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Romans 12:3-8; Ephesians 4:11-13 Assessing Your Spiritual Gifts for Spiritual Growth

Romans 12:3-8 (NIV)
3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. 4 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your[a] faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead,[b] do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

Ephesians 4:11-13 (NIV)
11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

There are three key scriptures that address spiritual gifts which are also known as gifts of grace: Romans 12:3-8, Ephesians 4:11-13, and 1 Corinthians 12-14. You will find twenty different Greek words used for the gifts listed in the key passages on spiritual gifting. As we journey, I encourage you take a spiritual gifts test. There are many out there but here is one: 

The above test will be used as a basis for 20 spiritual gifts which will be discussed. Of note, there are many different opinions on the actual number of spiritual gifts; however, God's Word clearly indicates a variety of gifts.

Consider the following:
Spiritual growth is a transformative experience that leads us to our God-given talents. Spiritual growth enables you to identify and develop your spiritual gifts. Developing and sustaining your spiritual growth is not solely for the purpose of your life but also for others and the Kingdom of God. As it is written in 1 Peter 4:10, “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms.” Therefore, over the next several weeks we will dive deeper into the meaning of each one of these spiritual gifts and what the scripture indicates to promote spiritual growth. 

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