Reflection Guide: Understanding Spiritual Gifts


Confusion and misconceptions that surround the person of the Holy Spirit have also caused confusion about spiritual gifts. Sadly, because of this, we have historically wasted the gifts that the Trinitarian God wants to shower the bride of Christ with. We’ve wasted these gifts by both neglecting the gifts and by also abusing the gifts. In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul writes to a church confused about spiritual gifts and he tells them that they need to “get informed”.

A Spirit-filled church is informed about the variety of gifts, service, and activity and values them all equally. That means that there is no idolizing certain gifts, or roles, or positions/activities in the church. But there is a unity and mutual gratitude for different the different roles in the body of Christ. There are a variety of gifts, skills, and abilities that God pours into HIS church, by HIS grace, according to HIS will, for HIS glory. Some gifts are more “everyday gifts” given to build up the body— things like words of wisdom, knowledge, and faith. While other gifts are manifestation gifts that display the power and presence of God, but what we must understand is that they are all given by the SAME spirit, who gives gifts to each of us individually as he wills.

Here is a link to this weeks sermon if you missed it - LINK

[10] As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace: [11] whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. — 1 Peter 4:10-11 ESV


  1. Why do you think there is so much confusion about spiritual gifts? What leads to this confusion? Why is it important that we spiritual gifts rightly?

  2. Read 1 Cor. 12:4-11, Romans 12: 8-11. Why does God give spiritual gifts to the church? How does He give spiritual gifts? How does it make you feel to think that God has custom fit each person with unique gifts to use for his glory?

  3. Do you know your unique spiritual gifts? Discuss what you think they might be? Discuss how others in your MC have been blessed by your gifts? Here is a LINK to a free online spiritual gift assessment. It’s not perfect, but it’s a great place to start in identifying your gifts.
  4. In what ways are you using your gifts (either in the church or in the world)? What might be keeping you from using your gifts more fully?
  5. What is God saying to you in light of this sermon/discussion? What “next step” do you need to take to obey what He is stirring in your heart or mind?