Discipleship – Level 3 Lesson 2

Level 3 Lesson 2

USING THE GIFTS TO MINISTER
By Andrew Wommack

Today we want to talk about how you can take the love of God you have received
and share it with other people—how you can be an effective minister to others. In 1 Peter
4:11 it says, “If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God.” The term “oracles
of God” refers back to the Old Testament when they had the Holy of Holies and put
God’s Word in the Ark of the Covenant. That was called “the oracle,” so when it says
“speak as the oracles of God,” it means speak as the mouthpiece of God. Speak as if you
are speaking from God. The verse continues, “If any man minister, let him do it as of the
ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to
whom be praise and dominion for ever and for ever.” What this says is that you need to
minister to other people, not out of your own ability, but out of the ability that God gives.

One of the great things about the Christian life is that it isn’t just me or you
talking to someone and sharing things from our own ability, but God Himself comes and
lives on the inside of us. He begins to speak through us and flow through us. We can
literally be God-possessed and have the Spirit of God flowing through us. As we start
sharing with other people, we need to remember that this is what is called the gifts of the
Spirit and is what they’re for. God takes every single person in the body of Christ and
gives them specific gifts. In 1 Corinthians 12 it says every one of us has been given
different gifts according to His will. In verses 4-6 it says, “Now there are diversities of
gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences [diversities] of administrations
[ministrations], but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations [workings], but
it is the same God which worketh all in all” (brackets mine). This means that God works
these things in all of us, as verse 7 says, “But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to
every man to profit withal,” or to profit everyone.

These verses say that God has put supernatural ability within every single one of
us. You may not feel it, you may not be aware of it, but this is a promise of God’s Word.
If you’ve come this far in the Discipleship Evangelism series, if you’ve already made
Jesus your Lord, if you’ve learned how to receive from God and begin to apply it in your
life, then I can promise that the power of the Holy Spirit is at work inside you. You have
other people’s miracles on the inside of you. God has put the seed form of a miracle
inside you for somebody else. It’s up to you to be able to release it and get it out into their
lives. Scripture says this has been given to every one of us by the Spirit. Not a single
person has been left out. Nine different gifts of the Spirit are listed in 1 Corinthians 12,
such as a word of wisdom, a word of knowledge, discerning of spirits, working of
miracles, gifts of healing, etc. There are other gifts listed in Romans 12, which I haven’t
time to deal with. You need to study them on your own and be aware that every single
one of you has had the Holy Spirit place within you special anointing—special ability—
to be able to minister to other people. Not everyone will be able to minister the way I do,
for instance. You may not have a teaching gift, but every person in the body of Christ can
teach by sharing their faith with another person. There are people who are called
151specifically to teach, people who are called to preach and pastor churches. Another gift
listed in Romans 12 says there are those whose gift is hospitality. Many of you may have
an ability, or gift, without being aware of it. You just have a desire to be able to be a
blessing to someone. You may be the kind of person who, when you walk into a room,
picks out people who seem to be ill at ease. You empathize with them, you know what
they’re going through, and you have a desire to make them feel at ease and to minister to
them. Did you know that’s a supernatural gift of God?

Romans 12 says some people have been called to the gift of giving, the ability to
make money and give to support the Gospel. That is their gift, their call in life, and some
of you may be called to that very thing. Some of you have the gift of exhortation. Others
have the gift of administrations, typically called by the church a gift of helps. There are
all kinds of things that can be done, not only in the church setting, but on a day-to-day
basis dealing with people. There are some of you who have the ability to encourage those
who are discouraged, something I would never be able to do just through teaching the
Word. You just have a supernatural ability to go up, put your arm around somebody,
bless them, and enable them. The point I’m making is that you don’t need to see this as
just being natural, as, “Well, that’s just my personality type.” You may have classified
yourself as this type of person, but you know what, it was a supernatural ability God
placed inside you that gave you the gifts, the talents, and the perspective that makes you
gravitate toward doing certain things.

When you are ministering to other people, Scripture says you need to be
ministering the things God has placed on the inside of you. We all need to become
ministers, whether as a full-time vocation, on our jobs, or wherever we are. If you do it
with your neighbors or people at the store, you need to do it out of the ability God gives,
not out of your own ability. So, I encourage you to seek God, discover the gifts He has
placed inside you, and don’t discount them if you aren’t called to one of the ministry gifts
that is a vocation. Recognize that every one of you has had the Holy Spirit place within
you supernatural ability, and then minister to other people through the gifts that God has
placed inside you.

It will take time and practice. You won’t be perfect the first time, so don’t be
afraid to practice. If you make a mistake, God won’t fall off His throne, and other people
will see the sincerity of your heart. Your love will minister to them even if you don’t do
something perfectly. Start ministering to others. Recognize that you are gifted of God,
and start sharing the supernatural ability He has given you with other people.

Discipleship Questions

1.  Read 1 Peter 4:11. Whose ability are we supposed to minister from?
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2.  Read 1 Corinthians 12:4. There are varieties and different kinds of spiritual gifts, but
who is the source of them all? _______________________________________________

1523.  Read 1 Corinthians 12:6. Choose the correct statement. A. God works in only one
way.  B. There are different ways that God works through people.  C. God only works
through the preacher.

4.  Read 1 Corinthians 12:7. The Holy Spirit’s presence and spiritual gifts are given to
each of us for the good of all. True or False.

5.  Read 1 Corinthians 12:8-10. List and define some of the spiritual gifts that God gives
people.
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6.  Read Romans 12:6-8. Define the spiritual gifts listed here that God gives people.
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7.  Have you noticed any of these gifts working through you? If so, what gifts?
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8.  Read 1 Corinthians 12:7. Who is supposed to profit from these gifts?
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Scriptures to Use with Questions

1 Peter 4:11 – “If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man
minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be
glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever.
Amen.”

