by Stan Coffey

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The Gifts Of The Holy Spirit (6 Of 8)
Series: What Every Christian Should Know About the Holy Spirit
October 23, 1988
Dr. Stan Coffey
Romans 12

INTRODUCTION: This is the second lesson on the subject of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. There is much division today over spiritual gifts and particularly over the issue of tongues. There are two extremes we should avoid regarding spiritual gifts. On the one side are those who are afraid of the teachings of spiritual gifts. This group is suspicious and say anyone who believes in spiritual gifts is emotionally unstable. But on the other side we have those who dwell upon the miraculous and the unusual and look with contempt on others who they believe are not as "deep" as they are. God wants neither of these extremes, but God wants each of us to discover, develop and deploy their spiritual gift. The word "gift" comes from the Greek words "charis" which means grace and "mata" which means gift. The scripture teaches that every believer has at least one spiritual gift. Today we will see the three categories of spiritual gifts and a brief description of each one.

These are seven areas of practical ministry by which the Holy Spirit endows the believer with a supernatural ability for effective Christian service
A. The gift of prophecy - characteristics
1. The person who has the gift of prophecy is a proclaimer of truth
2. His motivation is to stand before a group of people or one person or members of his family to reveal unrighteous motives or actions by presenting God's truth
3. A prophet is generally persuasive in speech and brings to light things that have been previously concealed
4. The gift of prophecy does not mean simply to foretell but to forth-tell
5. The gift of prophecy enables one to speak for God with clarity, pungency and authority
6. Many pastors and evangelists have this particular gift
B. The gift of serving or service
1. The word "service", also transl ...

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