Gifts of the Holy Spirit
It is important to start the word with an open-ended question and that most of the members share their answers so that you can see what your members understand about the gifts. Take members from where they are to a deeper understand of what the Gifts of the Holy Spirit is. This can be a very long topic so be careful not to tire the members with information but focus on the manifestation on the gifts.
- 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 (AMP version is very good)
- 1 Corinthians 2:4
- Luke 11:13
- Acts 1:6-8
Any fun and welcoming Icebreaker that gets the members moving, on their feet, where all the members can participate in. If there are new members be careful not to create a space where they feel exposed or uncomfortable.
Questions you ask:
- How does it feel to receive a gift?
- What is the first thing that you do after receiving a gift?
- Is a gift something you can earn?
- What do you think will happen if you open yourself up for the Holy Spirit to manifest His gifts through you?
- Why is it important to have a relationship with the Holy Spirit for the gifts to carry weight?
The following could be relevant points to raise:
When you get a gift, you are eager to explore the potential of that gift. It is the same with the Holy Spirit. You need to understand the gift to use it in its full ability.
The Holy Spirit is God’s power manifested on earth. God is at the thrown in heaven and Jesus is sitting at His right side. The Holy Spirit is the one working through us.
You can start by reading the scripture about the Gifts in 1 Cor 12:1-11 and then discuss the different gifts.
The gifts are for ALL WHO BELIEVE not a chosen few. If you’re not functioning in the gifts it’s not because God doesn’t want you to, it’s because your not allowing God to.
Jesus said that when He leaves, He will give us Someone greater and that the works we do will be greater than the works He did. This is only possible through the Holy Spirit.
When power is applied the object change from how it looks at the beginning and the end. When the Holy Spirits power move there should be a change in the heart of the believer the Holy Spirit touched.
The gifts are for edification and exhortation. It is for the building up of the believers.
You need to have a desire and hunger for the gifts of the Spirit. God says that those who knock the door will be opened. It is an action to start knock. Without action faith is dead.