Have you ever wondered, “What are the spiritual gifts in the Bible?”
Have you ever asked yourself, “What are my spiritual gifts?” Have you ever looked up the spiritual gifts scripture verses or taken a spiritual gifts test to figure out which spiritual gifts in the Bible God has given you?
In this article, we’ll look at several spiritual gifts in the Bible to see what they are and why they matter.
I’ll help you answer the question, “What are my spiritual gifts?” and I’ll make sure you know where the spiritual gifts scripture verses are in the Bible so you can continue to study each of the spiritual gifts in the Bible on your own if you’d like.
(Plus, I’ll share a spiritual gifts assessment you can take to help you with your spiritual gifts discernment as well!)
What are the Spiritual Gifts in the Bible?
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” –1 Peter 4:10
Spiritual gifts are special, God-given talents, skills and abilities God gives each us to help us build up His church.
All of our talents, skills, and giftings come from God. He is the one who knits us together in the womb. He is also the one who enables us to be born again of the Spirit. Spiritual Gifts are similar to talents and skills, but they’re special because they are given to us after we become a child of God.
Our talents are the things we are born with. Believers and unbelievers alike have things they are good at. These things may have similarities to Spiritual Gifts, but they aren’t Spiritual Gifts.
Spiritual Gifts come with our second birth–our birth into the family of God. They are a gift from Christ and enabled by the Holy Spirit.
While the talents you are born with enable you to be useful in a secular setting, your Spiritual Gifts equip you to be useful in a spiritual context. Both are a reflection of the Creator and an evidence that we are made in His image.
Of course, it isn’t enough to just ask “What are the spiritual gifts?” We also have to know why spiritual gifts matter…
Why do the Spiritual Gifts Matter?
“So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.” –Ephesians 4:11-12
1 Corinthians 12:7 says, “Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.”
Your Spiritual Gift matters because it is meant to benefit the body of Christ.
In Romans 12 we learn that we are all members of the same body. Just like a human body would not benefit by having all of one body part and none of another, the body of Christ (the church) requires a diversity of members to run smoothly, serve well, and spread the Good News.
Our Spiritual Gifts provide the diversity needed in both the local and global church.
Think of an orchestra. An orchestra wouldn’t work well if everyone showed up with the same instrument. It would cease to be an orchestra. Similarly, if all of the instruments of the orchestra played the same note, it would lose the beauty of the harmonizing music.
Spiritual Gifts are not intended for personal gain or enjoyment (though both may result from the application of them). They are meant for ministry, for providing benefit to others, and for creating something pleasing to God Himself.
Where Are the Spiritual Gifts in the Bible?
If you read a few articles or listen to a few sermons about Spiritual Gifts, you’ll find there are many opinions on the subject.
Yet, while reading articles entitled “What are the 7 Spiritual Gifts?” or “Which of these 9 Spiritual Gifts Do You Have?” can be helpful, ultimately, the best way to learn about the spiritual gifts is to go to the Bible and study for yourself.
If you believe the Holy Spirit gave you a gift, let the Holy Spirit be the one to teach you about it!
“For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.
“We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your[a] faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.”
Here are five spiritual gifts Scripture verses you can study:
1. Romans 12:1-9
2. 1 Corinthians 12:4-14
3. 1 Corinthians 12:27-30
4. Ephesians 4:7, 11-13
5. 1 Peter 4:10-11
Spiritual Gifts List
While some articles may ask, “What are the 7 spiritual gifts?” or “Where are the 9 spiritual gifts in the Bible?” because spiritual gifts are mentioned in multiple different Bible passages, it is possible to combine similar concepts into one gift or count them as separate gifts.
In other words, the length of the spiritual gifts list varies depending on who you ask.
