Glossary of Spiritual Gifts Specifically Listed in the Bible:

ADMINISTRATION: (1 Cor. 12:28; Acts 6:2-3)- to steer the body toward the accomplishment of God-given goals and directives by planning, organizing, and supervising others (Greek Word: kubernesis - to steer, guide, helmsmen)


APOSTLE: (Eph. 4:11; 1 Cor. 12:28) - to be sent forth to new frontiers with the gospel, providing leadership over church bodies and maintaining authority over spiritual matters pertaining to the church (Greek Word: apostolos - 'apo'=from 'stello'=send; one sent forth)


CELIBACY: (1 Cor. 7:8)- to voluntarily remain single without regret and with the ability to maintain controlled sexual impulses so as to serve the Lord without distraction


DISCERNMENT: (1 Cor. 12:10; Luke 8:29) - to clearly distinguish truth from error by judging whether the behavior or teaching is from God, Satan, human error, or human power


DIVINE HEALING: (1 Cor. 12:9, 28; Acts 28:1-10)- to be used as a means through which God makes people whole either physically, emotionally, mentally, or spiritually


EVANGELISM: (Eph. 4:11; 2 Tim. 4:5)- to be a messenger of the good news of the Gospel (Greek Word: euaggelistes - preacher of gospel; eu=well, angelos=message - messenger of good)


EXHORTATION: (Rom. 12:8; Heb. 10:24-25)- to come along side of someone with words of encouragement, comfort, consolation, and counsel to help them be all God wants them to be (Greek Word: paraklesis - calling to one's side)


FAITH: (1 Cor. 12:9; Acts 3:6)- to be firmly persuaded of God's power and promises to accomplish His will and purpose and to display such a confidence in Him and His Word that circumstances and obstacles do not shake that conviction.


GIVING: (Rom. 12:8; 1 Cor. 13:3; Acts 4:32-35) - to share what material resources you have with liberality and cheerfulness without thought of return


HELPS: (1 Cor. 12:28) - The word translated “helps” means literally “to relieve, succor, participate in, and/or support.” Those with the gift of helps are those who can aid or render assistance to others in the church with compassion and grace. This gift has a broad range of applications, from helping individuals with daily chores to assisting in the administration of the affairs of the church.


HOSPITALITY: (1 Pet. 4:9)- to warmly welcome people, even strangers, into one's home or church as a means of serving those in need of food or lodging (Greek Word: philoxenos - love of strangers; 'philos'=love; 'xenos'=stranger)


LEADERSHIP: (Rom. 12:8; Acts 13:12)- to stand before the people in such a way as to attend to the direction of the body with such care and diligence so as to motivate others to get involved in the accomplishment of these goals


MARTYRDOM: (1 Cor. 13:3)- to give over one's life to suffer or to be put to death for the cause of Christ


MERCY: (Rom. 12:8; Luke 5:12-13)- to be sensitive toward those who are suffering, whether physically, mentally, or emotionally, so as to feel genuine sympathy with their misery, speaking words of compassion but moreso caring for them with deeds of love to help alleviate their distress


MIRACLES: (1 Cor. 12:10; Acts 6:8) - to be enabled by God to perform mighty deeds which witnesses acknowledge to be of supernatural origin and means


MISSIONARY: Eph. 3:6-8 - to be able to minister in another culture


PASTOR: (Eph. 4:11)- to be responsible for spiritually caring for, protecting, guiding, and feeding a group of believers entrusted to one's care


PROPHECY: (1 Cor. 12:10; 1 Thess. 5:20-21; Eph. 4:11)- to speak forth the message of God to His people (Greek Word: prophetes - the forth-telling of the will of God; 'pro'=forth; 'phemi'=to speak)


SERVICE: (Rom. 12:7; 2 Tim. 1:16-18) - to identify undone tasks in God's work, however menial, and use available resources to get the job done (Greek Word: diakonia - deacon, attendant 'diako'=to run errands)


TEACHING: (Rom. 12:7; Eph. 4:11-14) - to instruct others in the Bible in a logical, systematic way so as to communicate pertinent information for true understanding and growth


TONGUES: (1 Cor. 12:10; Acts 19:6)- to speak in a language not previously learned so unbelievers can hear God's message in their own language or the body be edified


INTERPRETATION OF TONGUES: (1 Cor. 12:10; 14:13-33)- to translate the message of someone who has spoken in tongues


WORDS OF KNOWLEDGE: (1 Cor. 12:8; Luke 18:22) - to seek to learn as much about the Bible as possible through the gathering of much information and the analyzing of that data


WORD OF WISDOM: (1 Cor. 12:8) - to apply knowledge to life in such a way as to make spiritual truths quite relevant and practical in proper decision-making and daily life situations