Summary: Pastor Jose Jr. takes us on a tour of the gifts of the Holy Spirit with some special insight into what they are, how they are used, and how to know if you have them.
Holy Spirit Gifts - The Manual
Pastor Jose Gomez, Jr.
Objective: To provide instruction on identifying and using the biblical Gifts of the Spirit.
I Cor 12:27-28
12:27 - Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.
12:28 - And in the church God has appointed first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, also those having gifts of healing, those able to help others, those with gifts of administration, and those speaking in different kinds of tongues
I Cor 12:4-11
12:4 - There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit.
12:5 - There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord.
12:6 - There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men.
12:7 - Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.
12:8 - To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit,
12:9 - to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit,
12:10 - to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues.
12:11 - All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines.
I. What are the Gifts of the Spirit?
a. There are special ways that God empowers us to accomplish the purposes for which he has made us.
b. The are the team player "skills" within the Body of Christ
c. They define the role that you play at any specific time throughout your Christian life.
d. They are not useless, ethereal, or "witchy" skills. They are not meant to show who is more spiritual or who is more blessed.
e. Recognizing and using them is basic to being a Christian.
f. Prior involvement in the occult does not help to have or acquire these gifts. Everything that is not of the Holy Spirit is sin – so it is counterfeit and need to be recognized as such.
II. Breaking down the Biblical gifts
i. Greek ’apostolos’ meaning ’one sent forth with orders; he that is sent; an ambassador of the Gospel’
ii. The apostolic gift is one of a visionary and mentor to the Body of Christ. The gift involves establishing close relationship with leaders who God has appointed and helping them to establish a work.
iii. Apostles lead using knowledge of the Word of God, wisdom for ministry, a mastery of relationships, and natural charisma.
iv. Apostles are appointed from within the Body of Christ, so no one can just call themselves an apostle. In order to be a mentor, you must first be mentored yourself. If you do not have that desire, then you are not an apostle.
i. Greek ’prophetes’ meaning ’an interpreter of secret things;one moved by God to declare what He has inspired.’
ii. Old Testament prophets existed to advise the people of Israel about what God was doing and going to do. He did this through the kings and rulers of the nation.
iii. New Testament prophets operate through the Holy Spirit to declare God’s heart and intentions to the Body of Christ. He or she operates through the local leadership as well.
iv. Prophecy and divination are two separate things. One sees and feels the heart of God while the other listens to demons and familiar spirits.
v. The mark of a true prophet:
1. He speaks truth – a prophet of God does not lie, deceive, or manipulate people.
2. He is wise – seeing through the eyes and feeling through the heart of God.
3. He is accurate – they do not miss the mark when they tell you about what God is intending.
vi. The gift of prophecy is marked by the accurate understanding of things before they manifest. The act of prophesying is speaking from that understanding.
vii. A true New Testament prophet operates in submission under a leader. They usually have a gift to teach, and must have a clear understanding of the written Word.
i. Greek ’didaskolos’ meaning ’one who teaches’ (pretty easy, huh?).
ii. In order to teach, one must study. There is nothing worse than a teacher that does not truly know his or her topic.
iii. Must be rounded and balanced in the Word of God, knowing everything that the Word has to say about a subject before teaching it.
iv. Teaching is a charismatic gift, meaning that those with the gift of teaching have the ability to truly impart knowledge from God in a way that people take something away with them.