Gift of Knowledge

Gift of Knowledge (I Corinthians 12:8)

This gift is the ability to discover, analyze, accumulate, systematize, and articulate ideas that are essential for growth and edification of the Body of Christ. This especially involves the ability to concretely expound upon Old and New Testament history as well as the history of the Church.

  • This gift is intended to be communicated. This is why it is called the “message of knowledge.” (I Corinthians 12:8)
  • This gift sometimes “puffs up” if kept to yourself. (I Corinthians 8:1)
  • All believers should exemplify some knowledge. (Colossians 1:9-12)
  • Sometimes this gift requires a person to set aside human knowledge. (I Corinthians 1:19-20; 2:14-16)
  • Biblical Examples include much of Jesus’ teachings.

Possible Characteristics of this Gift:

  • Your prayers typically involve deep theological truths and often seek God’s aid in understanding more.
  • You are able to grasp spiritual truths quickly.
  • You enjoy reading the Bible and studying it in depth.
  • You enjoy reading books and articles.
  • You are eager to learn and have a long attention span.
  • You can absorb and remember large quantities of information.
  • You tend to neglect other types of Christian activities and family responsibilities because of your desire to learn and study.
  • When listening to a message, you listen for deep truths which are being communicated.
  • When you engage in a discussion about spiritual issues, you find yourself with your Bible in hand.
  • You are more comfortable with ideas than people.
  • You like to take time by yourself to think.
  • When faced with a decision, you ask yourself what Biblical principles are involved.
  • You are greatly disturbed by people thinking “the end justifies the means.”
  • People see you as more ideological than practical.
  • You are aware of times when people say things that contradict spiritual principles.
  • You continually try to reconcile different truths from scripture so you can understand how they relate.

Common Support Gifts:

Teaching, Faith, Leadership

Possible Ministries:

  • Life Groups (Life Group Leader, Sermon Guide Writer)
  • Kids Ministry (Script Writer)
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