Gifts And Callings Of God
by Gregory A. Harris, Ph.D.
Presented by Saint Luke Evangelical School Of Biblical Studies

The Bible tells us that every believer is given a spiritual gift for the purpose of building up Godís Church (1 Corinthians 12:7). This is exciting news! God has given each of us a special gift. As disciples our responsibility is to discern, experiment with, and use our spiritual gifts. Spiritual gifts are special abilities, talents, or yearnings that God gives to every disciple, for the purpose of building up the Church.

Summary of Spiritual Gifts

Administration, Artistry, Craftsmanship, Evangelism, Exhortation, Faith, Giving, Helping, Hospitality, Knowledge, Leadership, Mercy, Music-Instrumental, Music-Vocal, Prayer, Serving, Shepherding, Teaching, Wisdom, Writing

The gift of administration will benefit you in understanding and setting goals for various groups and organizations. It will give you direction in making plans to achieve those goals. You will be able to plan programming, work with facts and /or figures, and see that goals and ideas are accomplished. (1 Corinthians 12:28, Romans 12:8, Acts 6:1-7)

This gift or glorified talent will give you the ability to use your hands, thoughts and mind to further Godís Kingdom through artistic, creative means. You may also serve as a trainer for others to develop their abilities in this area. (Exodus 31:3-11, Ezekiel 27:4, 1 Chronicles 4:14)

This gift or glorified talent will give you the ability to use your hands and ideas in the areas of maintenance and upkeep of Godís physical blessings. (2 Chronicles 34:9-13, 1 Chronicles 4:14, Ezekiel 27:4-9)

The gift of evangelism will give you the power to share the Good News of the love of Jesus with the lost, in such a way that those with whom you share will come to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior. (Ephesians 4:11, Acts 5:42, Acts 8:5-8, Acts 13:42-43, Acts 11:20-21)

The gift of exhortation will allow you to speak words of comfort, encouragement, admonition or counsel to members of the Body in such a way that they will be strengthened and built up. (Romans 12:8, Act 14:21-22, Hebrews 10:25)

The gift of faith will allow you to see with confidence what Godís will is for your life and more importantly, for the Body of Christ of which you are a member. You will have no fear of moving ahead, even though everything around you seems to be holding you back. (1 Corinthians 12:9, Romans 4:20-21, Acts 27:21-25)

The gift of giving will allow you to give liberally of your treasures and time. As you give, you will experience much joy and satisfaction. (Romans 12:8, Mark 12:41-44, Malachi 3:10, 2 Corinthians 8:1-7)

The gift of helping will give you the opportunity to help other members of the Body grow in their service. You will feel needed as you relieve others of task that are burdening them. (1 Corinthians 12:28, Romans 16:1-2, Mark 2:3-4)

The gift of hospitality will give you the opportunity to be open and caring to those in need. You will enjoy having people in your home and will feel good as you provide food and lodging. (1 Peter 4:9-10, Acts 16:15, 3 John 1:50-8)

The gift of knowledge will give the ability to use information and ideas you have learned and thought out for the well-being of the Body. Your sharing of your gift of knowledge will allow the church to become healthy and grow. (Matthew 16:17, 1 Corinthians 12:8, 1 Corinthians 13:2)

The gift of leadership will allow you to be a goal-setter and leader of Godís people. They will look to you for guidance and direction. Your leadership will bring glory to God and growth to his church. (Hebrews 13:17, Acts 7:10)

The gift of mercy allows you to reach out to people who are in need. Your words of care and concern and your actions will aid in building up those who may have physical, mental or emotional problems. The things you will do will allow those you serve to see the love of Christ in you and through you. (Romans 12:8, Acts 9:36, Luke 10:33-35)

Music, Instrumental
This gift or glorified talent will allow you to play an instrument in such a manner that it will bring praise to God and build up those around you. (1 Chronicles 16:42, Psalm 150:4-5, Isaiah 38:20)

Music, Vocal
This gift or glorified talent will allow you to use your voice to sing praises to the Lord in such a manner that those around you will feel strengthened and built up. (Colossians 3:16, 2 Chronicles 5:12-13, Nehemiah 12:42, James 5:13)

This gift or unique role will allow you to pray for other members of the Body in such a way that your prayers will be of benefit to them. You will enjoy praying regularly and perhaps, for extended periods of time. You will be able to see frequent and specific answers to prayer that many of your fellow Christians who do not have this gift cannot see. (James 5:14-16, Colossians 4:12, Acts 6:4, Acts 12:5, Ephesians 6:18)

The gift of serving will allow you to see things that need to be done. Often these are tasks overlooked by others, especially those in leadership positions. Assuming the role of the servant will bring you much joy and will build up the Body of Christ. (Romans 12:7, 2 Timothy 1:16-18, Romans 14:18-19)

The gift of shepherding (pasturing) will give you the ability to reach out and care in a spiritual manner for an individual or for a group. You will serve as one who is a counselor, and encourager, and a shepherd. You will see that Godís Word is fed to those in your care and you will also feel a responsibility for the general well being of the individual or group. (Ephesians 4:11, 1 Thessalonians 5:12, Acts 20:28)

The gift of teaching will give you the ability to share knowledge with members of the Body (children and/or adults) that will serve in building them up in Christ. Your reaching will aid the growth and health of the Body. (1 Corinthians 12:28, Romans 12:7, Ephesians 4:11, Acts 20:20-21)

The gift of wisdom will allow you to have a special understanding of situations that arise in peopleís lives. You will be able to offer counsel and advice. As you do this, the Body of Christ will become healthier and grow. (1 Corinthians 12:8, Acts 6:3-10, 1 Corinthians 2:6-16)

This gift or glorified talent will allow you to put your thoughts and ideas into words that will be meaningful and relevant to those who read them. As the words are read, people will find guidance, knowledge, courage, or edification. (Psalm 45:1, Philippians 3:1, Jude 3)


Sumrall, Lester. The Gifts and Ministries of the Holy Spirit. Springdale, PA: Whitaker House. 1993

copyright 2003 by Gregory A. Harris
Used by permission.