Posted by: thirstnomore | February 16, 2009

Ephesians 4 vs. Romans 12 and 1 Corinthians 12

We had a good discussion on gifts last night in small group. I added a comment about gifts that I hope you will find helpful in discovering your gifts.

The gifts listed in Romans 12 and 1 Corinthians 12 are addressed to specific churches. The gifts listed in Ephesians 4:11-14 are addressed to a region of churches, which assunmes all these gifts should be represented in us and churches.

Why is this important? The gifts in Ephesians 4 are what could be called “base-line gifts”. Every person operates out of one of these 5 gifts or a combination of them.

Here is what they are:
Evangelist: you love sharing your faith, training people to share their faith, apologetics, can articulte the gospel clearly, and help people embrace Jesus.

Prophet(Prophetic): you tend to see things that are broken in the church and the culture. You are a social activist type, you hate to see people suffer unnecesarily, and want to do something about it. You can speak the word of God to people and help them see a better way for life.

Pastor: you are the shepherd. You lead people, care for people, show acts of kindness and mercy. You hate when people are hurting.

Teacher: you have a good understadning of the scripture. You love to explain scripture through teaching and preaching. You love doctrine and can explain and articulte to poeple the ways of God,
and you love to study scripture.

Apostle: we don’t have apostles anymore, they ended with the 12, Paul, and early eyewitnesses of Jesus. But, an apostolic gift is someone who pionners new churches, ministries, businesses, loves to create things, gain new ground, push the barriers, etc.

Look at these base-line gifts and see how these might flesh out in your life. Where do you see yourself? Where have you seen this gift at work in your life? Once you find these gifts you will see how others mentioned in Romans and Corinthians will work together.

Remember that these gifts are given to the church so that she will be built up and mature into the fullness of Christ.

Hope this helps…

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