Spiritual Gifts


Acts 18:24-28 • Acts 20:20-21 • Romans 12:7 • 1 Corinthians 12:28 • Ephesians 4:11-13



A Holy Spirit-empowered ability to communicate the truths of Christ effectively so that they can be understood and followed by the church.


Common Characteristics

  1. A belief that truth is the key ingredient in everything
  2. A need to certify statements which have been made by others
  3. A delight in research and learning
  4. A tendency to validate new truths by established systems of truth
  5. An emphasis on the importance of detail and accuracy in language and reporting
  6. A tendency to remain silent until information has been heard, observed, and discussed
  7. A desire to experience and present truth in a systematic fashion
  8. An alertness to factual details often not noticed by others
  9. A tendency to stress and value an “objective” approach over a “subjective” approach (to anything)


Ways to Grow in Christ’s Likeness

  1. Discipline yourself to teach Scripture for practical application as well as general accuracy
  2. When testing the knowledge of others, do so with a humble spirit and openness to learning
  3. Make a habit of depending on the Holy Spirit and not just on human reasoning
  4. Remember that “knowledge puffs up” and beware of pride
  5. Consider carefully the practical wisdom of “uneducated” people
  6. Make a special effort of putting on mercy and love, and avoid retreating into your own world of books and abstract information
  7. Receiving the teaching of others with humility and charity, not criticizing sound teaching because of technical flaws
  8. Develop and communicate your interest in the well-being of people

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