Spiritual Gifts

The Holy Spirit is a gift from the Father and the Son, who Himself gives gifts to every saint to use for the building up of the body of Christ. How do you serve the body of Christ with your spiritual gifts? There is much benefit from studying the words 'gift' and 'spiritual gifts' in the NT (such as Acts 2:38, Romans 1:11-12, Romans 12, I Cor. 12, I Thess. 3:2). John Piper says of I Corinthians 12:1,

 

     I think it would be fair to say also from this text that you shouldn’t bend your mind too             much trying to label your spiritual gift before you use it. That is, don’t worry about                   whether you can point to prophecy, or teaching, or wisdom, or knowledge, or healing, or           miracles, or mercy, or administration, etc., and say, “That’s mine.” The way to think is this:       the reason we have spiritual gifts is so that we can strengthen other people’s faith; here is         someone whose faith is in jeopardy; how can I help him? Then do or say what seems most       helpful, and if the person is helped, then you may have discovered one of your gifts.

                                                                            (John Piper Sermon Manuscript "Spiritual Gifts")

As you study spiritual gifts in the Bible, observe others using their spiritual gifts in your local church body. Go along with them to learn how others are using their spiritual gifts. You may also find this Spiritual Gifts Survey helpful in discerning where you can try out your spiritual gifts. (This survey is very general and has some gifts listed which need clarification. One example is the gift of 'apostleship."  While the office of 'Apostle' ended in the Apostolic Era, some would say missionaries have an 'apostle-like' spiritual gift. Additionally, some churches do not believe that 'speaking in tongues' is ................ well, you get the idea.)