The Call of God and Spiritual Gifts

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TITLE PAGE SUBJECT: MINISTRY STUDIES ASSIGNMENT 1: THE CALL OF GOD AND SPIRITUAL GIFTS A. What is meant by “the call of God”? How can you know if you have received the call of God? B. Why has God given spiritual gifts (1Cor 12:7)? Does every one have a spiritual gift? List some of the spiritual gifts. Use Scriptural references. A. What is meant by “the call of God”? How can you know if you have received the call of God? The call of God is the term used to describe our response to the prompting of God to go into ministry with Him. Each one of us is called by God and the basis of that calling is set out in Matthew 28:19 “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” We can see clearly from Matthew 28:19 that each of us who have been born again, water baptised and filled with the Holy Spirit have a direct and unmistakable calling from God to serve Him in ministry. The question is not whether we have a calling but what does the outworking of that calling look like in our lives? We have the logos Word of God for us as stated in Matthew 28:19 but the logos with out the revealed Rhema Word of God will have no power in our lives. So how do we hear this Rhema Word? 1) A supernatural encounter - Saul of Tarsus was a zealous man who thought he was doing the will of God by persecuting this sect called “The Way” but God intervened and Saul had a supernatural encounter with God on that Damascus road. (Acts 9) 2) A Direct call of God - Samuel was called by God as he sought to go to sleep. (1 Samuel 3:4) 3) Through Scriptures or prophecy - He who diligently seeks his God will find Him. God will speak to us through His Word as we read and study it and also He will send others to bring a word of prophecy
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