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Are The Gifts In Every Church

If the Holy Spirit gives Christians different types of gifts that make God's church complete, are there individuals present in every separate congregation who have one of these spiritual gifts? If some are denying or hiding their gifts, could that be why a church is not growing?

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Paul in 1 corinthians sure makes it sound like every gift is in the church. I would like to add my personal observation I am a pastor and right now I am not ministering in a church as a pastor. I was basically forced out of the last church I was in becauses people did not like the way I approached ministry. My approach was to include everyone.
---jared on 9/8/07

If you study I Corinthians chapter 12 & 13 Paul covers spiritual gifts very well. But to answer the question are gifts given. 1 Corinthians 12:11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills.

Holy Spirit distributes gifts it is up to us to use what we have been given to edify the church not the individual which is why Paul was chastising the people of Corinth in these two chapters.
---denna7667 on 9/7/07

It is important to understand THE GIFT is the Holy Spirit - He is given to every believer at the time of salvation. The most common and "least" of these gifts is tongues - if a person will not function in the least of the gifts (evidence or manisfestations) of the HS. Jesus clearly gives an example in the giving of the talents and a warning if you bury His Gift of the Holy Spirit
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---Andrea on 8/22/07

Matt 25 parable of the virgins and the talents

"For to everyone who has, {more} shall be given, and he will have an abundance, but from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away.
Mat 25:30 "Throw out the worthless slave into the outer darkness, in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Does that make you think you should try to cultivate God's gifts?
---Andrea on 8/22/07

I don't think gifts are given in relation to the church. They are given with that person receives the gift of salvation and the holy spirit. I remember reading that in a verse, but will look up later. We are to use our gifts in the church. I've had mine for a long time, but it's taken me some time to realize what they were, and I've been to serveral churches in my lifetime.
---faith on 8/22/07

To understand one's gift from God is truly a great blessing. I recommend that every young Christian seek out the Lord and his word concerning their gift.
---Mima on 8/21/07

Perhaps the question could be framed within a different paradigm. If individual congrgations ultimately cooperate with each other as the larger body of Christ - wouldn't all the gifts be present and available to all?
---Dave on 8/16/07

I have the gift of teaching. It is my career, and my function in my church. I can't sing, but I always end up surrounded by children wherever I go - I know this is my gift, this is who I am. I feel that if I didn't teach, or if I tried to sing (LOL) - I wouldn't be effective in the body of Christ. I must do what God gave me to do.
---melissa on 8/6/07

As I have mentioned before, my church is small and consists mostly of older people. Nothing is ever going on because nobody will do anything. There are only 4 people who will teach Sunday school, and 1 of them is the pastor. The pastor's wife refuses to teach. Nobody will organize a ladies' group, bible study or missions activities. If someone says they want to do something new, everyone grumbles about the work involved, including the pastor's wife.
---melissa on 8/6/07

I tried to start a youth group on Wednesday nights last year. We called for others to take turns teaching. Nobody volunteered. Our pastor is teaching Sunday School and preaching. Nobody takes a turn with his class. When I tried to get a fundraiser started for the kids to go to camp, nobody wanted to work. They said they would rather just pay for it out of offerings or tithes.
---melissa on 8/6/07

It upsets me very much! I feel like some of those people have to have gifts that they are not using. Somebody there could teach, or organize missions activities or fundraisers. There can't be just 4 people out of 12-15 who have spiritual gifts! And they wonder why new people don't come to church! Well, there is nothing there for them to do. Oh, and our pastor sings too. He's like a one-man show, which I don't think a pastor is supposed to be.
---melissa on 8/6/07

The Bible teaches that to "each" have been given spiritual gifts. Some denominations do not believe in the gifts of the spirit and others believe but do not let them flow. The purpose of those gifts is to epuip the saints and you're correct in your notion that the gifts are necessary for spiritual growth of the assembly. Some churches are rich in spiritual growth and general functioning in the Lord as they allow members to use their gifts. All things in order however. Blessings
---jody on 8/3/07

The gifts of the Spirit are not in every chruch. Some church light has been snuffed out due to apostasy and doctrines of demons.

If a person has a gift they can either neglect it or abuse it. However church growth is not based on spiritual gifts, it is based on the mission to spread the Gospel.
---Marcia on 8/3/07

Some people don't have opportunities in their churches to serve. God has endowed every believer with at least one spiritual gift to be used to edify the church. We can do something as simple as cleaning the church( this is a gift of helps) Everyone can do this. We can cook, sing, cut the grass at the church.Something we can give back to the Lord. If someone says they don' have a gift, they just need to be taught and pointed in the right direction. God bless.
---Robyn on 8/3/07

The bible says for us not to hide the gifts God gives us. When God gives someone a gift, he expect us to use them for his glory. Yes the main reason why a church is not growing is because a person doesn't obey God, by using their gifts. They quinch the spirit and the spirit of God can't and don't move freely, like they way he wants.
---Rebecca_D on 8/3/07

I agree with the moderator. If I have a hand and my hand isn't functioning according to its nature to pick up, hold, cover, touch, even take care of daily necessities then it is unlikely I am going to live very long. Even a little toe in the body of Christ is of extreme importance. That toe brings balance to the stand and the walk.
---Linda on 8/3/07

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Even little things do great things in the body. That is why Paul says that the more unseemly parts have greater honor.
---Linda on 8/3/07

Yes, denyying, hiding, and quenching the Spirit unhibits growth of that congregation and the over all growth and benefit of the body of Christ. I believe every Christian has the ability to make use use all the gifts but not every Christian has "the gift" to minister in all of them. A small church is quite often the most spiritual as there is more freedom and ability to participate.
---john on 8/3/07

if your church is operating with all the spiritual gifts then great. There is alot of churches that don't want the gifts, so get your eyes off them. That's not your worry. To para phrase, "God is able to complete in you the work He has started until the day of the Lord."
---wayne on 8/3/07

Many churches are growing without any gifts and without God. It's a sign of the end times.
---Susie on 8/3/07

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