“ . . . if any man minister,
let him do it as of the ability which God giveth:
that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ,
to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.”
I Peter 4:11
Ministering (Serving) Gifts
1. Ministering: Romans 12:7 “or ministry, let us wait on our ministering”
Definition: The Holy Spirit’s gift of discernment, willingness, and enablement to lovingly oversee the monetary and temporal needs of the congregation in a way that brings glory to God and not to man.
- Colossians 4:17
- Acts 6:1-7
- Luke 10:38-42
2. Giving: Romans 12:8b “he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity”
Definition: The leading and enablement by God’s Spirit to be sensitive to the temporal needs of the body of Christ, resulting in loving and generous giving of one’s time and resources with no thought of return or gain.
- Luke 6:38
- 1 Chronicles 29:14
- Acts 4:36-37
3. Ruling: Romans 12:8 “. . . he that ruleth, with diligence”
Definition: The Spirit given capacity and desire to give loving leadership (administration, organization) in the local church; characterized by sound vision, discernment, and a deep sense of accountability to God.
- Proverbs 12:24
- Mark 10:42-45
- 2 Samuel 23:3
- Hebrews 13:7, 17, 24
4. Showing mercy: Romans 12:8 “ . . . he that showeth mercy, with cheerfulness”
Definition: The Holy Comforter’s enablement to have loving compassion for the spiritual and physical needs of others in the congregation, resulting in a readiness to do whatever the Spirit prompts you to do in comforting others with the comfort of God.
- II Corinthians 1:3-7
- James 2:13; 3:17
- Matthew 5:7
- Luke 10:25-37
- Proverbs 14:21, 31
5. Faith: I Corinthians 12:9 “to another faith by the same Spirit”
Definition: A Spirit given ability to trust God in the face of great trial, difficulty, and opposition, encouraging others to look to God in hope and confidence for deliverance as well.
- Matthew 9:2; 8:5-13
- Acts 6:5
- Hebrews 11 – Faith’s Hall of Fame! Hebrews 11:6
6. Helping: I Corinthians 12:28 “Helps” (relief)
Definition: Motivation and discernment given by the Holy Spirit in order to know how best to help others in their time of need, resulting in loving deeds of service that call attention to Christ, and therefore bringing glory to God and not to self.
- 2 Corinthians 1:11
- II Timothy 1:16-18
7. Miracles: I Cor.12:10 “To another the working of miracles”
Apostolic manifestation: A Holy Spirit directed display of divine power which aids belief in the Gospel message of Christ through the person and work of an apostle or one appointed by an apostle which helped to lay the foundation of the New Testament Church.
Present manifestation: Apparently given today in rare situations on mission fields in the attempt to evangelize unreached people groups. Missionaries have testified that God brought divine healing when they prayed for a sick person which opened the people group to hear and receive the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Others have testified to miraculous intervention by God, which defeated demonic activities and thus demonstrated the power and authority of the God of the Bible.
- James 5:14-15 – Should we practice this?
- Matthew 12:39
8. Healing: I Cor. 12:28 “. . . after that miracles, then gifts of healings . . .”
Apostolic manifestation: The Holy Spirit directed and empowered ability to bring about the immediate and complete cure of a sick, disabled, or even dead person that led to a furtherance of the Gospel of Christ and God’s purposes on earth.
- Acts 3:1-13
- Acts 9:32-43
- Acts 28:7-9
Present manifestation: A God-aided ability that some believers seem to demonstrate in their care for the sick, resulting in unusual success in helping people with the healing process. God used the loving work of medical missionaries to develop and discover the cure for leprosy. As well as miraculous God added healings in response to prayer as outlined in James 5.
- Acts 28:3-6