What a gift from God changed your life

Spiritual gifts: description and bibliography

"We have very different gifts
just as God has given us in His grace. "

Romans 12: 6

The authors of the Bible agree: Everyone is specially created and gifted by God. The trick at word everyone is - it also means everyone. So false modesty is completely out of place: "I'm a Christian and can't do anything!" That's not true. God Himself has endowed you with abilities, talents and gifts. This talent package has not just doing something with you. God put everything inside you so that others can benefit from it. Your talents are a gift from God to you, so that you can become a gift to others. This means that your talents are a big indication of the divine calling for your life.

In the New Testament, certain gifts and abilities are emphasized again and again. In each of the four passages that deal with it, it becomes clear that God every believer gave such a special gift. In the Christian world one often speaks of Spiritual gifts. You can study the subject of spiritual gifts intensively in these four Bible passages: Romans 12: 3-8; 1 Corinthians 12; 1 Peter 4: 7-11; Ephesians 4: 7-13.

Organization (management)

1 Corinthians 12:28

Organization is the special ability that God gives some to achieve God-given goals and directions through planning and mentoring others.

People with the gift of organization have the ability to understand what makes an organization work. You can plan and execute processes to achieve community goals.

People with this gift ...

... develop strategies or plans to achieve set goals.
... support organizations in becoming more effective and efficient.
... create order in the organizational chaos.
... manage or coordinate a variety of responsibilities to get a task done.
... organize people, tasks or events.


Ephesians 4:11; 1 Corinthians 12:28

Special meaning

Men from the beginning, through whom God laid the foundations of the church (teaching of the apostles). These apostles no longer exist today.

More general meaning

Apostles in a more general sense are pioneer types, church planters, and people with an eye for several churches or entire regions. Your authority is readily recognized. God calls Christians who have this gift to lead, inspire, and develop churches through preaching and teaching true theology.

Apostles have the God-given ability to plant new churches or church structures and to oversee their development.

People with this gift ...

... pave the way for new churches or work and build them up.
... adapt to different environments by having a feel for and awareness of cultural contexts.
... have the desire to serve unreached people in other communities or countries.
... have management responsibility for community work or community associations.
... demonstrate authority and a vision for the mission of the church.


1 Corinthians 12:10

Discrimination is the special gift God gives to some of knowing with certainty whether a particular conduct or doctrine is true or flawed. Discerning people have a striking ability to distinguish between good and bad, right and wrong.

People with this gift ...

... carefully distinguish between truth and error, right and wrong, pure and impure motives.
... recognize deception accurately and appropriately.
... recognize discrepancies in a teaching or interpretation.

Encouragement & admonition

Romans 12.8

Encouragement is a special ability God gives to some to comfort other Christians who are discouraged, weak, or troubled, to speak encouraging words to them, and to give them hope and confidence. This gift also includes making other Christians aware of necessary corrections and motivating them to act correctly. Both serve to enable the other to develop his or her full potential.

People with this gift ...

... stand by those who are discouraged to give them hope and confidence.
... emphasize God's promise and trust in His will.
... challenge others to put their hope in God's promise.
... motivate others to grow in faith.
… Address problems in a good way.


Ephesians 4:11

Evangelists have the special gift of effectively proclaiming the saving message of the gospel so that people can be addressed and become followers of Christ. Such people have the ability to effectively communicate the gospel that non-Christians will believe and begin to grow in that faith.

People with this gift ...

... communicate the message of Jesus with clarity and conviction.
... look for opportunities to speak to non-Christians on matters of faith.
... challenge non-Christians to believe and to follow Jesus with all that they are.
... explain the gospel in such a way that it is directly related to the needs of the other person.
... look for opportunities to build friendships with non-Christians.


1 Corinthians 12: 9

People with the gift of faith have exceptionally strong beliefs. You are firmly convinced of God's power and His promises that He will carry out His plans. People gifted by God in this way show great trust in God and His word and even difficult circumstances or obstacles cannot shake this conviction.

The gift of faith enables a person to count on God's promise with conviction and unwavering belief in God's ability to accomplish His plan.

People with this gift ...

... believe in God's promise and inspire others to do the same.
... act with the firm conviction that God is able to remove obstacles from the way.
... have an attitude that is characterized by full trust in God's plan and promises.
... help build God's kingdom by going forward when others don't dare.
… Ask God for what is needed and trust that He will provide for it.


Romans 12.8

The gift of giving enables people to recognize where God has blessed them and, in response, to give generously, self-sacrificingly, and happily of their time, talents, and money without considering whether or not they are getting anything in return.

This gift enables people to cheerfully and generously invest financial and other resources when God directs them to do so. Instead of asking “How much got to I give to God? ”People with the gift of giving often ask the question“ How much can I give?".

People with this gift ...

... manage their finances and reduce their lifestyle in order to be able to give as much as possible.
... support work with self-sacrificing donations to build God's kingdom.
... provide for the material needs of others so that they can grow spiritually.
... make their resources available generously and happily, trusting that God will provide them.
... sometimes have a special ability to make money so they can use it to advance God's work.

