What are my Spiritual Gifts?

Instructions: Download the PDF or the excel spreadsheet below. If you download the PDF and fill the test out with pen/pencil, you will have to scan it and email it to me at (nelson@agapehomefellowship.org) or hand-deliver it. If you download the Excel spreadsheet all you need to do is save it as “Spiritual Gifts – FIRST LAST Name and send it to me. However, the benefit for doing it in EXCEL is that you can immediately go to sheet three – “Results/Print” and see your gifts for yourself. Once you see the gifts for yourself, you can read the text below for more information about your gifts.

How the “Spiritual Gifts Test” works: The test asks a variety of questions for the various gifts and each question is weighted differently, depending on the pertinence of that question to that gift. This gifts test will then figure out a weighted score so as to weed out any positive or negative bias. On the “Results-Print” sheet you will see three scores: 1) Normalized score; 2) Gift Baseline and 3) Area of Service.

The “Normalized Score”  is the weighted average of all your answers. This is how we “weed out” your bias. So, what do we mean about “bias?” Well, we all see ourselves differently. Some have a very low opinion of themselves while some have a very high opinion of themselves. The “Normalized Score” levels the playing field. Without it, some tests would show an individual with no gifts…while other tests would seem to indicate that person possessed all the gifts. This score helps take out that variable.

The “Gift Baseline” is the score which indicates a spiritual gift is a possibility. Any number greater that this score means you may have this gift and it needs to be explored.

The “Area of Service” score indicates a HIGH probability you possess this gift. The higher the number, the stronger the possibility you possess the gift in question.

As always, your gifts should be confirmed by others since “in the mouth of two or three witnesses let a thing be established” – Deuteronomy 19:15; 2 Corinthians 13:1

About Your Shape and Spiritual Gifts

God created each of us with one purpose in mind – to love him. He also created us as individuals, with different personalities, talents and gifts. He intends for us to be fulfilled as we serve Him and the needs of others in ministry. Job 10:8 speaks of “God forming me and shaping me”. “Shape” is an acrostic…a single word in which each letter of the word represents another word. SHAPE is a blend of five factors that makes up who we are. Revealing your SHAPE can change your life as you see how God has prepared you for a unique ministry that only you can fulfill. SHAPE is an easy way to understand the five factors that God uses in his plan for each of our lives.

Spiritual Gifts:
A spiritual gift is a special ability, given by the Holy Spirit to every believer, to be used to minister to others and therefore build up the Body of Christ. We may have more than one spiritual gift, and they are different from natural talents. They are always used for the benefit of others to build the kingdom of God. These gifts can be categorized into the following:

Gifts that communicate God’s Word – Preaching, Evangelism, Missions, Apostleship
Gifts that educate God’s people – Teaching, Encouragement, Wisdom, Discernment, Knowledge
Gifts that demonstrate God’s love – Service, Mercy, Hospitality, Pastoring, Giving
Gifts that celebrate God’s presence – Music, Arts and Crafts, Intercession, Healing, Miracles, Praying with the Spirit
Gifts that support others – Leadership, Administration, Faith

Heart:
Your heart is the real you, what you love to do, your passion. Your heart determines why you say, feel and act the way you do. Our unique emotional heartbeat races when it encounters activities, subjects or circumstances that interest us. We can choose to use this internal guidance system as a tool for ministry. Effective and enthusiastic people work in their passion area and have discovered the joy of being fulfilled. Look at your past accomplishments in order to identify those things in which you did well and enjoyed. This will be especially important when determining your mentor and, once your discipleship track is completed, who you could best mentor.

Abilities:
These are the abilities and knowledge we all have, but may not be aware of. We were born with some natural abilities that can be discovered by looking at our past accomplishments. The vocational skills we have are also usable in God’s work for the benefit of the body. When God gives us a divine assignment, he equips us with his Spirit and abilities to carry it out. God places people with abilities he wants to minister in a church.

