1. Introduction, Gifts, Baptism In The Spirit
2. Tongues & Interpretation of Tongues
3. Healing & Miracles
4. The Gift of Faith
5. The Gifts of Prophecy, Wisdom and Knowledge
6. Deliverance Ministry: Discernment of spirits, exorcism, breaking of curses, hexes and spells
7. Offices: Apostles and Prophets
8. Offices: Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers
9. Service Gifts: Hospitality, Administration, Leadership, Helps….
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LESSON 1 - INTRODUCTION
are gifts of Jesus Christ given at the Ascension to the body of Christ and are
imparted by the Holy Spirit particularly through the laying on of hands and the
baptism of the Holy Spirit. Acts 1:5,8; Ephesians 4:1-16, 1 Timothy 4:14, 2
The Holy Spirit
is IN the believer from the moment of conversion for holiness, wisdom and the
fruit of the Spirit see Ephesians 5:18, Galatians 5:22,23. Also the Holy Spirit
comes UPON the believer in a Pentecostal experience of power to be a witness,
for the various gifts of the Spirit. Acts 1:5,8; 10:44-48
are not separate different spirits; they are just different ways in which the
one Holy Spirit works. 1 Corinthians 12:1-11
The gifts are to
be used in a united and coordinated way and in love. 1 Corinthians 12:12-20,
13:1-13 Love is the ultimate gift.
Each gift is
valuable and honorable
1 Corinthians 12: 21-26
Yet there is a
distinct order among the gifts and a kind of hierarchy of greater and lesser
1 Corinthians 12:27-31
are to be used for the edification of believers and for the conversion of the
Ephesians 4:11-16, 1 Corinthians 14:5, 12,25
There are five
office gifts: Apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, teacher. Ephesian 4:11
numerous functional gifts such as healings, tongues, interpretation,
administration etc. 1 Corinthians 12:8-10, Romans 12:3-8
It seems that
some gifts are occasional or intermittent e.g. prophecy, miracles while others
are fairly constant e.g. teaching, administration
11. The gifts are given as the Holy Spirit wills (1 Cor 12:11) but can also be sought (1 Cor 14:1,39)
Baptism In The Holy Spirit
The baptism in the Holy Spirit is
a powerful initial experience of the Holy Spirit coming up on a Christian to
empower them spiritually for Christian service and witness and often involves
speaking in tongues. Acts 1:5,8 2:1-21
It is part of a three-way set of
experiences. Conversion, water baptism and Spirit baptism that can happen all
at once. Acts 10:44-48
Conversion = falling in love
Water baptism = the wedding vows
Spirit baptism = intimacy, growth, multiplication
Conversion without baptism – the
thief on the Cross. Conversion and water baptism w/out Spirit baptism –
Ephesian disciples in Acts 19:1-5, Spirit baptism prior to water baptism – Cornelius’
house Acts 10:44-48
Without the baptism in the Holy
Spirit we have zeal and wisdom but no real power e.g. Apollos Acts 18:24-28
Despite personally knowing Jesus
and being sent into the Harvest by Him the apostles were to wait in Jerusalem
for the power of the Holy Spirit. Acts 1:5
The baptism in the Holy Spirit
mostly comes through prayer and the laying on of hands such as in Acts 19 and
with Timothy but can also happen spontaneously such as at Pentecost.
The baptism in the Holy Spirit
both empowers and imparts spiritual gifts. So a teacher becomes a much more
anointed teacher e.g. Apollos, or receives an entirely new gift e.g. tongues.
