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1 “Charismata” An Introduction to the Spiritual Gifts

2 “Charismata” An Introduction to the Spiritual Gifts Outline of Discussions  Basic Information  Guiding Principles  The Ultimate Purpose Bible Versions Used  Unless indicated, Scripture quotations herein are from the New International Version (NIV, 2011).  Scripture quotations marked “NRSV” are from the New Revised Standard Version (1989).

3 Basic Information What are the fundamentals of our gifts?

4 Basic Information Definition of Terms Spiritual Gifts: Greek, χαρίσματα (charismata)  A conjunction: χάρις (charis): Noun; “grace” ματα (mata): Plural suffix; “endowments”  Literally, “grace-endowments”  Singular form: χάρισμα (charisma) Grace-Endowments  Grace: God’s undeserved favor on account of Jesus  Endow (verb): “to give money or property to provide an income for”* *Webster’s Universal Dictionary and Thesaurus; 2002, Geddes & Grosset

5 Basic Information Relevant Passages Romans 12:3-8 3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. 4 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts [charismata], according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

6 Basic Information Relevant Passages 1 Peter 4: Each of you should use whatever gift [charisma] you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.

7 Basic Information Some Clarifications… Ephesians 4:7-8 (NRSV) 7 But each of us was given grace according to the measure of Christ’s gift [δωρε ᾶ ς (dōreas)]. 8 Therefore it is said, “When he ascended on high he made captivity itself a captive; he gave gifts [δόματα (domata)] to his people.” Not Spiritual Gifts  Paul used dōreas and domata  Leadership roles for building up the Church toward unity and maturity (see verses 12-13).

8 Basic Information Some Clarifications… 1 Corinthians 12:4 There are different kinds of gifts [χαρισμάτων (charismatōn)], but the same Spirit distributes them. Miraculous Gifts of the Holy Spirit  AKA: The “sign gifts”  Confirmed the oral Gospel (see Hebrews 2:4)  No longer available today

9 Basic Information The Eight Spiritual Gifts Spiritual GiftsBible References 1) ProphesyingRomans 12:6 2) ServingRomans 12:7 and 1 Peter 4:11 3) TeachingRomans 12:7 4) EncouragingRomans 12:8 5) GivingRomans 12:8 6) LeadershipRomans 12:8 7) Showing MercyRomans 12:8 8) Speaking1 Peter 4:11 Remember: Each of us has at least one gift— We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us (Romans 12:6a).

10 Guiding Principles What principles govern the use of our gifts?

11 Guiding Principles A Sense of Humility Romans 12:3-6a 3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. 4 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts [charismata], according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is... Key Phrase/Word  sober judgment : In context, “to put a moderate estimate upon oneself”* *Thayer's Greek Lexicon; 2011, Biblesoft, Inc.; 04 October 2011

12 Guiding Principles A Sense of Humility Romans 12:3-6a 3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. 4 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts [charismata], according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is... Key Phrase/Word  sober judgment : In context, “to put a moderate estimate upon oneself”*  grace : We neither earned nor deserve our gifts. *Thayer's Greek Lexicon; 2011, Biblesoft, Inc.; 04 October 2011

13 Guiding Principles A Sense of Selflessness Romans 12:3-6a 3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. 4 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts [charismata], according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is... Key Phrase: each member belongs to all the others Bottom Line: The use of our gifts must benefit our brothers and sisters.

14 Guiding Principles A Sense of Duty 1 Peter 4: Each of you should use whatever gift [charisma] you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 11b...so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. Keyword: Serve  Greek: διακονέω (diakoneō) From διάκονος (diakonos), a minister English derivative, “deacon”—a Church minister  Essentially, “to serve as a minister” Bottom Line: Our gifts can be the basis for our personal ministries in service to one another.

15 The Ultimate Purpose What is the purpose of our gifts?

16 The Ultimate Purpose To Glorify God 1 Peter 4: Each of you should use whatever gift [charisma] you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 11b...so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. Keyword: Praised  Greek: δοξάζω (doxazō), “to glorify”  Essentially, “to demonstrate one’s awesome qualities” Bottom line: The use of our gifts should be a demonstration of God’s awesome qualities so others might recognize and acknowledge Him.

17 Challenges 1) Discover and study your gifts. 2) Develop deep convictions about your gifts based on your learning. 3) Start a personal ministry based on your gifts. 4) Glorify God by the use of your gifts.

18 Recap Basic Information  God expects Spiritual income from our gifts  Relevant passages: Romans 12:3-8 and 1 Peter 4:10-11  Each of us has at least one gift. Guiding Principles  A sense of humility  A sense of selflessness  A sense duty The Ultimate Purpose: To glorify God To God be the glory!


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