Sunday, January 29, 2012

Spiritual Gifts

For the last month, our church has been studying Spiritual Gifts on Sunday mornings. Here's a chart I shared today that helps harmonize the gifts between the various Scripture passages where they appear. In total, there seem to be around 18 spiritual gifts listed in the New Testament.

Last week, we studied the Speaking Gifts, and today we introduced the Serving Gifts. If you've missed any of our studies, you can catch them on our sermon podcast. For those who want to go deeper on the subject of spiritual gifts, I would commend these books to you:
  • Dynamics of Spiritual Gifts by William McRae. This classic work defines a biblical 'gift,' shows how they are distributed throughout the Body, and provides an insightful look at each individual gift. McRae then gives helpful advice on discovering your own gift and how to cultivate your gift and the gifts of others.
  • Understanding Spiritual Gifts by Robert L. Thomas. This is essentially an exegetical commentary on 1 Corinthians 12-14, followed by some very helpful appendices such as the meaning of "the perfect" in 1 Corinthians 13:10; a critique of Wayne Grudem's The Gift of Prophecy in the New Testament and Today; and a detailed description of the Eighteen Spiritual Gifts listed in the NT. Makes a strong case for cessationism.

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