|The Spiritual Gifts and Ministry Gifts|
There are 9 gifts of the Spirit that are mentioned in 1 Cor. 12. These are imparted by prophecy and the laying on of hands as referenced in 1st and 2nd Timothy and in Romans. Everything of value is a gift from God, but these are spiritual gifts, χαρισμα, charisma, pronounced khar'-is-mah. This is a misused word in today's society. The Bible is very careful in its use.
The order of Scripture is harder to understand because it is common to use words, such as pastor or charisma, in a non-scriptural way. The word, pastor, is only used as a noun once in Scripture and it is not used in the context of a local church but rather in the context of the church as a whole. It is used in association with the word, apostle. In the culture, it is common to use the word, pastor, in non-scriptural ways such as a title of a person who governs or controls the local church.
Last updated: Oct, 2011
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