Stephen MurrayComment

Spiritual Gifts

Stephen MurrayComment
Spiritual Gifts
11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,
— Ephesians 4:11-13

We want to encourage everyone to eagerly desire spiritual gifts. Take a look below to dive deeper and read scriptures that unpack more about the gifts God is desiring to give us for the building up of the church and the flourishing of His glory in the world.


The gift of prophecy is the ability to receive and communicate an immediate message of God to his people through a divinely anointed utterance.

1 Corinthians 12:10, 29; Ephesians 4:11-14; Romans 12:6; Acts 15:32; Luke 7:26; Acts 21:9-11


The gift of pastor is the ability to bear a personal responsibility for the spiritual welfare of others.

Ephesians 4:11-14; 1 Timothy 3:1-7; John 10:1-18; 1 Peter 5:1-3


The gift of teaching is the ability to communicate information relevant to the health and ministry of the body and its members in such a way that others will learn and grow.

1 Corinthians 12:28; Ephesians 4:11-14; Romans 12:7; Acts 18:24-28; Acts 20:20-21


The gift of wisdom is the ability to receive spiritual and biblical insight from God that addresses specific needs arising in the body of Christ.

1 Corinthians 2:1-13; 1 Corinthians 12:8; Acts 6:3,10; James 1:5-6; 2 Peter 3:15,16


The gift of knowledge is the ability to discover, accumulate, analyze, and clarify information and ideas which are pertinent to the well-being of the body.

1 Corinthians 12:8; Acts 5:1-11; Colossians 2:2-3; 2 Corinthians 11:6


The gift of exhortation is the 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.

Romans 12:8; 1 Timothy 4:13; Hebrews 10:25; Acts 14:22

Discerning of Spirits

The gift of discerning spirits is the ability to know with assurance whether certain behavior purported to be of God is in reality divine, human, or demonic.

1 Corinthians 12:10; Acts 5:1-11; Acts 16:16-18; 1 John 4:1-6; Matthew 16:21-23


The gift of giving is the ability to contribute material resources to the work of the Lord with liberality and cheerfulness.

Romans 12:8; 2 Corinthians 8:1-7; 2 Corinthians 9:2-8; Mark 12:41-44


The gift of helps is the ability to invest the talents they have in the life and ministry of other members of the body, thus enabling others to increase the effectiveness of their own spiritual gifts.

1 Corinthians 12:28; Romans 16:1-2; Acts 9:36; Luke 8:2-3; Mark 15:40-41


The gift of mercy is the ability to feel genuine empathy and compassion for individuals (both Christian and 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.

Romans 12:8; Mark 9:41; Acts 16:33-34; Luke 10:33-35; Matthew 20:29-34; Matthew 25:34-40; Acts 11:28-30


The gift of missionary is the ability to minister to an equip others for ministry in another culture.

1 Corinthians 9:19-23; Acts 8:4; Acts 13:2-3; Acts 22:21; Romans 10:15


The gift of evangelist is the ability 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.

Ephesians 4:11-14; 2 Timothy 4:5; Acts 8:5-6 & 26-40; Acts 14:21; Acts 21:8


The gift of hospitality is the ability to provide an open house and a warm welcome to those in need of food and lodging.

1 Peter 4:9; Hebrews 13:1-2; Romans 12:9-13; Romans 16:23; Acts 16:14-15


The gift of faith is the ability to discern with extraordinary confidence the will and purposes of God for his work.

1 Corinthians 12:9; Acts 11:22-24; Acts 27:21-25; Hebrews 11; Romans 4:18-21


The gift of leadership is the ability to set goals in accordance with God’s purposes and to communicate those goals to others in such a way that they voluntarily and harmoniously work together to accomplish those goals for the glory of God.

1 Timothy 5:17; Acts 7:10; Acts 15:7-11; Romans 12:8; Hebrews 13:17; Luke 9:51


The gift of administration is the ability to understand clearly the immediate and long-term goals of the body of Christ and to execute effective plans for the accomplishment of those goals.

1 Corinthians 12:28; Acts 6:1-7; Acts 27:11; Luke 14:28-30; Titus 1:5


The gift of miracles is the ability to serve as human intermediaries through whom it pleases God to perform powerful acts that are perceived by observers to have altered the ordinary course of nature.

1 Corinthians 12:10,28; Acts 9:36-42; Acts 19:11-20; Acts 20:7-12; Romans 15:18-19; 2 Corinthians 12:12


The gift of healing is the ability to cure illness and restore health by the power of God.

1 Corinthians 12:9; 1 Corinthians 12:28; Acts 3:1-10; Acts 5:12-16; Acts 9:32-35; Acts 28:7-10


The gift of tongues is the ability (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.

1 Corinthians 12:10,28; 1 Corinthians 14:12-19; Acts 2:1-13; Acts 10:44-46; Acts 19:1-7; Mark 16:17


The gift of interpretation is the ability to make intelligible the message of one who speaks in a tongue so that it may edify the listeners.

1 Corinthians 12:10, 30; 1 Corinthians 14:13; 1 Corinthians 14:26-28

Voluntary Poverty

The gift of voluntary poverty is the ability to renounce material comfort and luxury and adopt a personal life-style equivalent to those living at the poverty level in a given society in order to serve God more effectively.

1 Corinthians 13:1-3; Acts 2:44-45; Acts 4:34-37; 2 Corinthians 6:10; 2 Corinthians 8:9


The gift of celibacy is the ability to remain single and enjoy it; to be unmarried and not suffer undue sexual temptations.

1 Corinthians 7:7-8; Matthew 19:10-12


The gift of intercession is the ability to pray for extended periods of time on a regular basis and see frequent and specific answers to their prayers, to a degree much greater than which is expected of the average Christian.

James 5:14-16; 1 Timothy 2:1-2; Colossians 1:9-12; Colossians 4:12-13; Acts 12:12; Luke 22:41-44


The gift of exorcism is the ability to cast our demons and evil spirits by God’s power.

Matthew 12:22-32; Luke 10:12-20; Acts 8:5-8; Acts 16:16-18


The gift of service is the ability 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 help accomplish the desired results.

2 Timothy 1:16-18; Romans 12:7; Acts 6:1-7; Titus 3:14; Galatians 6:2; Galatians 6:10