We All Have Gifts Learn about yours

We took the amazing information from the book "Discover Your God Given Gifts" by Don & Katie Fortune and organized in a digital, easy to read way.

Romans 12:6-8

We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead,[b] do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

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The Gift of Perceiving

The eye of the body: Can often see things that the rest miss completely. The church counts on perceivers to accurately identify and proclaim the will of God. If perception is clouded by sin, can lead many astray.


Declares the will of God

Needs Met


What the Gift Does:

Keeps us centered on spiritual principles

Some characteristics of Perceivers:

  • They can often identify good and evil and hate evil
  • See’s most things as black and white
  • Boldly operates on spiritual principles
  • Eager to see their own blind spots and help others too
  • Often dramatizes what they “see” (think of Ezekiel)
  • Introspective
  • Strong opinions and convictions
  • Strict personal standards

Biblical Perceivers:

  • John the Baptist – Matthew 21:32; Luke 3:2-20; 7:18-29)
  • Anna – Luke 2:36-38
  • Mary – Matthew 1-2; Mark 6:3; Luke 1:26-56; John 2:1-5; Acts 1:15
  • Ananias – Acts 9:10-17; 22:12-16
  • Hosea
  • Jeremiah
  • Isaiah
  • Jonah

Typical Problem Areas for the Gift of Perception:

  • Tends to be judgmental and blunt
  • Can Forgets to praise partial progress due to goal consciousness
  • Can be pushy in trying to get others and groups to grow spiritually
  • Can be intolerant of views and opinions that differ from his/her own
  • Often Struggles with self-image

The Gift of Serving

The hands of the body: Loves to serve; Love to be helpful, anytime, anyplace—especially if it includes hands-on involvement.


Renders practical service

Needs Met:


What the Gift Does:

Keeps the work of the ministry moving

Some characteristics of Servers:

  • Easily recognizes practical needs and is quick to meet them
  • Enjoys manual projects and jobs
  • Keeps everything in meticulous order
  • Is a detail person person with a good memory
  • Enjoys showing hospitality
  • Has a hard time saying no to requests for help
  • Is more interested in meeting needs of others than own needs
  • Needs to feel appreciated

Biblical Servers:

  • Martha – John 11:1-40
  • Phoebe – Romans 16:1-2
  • Stephen – Acts 6:1-15; 7:1-60
  • Philip (the deacon) – John 1:43-45; 6:5-7; 12:21-22; 14:8; Acts 6:5; 8:5-40; 21:8-9
  • Onesimus – Philemon; Colossians 4:9
  • Peter’s mother-in-law – Matthew 8:14-15
  • Jacob – Genesis 25-30

Typical Problem Areas for the Gift of Serving:

  • Is critical of others who do not help out with obvious practical needs
  • May neglect own family’s needs by being too busy helping others
  • May interfere or become pushy in eagerness to help
  • Finds it hard to accept being served by others
  • Is easily hurt when unappreciated

The Gift of Teaching

The mind of the body: One who loves to research and communicate truth. Smart; Need to be for the body’s sake. Are always asking questions. Need to know basis and will search until they know the answers.


Researches and teaches God's Word

Needs Met:


What the Gift Does:

Keep's us studying and learning God's word

Some characteristics of Teachers:

  • Presents truth in a logical, systematic way
  • Validates truth by checking out the facts
  • Loves to study and do research
  • Enjoys word studies
  • Gets upset when scripture is used out of context
  • Is more objective than subjective
  • Prefers teaching believers over engaging in evangelism
  • Feels that Bible study is foundational to the operation of all the gifts

Biblical Teachers:

  • Aquila and Priscilla – Acts 18:1-3; 24-28; Romans 16:3-5; 1 Corinthians 16:19; 2 Timothy 4:19
  • Timothy – 1 and 2 Timothy; Acts 16:1-3; 1 Corinthians 4:17; 16:10-11
  • Thomas – John 20:24-28
  • Luke – The Gospel of Luke and Acts

Typical Problem Areas for the Gift of Teaching:

  • Tends to neglect the practical application of truth
  • Is slow to accept viewpoints of others
  • Tends to develop pride in intellectual ability
  • Tends to be legalistic and dogmatic
  • Is easily sidetracked by new interests

The Gift of Exhorting

The mouth of the body: Talk a lot, but how else could they exhort, console or encourage? One who loves to encourage others to live a victorious life. These are extremely positive people who can also be called “encouragers.”


Encourages personal growth and progress

Needs Met:


What the Gift Does:

Keeps us applying spiritual truths

Some characteristics of Exhorters:

  • Loves to encourage others to live up to their full potential
  • Wants a visible response when teaching or speaking
  • An effective communicator
  • Focuses on working with people
  • Prefers to apply truth rather than research it
  • Loves to do personal counseling
  • Encourages others to develop in their personal ministries
  • Loves to prescribe precise steps of action to aid personal growth

Biblical Exhorters:

  • Barnabas – Acts 4:36; 11:22-26
  • Silas – Acts 15:22-40; 16:25, 29; 17:4; 10-15; 1 Peter 5:12
  • Titus – 2 Corinthians 2:13; 7:6; 13-14; 8:6-23; 12:18; Galatians 2:1, 3: 2 Timothy 4:10
  • Aaron – Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers
  • Peter – Acts 2:14-41; 3:1-4:21 (being a mouthpiece for the disciples obviously he had a great facility of speech, we believe Peter was an exhorter)

Typical Problem Areas for the Gift of Exhortation:

  • Tends to interrupt others in eagerness to give opinions or advice
  • Will use scripture out of context in order to make a point
  • May be “cut and dried” in prescribing steps of action
  • Is outspokenly opinionated
  • Can become overly self-confident

The Gift of Giving

The arms of the body: Givers are strong support to those who are in spiritual battle or on the “front lines” sharing the Gospel. One who loves to give time, talent, energy and means to benefit others and the Gospel. Could also use the word “contributor.”


