1. THE HOLY SPIRIT IS GOD’S PRIMARY GIFT.
“I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you...and will be in you.” John 14:16-17
“I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away. For if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. but if I go, I will send Him to you.” John 16:7
2. THE HOLY SPIRIT FILLS US WITH SPIRITUAL GIFTS.
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10
“Follow the way of love and eagerly desire the gifts of the Spirit...try to excel in those that build up the church.” 1 Corinthians 14:1,12
3. THESE SPIRITUAL GIFTS HELP US TO SERVE OTHERS.
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8
The following contains definitions of Spiritual gifts. While not meant to be dogmatic or final, these definitions do correspond to characteristics of the gifts as expressed in the Gifts Assessment.
The gift of administration means you are skilled at developing, articulating, and accomplishing tasks for the accomplishment of the objectives for the Body.
(Data Entry, Kids Check-In)
The gift of apostleship means you are able to articulate the Gospel in places that are geographically, socially, ethnically or culturally different from one's background.
(Grow Plan, ITOWN Kids, Missions, ITOWN Youth)
The gift of discernment allows you to perceive the motives, intentions and sincerity of others within relationships of the local church.
(Grow Plan, White Tent, Usher)
The gift of encouragement allows you to counsel, model and encourage people through one's personal testimony, life and Scripture so people are comforted and encouraged to act.
(Nursery/Preschool, ITOWN Kids, Greeter)
The gift of evangelism assists you in sharing the Good News of Christ in a relevant manner with people far from Christ, so they respond positively to become disciples of Jesus Christ.
(ITOWN Kids, Missions, ITOWN Youth)
The gift of faith helps you envision with clarity and confidence God's future direction and goals for the Body of Christ.
(Prayer, Circle Leadership, White Tent)
The gift of giving allows you to give liberally to meet the needs of others and support God's ministry with the resources which God has entrusted to you.
(Red Tent, Missions)
The gift of hospitality enables you to reach out to others and welcome them into your home and life in a loving, warm manner. These guests feel "at home" in your presence.
(Red Tent, Grow Plan, Hospitality, Parking)
The gift of knowledge allows you to discover, analyze, accumulate, systematize and articulate ideas that are essential for the growth and building up of the Body.
(ITOWN Kids, Circles Leadership, ITOWN Youth)
The gift of leadership allows you to set Godly objectives, make decisions and communicate them to the Body of Christ in a way that motivates them to willingly follow and joyously work to accomplish these objectives.
(There are leadership opportunities on every team, including Circles Leadership)
The gift of combining shepherding and teaching assists you in instructing, guiding, and caring for believers in a smaller expression of the Body so that they are equipped to reach out in ministry to others, both inside and outside the church.
(ITOWN Kids, ITOWN Youth, Circles Leadership)
The gift of mercy empowers you to empathize with those in need, especially those suffering and in trauma, and to manifest empathy so those in need are strengthened.
(Nursery/Preschool, ITOWN Kids, Prayer)
The gift of prophecy means you are able to publicly or privately speak the Word of God, so people are convicted, consoled, encouraged, challenged or strengthened.
(Prayer, White Tent, Missions)
The gift of shepherding helps you nurture a group of believers by caring for their spiritual welfare in a holistic manner on a longer-term basis.
(Circles Leadership, Grow Plan, White Tent)
The gift of service means you unselfishly meet the needs of other people through practical service that is most often done behind the scenes.
(Facilities, Hospitality, Data Entry)
The gift of teaching helps you to communicate instruction, so members of the Body understand how to apply spiritual principles to their own lives and ministries in everyday context.
(ITOWN Kids, Nursery/Preschool, Circle Leadership)
The gift of wisdom means you have insight on how knowledge may best be applied to specific needs in the Body of Christ. This involves applying Biblical truths to everyday situations.
(ITOWN Kids, Red Tent, Usher)