20. The baptism in the Holy Spirit does not create a special superior class of Christian!
LESSON 2 - THE GIFT OF TONGUES
Mark 16:17, Acts
2: 1-21, 10:46, 19:6,
1 Corinthians chapters 12, 13&14;
5 kinds: human
languages (Pentecost), angelic languages (1 Cor. 13:1), prophetic requiring
interpretation (1 Cor. 14:5), private (to God) (1Cor. 14:2), false/demonic (1
“speak mysteries to God” rather than human languages (1 Cor. 14:2-5) and
interpretation is via prayer rather than by a human translator. (1 Corinthians
(1 Cor. 14:2-5)
Edifies others when translated 1 Cor. 14:13,27)
Glorifies God (Acts 2)
In Acts it often
accompanies the baptism in the Holy Spirit. Acts 2: 1-21, 10:46, 19:6
Is a relatively
minor gift (1 Cor. 12) and it is to be used in love (1 Cor. 13) for the
building up of others (1 Cor. 14).
tongues is NOT to be forbidden (1 Corinthians 14:39,40) only regulated.
Paul wanted all
Christians to speak in tongues (1 Cor. 14:5) but evidently some did not (1 Cor.
12:30). Nowhere is it made compulsory.
speak in unknown tongues during public worship it can come across as weird,
disorderly and confusing. (1 Corinthians 14)
Tongues can be
used in worship if they are translated. The speaker should pray that they are
able to interpret. (1 Cor. 14:5, 13, 27)
There should be a
limited amount of tongue-speaking during worship and it should be orderly and
in turn. (1 Cor. 14:27)
12. It is also called “speaking in the Spirit” and there is also “singing in the Spirit” (1 Cor. 14:15)
God’s Spirit can
speak to the Christians human spirit in order to impart God’s truth via
personal revelation. (1 Corinthians 2:9-16)
We have an
anointing from the Holy One that instructs us. (1 John 2:20,27)
We can receive
wisdom directly from God through prayer (James 1:5-8)
The Holy Spirit
leads us into all truth, particularly the truth concerning Christ. (John 6:45,
This is part of
the promise of the New Covenant (Jeremiah 31:33,34; Hebrews 8:10, 10:16)
When a believer
speaks in tongues to God this is a form of spirit-to-Spirit communication and
opens up the Christian to divine processes including revelation which is why
tongues and prophecy often go together e.g. at Pentecost and at Cornelius’
Those who move in
spiritual gifts often say that speaking in tongues helps to bring a deeper
anointing and also helps to activate other spiritual gifts.
20. We are to seek after spiritual gifts, especially the revelation gifts (1 Cor. 14:39,40) and God will not allow a born-again believer to be given a false or demonic tongue. (Luke 11:11-13)
LESSON 3 - HEALING AND MIRACLES
Healing is found
in numerous places throughout the New Testament, especially in the Gospels and
Acts but also in Revelation.
and wonders) are rarer and tend to happen in clusters during times of revival
and church planting (Acts 6:8, 15:12).
miracles were expected spiritual gifts in 1 Corinthians 12 and James instructs
church elders on how to heal the sick (James 5:13-15).
4. The healing ministry of Jesus was part of OT prophesy Matthew 8:16,17; Isaiah 53:3-5
5. Jesus always saw
sickness as something to be healed: Matthew 4:23-25, 8:16,17, 9:35
6. Jesus saw healing as
a manifestation of divine authority and power: Matthew 8:9-13; 9:6; 10:1; Mark
3:15; 6:17; Luke 5:17; 6:19; 9:1; 10:19
7. Jesus occasionally
saw sickness as the direct result of sin: Mark 2:5, John 5:14 or of the Devil:
Luke 18:10-16 to be cast out and healed.
8. Jesus often drew a
direct connection between faith and healing: Matt 8:10, 9:28,29; 15:28; Mark
2:5; 9:24; 10:52
9. Healing is associated
with the presence of the Kingdom of God: Matt 4:23, 9:35, 10:7,8, 12:28 and
Luke 9:2,11; 10:9
10. Jesus taught that
healing was a work that His disciples could also do and He commission first the
12 (Matthew 10:1), then the 70 (Luke 10:1,9), then the wider church (Mark 16:18,
John 14:12) to do so.
11. Jesus saw healing as
a vivid demonstration of mercy and compassion of God towards the lost and
suffering. Healing was never “earned” in any way. (Matthew 9:27; 15:22; 17:15;
20:30,31). Jesus also frequently healed out of compassion (Matt 14:14; 20;34;
Mark 1:41; 5;19; 9:22-24)
12. Jesus always healed
just what the person wanted healed e.g. leprosy, blindness etc. Matthew 8:2
13. Jesus never told
someone to wait for healing in order to develop patience and character.
