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The Encouragers – “How To” People

26 Sep

SPIRITUAL GIFTS (20)

The gifts we are discussing in this series are the Spiritual Gifts from Romans 12:3-8:

  • Rom 12:3-8
  • 4 Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we who are many form one body , and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. 7 If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; 8 if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully. NIV
There are four speaking gifts
  • •Prophecy – Proclaimers/God’s Loudspeakers
  • •Teaching – Explainers/Guardians of Truth
  • •Exhortation – Encouragers/”How to” Persons/Concerned with the way we act
  • •Pastor/Shepherd/Teacher – Guardians of the Flock

Now we are going to look at the Encourager – the gift of EXHORTATION.

Encourager – is another name for the exhorter. Encouragement to him/her  is more than “cheering you up” or assuring you everything will be “OK”, they will stand beside you and walk with you through very difficult circumstances.
All Christians should seek to be encouragers. However, there are some who are especially equipped by God with the gift of exhortation. They usually make good counselors.
Additional Traits of the motivational gift of EXHORTATION:
  • The word translated “exhortation” is a form of the word paraclete. The word literally means “one who is called alongside to help”. The exhorter has a dual role – One is the comforting role. The other is the counseling role.
  • They are good listeners
  • They show empathy and understanding
  • They never stop with “It’s OK. You’re OK”
  • They almost always encourage with a plan of action for moving forward to greater emotional and spiritual health
  • The gift exhorter knows when we need to be admonished or challenged
  • “Coach” would be a good modern word to describe the gifted exhorter
  • Good coaches have an uncanny ability to know when to get in a player’s face, when to give an understanding pat on the back when a player has messed up, when to show a player a better way to execute the plays, and when to help players develop the skills of their position
  • They often express their gift in writing as well as speaking – they may write terrific notes of letters and encouragement
  • They are big on application – they believe that Bible truth works in the lives of believers
  • They delight in showing individuals how to change, whereas the person with the gift of prophecy wants them to decide to change
  • They feel comfortable in small groups or one on one
  • They prefer dialog and discussion rather than lecturing
  • They prefer to help you “work it out for yourself” than just to tell you what to do or believe
  • They are spiritual “cheerleaders”
  • They desire to cheer on believers to walk in faith, whatever circumstances they face
  • They won’t just tell you everything is going to be OK. They will stay with you to work out a plan of action
  • They will stick with you during difficult circumstances to help you be strong and remain faithful to the Lord
  • Potential is a key word for the exhorter
    •They perceive potential in people who want to grow spiritually
    •They see potential for growth even in times of testing
    •They are more person centered than the teacher
    •They are more patient than the one with the gift of prophecy
  • They are likely to challenge persons to either get with the program or make room for somebody else!

In addition to my own material I have included quotes from the following:

  • C. Peter Wagner “Your Spiritural Gifts”
  • Gordon Lindsay “All About the Gifts of the Spirit”
  • Adult Education and Discipleship Ministries – FBC – Garland “Gifts are for Giving”
  • Biblesoft Libraries
  • Sandy Trice
  • David Francis
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The Speaking Gifts – Teacher

30 Aug

SPIRITUAL GIFTS (18)

The gifts we are discussing in this series are the Spiritual Gifts from Romans 12:3-8:

  • Rom 12:3-8
  • 4 Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we who are many form one body , and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. 7 If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; 8 if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully. NIV
There are four speaking gifts
  • •Prophecy – Proclaimers/God’s Loudspeakers
  • •Teaching – Explainers/Guardians of Truth
  • •Exhortation – Encouragers/”How to” Persons/Concerned with the way we act
  • •Pastor/Shepherd/Teacher – Guardians of the Flock
We have already discussed the gift of PROPHECY. We are now going to look at the gift of TEACHING. First, let’s look at some differences of the purposes of the speaking gifts:
  • •God’s people need to hear God’s Word
  • •They need teaching in the ways of God
  • •Rebuke is sometimes necessary in regard to their behavior
  • •Correction is needed  when they have wrong ideas or attitudes
  • •Training is necessary in how to relate to God and other people
  • •Everyone needs to be encouraged to continue to walk in the path of faith

Those with the gift of prophecy are proclaimers, teachers are explainers. Those with the gift of prophecy desire a change in the way you perceive and act on things. Those with the gift of teaching are more concerned with challenging the way you think.

  • Those with the gifts of prophecy and teaching don’t mind speaking to a crowd.
  • They may even get discouraged when only a few show up to hear the fruit of their intense preparation
  • A gifted teacher may have been well-educated
  • But – many gifted teachers have never earned a doctorate
A person with the gift of teaching has the desire to clarify the truth. They desire to search out and study in detail in order to validate the truth. They will dig out facts and an accumulation of knowledge because faith is built on facts. The person with the gift of teaching will carefully investigate the Word of God usually beginning with words. They are systematic and very good at making outlines and taking notes. They have a God-given interest in getting details.
They desire to get something into your head. When you’ve been under the instruction of a gifted teacher, you will find yourself saying things like
  • –“Oh, now I get it”
  • –“Wow, I never saw it like that before”
  • –“Yeah, that’s right”
  • –“Of course, that’s so obvious now”
Like no other spiritual gift, they depend on gifted teachers who have gone before them. According to 2 Timothy 2:2 it is the responsibility of teachers to reproduce themselves. That’s why gifted teachers are careful about sharing new insight without checking to see if other teachers have reached similar conclusions.
All Christians have the responsibility to teach, especially in their own homes. But, God has given some a special giftedness and a special responsibility to be called “teacher”. They can make profound things simple and vague things clear. Other traits of the gift of TEACHING:
  • They strive to organize biblical facts into an orderly, memorable system
  • They like to use tables and charts
  • They generally have an organized mind (but maybe not an organized desk)
  • They demand accuracy and are really irritated when a biblical word or name is mispronounced or a verse is used out of context
  • They tend to think that if people have enough information they can make their own application
  • They like time alone to ponder, study, read and/or write
  • They like to use good visual materials when teaching – posters, overhead projectors – printed handouts, etc.
  • They usually avoid illustrations from non-Biblical sources
  • They have a greater joy in researching the truth than in presenting it
  • They tolerate, at best, being interrupted with questions.
  • They are likely to say “We’ll save time at the end of the session for questions.”
  • They typically run out of time before any questions can be asked, unless really self-disciplined (but may feel pressured to cut out important information to have questions.)

In addition to my own material I have included quotes from the following:

  • C. Peter Wagner “Your Spiritural Gifts”
  • Gordon Lindsay “All About the Gifts of the Spirit”
  • Adult Education and Discipleship Ministries – FBC – Garland “Gifts are for Giving”
  • Biblesoft Libraries
  • Sandy Trice
  • David Francis
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