- When was a time when you sensed that God particularly strengthened or gifted you to serve someone else or the church in general?
- This week, we continue exploring life in the Holy Spirit by looking at the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Begin your study by asking God to speak to you. There are three main passages that talk about spiritual gifts in the New Testament: 1 Corinthians 12, Romans 12:3-8, and Ephesians 4:1-16. Whether on your own or with a group, read these passages out loud.
- The Greek word for these spiritual gifts is charismata. This is a derivative of the Greek word charis, which is usually translated as grace. This is perhaps most clear in Romans 12:3-8. What do you think the significance of this is for our understanding of spiritual gifts?
- Take a moment to list off the different gifts that are mentioned in the three passages you read aloud. What gifts are common amongst the lists? What gifts are unique to one list or another? Do you think Paul is trying to offer complete lists or merely suggestive lists? What is the significance of this?
- What would you say are your spiritual gifts? What has led you to this identification of gifts, or how did you discover your gifts? If you are unsure of your spiritual gifts, take some time to reflect – alone or together – on what your gifts might be.
- What would you say is Paul’s main point in 1 Corinthians 12:4-11?
- In reading through 1 Corinthians 12:12-26, how would you describe some of the temptations or challenges we face in regards to spiritual gifts within the church, which Paul describes using the metaphor of the body?
- Based on what you read in the following passages what would you say is the purpose or goal of spiritual gifts: 1 Corinthians 12:7; 14:5, 12, 17, 216; Ephesians 4:12-13?
- What is one specific thing that God is speaking to you from this study about spiritual gifts? Write these things down. If you are in a small group, discuss this together. Take time to pray that you will grow in love.