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.  

Bible Study Guide:

Now About Spiritual Gifts

By Scarlett Stough

To prepare for this Bible study, please read the women in Christ commentary, Eagerly Desire Spiritual Gifts.

1. 1 Corinthians 12:1-11. List the spiritual gifts named in this passage. How does God give these gifts? What is the purpose for these gifts?

2. 1 Corinthians 8:1-3, 12:12-31; 14:1; John 3:16. Why is love the most important gift in relationship to the other spiritual gifts? Why should we respect the gifts given to others and not be envious of theirs or boastful of our own?

3. 1 Corinthians 12:7; James 4:3, 6-10. What are some of the motives and attitudes which would prevent someone from receiving the gift requested?

4. 1 Peter 2:9-12; Romans 12:1-8. What are some of the ways we as followers of Christ live as holy, "set-apart" people? What is the difference between a "holier-than-thou" attitude and truly living a holy life?

5. 1 Corinthians 12:27. As a member of the body of Christ, one among many who have received the Holy Spirit, how does an individual both act on the gift given to them by the Holy Spirit and cooperate with a community of believers? How can congregations encourage the members use of their spiritual gifts?

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