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Spiritual Gifts

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Administration

This gift enables people to organize, direct, and implement plans to lead others.  Administration centers on attention to details and organization to achieve goals.  

I Corinthians 12:28, Titus 1:4-5

Recommended Serving Opportunities
Oak Creek Kids+, Sound/Lighting/Video Tech, Welcome Center*+, Office Assistant, Bookstore+, Serve Team Leader*+, Food Court Commons, Building & Grounds

Apostleship

The gift of apostleship empowers believers to go to reach across cultures, help others pursue Christ and develop leaders.  Those with this gift are influencers, entrepreneurial and ready to take on challenges.  

Ephesians 4:11-13, I Corinthians 12:28, Acts 1:21-22, 1 Corinthians 9:1

Recommended Serving Opportunities
Snack & Beverage Host, Prayer Team, Streetlight Team, Reach Team +, Hospital Visitation, Oak Creek Kids Check-In +, Greeter, Life Group Leader*+, Youth Leader*+

Discernment

The Holy Spirit gives the gift of discernment to enable certain Christians to clearly recognize and distinguish between the influence of God, Satan, the world, and the flesh.  The church needs those with this gift to guide believers away from spiritual danger.

I Corinthians 12:10, Acts 5:3-6; 16:16-18; 1 John 4:1

Recommended Serving Opportunities:
Greeter, Prayer Team, Life Group Leaders*+, Reach Team+, Hospital Visitation, Security*+, Street Team

Evangelism

All Christians are called to evangelize and reach out to the spiritually lost, but some are given an extra measure of faith and effectiveness in this area.  This gift empowers the believer to clearly and effectively communicate the message of Jesus Christ to others.

Ephesians 4:11-13, Acts 8:5-12, 26-40, 21:8, Matthew 28:18-20

Recommended Serving Opportunities:
Café, Food Court, Oak Creek Kids+, Greeter, Reach Team+, Marriage Mentor*+, Prayer Team, Streetlight Team, Youth Leader*+, Worship Team, Choir, Welcome Center*+

Exhortation

The spiritual gift of exhortation is often called the “gift of encouragement.”  The Spirit of God gives this gift to people in the church to strengthen, encourage, uplift and motivate others.

Romans 12:8, Acts 11:23-24; 14:21-22; 15:32

Recommended Serving Opportunities
Power for Living Group Helper, Hospital Visitation, Oak Creek Kids+, Greeter, Interpretation/Translation, Life Group Leader*+, Marriage Mentor*+, Bookstore+, Prayer Team, Streetlight Team, Ushers*+, Welcome Center*+, Worship Team, Choir, Youth Leader*+

Faith

Those with the gift of faith trust that God is sovereign and He is good. They take Him at His Word and put the full weight of their lives in His hands. They expect God to move and are not surprised when He answers a prayer or performs a miracle.

I Corinthians 12:9, Hebrews 11:1-40

Recommended Serving Opportunities
Power for Living Assistant, Snack & Beverage Host, Hospital Visitation, Life Group Leader*+, Reach Team+, Prayer Team, Worship, Choir, Youth Leader*+

Giving

The Holy Spirit imparts this gift to meet needs of the church or those who do not have the means to provide fully for themselves. Those with this gift love to share with others the overflow of blessings God has given them. They are grateful when someone shares a need with them, and are always joyful when they can meet that need.

Romans 12:8, 13, 2 Corinthians 8:1-5; 9:6-15; Acts 4:32-37, Galatians 4:15, Philippians 4:10-18

Recommended Serving Opportunities
Reach Team+, World Impact, Financial Peace University Facilitators*+, Marriage Mentors*+

Healing

This gift is interesting in that there is no guarantee that a person will always be able to heal anyone he or she desires. It is subject to the sovereign will of God, as all spiritual gifts are. This gift is given at various times and places to reveal the God of heaven to the sick and tormented.

1 Corinthians 12:9, 28, 30, James 5:13-16


Interpretation of Tongues

The spiritual gift of interpretation of tongues is found alongside the gift of speaking in tongues.  It is the supernatural ability to understand and explain messages uttered in an unknown language.  This is a revelatory gift, meaning that God “reveals” the meaning of the words or message being spoken and allows the interpreter to communicate its meaning to those who need to hear it.

1 Corinthians 12:10, 30; 14:1-28


Knowledge

The Holy Spirit gives this spiritual gift to bring about understanding to Christ followers. The person with this gift is usually well-versed in the Scriptures and often has much committed to memory. They can retain the truth and communicate it effectively.

1 Corinthians 12:8; Romans 15:14; 2 Corinthians 2:14

Suggested Serving Opportunities
Interpretation/Translation, Life Group Leader*+, Reach Team+, Prayer Team, Marriage Mentor, Streetlight Team, Worship, Youth Leader*+

Leadership

The Holy Spirit gives the spiritual gift of leadership to some in the church to care for God’s people and lead them into deeper relationship with Christ and each other. They base their success on how well they help others discover and become who God created them to be.

