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What Are Spiritual Gifts?
     

What Are Spiritual Gifts?

by Kenneth Berding
 
In this groundbreaking work, New Testament scholar Kenneth Berding suggests that we have misunderstood the spiritual gifts themselves and how they function, and thus have embarked on a misplaced search to find individualized spiritual gifts. Berding reconsiders at a fundamental level what spiritual gifts are and argues that the Holy Spirit does not give personalized

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In this groundbreaking work, New Testament scholar Kenneth Berding suggests that we have misunderstood the spiritual gifts themselves and how they function, and thus have embarked on a misplaced search to find individualized spiritual gifts. Berding reconsiders at a fundamental level what spiritual gifts are and argues that the Holy Spirit does not give personalized abilities or enablements, but rather ministries to be undertaken.

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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780825421242
Publisher:
Kregel Publications
Publication date:
10/27/2006
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
1,214,874
Product dimensions:
0.76(w) x 5.50(h) x 8.50(d)

Meet the Author

Kenneth Berding (PhD, Westminster Theological Seminary) is professor of New Testament at Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, California. His other publications include What Are Spiritual Gifts?

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