14. Our bodies are
temples of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 6:19) which are fearfully and wonderfully
made by God (Ps. 139:14) and which will be raised from the dead on the Last
Day. (1Cor. 6:14)
15. The body is meant for
the Lord and the Lord for the body! (1 Corinthians 6:13)
16. We are united to
Christ and are one spirit with Him. Therefore the body is sacred (1 Cor.
17. Healing is
accomplished through faith in the name of Jesus that issues authoritative
commands for healing (Acts 3:1-16)
18. Miracles are also a
result of mountain-moving faith: Galatians 3:1-5, 1 Cor. 13:2
19. There is a gift of
working miracles 1 Cor. 12:29
20. Miracles are meant to
give glory to God and are not to be done for commercial gain, bitterness, envy
or self-seeking. (Acts 8:4-25)
21. Miracles, signs and
wonders are slightly different terms that often overlap in Scripture.
A “sign” generally points to a prophecy or a spiritual reality.
A “wonder” astonishes people and challenges their pagan or religious worldview.
A “miracle” is a low-probability event, that is inexplicable either in its nature, method or timing which must be attributed to the exercise of divine power.
They tend to be done by apostles and church planters: 2 Cor. 12:12, Acts 2:43, 4:30, 5:12, 7:36
LESSON 4 - THE GIFT OF FAITH
1. Faith is defined in
Hebrews 11:1 as: Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the
conviction of things not seen.
2. Faith is the art of
believing in an invisible truth as if it were already real and obtained.
3. Faith involves the
use of commands: Matthew 8:5-13, 17:20, Luke 17:6, Acts 3:1-16
4. The gift of faith (1
Cor. 12:9) which can move mountains (1 Cor. 13:2) is an extraordinary “measure
of faith” (Romans 12:3,6) given by God to His humblest servants (Luke 17:5-10).
5. The gift of faith is
given to people facing extraordinary hazards or with great tasks to accomplish
such as Noah building the Ark (Hebrews 11:7, Abraham (Heb. 11:8-19), or Moses
leading the Israelites out of Egypt (Heb. 11:23-31).
6. Jesus developed faith
in His disciples my exposing them to sick people, demons, storms at sea and
other challenging situations and asking “Where is your faith?”. (Mark 4:40,
Matthew 6:30, 16:8)
7. The bible teacher
John Wimber used to say: faith is spelled R-I-S-K and Hebrews 11 (the heroes of
faith) confirms that faith is often exercised when people “get out of the boat”
and face difficult situations in life. (Matthew 14:22-33)
8. People with the gift
of faith are often called to lead large, difficult projects, or to be
missionaries or to innovate in areas where “it has never been done this way
9. People with the gift
of faith can live with ambiguity and can trust God even when they do not know
the total outcome or where they are going, like Abraham (Genesis 12:1-11).
10. They often have to
wait a long while for the result they want such as Abraham waiting for Isaac.