Romans 12:8; 1 Thessalonians 5:12; 1 Timothy 3:4-5, 12; 5:17

Recommended Serving Opportunities
Power for Living Leader*+, Oak Creek Kids Leader*+, Life Group Leader*+, Reach Team, Marriage Mentor*+, Security*+, Ushers*+, Welcome Center, Worship, Youth Leader*+

Mercy

The Holy Spirit gives the spiritual gift of mercy to some in the church to love and assist those who are suffering, and walk with them until The Lord allows their burden to be lifted.  The gift of mercy is founded in God’s mercy towards us as sinners and is consistently expressed with measurable compassion.

Romans 12:8, Matthew 5:7; Luke 10:30-37; James 3:17; Jude 22-23

Recommended Serving Opportunities
Hospital Visitation, Oak Creek Kids+, Greeter, Reach Team, Emergency Medical Response*+, Marriage Mentor, Prayer Team, Streetlight Team, Youth Leader*+

Miracles

Those with the spiritual gift of miracles often have a heightened sensitivity to the presence and power of God through His Holy Spirit. They have a special measure of faith and desire for God to reveal Himself and draw many to faith in His Son Jesus Christ. They take care not to draw attention to themselves or have a following of people, but are constantly pointing others to Jesus.

1 Corinthians 12:10, 28-29; Acts 1:8; Galatians 3:5


Pastoring

Those with the gift of pastoring are called and gifted to care for the long-term spiritual well-being of Christ followers.  The Holy Spirit gives this gift of pastor to humbly teach God’s people, guide them, protect them, and to lead them

Ephesians 4:11-13; Jeremiah 3:15; Acts 20:28; John 10:11-18

Recommended Serving Opportunities
Power for Living Leader*+, Hospital Visitation, Oak Creek Kids+, Life Group Leader*+, Care Group Leader*+, Reach Team+, Marriage Mentor*+, Prayer Team, Youth Leader*+

Prophecy

Those with this gift are sensitive to both the guidance of the Holy Spirit to build up and encourage the church community.  They should be humble and continually study the Scriptures in order to test revelations before speaking them.

1 Corinthians 14:4, 26, Romans 12:6, 1 Corinthians 12:10, 14:1-5, Ephesians 4:11-13, 1 Peter 4:10-11

Suggested Serving Opportunities
Life Group Leader*+, Reach Team+, Prayer Team, Street Team, Worship

Serving

Those with the gift of service love to help out. They desire to serve knowing that their contribution will bless the church, display the love of Christ to the world, and bring glory to God.

Romans 12:7, 1 Corinthians 12:4-7; 28, Acts 20:35; 2 Timothy 4:11; Revelation 2:19

Recommended Serving Opportunities
Café, Food Court Commons, Parking Lot, Sound/Lighting/Video Tech, Set Construction, Set Up/Tear Down, Building & Grounds, Snack & Beverage Host, Oak Creek Kids*+, Greeter, Reach Team+, Office Assistant+, Info Center+, Security+*

Teaching

The Holy Spirit gives the spiritual gift of teaching to instruct in truth and love.  Teachers are called to demonstrate God’s love while revealing His truth to the world without fear. The effect of their ministry is the upholding of God’s Word and the growth and maturity of believers.

Ephesians 4:11-13; 1 Corinthians 12:28; Romans 12:7; James 3:1

Recommended Serving Opportunities
Power for Living Leader*+,  Oak Creek Kids+, Life Group Leader*+, Reach Team, Marriage Mentor*+, Prayer Team, Streetlight Team, Welcome Center*+, Youth Leader*+

Tongues

The Holy Spirit gives the spiritual gift of tongues to glorify God and, with the help of an interpreter, to edify the church.  It is the initial evidence of Holy Spirit baptism.  

1 Corinthians 12:10, 30, 14:4, 39, Acts 2:4, Acts 19


Wisdom

The Holy Spirit gives the spiritual gift of wisdom to impart truth and understanding to believers.  Wisdom doesn’t end with knowledge, but is expressed in transformed hearts and lives.  Those with the gift of wisdom are able to take from their own life experiences and share with others. They can easily recognize where a decision or action may lead and can warn against those that may be harmful or unfruitful.

1 Corinthians 1:17-31, 2:1-16, 12:8; Colossians 1:9-10, 2:1-3; James 3:13-18

Recommended Serving Opportunities
Interpretation/Translation, Oak Creek Kids+, Life Group Leader*+, Reach Team+, Marriage Mentor*+, Prayer Team, Security*+, Street Team, Usher*+, Worship, Youth Leader*+