that need.

Administration

The Greek word for the spiritual gift of administration is kubernesis.  This is a unique term that refers to a shipmaster or captain. The literal meaning is “to steer,” or “to rule or govern.”  It carries the idea of someone who guides and directs a group of people toward a goal or destination. With this gift the Holy Spirit enables certain Christians to organize, direct, and implement plans to lead others in the various ministries of the Church.

Mercy

The Holy Spirit gives the spiritual gift of mercy to some in the church to love and assist those who are suffering, and walk with them until The Lord allows their burden to be lifted. The gift of mercy is founded in God’s mercy towards us as sinners and is consistently expressed with measurable compassion. Those with this gift are able to “weep with those who weep” (Romans 12:15) and “bear one another’s burdens” (Galatians 6:2).

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