Spiritual Gifts

Instructions: Below are the lists of spiritual gifts from three primary passages in the New Testament. Cut out the 20 cards and thoroughly shuffle them. Give a set of 20 cards to each small group of four that you will have in your group. For example, if you have 16 group members, make up four sets of gift cards. Note that the words in parentheses are variant translations found in several English versions of the Bible.

PROPHECY (preaching, inspired utterance)
EXHORTATION (stimulating faith, encouraging)
GIVING (sharing, contributing, generosity) LEADERSHIP (ruling,
administration, authority)
MERCY (sympathy, comfort to the sorrowing, showing kindness)
WISDOM (wise advice, wise speech) KNOWLEDGE (speaking
with knowledge, studying)
MIRACLES (doing great deeds)

DISCERNING OF SPIRITS (discrimination in spiritual matters) TONGUES (speaking in
languages never learned,
ecstatic utterance)

ADMINISTRATION (governments, getting others to work together)
PASTOR (caring for God's people)

Now ask everyone to stay or get in a group of four people. Give one person in each group a set of spiritual gifts cards from 'Spiritual Gifts Cards," which have been thoroughly mixed and shuffled. Get each group to read the three chapters: Romans 12; 1 Corinthians 12 and Ephesians 4. Ask each group of four people to sort their cards according to these three passages. Each group will have three sets of cards when they are finished sorting. Instruct them that if one gift appears in more than one passage, they should put that gift in the passage in which it first appears. Give the small groups about 10 minutes to sort their sets of gifts into the three passages. After the small groups have sorted out the gifts according to passage, let them share with the total group which gifts are found in each passage. List the gifts on a chalkboard or overhead under the heading of each passage: Romans 12; 1 Corinthians 12; Ephesians 4.
Each person can then share with the total group:

* Which gifts are least familiar to you? Most familiar.
* Which are most used in your church? Least used?

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