11. They believe that
nothing is impossible with God:
Matthew 17:20, 19:26 Mk 9:23, 10:27 Luke 1:37
12. They have an
overpowering belief in the power of prayer: Matthew 7:7,8, 21:22; John 16:23,24
13. They see past visible
circumstances to a faithful but invisible God: Hebrews 11:13-16, 23-28
14. Abraham is the
example of someone with a gift of faith is called the father of the faithful
because of his long life of believing God with very little evidence to show for
it and even being able to offer up Isaac: Heb. 11:8-12, 17-19 Rom 4:11-13
15. Faith = believing a
word from God
Unbelief = not believing a word from God
Doubt = being unsure of a word from God
Rebellion = defying a word from God
Presumption = inventing a word from God
16. Faith comes by
hearing God’s Word: Rom 10:17
17. Faith grows in the
soft and good heart that holds onto and nourishes the word of God and is not
distracted by the cares of this world. Matt 13:23
18. Kingdom faith grows
in stages like an ear of corn:
19. We can pray to grow
in faith and we can pray that our faith will weather the storms of life:
Luke 22:32, Ephesians 3:14-21
20. We can build up our faith by praying in the Spirit (Jude 1:20)
LESSON 5 - PROPHECY, WISDOM AND KNOWLEDGE
There are three
very different types of prophesy in the New Testament. Seers (chozeh &
roeh), national prophets (nabi) and congregational prophets (prophetes). Seers
are visual prophets have dreams and visions and deal with local issues such as
finding donkeys and winning battles (1 Samuel 9:5-10). When they do get
involved with national events it is to address the leader alone such as King
David (2 Samuel 24:11-14). The Nabi hear the “word of the Lord” and wrote the
prophecy books of the Old Testament, enforce national moral standards and the
OT covenant and are the ones who see far into the future and the Kingdom of
God. The words of the Lord comes unto the Nabi. (Jeremiah 1:2,4, 11 etc) and
they wrote books of the Bible. The nabi ended with John the Baptist (Matthew
In the New
Testament prophetic ability became a very common part of congregational life
(Acts 2:17,18, 1 Corinthians 11:4,5; 14:29-31).
were also specialized prophets and prophetesses. (Acts 11:27-30, 13:1, 15:32,
There is a
prophetic office that is only second to the apostles. (Ephesians 2:20, 3:5,
congregational prophets are more like OT seers, operate through dreams and
visions (Acts 2:17,18) and do not write Scripture, for instance there is no
“book of Agabus”. The book of Revelation is a prophecy given to an apostle.
Thus it was written by an apostle not by a prophet.
operate according to their measure of faith. (Romans 12:6)
Their role is
edification, exhortation and encouragement (1 Cor. 14:3, Acts 15:32)
They tend to
operate at an individual level (Acts 13:2, 21:10,11, 1 Tim 1:18, 4:14),
congregational level (1 Cor. 14) or local level (Acts 11:27-30) and do not add
new doctrinal revelation, new books of the Bible, or predict long-term future
events. They are not to predict the date of the return of Christ (Acts 1:7).
NT prophecy needs
to be discerned by the revelation of Scripture and by the fruit that it
produces. (1 Thessalonians 5:19,20).
1 Corinthians 14
is a whole chapter that outlines the high value of NT congregational prophesy.
seems to have been some trouble regulating it and in Thessalonica it became
despised so Paul had to write to them to both discern it and to not forbid
prophesy which would quench the Spirit. (1 Thess. 5:19,20).
As a precaution I
think it is better if we do not a) use the personal title “prophet” b) use the
phrase “thus says the Lord” c) make declarative statements about the end times.
Instead say a) my impression is that the Holy Spirit is indicating b) stick to
individual and congregational issues.
The gift “word of
knowledge” is the gift of receiving spiritual insight (gnosis) about a specific
item from God. It is like a download from heaven, that is helpful to the
person or organization concerned.
The gift “word of
wisdom” is the spiritual gift of being able to see God’s wise perspective on an
issue of doctrine, practice or even daily life. People with the gift of wisdom
bring truth and balance wherever they go. They tend to be tactful and cautious
and they see the best way to do things.
15. The gifts of prophecy, wisdom and knowledge are best practiced with close friends, in a small group, with someone there to bring balance.
LESSON 6 – DELIVERANCE
This lesson will
cover gifts of discernment, casting out of demons, breaking curses, hexes and
spells, and spiritual warfare.
There are three
basic categories of demons. Those like Satan who are in the first heaven known
as the air (Ephesians 2:2). Those like Legion that want to occupy human or
animal bodies (Mark 5:7-13). And those who are captives chained in a
subterranean world known as Tartarus or the Pit (2 Peter 2:4) but who might be
released for a short while during the tribulation (Rev. 9:1-6).
We wrestle with
those in the air (Ephesians 6:10-18). We command those in human bodies to
leave in Jesus Name (Acts 16:16-18). And we, at this point, have nothing to do
with those from the Pit.
