Continuing to define Spiritual gifts we now look at four more. Discerning of spirits Ability to ‘see’ and identify/perceive the motivating spirit behind words, actions, events or thinking, and to judge whether such spirit is divine, human or demonic This is one of the nine gifts Paul writes about to the Corinthians (1 Cor 12:10). […]

Continue reading about Discover and Serve pt 17 – Spiritual Gifts 6. Discerning of spirits, Evangelism, Exhortation/ Encouragement, Faith

Administration Those who know me will recognise that I have often exercised this gift. However, that is not the reason for it being first on the list – I am handling the gifts alphabetically! A particular ability to organise/manage the affairs of the church or any part of its work, with skill and wisdom so […]

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Nigel Ring on September 11th, 2013

How many spiritual gifts are there? When teaching on this subject I sometimes get people to give me a guesstimate. There is usually a huge variation; some say nine (probably reflecting 1 Cor 12:8-10), others fifteen (adding another six from Rom 12:7-8). But what about the fivefold gifts of Eph 4:11 which would take us […]

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Fulfilling potential Recently I was reading the parable of the barren fig tree (Lk 13:6-9). Although the owner condemned it for not producing figs, and told the vinedresser to remove it, the vinedresser pleaded a stay of execution, asking permission to tend the tree particularly carefully and to see if it produced figs the following […]

Continue reading about Discover and Serve pt 14 – Spiritual Gifts 3. Possessional or situational?