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Spiritual Gift and Definitions

Ken Hemphill defines a spiritual gift as “an individual manifestation of grace from the Father that enables you to serve Him and thus play a vital role in His plan for the redemption of the world.”

Peter Wagner defines a spiritual gift as “a special attribute given by the Holy Spirit to every member of the Body of Christ according to God’s grace for use within the context of the Body.”

A spiritual gift is an expression of the Holy Spirit in the life of believers which empowers them to
serve the body of Christ, the church.

Romans 12:6-8 lists of gifts and roles God has given to the church. A definition of these gifts follows:

  • Leadership

    Leadership aids the body by leading and directing members to accomplish the goals and purposes of the church. Leadership motivates people to work together in unity toward common goals (Rom. 12:8).

  • Teaching

    Teaching is instructing members in the truths and doctrines of God’s Word for the
    purposes of building up, unifying, and maturing the body (Rom. 12:7).

  • Prophecy

    The gift of prophecy is proclaiming the Word of God boldly. This builds up the
    body and leads to conviction of sin. Prophecy manifests itself in preaching and teaching (
    Rom. 12:6).

  • Exhortation

    Possessors of this gift encourage members to be involved in and enthusiastic
    about the work of the Lord. Members with this gift are good counselors and motivate others to
    service. Exhortation exhibits itself in preaching, teaching, and ministry (Rom. 12:8).

  • Service/Helps

    Those with the gift of service/helps recognize practical needs in the body and
    joyfully give assistance to meeting those needs. Christians with this gift do not mind working
    behind the scenes (Rom. 12:7).

  • Mercy

    Cheerful acts of compassion characterize those with the gift of mercy. Persons with
    this gift aid the body by empathizing with hurting members. They keep the body healthy and
    unified by keeping others aware of the needs within the church (Rom. 12:8).

  • Giving

    Members with the gift of giving give freely and joyfully to the work and mission of the
    body. Cheerfulness and liberality are characteristics of individuals with this gift (Rom. 12:8).

Declaration of Faith

The Church of God believes the whole Bible to be completely and equally inspired and that it is the written Word of God. The Church of God has adopted the following Declaration of Faith as its standard and official expression of its doctrine.
We Believe:

 In the verbal inspiration of the Bible.
 In one God eternally existing in three persons; namely, the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
 That Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of the Father, conceived of the Holy Ghost, and born of the Virgin Mary. That Jesus was crucified, buried, and raised from the dead. That He ascended to heaven and is today at the right hand of the Father as the Intercessor.
 That all have sinned and come short of the glory of God and that repentance is commanded of God for all and necessary for forgiveness of sins.
 That justification, regeneration, and the new birth are wrought by faith in the blood of Jesus Christ.
 In sanctification subsequent to the new birth, through faith in the blood of Christ; through the Word, and by the Holy Ghost.
 Holiness to be God's standard of living for His people.
 In the baptism with the Holy Ghost subsequent to a clean heart.
 In speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance and that it is the initial evidence of the baptism of the Holy Ghost.
 In water baptism by immersion, and all who repent should be baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
 Divine healing is provided for all in the atonement.
 In the Lord's Supper and washing of the saints' feet.
 In the premillennial second coming of Jesus. First, to resurrect the righteous dead and to catch away the living saints to Him in the air. Second, to reign on the earth a thousand years.
 In the bodily resurrection; eternal life for the righteous, and eternal punishment for the wicked.