Pastor Shane Ham : Understanding the Spirit’s Gifts

The Holy Spirit (2018) · 54:46 · Recorded October 21, 2018

Understanding the Spirit’s Gifts

1 Corinthians 12:1-11 (NIV) Now about spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be ignorant. You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols. Therefore I tell you that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, "Jesus be cursed," and no one can say, "Jesus is Lord," except by the Holy Spirit. There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines.

What are they?

A spiritual enablement to meet the needs of people, given by the Holy Spirit in such a way that people are brought more under the Lordship of Christ with the result that the body of Christ is built up in quantity and quality.

What are they for?

1. They’re given to strengthen faith in others!

Romans 1:11-12 (NIV) I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong– that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.

2. They’re given to administer the ministry power of Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 12:13-14, 27-30 (NIV) For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body–whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free–and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Now the body is not made up of one part but of many… Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. And in the church God has appointed first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, also those having gifts of healing, those able to help others, those with gifts of administration, and those speaking in different kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret?

John 14:12 (TEV) I am telling you the truth: those who believe in me will do what I do—yes, they will do even greater things, because I am going to the Father.

Ephesians 2:17 (TEV) So Christ came and preached the Good News of peace to all—to you Gentiles, who were far away from God, and to the Jews, who were near to him.

3. They’re given to bring glory to God!

John 16:13-15 (NIV) But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you.

4. They’re given to be given!

1 Peter 4:10-11 (NIV) Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms… If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.


Copping out



How do we let them flow?

Live your life yielded to God.

Live your life clean before God.

Hebrews 12:1 (NIV) Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.

Invite others to affirm the gifts they see.

2 Timothy 1:6 (GW) You received a gift from God when I placed my hands on you {to ordain you}. Now I’m reminding you to fan that gift into flames.

Ask God for wisdom, humility, and opportunity regarding the gifts you see.

Do it all for the glory of God!

  • What was a new insight or perspective that you gleaned from today’s teaching? How has that impacted the way that you think about spiritual gifts?

  • As you have been serving in the body of Christ, have you ever been sure that you were using the gifts that God has given to you? If so, describe that experience. What evidence was there that God used you in fruitful ways? To what extent did others affirm that or give you positive feedback? If you have not felt this way before, what steps do you think you should take to get in touch with your unique spiritual giftedness?

  • What can you do to “fan into flame” those spiritual gifts in you that need strengthening? Are there some gifts that you have been given but have neglected? Why do you think you have neglected them? What could be done to stir up or rekindle them in you?

  • As you think about our church, which spiritual gifts do you think are most effectively functioning right now? Which are most needed? Is there anything you can do to help meet those needs?

  • Parents of Elementary-aged kids, today your children learned more about self-control. We looked at the story of Jacob and Esau and from their story we learned our bottom line: Take a step back; if you lose control, it can cost you. Ask kids what Esau traded that was important (his birthright as the oldest child) for something far less important (soup). Esau gave up his right to have the best of what his father owned for a bowl of soup. It seems crazy. But we can do the same when we lose control. Check out your child’s handout for more on this story and to see how God wants us to live our lives.

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