Understanding Spiritual Gifts

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Spiritual gifts can be a controversial topic in some Christian circles. Sam Storms joins Gary Wilkerson to discuss spiritual gifts. What are they? How do we get them? How are they to be used?

Key Points from the Podcast

  • It’s important to distinguish spiritual gifts as different than skills, talents and personality traits.
  • Spiritual gifts are a manifestation of the Spirit of God in and through Christians that enables us to exceed our finite human limitations in order to serve and build up others in the body of Christ.
  • There are things that all Christians are called to do, like intercession and evangelism, but some have an extraordinary capacity and effectiveness in those areas.
  • We can desire and pray for specific spiritual gifts, but the Spirit gives to each individual as God wills.
  • As a follower of Christ, you are not limited to having only one spiritual gift.
  • The particular spiritual gift or gifts that you have does not determine any kind of higher status or value in the Kingdom of God.

Bible Verses Referenced in the Podcast

Ephesians 4:11, Luke 10:19, Daniel 2:24-29, Romans 12:6–8, 1 Corinthians 12–14, 1 Peter 4:10–11

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About Sam Storms

Sam is Lead Pastor for Preaching and Vision at Bridgeway Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He serves as a member of the Council of The Gospel Coalition. Sam is a past President of the Evangelical Theological Society, and currently serves on its Executive Committee.

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About Gary Wilkerson

Gary Wilkerson is the President of World Challenge, an international mission organization that was founded by his father, David Wilkerson. He is also the Founding Pastor of The Springs Church, which he launched in 2009 with a handful of people. He has traveled nationally and internationally at conferences and conducted mission ventures such as church planting, starting orphanages, clinics, feeding programs among the poorest of the poor and the most unreached people of the earth. Gary and his wife Kelly have four children and live in Colorado Springs, CO.

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