1 Corinthians 12:4 – “Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.”

1 Corinthians 12:6 – “And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God
which worketh all in all.”

1 Corinthians 12:7 – “But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit
withal.”

1 Corinthians 12:8-10 – “[8] For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to
another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; [9] To another faith by the same
Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; [10] To another the working of
miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of
tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues.”

Acts 27:21-25 – “[21] But after long abstinence Paul stood forth in the midst of them,
and said, Sirs, ye should have hearkened unto me, and not have loosed from Crete, and to
have gained this harm and loss. [22] And now I exhort you to be of good cheer: for there
153shall be no loss of any man’s life among you, but of the ship. [23] For there stood by me
this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve, [24] Saying, Fear not, Paul;
thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with
thee. [25] Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it
was told me.”

Acts 9:11-12 – “[11] And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is
called Straight, and inquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for,
behold, he prayeth, [12] And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and
putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight.”

1 Corinthians 13:2 – “And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all
mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove
mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.”

Mark 16:18 – “They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not
hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”

Hebrews 2:3-4 – “[3] How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the
first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;
[4] God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers
miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?”

Acts 11:27-28 – “[27] And in these days came prophets from Jerusalem unto Antioch.
[28] And there stood up one of them named Agabus, and signified by the Spirit that there
should be great dearth throughout all the world: which came to pass in the days of
Claudius Caesar.”

1 Corinthians 14:3 – “But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and
exhortation, and comfort.”

Acts 16:16-18 – “[16] And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel
possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by
soothsaying: [17] The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the
servants of the most high God, which show unto us the way of salvation. [18] And this did
she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in
the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.”

Acts 2:4-11 – “[4] And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with
other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. [5] And there were dwelling at
Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. [6] Now when this was
noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every
man heard them speak in his own language. [7] And they were all amazed and marvelled,
saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans? [8] And how
hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born? [9] Parthians, and Medes,
and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in
154Pontus, and Asia, [10] Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about
Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes, [11] Cretes and Arabians, we do
hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.”

1 Corinthians 14:13-14 – “[13] Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue
pray that he may interpret. [14] For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth,
but my understanding is unfruitful.”

Romans 12:6-8 – “[6] Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to
us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; [7] Or
ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; [8] Or he that
exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with
diligence; he that showeth mercy, with cheerfulness.”

2 Timothy 4:11 – “Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is
profitable to me for the ministry.”

Acts 13:1 – “Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and
teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and
Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.”

Acts 13:15 – “And after the reading of the law and the prophets the rulers of the
synagogue sent unto them, saying, Ye men and brethren, if ye have any word of
exhortation for the people, say on.”

Proverbs 22:9 – “He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread
to the poor.”

Acts 20:28 – “Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which
the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath
purchased with his own blood.”

Matthew 5:7 – “Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.”

1 Corinthians 12:7 – “But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit
withal.”

Answer Key

1. Read 1 Peter 4:11. Whose ability are we supposed to minister from? God’s ability.

2. Read 1 Corinthians 12:4. There are varieties and different kinds of spiritual gifts, but
who is the source of them all? God/the Holy Spirit.

3. Read 1 Corinthians 12:6. Choose the correct statement. B. There are different ways
that God works through people.
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4. Read 1 Corinthians 12:7. The Holy Spirit’s presence and spiritual gifts are given to
each of us for the good of all. True.

5. Read 1 Corinthians 12:8-10. List and define some of the spiritual gifts that God gives
people.

The word of wisdom = A supernatural revelation from God of His mind and
purpose. See Acts 27:21-25.

The word of knowledge = A supernatural revelation from God of any fact or event.
See Acts 9:11-12.

The gift of faith = The supernatural ability to believe God without doubt or
reasoning. See 1 Cor. 13:2.

Gifts of healing = Supernatural ability to heal sickness without human aid or
medication. See Mark 16:18.

Working of miracles = Supernatural intervention that produces miracles contrary
to natural laws. See Heb. 2:3-4.

Prophecy = A supernatural utterance, inspired by God, spoken in a known language
by the speaker. See Acts 11:27-28 and 1 Cor. 14:3.

Discerning of spirits = A supernatural revelation from God of the presence or
activities of spirits. See Acts 16:16-18.

Different kinds of tongues = A supernatural utterance, inspired by God, in an
unknown language (i.e., unknown to the person speaking). See Acts 2:4-11.

The interpretation of tongues = A supernatural utterance, inspired by God,
interpreting an unknown tongue. See 1 Cor. 14:13-14.

6. Read Romans 12:6-8. Define the spiritual gifts listed here that God gives people.

Prophecy = A supernatural utterance, inspired by God, spoken in a known language
by the speaker.

Ministry = Serving others, practical service. See 2 Tim. 4:11.

Teaching = To explain, expound, to impart instruction. See Acts 13:1.

Exhortation = To urge, advise, encourage, beseech, admonish, comfort, or warn. See
Acts 13:15.

156Giving = Sharing generously gifts offered to God and others. See Prov. 22:9.

Ruling = Leading or leadership. See Acts 20:28.

Mercy = Compassion shown to an offender or victim. See Matt. 5:7.

7. Have you noticed any of these gifts working through you? If so, what gifts?

8. Read 1 Corinthians 12:7. Who is supposed to profit from these gifts? Everyone. By
using gifts to help others, you are letting God work through you.

Copyright © 2004, Don W. Krow
Permission is granted to duplicate or reproduce for discipleship purposes on the condition
that it is distributed free of charge.

Discipleship Evangelism
P.O. Box 17007
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80935-7007 U.S.A.
http://www.delessons.org

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