Spiritual Gifts Test

Sterling Franklin


  Notice I used lowercase letters. The Spiritual Gifts in 1 
Corinthians 14 are different from the spiritual gifts in Romans 12. 

Romans 12:4-9
4 For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the 
same office:
5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one 
of another.
6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to 
us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of 
7 Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on 
8 Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it 
with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, 
with cheerfulness.
9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave 
to that which is good.

We all have talents that God has given us. Some areas are defined in 
Romans 12 here in the passage. (Most of these are pretty 

Prophecy Preaching the Bible. In this context, its not talking 
about the Spiritual Gift described in I Corinthians 14 and elsewhere. 
What if a preacher gave his message without faith? It would not be DA 
bomb but would just BOMB! People often end up unsure and wavering if a 
faithless message is presented.

Ministry (service) Helping others out in emotional or spiritual 

Teaching Doctrine-based (didactic) teaching.

Exhortation Encouraging others, urging them to continue.

Giving Umto give? It commands to give with simplicity meaning 
here (aploteti) Liberally or bountifully, with an aspect of 

Ruling Leadership positions, which are really positions of servanthood.

Mercy Showing mercy to others, and not with anger in your heart, but 
cheerfulness. Good jobs/privileges for people mainly gifted in this 
area are visiting homeless, praying for others, and giving to the poor 
(although praying is a privilege and duty for EVERY Christian).

Heres a cool thing I found online: 

Heh, I took it. My main three areas (got 15s) were Prophecy, 
Teaching, and Exhortation.  Sounds like what 
Im doing at this computer right now!

Anyway, I am a strong believer that God gifts us in as many of these 
areas as He wants to. If you dont have a super duper talent in one 
area yet, maybe through trials and experience, God will develop that in you. Who 
knows?  Hey, I guess God does! :)

Have a great day! May the Lord RICHLY Bless you (as He wants to bless 


Study Date: Apr 15, 2002 14:51 PDT   

Category: Activity & Bible Study

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