Those “in the
air” tend to be cultural and religious demons such as ancient religions, cults,
political forces and deep deceptions raised up against the knowledge of God.
This involves a constant discerning and wrestling and prayer in the Spirit. Victory
may take generations.
Those in human or
animal bodies tend to be spirits of clairvoyance, New Age, sexual sins, addictions
and compulsions, major character flaws e.g. uncontrolled rage, some mental
illnesses, strange moods, some physical illnesses, and delusions. They can be
actively blasphemous. Victory can be very rapid.
The spirits “in
the air” relate to spirits dwelling in people in order to bring them into
disobedience, unbelief and destruction. Idols, rituals and magic practices are
part of this process and must be destroyed: (Deuteronomy 7:24-26, Acts
19:19,20, 1 Corinthians 10:20,21)
We have spiritual
authority to deal with these evil spirits and to destroy the works of the devil
(1 John3:8, 4:4, 5:18,19, 1 Corinthians 6:2-3,
2 Corinthians 10:3-5, Ephesians 1;20,21; 2:6,7) and this authority is frequently used (Acts 5:16, 8:7, 19:12).
Curses, hexes and
spells are words of power or other spiritual actions used to cause harm in the
spiritual realm or to bind someone’s will (e.g. a love spell). Christ has
conquered them on the Cross (Galatians 3:10-15, Colossians 2:13-15)
We can break them
through believing prayer, renouncing the Devil and all his works, getting rid
of any occult or sinful objects and of course by using the Name of Jesus with
authority. See Cleansing Prayer in Appendix.
A major role of
pure evil is demonic deception, false doctrine and spiritual captivity. (2
Corinthians 11:13-15, 1 Timothy 4:1, 2 Timothy 2:25, 26, 3:1-9, 2 Peter 2:18, Rev.
They may even
perform false miracles, signs and wonders: (2 Thess. 2:9-11, Matthew 24:24)
The main weapon
here is the sword of the Spirit, the correct teaching of God’s Word. (2 Timothy
2:25,26, Hebrews 4;12-14, Ephesians 6:17, Revelation 1:6, 2:16).
The gift of
discernment of spirits (1 Corinthians 12:10) is the ability to use God’s Word
in the power of the Holy Spirit to discern the nature of spiritual things. ( 1
John 4:1-3, 1 Corinthians 12:1-3, Matthew 4:1-11, Hebrews 5:11-14) which also
requires the person to be born-again and Spirit-filled (1 Corinthians 2:13-16).
helps to mature the Church and to keep it from being deceived and blown around
by every wind of doctrine. (Ephesians 4:11-16)
We are therefore
to put on the full armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-20, 1 Thess. 5:8) with prayer.
16. We also need to know a) our spiritual authority b) the power of the Name of Jesus and c) what the Word says that the blood (of Christ) does.
LESSON 7 – APOSTLES & PROPHETS
The term apostle
= “sent out one” or delegate, a commissioned representative. It is equivalent
to the Latin “missio” from which we get missionary or diplomatic mission. There
are 33 people listed as apostles in the New Testament in 5 broad categories.
Jesus – the
Apostle and High Priest of our confession (Hebrews 3:1) the One Sent From God.
The Twelve –
Founders of the Faith, they had to be witnesses of the life of Christ from His
baptism to His resurrection, obviously this category no longer exists in the
Founders of the
Church – in regional areas or people groups such as Paul going “to the
Gentiles” , this category exists today and people such as Hudson Taylor are
Followers of the
Founders – Silas, Timothy, Titus, who take on a region and largely travel
within it as supervisors over a large number of churches and who focus on
sorting out church disputes and leadership problems. They exist today as
workers in Church Planting Movements say in India or the Philippines. A group
within this group are city-wide apostles such as Andronicus and Junia who
oversaw groups of house-churches in Rome, equivalent to senior bishops or
archbishops or metropolitans (an Orthodox term). Senior missionaries would also
fit here and they exist today.