Help / service

Romans 12.7; 1 Corinthians 12:28

This gift enables people to enjoy working behind the scenes to see that God's goals are achieved. God gives some the special ability to serve the church in a supportive capacity or to invest their talents in the life and ministry of others. So, with this gift, people can make a meaningful difference in the world.

People with this gift can perform practical and important tasks that release, support, and meet others' needs.

People with this gift ...

... serve behind the scenes whenever they are needed to support the gifts and ministries of others (often without actually being asked to do so).
... perceive concrete, practical things that need to be done and are happy to do them.
... feel their destiny and God's joy when they take care of the everyday needs of others.
... see spiritual value in practical service.
... enjoy the knowledge that you give others the freedom to do what God has called them to do.
... would rather do a task themselves than give it to someone else.


1 Corinthians 12: 8

The gift of knowledge is a special gift that enables some Christians to develop an extraordinary understanding of the great truths in God's Word and to apply these truths to specific situations in the church. People with this gift desire to learn and find out as much about the Bible as possible. You enjoy gathering and analyzing information about the Bible. Their gift enables them to show spiritual truths to others through revelation or biblical knowledge.

People with this gift ...

… Receive spiritual truths that will enable them to better serve others.
... look for knowledge, insight and truth in the Bible.
... have knowledge that sometimes they have not acquired naturally.
... have an extraordinary knowledge or an extraordinary understanding that serves others.
... organize information for teaching or practical application.


Romans 12: 8

Leaders are able to set goals to carry out God's plans and communicate those goals in a way that others will be happy to work together to achieve them. You can develop and convey a vision, as well as motivate and guide people to put God's plans into action.

People with this gift ...

... give direction to God's church or certain work.
... motivate others to do their best.
... show others "the big picture".
... exemplify the values ​​of the organization or community.
... take responsibility and set goals.


Romans 12.8

This gift enables some Christians to experience extraordinary empathy and compassion for those who are suffering physically, mentally, or emotionally. You are able to feel sincere compassion for the suffering of others and speak to them with words of compassion. Most of all, they can care for those who are suffering by acting lovingly on them and thereby alleviating their distress.

Mercy Christians can cheerfully and practically help people in need by turning compassion into action.

People with this gift ...

... focus on alleviating the causes of pain and unhappiness for people who are suffering.
... take care of the needs of the lonely and forgotten.
... give love, grace and dignity to those who are stuck in an emergency or crisis.
... serve cheerfully in difficult or uncomfortable circumstances.
... deal with individual or social problems that oppress people.


Ephesians 4:11

Christians with the shepherdess gift are able to assume long-term personal responsibility for the direction and spiritual care, protection, and guidance and teaching of a group of believers. You have a strong desire to nurture, provide, and guide people so that these people may follow Christ and become like Him.

People with this gift ...

... take responsibility for promoting the person holistically in their path with God.
... oversee and lead a group of God's children.
... with their lives are an example of what it means to follow Jesus with total devotion.
... create trust through long-term relationships.
... guide and protect the people they care for.


Romans 12: 6; 1 Corinthians 12:10, 28; Ephesians 4:11

Christians with the gift of prophecy are able to proclaim God's word clearly and fearlessly to use it to strengthen, encourage, and convict other Christians, and to convince non-Christians. They are particularly capable of interpreting God's revelation and applying it in concrete situations. They reveal truth and proclaim it timely and aptly, which serves for understanding, correction, repentance and encouragement.

People with this gift ...

… Deliver a timely message from God that leads to conviction, repentance, and encouragement.
... see truths that others often cannot perceive and challenge them to react to them.
... understand God's heart and mind through experiences He gives them.


Romans 12.7; 1 Corinthians 12:28; Ephesians 4:11

Some Christians receive from God a special ability to explain and apply the truths of God's Word in an intelligible way so that others can understand and learn them. You teach others in the Bible in a logical and systematic way that will instill and produce real understanding and growth. Christians with this gift can understand, explain, and apply God's Word in ways that will make their listeners more like Christ.

People with this gift ...

... communicate biblical truths in a way that inspires others to obey God's Word more closely.
... challenge their listeners simply and practically with the truths of the Bible.
... focus on changing lives by helping others understand the Bible better.
... pay attention to details and correctness.
... prepare with the help of extensive study and reflection times.


1 Corinthians 12: 8

This gift enables some people to organize opinions, facts and thoughts in order to decide which solution is best for them and for others. People with this gift can apply knowledge to life in a way that is relevant and practical for everyday life and enables them to make good decisions. They understand God's thoughts in a way that gives them insight into how to apply knowledge to meet the specific needs of others.

People with this gift ...

... focus on the unnoticed consequences of their decision while deciding on the next steps.
... gain insight into what is necessary to meet the needs of others.
... offer God-given solutions in the midst of conflict and confusion.
… Hear God's direction in certain situations.
... apply spiritual truths in a concrete and practical way.