Who is your faith hero? Maybe it’s a well-known pastor or author whom you admire. Maybe the person who led you to Christ inspires you. Maybe your faith hero is someone else, but what unites them, I’m sure, is that you see an almost supernatural faith, joy and reliance on God in that person. That person may be such a motivational speaker, clear teacher, or comforting friend, and it seems like those skills came directly from God.

Most likely, they did! But the incredible thing is that those same gifts (or different, but equally important ones) reside in you too. They are called spiritual gifts, and every believer is granted a spiritual gift or two when they give their hearts to Christ.

Let’s take a look at what spiritual gifts are, what the Bible says about them, and how you can find a way to use your gifts to honor God and build up the Kingdom here on earth.

Sometimes we get Christian fads – I’m sure you can think of some now. These are things that are perhaps not entirely Biblical, but we still get swept up in the excitement. Spiritual gifts are not one of these fads. Lists and explanations of these gifts appear three times in the New Testament, and can be put into three groups.

Dr. Roger Barrier lists them here:

Establishing Gifts (Ephesians 4:11 and 1 Corinthians 12:29): Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, and Pastor-Teachers. These gifts are used primarily for planting and growing churches.

Supporting Gifts (Romans 12:6-8): Prophecy, Service, Teaching, Encouragement, Giving, Administration/Leadership, and Mercy. These gifts are used primarily to organize and administrate the church so that it may best carry out its responsibilities.