Understanding the Bible 37: On Spiritual Gifts and the Demystifying Thereof…

What does the mean by spiritual gifts?  Are we to believe that Jesus bestows super powers upon his followers – healing people by laying on hands, speaking in tongues, foretelling the future…???  Are spiritual gifts signs of true faith (those who really believe can be distinguished from those who do not by their display of gifts)?  Are they permanent (once one has the “gift” of prophesy – do they “own” it, to use at will)?   What are we to make of spiritual gifts tests?  Can one determine one’s giftedness by means of quiz?

In this episode we examine how the Holy Spirit empowers the church for our work of embodying the gospel in the world.  It may occasionally involve the working of miracles, but it always involves the bestowing of love and grace!


This is a sermon that was originally presented at Canvas (a Presbyterian church in Irvine, CA), June 8, 2014. To learn more about Canvas, click here!


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