One of the distinctives of the Pentecostal movement is its emphasis on the supernatural gifts of the Spirit at work in the church today. In the latter half of the twentieth century, many people from every denomination embraced these gifts, giving rise to the charismatic movement and then to the “third wave” (evangelicals who do not identify themselves as Pentecostals or charismatics but who advocate signs and wonders). Diverse theories and practices, including some misuse and abuse, have accompanied this renewal of spiritual gifts.
In this course Daniel Segraves presents a biblical theology of the supernatural gifts of I Corinthians for all who embrace the miraculous work of the Holy Spirit. Using Scripture as our authority, we will attempt to define the spiritual gifts, investigate their nature, and discuss their proper function and use.
Text Book Description: Spiritual Gifts by David K. Bernard
The apostle Paul was emphatic that the New Testament church be familiar with and actively exercise the gifts of the Spirit. This new six-session small group resource will educate and motivate believers to do just that.
Combining scriptural analysis with contemporary examples, David K. Bernard describes the supernatural spiritual gifts of revelation, power, and utterance that God has granted His church. He draws from numerous personal experiences in church planting and overseas missions on five continents, as well as years of biblical study, to paint a vivid portrait of the spiritual gifts of I Corinthians 12. Bernard explains, ‘Every Spirit-filled person can potentially exercise any of the spiritual gifts as God wills and enables, and God intends for them to operate within every local body of believers.’ He challenges, ‘Let us allow God’s Spirit to flow through us, and let us exercise simple faith to receive God’s miraculous gifts.’ You will be both enlightened and inspired as you read biblical and modern accounts of the gifts of the Spirit.