False Apostles –
cult leaders etc. See 2 Corinthians 11, and these clearly exist today.
The term apostle
is so confusing as to be almost useless in the Church today and is best avoided
altogether and replaced with terms such as missionary, church-planter, circuit
preacher, founder of a movement, etc.
8. Apostles frequently have a strong supernatural ministry: 2 Corinthians 12:12, Romans 15:18,19 which confirms the gospel: Acts 19, 1 Cor. 2:4,5; 4:20
the New Testament and are about laying foundations, imparting solid doctrine
and setting church moral standards and ethos. They keep the church in the
discussed in lesson 5, however here we will look at the New Testament office of
prophet. The NT calls some people like Agabus “prophets”. These give
prophecies as their main spiritual gift and do so accurately and have been
second to apostles and need to have their doctrine checked by them.
specific direction and revelation on certain matters to the church such as to
prepare for an upcoming famine, or telling Paul not to go to Jerusalem.
There has been a
revival in the office of prophet since the mid-80’s sparked by a book by Bill
Hamon and the work of C.P Wagner from Fuller. However very few of these new
prophets are now reliable and the movement often strays into serious
theological error due to a lack of accountability to apostles &
theologians. I am of the personal opinion that the title “prophet”
should be avoided at all costs until there is order in the movement and until
major denominations regulate the prophetic as they regulate pastors,
evangelists or missionaries.
Christians can become dependent on being given personal words by a prophet.
This is unhealthy. Instead they should be encouraged to develop a biblical
worldview that informs their decision-making through a deep study of the Bible.
prophetic word can be quite helpful.
16. The Bible warns of an outbreak of false prophets in the last days. The role of false prophets is to turn Christians away from Christ to the worship of idols such as the image of the Beast (Matthew 7:15, 24:11, 24:24, Acts 13:6, 2 Peter 2:1, 1 John 4:1, Rev. 13:11-16,16:3, 19:20, 20:10).
LESSON 8 – EVANGELISTS, PASTORS AND TEACHERS
N.B. Spiritual leadership always happens
within the context of place, time and culture and quibbling over exact role
definitions has led to a lot of totally unnecessary church division. The world
of the New Testament was very different from today so God left leadership roles
quite undefined and flexible. The Holy Spirit ultimately appoints overseers.
The gift of
evangelist is only referenced three times in the New Testament and there is no
extended definition of the role. Acts 21:8, Ephesians 4:11, 2 Timothy 4:5.
means who led large numbers of people to Christ, then drilled the new converts
in basic doctrine, cleansed them of evil spirits, got them to renounce Satan
and all his works, then baptized them (Acts 8). They laid the spiritual
foundations for new believers.
evangelists in Scripture, Phillip and Timothy were both very respected figures
with regional authority.
evangelist had finished converting, cleansing and baptizing people and setting
them in new house churches then the pastors and teachers took over and the
evangelist moved on.
Pastor is just
the word for shepherd and their role was to shepherd the people under their
care. The specific word pastor is only mentioned specifically in Ephesians
4:11, and is without definition.
Elder or overseer
is by far the most frequent term and the apostle Peter sees elders as shepherds
of the flock (the pastoral role) in 1 Peter 5:1-5
The term elder/overseer
being used of Christian leaders with pastoral authority over believers is found
in: Acts 11:30, 14:23, 15:2,4,6,22,23; 16:4, 20:17,28; 21:18, Philippians 1:1, 1
Timothy 3:1-7, 4:14, 5:17-20; Titus 1:5-9, James 5:14, 1 Peter 5:1-5.
