These studies do not tell you what the Bible says. The scriptures given direct you to specific topics. The questions are intended to help you focus on the study. No answers are given. You have to read and search the scriptures for the answers. We encourage you to use Bible helps such as concordances and commentaries. However, scholars and theologians often disagree on interpretation and application. The best study help comes from God. Pray. Allow yourself to be honest with your reactions, but don't jump to conclusions. It takes time to read and meditate on all the Bible says on various topics. Feel free to ask questions in your prayers. You will be amazed to discover that God does answer the sincere seeker. You will also be surprised that the Bible may not say what you might think it does on many subjects. Keep a notebook. A loose leaf one would make it possible to add thoughts and additional information as you learn more about different subjects. Welcome to an exciting search.  

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Bible Study Guide:

Spiritual Gifts

By Scarlett Stough


To prepare for this Bible study, please read the women in Christ commentary, Diversities of Gifts.

I. Read I Corinthians 12 and Ephesians 4:11-16. (You will find it helpful to read from several translations, especially the King James Version and the New International Version.)

1. I Corinthians 12:1-6. What information does Paul give so that we do not have to be ignorant about spiritual gifts?

2. I Corinthians 12:7-11. List the spiritual gifts in this passage and give any examples you can of using them for the common good, either from the Bible or in personal experience and observation.

3.I Corinthians 12:12-27. If you attend with a church congregation or Bible fellowship, explain how the members are working together as a body, or what improvements could be made in using spiritual gifts or natural ability for each other‘s benefit.

4. I Corinthians 12:28-30; Ephesians 4:11-16. List the gifts of workers given to the church by God. How do these appointments, or assignments, by God benefit the body?

5. I Timothy 3:1-13; James 3:1 What are some legitimate reasons for some people to avoid trying to do certain “gifts?”

II. Read I Corinthians 12:31-13:1-13.

1. Describe “the greater gifts.”

2. Why is love considered the “greatest of these?”

3. I Corinthians 12:28-30 How does the practice of love in a congregation affect the way people do their jobs?

4. How does the practice of love affect the way you do your assignment or situation in life?

5. If you don’t have an official “ministry,” what are the various ways you can express the greatest gift, love?

III. Read I Corinthians 14

1. Verses 1-5,29-32. Describe the purpose of the gift of prophecy and the instruction to those who prophesy.

2. Verses 4-28, 39-40. Describe the instructions for those who speak in tongues, or other languages.

IV. Read Matthew 25:14-30; (optional: 31-46).

1. How were the faithful servants rewarded? What was the “Master’s” reaction to the servant who hid his portion instead of using it? [The talents referred to in this passage refers to a unit of coinage. But our present day use indicating an ability or gift comes from this parable. (Zondervan NIV Study Bible Notes on 25:15.)]

2. What is the warning that Jesus is giving his disciples through this parable? How does this apply to you?

Optional: Read Exodus 3:4-4:17

What excuses did Moses make to God for why he was not the right person for the job? What was God’s answer to those excuses? What excuses do you use?

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