Personality:
God has wired each of our temperaments in a unique way. There are many ways to look at personality, but these are five factors that show how God made us each differently. Circle the words (one in each line) that best describe you:

Extroverted / Introverted – Do we get energy from being with people or being alone?
Thinker / Feeler – how do we make decisions, using objective facts or intuition?
I like: routine (predictable) / variety – What kind of tasks do you prefer?
Self-controlled / self-expressive – are we more open or controlled in our moods, words and reactions.
I am more cooperative / competitive when relating to other people.

Our personality can indicate the type of job and ministry God wants me to have. God also wants us to appreciate other people’s personality differences; he seems to like variety!

Experience:
God uses our experiences to teach us to trust him, to build our character, and to accomplish his purposes as we allow him to use our experiences to minister to others. Since our greatest life message comes out of our weakness, not our strengths, we need to take a good look at our painful experiences and what our trials have taught us. God never wastes a hurt or bad experience. Along with these tough times are other experiences to draw on: spiritual experiences (meaningful times with God), educational experiences, and ways we have ministered in the past.

What has God designed me to be? How has he shaped me for significance? Where does God seem to be working in my life? How can I join with what God is doing and experience fruitfulness and fulfillment? To discover your shape, here are five tools available:

The Spiritual Gifts Test
My Life History of Accomplishments
Discovering my Motivated Abilities
Personality & Temperament Tool
Personal Profile

It is important for us to remember that each part of our body is important and vital for the efficient operation of our entire body. Our lungs are no more important…or no less important…than our heart. Without either, we will die. Our ministry is important to us but we must be careful not to judge another because of their lack of perceived “love” for our “baby.” We must remember that God is working it all out, using all of our gifts, interests and talents, to ensure His church functions as it should.

Another important concept concerning ministry we need to remember is that each body part must function where it belongs. Just as we cannot judge the legs for doing what legs do, we must also be content in letting the legs do their job. If we are the arms of our local church, the church will suffer if we attempt to do the job of the legs. The arms are meant to hold things and the legs are meant to walk. When a part of the body of Christ attempts to do the job of another, especially one in which they lack the gift for, the body suffers.

The church of God is alive. It is a living organism. As we have already seen, in order for any living organism to function properly and thrive, each part of its body must function in its area of expertise. The body of Christ is no exception. Over the next three days we will examine the different spiritual gifts. This will not be an in-depth study of the gifts but an overview.

There are many spiritual gifts and we have divided these gifts into five categories. We can also place them into these categories: Public Gifts, Support Gifts and Sign Gifts. This is how we will break these gifts down in our study. The first area of spiritual gifts we will examine is known as the “Public Gifts.”

Public gifts are those gifts, which are most visible. If you are exercising these gifts, it is readily apparent to those around you that you have these gifts. Each of these gifts are listed, along with a brief definition and scriptural support for their existence and use.

Apostleship – A New Testament “office.” This gift was held by Paul, Peter, James, John, etc. The two qualifications of this gift was: 1) You had to be called personally by Christ and 2) You had to be an eye-witness to the resurrected Lord Jesus. The holder of this special “office” would have been used by God in a number of ways, including the writing of the Holy Scriptures. This office has ceased but the gift is represented today by the Spirit-given ability to minister cross-culturally with the goal of planting churches.  Acts 1:24-26;1 Corinthians 9:1, 2

Evangelism – The gift of evangelist is the special ability that God gives to certain members of the body of Christ to share the gospel with unbelievers in such a way that men and women become Jesus’ disciples and responsible members of the body of Christ., The “Evangelists” in the New Testament would be called “Missionaries” today. Ephesians. 4:11-14; 2 Timothy 4:5

Helps / Service – The gift of service is the special ability that God gives to certain members of the body of Christ to identify the unmet needs involved in a task related to God’s work, and to make use of available resources to meet those needs and to help accomplish the desired results. Acts 6:1-7; Romans 12:7; 2 Tim. 1:16 -18; Titus 3:14

