God's Gift List
God bestows upon all members of His church in every age spiritual gifts that each member is to employ in loving ministry for the common good of the church and of humanity. Given by the agency of the Holy Spirit, who apportions to each member as He wills, the gifts provide all abilities and ministries needed by the church to fulfill its divinely ordained functions. According to the Scriptures, these gifts include such ministries as faith, healing, prophecy, proclamation, teaching, administration, reconciliation, compassion, and self-sacrificing service and charity for the help and encouragement of people. Some members are called of God and endowed by the Spirit for functions recognized by the church in pastoral, evangelistic, apostolic, and teaching ministries particularly needed to equip the members for service, to build up the church to spiritual maturity, and to foster unity of the faith and knowledge of God. When members employ these spiritual gifts as faithful stewards of God’s varied grace, the church is protected from the destructive influence of false doctrine, grows with a growth that is from God, and is built up in faith and love. (Rom. 12:4-8; 1 Cor. 12:9-11, 27, 28; Eph. 4:8, 11-16; Acts 6:1-7; 1 Tim. 3:1-13; 1 Peter 4:10, 11.)There are 20 specific gifts mentioned in Scripture, with some of the gifts mentioned more than once. Romans 12:6-8 lists the seven gifts of prophecy, service, teaching, exhortation, giving, leadership, and mercy. In addition to these seven gifts, 1 Corinthians 12:7-10 and 12:28-30 add the 11 gifts of wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing, miracles, discernment, tongues, interpretation of tongues, apostle, helper, and administration. Finally, Ephesians 4:11 adds the two gifts of evangelist and pastor. While some commentators would limit the list to those that are specifically mentioned in these texts, others have postulated that more gifts were demonstrated in the New Testament church, such as hospitality, intercession, and mission, and that these should also be included.