The role of elder
was to teach and shepherd the flock, and remuneration and double honor was
commanded. 1 Timothy 5:17-19
So it seems Elder
= Overseer =Pastor and is almost identical to today’s pastor. The lives of
elders / pastors were to be exemplary. (1 Tim 3:1-7, Titus 1:5-9)
local congregation was to be an important function of the pastor/elder/overseer
(1 Timothy 3:2, 5:17)
There is a
separate office called “teacher” and these seem to be people who specialized
entirely in teaching without “running the church” as such. Bible teachers,
seminary professors and Christian speakers and authors would fill this role
while apostles, prophets and evangelists “plant”. They tend to stay in one
place for a while and provide the Word. Apollos was a powerful teacher. (1
There seem to
have been many teachers, so many that James warned against rushing into the
role (James 3:1), and that people falling away “accumulated teachers” for their
itching ears. (2 Timothy 4:3,4)
Teachers were to
diligently divide the Word of God, teaching in-season and out of season and
stern rebuke was to be part of their vocabulary as they exhorted people into a
(1 Timothy 1:5, 2 Timothy 2:15, 3:16,17, 4:2,3).
16. The gifts and offices of evangelist, pastor and teacher tend to recognized in the believer by senior men and women of God. There is often some kind of ordination to these kinds of roles. Extensive training may be necessary to teach the Scriptures well and to diligently fulfill these roles.
LESSON 9 – GIFTS OF SERVICE
of service include: administration, leadership, helps, serving, hospitality,
encouragement / exhortation, giving, and showing mercy. Mostly they are
exercised within a local church congregation under the supervision of the pastor,
though they are also needed by missionary agencies etc.
Romans 12:6-8, 1 Cor. 12:28, 1 Peter 4:11
Peter 4:11 differentiates between “those who speak” and “those who render
service”. These are mainly “off-stage” gifts
are probably many others and the list is not meant to be exhaustive
of service help the Church (or individual) to achieve some objective. They
serve a higher end goal. For instance encouragement helps someone who is
discouraged to move forward. It is not so much teaching as enabling. These
gifts lift other people up.
with these gifts have distinct personalities with each gift and distinct needs
e.g. people with the gift of helps are quite servers behind the scenes, but
they do need to be appreciated occasionally.
can recognize these gifts by asking:
a) When do you experience the joy of the Lord?
b) Do you have a natural talent in that area that God is also using by His Spirit? Are you any good at it?
c) Does it fit with your character?
If you attempt something and it repeatedly goes badly wrong, or stresses you and others out then it is probably not your service gift.
and leadership keep the engine of the church running and include board members,
church secretaries, accountants, and administrators. They make sure everything
is done decently and in order so that “no one falls through the cracks”. They
can sometimes be bossy and need to be accountable to the pastoral team (not
serving and hospitality give “heart” to the Church and make sure that people
are comfortable, happy and blessed. They also do maintenance work. They see a
need and automatically fill it. Often they take direction from the
administrators. They require clarity such as clear tasks and clear job
descriptions and jobs with a clear end and a clear beginning.
and mercy are directed toward both the Church and the community. People with
these gifts are drawn to the down-and-outs and need to be supervised by the
pastoral team so they do not burn out.
10. Deacons seem to be a
ministry of service, particularly to widows, orphans and the community starting
in Acts 6:1-6 and meeting the standards of 1 Timothy 3:8-13
11. People with gifts of
service are to work as unto the Lord and not as “eye-pleasers”. Colossians
12. Some areas such as
light and sound, may need short training seminars. Grounds and security may
need a short briefing on legal implications.
13. These gifts are VERY culturally dependent e.g. doing hospitality and food etc.
A PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL CLEANSING
cannot be fully possessed by the Devil (because they have the Holy Spirit) but
they can be oppressed, hindered and harassed. Such spiritual oppression often
stems from things such as involvement in the occult, false teaching, and sexual
immorality, or from keeping idols or magic books in the house (Deut. 7:24-26).
Oppression can also come from outside through curses and witch-craft or from
within ourselves because we harbor hatred, bitter-ness , malice and
unforgiveness in our hearts (Matthew 18:21-35)
The symptoms of demonic oppression include:
1. Hopelessness, despair, loss of confidence, spiritual anguish and struggle, the constant feeling of accusation or of being ‘unclean’ in some way.
2. The sense of being cursed or of being the victim of some malicious spiritual force. A feeling that hatred, malice or envy is being directed at you in order to destroy you.