Hospitality – The gift of hospitality is the special ability that God gives to certain members of the body of Christ to provide an open house and a warm welcome to those in need of food and lodging. This was a very important gift in the New Testament and was needed by those who were teaching and preaching the gospel during times of persecution. Acts 16:14-15; Romans 12:9-13; 16:23; Hebrews 13:1, 2

Mercy – The gift of mercy is the special ability that God gives to certain members of the body of Christ to feel genuine empathy and compassion for individuals (both Christian & non – Christian) who suffer distressing physical, mental, or emotional problems, and to translate that compassion into cheerfully done deeds which reflect Christ’s love and alleviate the suffering. Matt. 20:29-34; 25:34-40; Mark 9:41; Luke 10:33-35; Acts 11:28-30; 16:33,34;  Romans 12:8

Pastor – The gift of pastor is the special ability that God gives to certain members of the body of Christ to assume a long-term personal responsibility for the spiritual welfare of a group of believers. Ephesians. 4:11-14; 1 Timothy 3:1-7; 1 Peter 5:1-3

Prophecy – The gift of prophecy is one of those gifts that can be considered a sign or public gift. It actually can mean two separate (yet related) gifts. These are the gift of “fore”-telling future events and the gift of “forth”-telling the Word of God. The gift of prophecy is the special ability that God gives to certain members of the body of Christ to receive and communicate an immediate message of God to His people through a divinely-anointed utterance. In today’s world, this gift shows up as the ability to communicate a timely truth to an individual or group through God’s word. The “office” of the prophet has temporarily ceased but will be occupied again during the great tribulation, after the rapture of the church (if you are unfamiliar with these terms, ask your teacher to help explain them). Even though the office of prophet is not currently in existence, God still uses the gift of prophecy, both fore and forth-telling, to edify His church. Acts 15:32; 21:9-11; Romans 12:6; I Corinthians 12:10, 28; Eph. 4:11-14

Teaching – The gift of teaching is probably the most visible as easily recognizable gift in your local church. It is highly likely that your pastor possesses this gift, as well as your youth director, worship leader, many of your Sunday School teachers as well as other members of your congregation. It is the special ability to give a detailed understanding of Biblical truths to those willing to learn. Acts 12: 20-21, 18:24-28; Romans 12:7; I Corinthians 12:28; Ephesians 4:11-14

The second category of spiritual gifts is “support gifts.” These are the “behind the scenes” gifts that are used to help support the public gifts through leadership and governing oversight or direct support with finances.

Administration – The gift of administration is the ability to understand clearly the immediate and long range goals of a particular unit of the body of Christ and to devise and execute effective plans for the accomplishment of those goals. This person is the one who has the “vision” for what it takes to grow God’s kingdom. Luke 14:28-30; Acts 6:1-7, 27:11; I Corinthians12:28; Titus 1:5

Discerning the Spirits – Another term for this gift is simply “discernment.” The gift of discerning the spirits is the special ability that God gives to certain members of the body of Christ to know with assurance whether certain behavior purported to be of God is in reality divine, human, or Satanic. Matthew 16:21-23; Acts 5:1-11, 16:16-18; I Corinthians 12:10; I John 4:1-6

Exhortation – Have you ever been around a person who can just lift your spirit by their presence? Do they always seem to have that ability to say the right thing to cheer you up? This person likely has the gift of exhortation. The gift of exhortation is the special ability to minister words of comfort, consolation, encouragement, and counsel to other members of the body in such a way that they feel helped and healed. Acts 14:22; Romans 12:8; I Timothy 4:13; Hebrews 10:25

Faith – The gift of faith is the special ability that God gives to certain members of the body of Christ to discern with extraordinary confidence the will and purposes of God for His work. Acts 11:22-24; 27:21-25; Romans 4:18-21; I Corinthians 12:9; Hebrews 11

