What does it mean – gift, skill? • Everyone has a special talent for example artisanal talent, child care, etc. • Talent = something you can do well and what you do like.
Talent in the Bible • The Bible also speaks of gifts. • This means aptitude for different things and services. • What does the Bible say about spiritual giftedness?
Everyone has at least one gift • The Bible tells us: Everyone has to get a gift = ability: • "Serve one another with the ability God has given you - each and every one with its own special gift! Then you are good • trustees of the manifold grace of God. "1. Pet. 4.10
What gifts we find in the Bible? Spiritual Gifts1. Cor. 12-14 These are the gifts of the Holy Spirit to people. Gifts that God has given to us from birth. These gifts are "permanently installed".
The gifts of the Holy Spirit • Prophecy (1. Cor. 12,10) • Doing signs and wonders (1. Cor. 12,28) • Healing (1. Cor. 12,9.28.30) • Speaking in tongues and interpretation of tongues • (1. Cor. 12,10) • Words of wisdom and knowledge (1. Cor. 12,8) • These gifts are given by the Holy Spirit when HE wants.
Gifts that God has given to man in the Bible • We see different people in the Bible where God has given a gift. • These gifts we find in practically every church - even for the deaf!
Gift of mercy • This gift is a special ability to help people in need. • Examples in the Bible- Mt. 25,37-40- Mk. 9,41- Lk. 10,33-37- Acts 9,36-42- Rom. 12,4-8
Gift of Serve • This service is often hidden. But it is very important for the whole group. • Examples in the Bible- Lk. 10,38-42- Lk. 22,24-27- Rom. 12,6-7- 1. Tim. 3,8-13
Gift of hospitality • People are hospitable like to take to other people and give them room and board. • Examples in the Bible- 1. Gen. 18,1-8- Mt. 10,11 – 14,40- Rom. 12,9-13- Hebr. 13,1-2
Gift of the craft • God has enabled some people to do wonderful things with their hands. • Examples in the Bible- 2. Ex. 30,22-31- 2. Kg. 12,11-13- 2. Chr. 34,9-13- Acts 18,3
Gift of Teaching • Who has the gift of teaching, other people can pass on biblical teaching, so that they can easily understand. • Examples in the Bible- Acts 18,24-28- Rom. 12,6-7- Jak. 3,1
Gift of guidance • These people can lead a group or community, so that they achieve the goal of God voluntarily and in unity. • Examples in the Bible- 2. Ex. 18,13-27- Rom. 12,8- 1. Thess. 5,12-13
Gift of administration and organization • These people may well organize something as Camps, events, ... • Examples in the Bible- 2. Ex. 18,13-27- 1. Cor. 12,28
Gift of giving • Some people may very well earn money and love to give it to other people or to share it in the community. • Examples in the Bible- Lk. 21,1-4- Joh. 12,3-8- Acts 4,32-37- 2. Cor. 8,2-5
Gift of pastoral care • Who has the gift of pastoral care, may well others who have problems or seek for help, help by talking. • Examples in the Bible- Joh. 4,1-42- Acts 14,21-22- 2. Cor. 1,3-7- 1. Thess. 5,14
Gift of evangelism • Some have a special talent to tell other people about Jesus. • Examples in the Bible- Acts 8,5-6- Acts 8,26-40- Acts 14,13-21- Rom. 10,14-15
Gift to resolve conflicts • Some are good at dispute or misunderstanding as mediate between two people • Examples in the Bible- 1. Cor. 6,5
What is your talent? • There are many more different kinds of gifts in the Bible. • You might have noticed today - for example: I can organize good! • This is a gift from God. • With these gifts we must serve God and the community!
Discover gifts & do • Evangelism, Serving, Giving ... should we do it all! But some are especially gifted to do this. • We can for example do not say I can not give good, so I will give nothing!
Discover gifts & do • God has given us gifts - not for ourselves. • We are to serve others with our gifts. • Thus, the community is strong!
Loyalty is very important • God is looking for people who are faithful in their service. • The Bible says he who is faithful in little things, the bigger things can put God above. • (Mt. 25, 14-30)