God has given special gifts to His church, His body. These gifts are referred to as The Gifts of the Spirit, or spiritual gifts.
The primary purpose of spiritual gifts is for edification of the Church. God gave gifts to men so that man could accomplish His Purpose within the Church. Gifts are tools given with a specific “work” in mind. Just as there are various tools for the diversities of jobs, so are there many kinds of gifts given to the Church so that the Body of Christ can be complete in its function and purpose. Without the tools necessary for the task at hand, the body is unable to fulfill its purpose and calling.
There are, basically, eighteen gifts of the Spirit found in the Bible that God has given to the Church. Each one of these gifts is as important as the other.
Word of Wisdom: I Corinthians 12:8; Luke 6:9.
Word of Knowledge: I Corinthians 12:8; Luke 18:22.
Faith: I Corinthians 12:9; Acts 3:6-7
Gifts of healing: I Corinthians 12:9, 28; Acts 28:1-10.
Working of miracles: I Corinthians 12:10; Acts 6:8.
Prophecy: I Corinthians 12:10; I Thessalonians 5:20-21; Ephesians 4:11.
Discerning of spirits: I Corinthians 12:10; Luke 8:29.
Tongues: I Corinthians 12:10; Acts 19:6.
Interpretation of tongues: I Corinthians 12:10; 14:13-33.
Helping: I Corinthians 12:28.
Administration: I Corinthians 12:28; Acts 6:2-3.
Grace: Romans 12:6; Ephesians 3:7; 4:7; I Peter 4:10-11.
Ministry/service: Romans 12:7; II Timothy 1:16-18.
Teaching: Romans 12:7; Ephesians 4:11-14.
Encouragement: Romans 12:8; Hebrews 10:24-25.
Giving: Romans 12:8; I Corinthians 13:3; Acts 4:32-35.
Leadership /Ruler: Romans 12:8; Acts 13:12.
Mercy: Romans 12:8; Luke 5:12-13.
Every member of the Body of Christ should ask for and seek the gift that God specifically wants to supply so that their part within the Body can be fulfilled and complete.
Paul admonishes the Corinthian believers to covet the best gifts. The word best simply means the most useful. In other words, every part of the body is to ask for or covet the most useful gift for the purpose and place God has placed that member.
Just as a natural body is gifted with body parts that function and create the total man, so has the Body of Christ been gifted with diversities of gifts for every part to operate and function as a healthy unit, one Body, yet many parts.
Every member is important! Every gift is important. One cannot function without the other. Hence, as every body part, every gift and calling, submits itself to the other in the fear of God, the body can function, thrive, grow, excel and be edified of itself in love.
The gifts of the Spirit are therefore a very vital part of the healthy function of the Church as long as the gifts are operated by the Spirit that imparted them, and under the Lordship and Authority of God.
GIFTS OF THE WORD
God also has given gifts of the administration of the Word of God to the Church. God does this by flowing through servants of God who are called to these offices or positions.
Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers
These offices or positions do not make God’s ministers Lord or Master (of) the Church, but are rather offices or positions of servitude. It is not the man or woman that is teaching the church actually, but the anointing of the Word of God and the Spirit of God that is teaching the Church through His servants.
Divine Healing and Deliverance
Divine Healing and Deliverance are an integral part of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is the Mercy and Grace of God that heals us, for mankind does not deserve such benefits nor can we earn this kind of favor with God. God heals us for His Name Sake.
We are healed by the stripes of Jesus Christ
Prayer of faith shall save the sick
The Ministry of Jesus is to save, heal and deliver
The Apostles healed the sick
The LORD Heals.