Giving – There are individuals within the body of Christ that seemingly have the ability to give until it hurts and yet never worry about where the they will make up the difference. The gift of giving is given to certain members of the body of Christ so that they might contribute their material resources to the work of the Lord with liberality and cheerfulness. Mark 12:41-44; Romans 12:8; II Corinthians 8:1-7; II Corinthians 9:2-8

Knowledge – This gift could also be placed into the “Sign Gifts” section, as it is miraculous. It is placed here, however, because it is primarily used to support the other gifts. It is the special ability that God gives to certain members of the body of Christ to discover, accumulate, analyze, and clarify information and ideas which are pertinent to the well being of the body. Sometimes this comes as a super-natural “word of knowledge” where the Holy Spirit reveals information to this individual which would have otherwise not been known. Acts 5:1-11; I Corinthians 2:14, 12:8; II Corinthians 11:6; Colossians 2:2-3

Leadership – The visionary of the church is that individual who has the gift of administration. The person who can take that vision and implement it is the one with the gift of leadership. Very often, these gifts reside within the same individual. The “leader” sets goals in accordance with God’s purpose for the future and to communicate these goals to others in such a way that they voluntarily and harmoniously work together to accomplish these goals for the glory of God. Luke 9:51; Acts 7:10; 15:7-11; Romans 12:8; I Timothy 5:17; Hebrews 13:17

Wisdom – Do you have someone in your life whose counsel you seek? Do they always seem to have the right answers, or give you Godly advice? The individual with this gift seems to know the mind of the Holy Spirit in such a way as to receive insight into how given knowledge may best be applied to specific needs arising in the body of Christ. Acts 6:3, 10; I Corinthians 2:1-13; 12:8; James 1:5 – 6; II Peter 3:15,16

The last group of gifts we will look at in our study is known as the “Sign Gifts.” These gifts are supernatural and gifts that are used to show the presence of God.

Healing – This gift was very pronounced in the day of Christ and the Apostles. There are, however, still those who have this ability today. You won’t find these individuals on a stage with lines of people ready to be healed, however. These people serve as human intermediaries through whom it pleases God to cure illness and restore health apart from the use of natural means. This is usually done through much prayer and sometimes by the laying on of hands. Acts 3:1-10; 5:12-16; 9:32 – 35; 28:7-10; I Corinthians 12:9, 28

Miracles – The gift of miracles is the special ability that God gives to certain members of the body of Christ to serve as human intermediaries through whom it pleases God to perform such powerful acts that are perceived by observers to have altered the ordinary course of nature. Acts 9:36-42, 19:11-20, 20:7-12; Romans 15:18-19; I Corinthians 12:10, 28; II Corinthians 12:12

Tongues – The gift of tongues is the special ability that God gives to certain members of the body of Christ (a) to speak to God in a language they have never learned and/or (b) to receive and communicate an immediate message of God to His people through a divinely – anointed utterance in a language they have never learned. There are certain rules that govern the use of tongues, however, and this gift can only be used on two occasions. First, it can be used in private for one’s own edification. Second, it can be used in public, providing there is someone who is present with the gift of interpretation. It is never to be used when there is not an interpreter present unless you are alone. Not everyone has this gift and it is not necessary for salvation. Mark 16:17; Acts 2:1-13, 10:44-46, 19:1-7; I Corinthians12:10, 28; 14:13-19

Interpretation of Tongues – This gift is the complement to the gift of tongues. It is special ability that God gives to certain members of the body of Christ to make known the message of one who speaks in tongues by speaking the utterance in a language that all can understand. A person who has the gift of tongues may also have the gift of interpretation. However, someone who has the gift of interpretation may not possess the gift of tongues (and vice versa). The individual with the gift of interpretation is the one who brings order to the church by giving an understanding to what has been uttered in tongues. I Corinthians 12:10, 30; I Corinthians 14:13; 14:26-28