Let Bible Characters Create Awareness of Different Spiritual Gifts


Raise awareness of the Spirit’s different gifts, some of which are often neglected, by associating them with people in Scripture. To teach this, mention a gift and let believers suggest Bible persons that exemplified its use. Mention the answers given in the list below only if people are unable to mention someone to whom God had given the gift.

Spiritual Gifts in Romans 12:6-8 enable one to…

Serve: Samuel, 1 Sam. 1:20-28; 3:1-21; Deacons, Acts 6:1-7; Dorcas, Acts 9:36-41

Prophesy (speak to others to edify, console, encourage, 1 Cor. 14:3): Paul, in his letters.

Give: Abigail, 1 Sam. 25.

Teach: Ezra: Nehemiah 8.

Encourage: Paul, Acts 20:17-38

Lead: Moses, Ex. 18:13-26.

Show mercy: Good Samaritan, Luke 10:30-35; David with Saul, 1 Samuel 24

Additional Gifts in 1 Corinthians 12:7-11, 27-30 enable one to…

Counsel with wisdom: Solomon, 1 Kings 3:5-28

Base decisions on knowledge (facts): Bereans’ searching the Word, Acts 17:10-12

Helps: Aquila and Priscilla, Acts18:1-5, 24-28

Go, as an Apostle: Paul and Barnabas, Acts chapters 13-14

Discern: Nathan, 2 Sam. Chapters 11-12. Paul, Gal. 2:6-21

Heal: Jesus, Mark 2:1-12; Peter and John healed a crippled man, Acts 3

Administrate: Nehemiah: Nehemiah chapters 2-3

Do miracles: Elijah: 1 Kings 18:16-46; Elisha: 2 Kings chapters 2-5

Speak in tongues: Cornelius’ household, Acts 10:44-48.

Use faith (all need faith but some have a special anointing of faith and stir it in others): the leper and the centurion, Matt. 8:1-13; many Old Testament faithful, Heb. 11

Additional Gifts in Ephesians 4:11 enable one to…

Announce the Good News (evangelist): Philip; Acts 8:26-40

Pastor (shepherd): Acts 20:28-34; Peter, 1 Peter 5:1-4.


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