What Are Spiritual Gifts?

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What Are Spiritual Gifts? is a clear and readable presentation of a subject of great importance to the church. A necessary read for anyone concerned about church structure and ministry, it goes a long way toward bringing together both Pentecostal and non-Pentecostal believers.”

—Benny C. Aker, Assemblies of God Theological Seminary

Many Christians have tried to discover their spiritual gifts only to find the process frustrating and ...

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Overview

What Are Spiritual Gifts? is a clear and readable presentation of a subject of great importance to the church. A necessary read for anyone concerned about church structure and ministry, it goes a long way toward bringing together both Pentecostal and non-Pentecostal believers.”

—Benny C. Aker, Assemblies of God Theological Seminary

Many Christians have tried to discover their spiritual gifts only to find the process frustrating and complicated. Rarely in our search do we actually ask what should be our central question: What are spiritual gifts?

Kenneth Berding believes we have misunderstood spiritual gifts, which has led to a misguided search. His convincing and readable study suggests that the Holy Spirit does not give special abilities (the conventional view), but rather calls us and places us into various ministries to build up and strengthen the body of Christ.

Beginning with a fictional “spiritual gifts” seminar, Berding addresses up front the concerns and questions readers will have about this popular topic. He then discusses the central biblical texts on spiritual gifts and explains Paul’s use of key terms and the role of the Spirit.

Kenneth Berding (Ph.D., Westminster Theological Seminary) is associate professor of New Testament at Talbot School of Theology at Biola University, La Mirada, Calif. He is the author of Polycarp and Paul (Brill) and has extensive ministry experience both overseas and in the local church.

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Those who hold the conventional view of the spiritual gifts—listed in Ephesians 4, Romans 12, I Corinthians 12—describe them as special abilities, powers and enablements. Contrary to this view—which, the author asserts, leads believers to focus on individual gifts or powers as opposed to God—Berding offers another perspective, defining the gifts as ministries and focusing on believers' roles, functions and assignments in the community of faith. Believers are encouraged to replace the question "What are my special abilities?" with "Where does God want me to serve?" Equally accessible to scholars and general readers, Berding's work is highly recommended for all thoughtful Christians, as his topic leaves no believer untouched.
— C. Brian Smith
Christian Retailing - C. Brian Smith
Those who hold the conventional view of the spiritual gifts—listed in Ephesians 4, Romans 12, I Corinthians 12—describe them as special abilities, powers and enablements. Contrary to this view—which, the author asserts, leads believers to focus on individual gifts or powers as opposed to God—Berding offers another perspective, defining the gifts as ministries and focusing on believers' roles, functions and assignments in the community of faith. Believers are encouraged to replace the question "What are my special abilities?" with "Where does God want me to serve?" Equally accessible to scholars and general readers, Berding's work is highly recommended for all thoughtful Christians, as his topic leaves no believer untouched.
Christian Retailing
Those who hold the conventional view of the spiritual giftsólisted in Ephesians 4, Romans 12, I Corinthians 12ódescribe them as special abilities, powers and enablements. Contrary to this viewówhich, the author asserts, leads believers to focus on individual gifts or powers as opposed to GodóBerding offers another perspective, defining the gifts as ministries and focusing on believers' roles, functions and assignments in the community of faith. Believers are encouraged to replace the question "What are my special abilities?" with "Where does God want me to serve?" Equally accessible to scholars and general readers, Berding's work is highly recommended for all thoughtful Christians, as his topic leaves no believer untouched.
— C. Brian Smith
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780825421242
  • Publisher: Kregel Publications
  • Publication date: 10/27/2006
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 0.76 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

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Kenneth Berding (Ph.D., Westminster Theological Seminary) is associate professor of New Testament at Talbot School of Theology at Biola University, La Mirada, California. He is the author of Polycarp and Paul (Brill) and has extensive ministry experience both overseas and in the local church.

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