by Jerry Vines

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Discovering Your Spiritual Gift (11 of 15)
Series: Deeper Life Conference
Jerry Vines
Romans 12:1-8

We are continuing a brief study on the subject of spiritual gifts. We're going to talk tonight about discovering your spiritual gift.

The Greek word translated gifts in verse 6 is charismata. It is the word from which we get our English word, charismatic. We're talking about the charismata, the spiritual gift.

A spiritual gift is not some natural ability. It is not some talent. A spiritual gift is a God-given ability given by the Holy Spirit to a believer for the good of other people and for the glory of God.

First Corinthians 12, which we studied last week, talks about the whole matter of spiritual gifts. We learned several truths about spiritual gifts. We learned, for instance, that every believer has one or more spiritual gifts. You may have more than one spiritual gift, but you do have at least one spiritual gift. We also have learned in I Corinthians 12 that the purpose of these gifts is to be used in a ministry. There is a place, there is a ministry, and there is a place of service where that spiritual gift can be exercised.

I used the illustration of a cannon. The cannon ball might be compared to the gift that God has given to you. The cannon is the ministry in the local church where that gift fits. The powder is the power of the Holy Spirit. Every believer has one or more spiritual gifts, and they are to be used for the good of others and for the glory of God, and they are to be used in some area of ministry.

It is helpful for us to keep in mind the three-fold description I gave to you last week. You need to make a distinction between the gift, the graces, and the gifts, plural, of the Holy Spirit. The gift, singular, of the Holy Spirit is the Holy Spirit Himself. When we are saved, we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. God comes into your heart and into your life. When you were saved, you received the Holy Spirit. ...

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