Here is the spiritual gifts list I came up with through personal and corporate Bible study:
- Apostle: one who is sent
- Prophets: one who speaks God’s truth
- Evangelist: one who shares the gospel
- Pastor: one who shepherds the flock
- Teacher: one who makes the word of God clear
- Word of Wisdom: one who applies spiritual truth to practical situations
- Word of Knowledge: one with understanding of spiritual truths
- Faith: one with an extraordinary ability to depend on God
- Healing: one who facilitates physical, spiritual, and emotional wholeness
- Miracles: one equipped by the Spirit to do things unexplainable by natural means
- Discernment of Spirits: one who is able to identify the Spirit of God versus the spirit of the world
- Tongues: one who can communicate in an unlearned language
- Interpretation of Tongues: one who can understand and translate an unlearned language
- Helps: one who keeps things together and prevents the whole from falling apart
- Administration: one who offers practical guidance and organization
- Service: one with an unusual great ability to serve
- Exhortation/Encouragement: one who comes alongside
- Giving: one with the ability to give cheerfully
- Leadership: one with the ability to lead towards an envisioned future
- Mercy: one who loves the unlovable
What Are My Spiritual Gifts?
Identifying your Spiritual Gift can be a great tool to help identify where you are most effective in ministry.
You may also find yourself encouraged when you realize that tasks, instincts, or relationship roles you might take for granted are actually ways you are practicing the Spiritual Gift God specifically equipped you with.
If you want to know what your Spiritual Gift is and use it for its intended purpose, focus on cultivating sensitivity to the Holy Spirit and His leading. If you’re following the Holy Spirit, you’ll definitely end up serving in the ways He equips you to and your service will reveal your gift.
Here are a few ways you can figure out: “What are my spiritual gifts?”
1. Take a Spiritual Gifts Test
There are quite a few spiritual gift assessments available online, such as:
- This Spiritual Gifts Test (Free Online Assessment) from SpiritualGiftsTest.com
- This Spiritual Gifts Printable Test (Free Download), also from SpiritualGiftsTest.com
- Or This Spiritual Gifts Test from GiftsTests.com
Yet, while a spiritual gifts assessment can be a good tool for beginning spiritual gifts discernment, don’t forget to use discernment and pay attention to the guidance of the Holy Spirit!
Taking a spiritual gifts test is only the first step.
2. Ask Yourself: What Tasks or Ministries Do You Gravitate Towards in Your Church and Christian Walk?
Do they seem to complement your natural talents or do they push you outside your normal comfort zone?
Remember, the same God who designed your natural talents also gave you your Spiritual Gifts. Maybe he orchestrated them to work well together. Or maybe He gave you a Spiritual Gift that is far outside of your natural talent to make it more obvious that it’s from Him.
3. Ask Christian Peers and Mentors what They Think Your Spiritual Gift Is
They might have unique (or confirming) insight and objectivity to help you answer the question, “What are my spiritual gifts?”
4. Pray about it!
Spend time in the word and asking God to reveal to you how you can best serve Him.
Remember you might have more than one spiritual gift!
1 Corinthians 12:11 says that the Spirit distributes gifts as He sees fit.
You might have one spiritual gift. You might have multiple spiritual gifts. If you get your potential spiritual gifts list narrowed down to two or three, but you can’t decide which one is the most accurate, maybe they are all applicable.
At the end of the day, rest assured that if you are a child of God, you have a Spiritual Gift, whether or not you’re 100% certain what it is.
Do you know what your spiritual gifts are? How did you figure them out — through taking a spiritual gifts test, looking up spiritual gifts in the Bible, talking to a trusted friend or mentor, or following the leading of the Holy Spirit?
Guest post by Leah of leahegood.com.
Leah E. Good is a lover of stories, homeschooling enthusiast, orphan care advocate, and daughter of God. She lives in beautiful New England where she stays busy with volunteer work for her church and a full time job in data management. In her free time, Leah enjoys reading and working on the sequel to Counted Worthy, the young adult novel she published in 2014. You can find Leah at leahegood.com.