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John MacArthur on Identifying Your Spiritual Gift

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 | Comments (1)

Recognizing and exercising spiritual gifts is a confusing and difficult issue for many believers.  At one end of the spectrum are Christians who may attend a church for many years without ever recognizing any spiritual gift. That causes passivity in the church and can lead to a disabled body of believers—one with severed limbs and missing organs (cf. 1 Corinthians 12:14–25; Ephesians 4:11–13).

At the other end of the spectrum are professing Christians who presumptuously try to exercise gifts they don’t possess. The havoc caused by such people is readily apparent in many charismatic churches—the abundance of self-appointed apostles and female preachers is a prime example.

In the following audio clip, John MacArthur discusses the truth about spiritual gifts.

If you are a new creature in Christ, the Holy Spirit lives in you and has uniquely gifted you to serve the church. The Strange Fire conference will provide much needed clarity to those still struggling with identifying and exercising their spiritual gifts. For more information, please visit our conference website.

GTY Staff


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#1  Posted by Bobbie Plezia  |  Sunday, September 1, 2013 at 1:43 PM

I have always wondered if I was worthy to be given a gift(s). By the sheer love and wonderful grace of God I have been comforted and relieved to know that I am. (Except I still don't FEEL worthy). However, I still don't know what my gift(s) is(are). How can I find out?

THANK YOU SO VERY, VERY much for always being there when I struggle with an overwhelming barrage of emotions, chaos and soooo many other situations too numerous to mention. Thank you for setting me on the right path and the courage to search for the TRULY RIGHT and wise answers and guidance.

May GOD empower you so much more in your ministry to all who are confused, lost and in denial.

Deeply appreciative,