3. An out-of-control thought life, very vivid fantasies and day-dreams, being unable to think straight. Numerous fears.
4. A sense of being ‘blocked’ or stifled in one’s Christian life. A pronounced loss of enthusiasm for spiritual things.
5. Addictions, compulsions, lying, impulsiveness, habitual folly, excessive materialism, being hyper-critical, outbursts of anger, a long line of broken relationships.
6. The feeling of being attacked, strangled or seduced by spirits during one’s sleep. Seeing dark shapes. Hearing seducing, accusing or very demanding voices.
7. Unusual, even bizarre accidents and illnesses, constant financial problems, a continual lack of success in life despite one’s best efforts.
tells us that Ephesus was full of occult activity such as Jewish exorcists,
magicians, idol manufacturers and above them all a gigantic temple to Diana
(also known as Artemis). The apostles Paul and John both ministered there and
Ephesians and 1 John tell us much about how to combat spiritual oppression.
Here are some of the main points:
1. The powers of darkness are real (Ephesians 2:2, 6:12)
2. But Christ has conquered them (Ephesians 1:19-23, 4:8, Colossians. 2:15) and they must submit to His Name (Philippians 2:10,11)
3. Jesus Christ has ascended into Heaven (Ephesians 1:19-23, 4:8-10) and Christians have been seated with Him in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 2:6) so we also have spiritual authority (1 Corinthians 6:2,3).
4. If we admit our situation and honestly confess our sins we will be forgiven and the blood of Christ will cleanse us from all sin (1 John 1:7-9)
5. So we see that through Christ we have a right to spiritual cleansing. (Hebrews 9:14)
6. We must renounce the hidden deeds of darkness (Ephesians 5:11-14) including the occult, sexual immorality & covetousness (Ephesians 5:2-5) and all hatred (1 John 2:9-11) and decide to walk in the light as He is in the light (1 John 1:5-7, Ephesians 5:8-10). This is often called removing the ground the enemy has in our lives.
7. After this we should then ask for the filling of the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18) and put on each piece of the armor of God with prayer.
honestly confess my sins (list them) including any occult involvement of my
parents and ancestors (list them) (Exodus 20:5, Deuteronomy 5:9, 2 Samuel 21:1)
renounce the Devil and all his works. (this may include destroying occult
objects such as magic books & idols ) (Acts 19:17-20, Deuteronomy 7:24-26)
I forgive others (list their names) just as Jesus Christ has for-given me. (Ephesians 4:32, Matthew 6:12-15,)
claim my spiritual cleansing by the blood of Jesus Christ whom I confess to be
my Savior and my Lord. (1 John 1:7-9, Hebrews 9:14)
I now give any ground that Satan may have had in my life over to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and I ask for God to fill me with the Holy Spirit and with joy. (Ephesians 5:1-18)
up my spiritual authority as one seated in heavenly realms with Christ Jesus
and in the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth I command Satan and all his demons
to depart from me. (Ephesians 2:6, 1:20, Mark 3:15, 16:17,18; Luke 9:1)
claim that all curses spoken and written against me are broken by the cross of
Jesus Christ. (Galatians 3:10-14, Colos-sians 2:13-15) and that I have all the
spiritual blessings in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 1:3) including the
blessings of Abraham (Galatians 3:14,29) for God has out-blessed the curse
(Psalm 109:28) and turned it into a blessing (Deuteronomy 23:5)
And I now prayerfully put on each piece of the full armor of God (name each piece see Ephesians 6:10-20) and I will walk in the light as He is in the light ( 1 John 1:5-7). In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Handbook on Spiritual
Online Seminar on Spiritual Warfare (free) and has MP3 files: http://newtestamentprayer.com/seminar/index.html
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The Early Church In Acts 1-8 (PDF ebook, brief)
Walking In The Spirit – The Basics
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Walking In The Spirit – Spiritual Ministry
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Walking In The Spirit (entire series)
The Baptism In The Holy Spirit (5 short studies)
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Prophecy – same link but go to studies 36-40
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