An area of great confusion for Christians and even greater debate among Christians is the topic of Spiritual Gifts. The Apostle Paul speaks extensively about the topic of Spiritual Gifts in 1 & 2 Corinthians, Ephesians and Romans as well as elsewhere.
There is much talk in churches and among Christians about the need to “return to the fundamentals” as we progress on our Christian Journey. These fundamentals are found in God’s Word, the Holy Bible.
So, unlike some of the other blogs in this “Tough Issues of Christianity” series, this one is not going to present much information. Instead, it’s going to call for some homework.
According to various sources, the Bible lists between nine and 21 unique Spiritual Gifts. I have some questions about them. If you choose to respond to any (or all) of these tough questions, remember that this series IS NOT intended as a place for debate, but discussion of topics important to our faith. This is a topic where strong differences in views are deeply held. Be respectful of the views of others as you respond. Use Biblical references to support strongly held views. Seek to build and edify.
Some questions about Spiritual Gifts:
What are Spiritual gifts and how are they different from the Gift of the Spirit?
List the Spiritual Gifts.
Do all Christians receive Spiritual Gifts? If so, do all receive any particular gift(s). do we receive all of them?
How do we receive Spiritual Gifts?
How are Spiritual Gifts different from (God-given) talent? (If different at all)
How does one recognize that they have received a Spiritual Gift?
How do we know which Spiritual Gift(s) we have received?
Can we “turn down” a Spiritual Gift?
Your responses are greatly appreciated.
Alive in The Word