Shares material assistance and support

Needs Met


What the Gift Does

Keeps us all sharing and provides for specific needs

Some characteristics of Givers:

  • Gives freely of money, possessions, time, energy, and love
  • Loves to give without other knowing it
  • Wants to feel a part of the ministries to which he or she contributes
  • Intercedes for needs and the salvation of souls
  • Feels delighted when his or her gift is an answer to specific prayer
  • Wants gifts to be of high quality or craftsmanship
  • Gives to support and bless others or to advance a ministry

Biblical Givers:

  • Dorcas – Acts 9:36-42
  • Cornelius – Acts 10:1-31
  • Epaphras – Colossians 1:7; 4:12; Philemon 23
  • Paul – Romans 1:1-20; Acts 9-28 (NOTE: Paul was strongly gifted as a perceiver, teacher, and exhorter, but his main role was to proclaim the gospel)
  • Lydia – Acts 16:14, 40
  • Zacchaeus – Luke 19:1-10
  • Solomon – 1 Kings 1-11; 2 Chronicles 1-9

Typical Problem Areas for the Gift of Giving:

  • May try to control how contributions are used
  • Tends to pressure others to give
  • May upset family and friends with unpredictable patterns of giving
  • Tends to spoil his or her own children and other relatives
  • May use financial giving to get out of other responsibilities

The Gift of Administration

The shoulders of the body: Shouldering, carrying the load of leadership. Wise administrators know how to yoke with Jesus, so He bears the burden with them. One who loves to organize, lead, or direct. Other words “leader” or “facilitator.”


Gives leadership & direction

Needs Met:


What the Gift Does:

Keeps us organized and increases our vision

Some characteristics of Administrators:

  • Is highly motivated to organize that for which he or she is responsible
  • Expresses ideas and organization in ways that communicate clearly
  • Respects and handles authority well
  • Will not assume leadership unless it’s delegated by those in authority
  • Enjoys working on long-range goals and projects
  • Visionary person with a broad perspective
  • Enjoys delegating tasks and supervising people

Biblical Administrators:

  • Joseph – Genesis 30-40
  • Nehemiah – Nehemiah 1-7
  • Deborah – Judges 4-5
  • David – 1 Samuel 16-31; 2 Samuel; 1 Kings 1-2; 1 Chronicles 10:13-29:30
  • Annas – Luke 3:2; John 18:13-24; Acts 4:5-6
  • James (brother of Jesus) – Matthew 13:55; Mark 6:3; Acts 12:17; 15:15; 21:18; 1 Corinthians 15:7; Galatians 1:19; 2:9
  • Jairus – Matthew 9:18; Mark 5:22-43; Luke 8:41-45

Typical Problem Areas for the Gift of Administration:

  • Can get upset when others hinder or do not share the same vision or goals
  • Can develop outer callousness due to being a target of criticism
  • Can regress into “using” people to accomplish goals
  • Tends to drive self and neglect person and family needs
  • Neglects routine home responsibilities due to intense interest in “job”

The Gift of Compassion

The heart of the body: Ruled more by heart than by head. Feel deeply, love wholeheartedly and care extensively. One who shows mercy, compassion, love and care to those in need. Compassion is more comprehensive than mercy in today’s usage.


Provides personal and emotional support

Needs Met:


What the Gift Does:

Keeps us in right attitudes and relationships

Some characteristics of Compassionate people:

  • Has tremendous capacity to show love
  • Looks for good in people
  • Senses the spiritual and emotional condition of a group or individual
  • Is attracted to people who are hurting or in distress
  • Takes action to remove hurts and relieve distress in others
  • Easily detects insincerity or wrong motives
  • Loves to do thoughtful things for others
  • Is ruled by heart rather than head

Biblical Compassionate People:

  • Ruth
  • Joseph (legal father of Jesus) – Matthew 1:16-24; 2:13, Luke 1:27; 2:2-51; 3:23; 4:22; John 1:45: 6:42
  • Jeremiah (but with the call of a prophet; note that he is often called "the weeping prophet")
  • Rachel – Genesis 29-31, 35, 46, 48:7; Ruth 4:11; 1 Samuel 10:2; Jeremiah 31:15
  • Rebekah – Genesis 22:23; 24:29: 35:8; 49-31
  • John (The disciple "whom Jesus loved")

Typical Problem Areas for the Gift of Compassion:

  • Tends to be indecisive
  • Is prone to take up another person’s offense
  • Is easily hurt by others
  • Can empathize too much with the suffering of others
  • Affectionate nature can be misinterepeted by the opposite sex

A few words of wisdom from the Bible when it comes to gifts:

  1. Without Love none of them matter:  " If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing." 1 Corinthians 13:2-3 Love binding all of our God given gifts together is the most important aspect of all of this and we can't lose sight of that.
  2. Don't put yourself in a box: God can broaden our gifts! “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much." (Luke 16:10). Just use whatever gift you have to the best of your ability and watch as God blesses you with more!
  3. Remember the purpose is to build up the Church: "Since you are eager for gifts of the Spirit, try to excel in those that build up the church." (1 Corinthians 14:12). Our gifts are primarily meant to build up the church and it is in that context we discover and unleash our gifts. Be careful not to let the world use up the best of your gifts!

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Credit / Source: This material came from the book "Discover Your God Given Gifts" by Don & Katie Fortune all we did was put it together in an organized and digital way.

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