MODULE 9 - MOTIVATIONAL GIFTS AND PROPHECY
For the disciple-servant to gain an understanding of the motivational gifts, including prophecy; and for the disciple-servant to become inspired or motivated to find his or her place(s)/role(s) in kingdom service.
Things to do on this week:
-Review the answers to Week 8’s questions.
-Study the definitions for this week.
-Reading Assignment: Romans 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians, Ch. 14; 1 Kings, Ch.13; Acts 21:7-14
-Watch this week’s video, “ The Motivational Gifts and Prophecy”.
-Review this week’s summary of the lesson.
-Answer this week’s questions; and submit the answers by 12 Noon, EDT, on Monday, May 24th, 2021.
Sandra Thomas Brown
1 Gifts: “ Charisma”- “ A favor with which one receives without any merit of his own”; “ The gift of divine grace or gifts denoting extraordinary powers , distinguishing certain Christians and enabling them to serve the church of Christ , the reception of which is due to the power of divine grace operating in their souls by the Holy Spirit.
2 Prophecy: “ Propheteia” – “ A discourse emanating from divine inspiration and declaring the purposes of God, whether by reproving and admonishing the wicked , or comforting the afflicted , or revealing things hidden, especially by foretelling future events.”
3 Ministry: “ Diakonia”- “ Service, ministering, especially of those who execute the commands of others”; “ Of those, who by the command of God proclaim and promote religion among men”; “ In the New Testament , of the offices of the apostle and its administration”; “ of the office of prophets, evangelists, elders,etc.
“ The ministration of those who render to others the offices of Christian affection, esp. those who help meet need by either collecting or distributing of charities”; [ Can b or include] “ the office of the deacon”; [ And] “ the service of those who prepare and present food”
4 Exhortation: “ Paraklesis”- “ A calling near, a summons”; “ Admonition, encouragement”; “ Persuasive discourse, stirring address”
Exhorteth: “ Parakaleo”- “ to beseech, comfort, intreat”; “ to call to one’s side, call for “; “ to address, speak to ( call to, call upon) which may be done in the way of exhortation, entreaty, comfort, instruction, etc.”
5 Giveth: “ Metadidomi”- “ impart”/ “ to impart”; “ to give over”; “ share”
The other gifts talked about in Romans 12 are either self-explanatory, or are gifts that we have talked about before; so we will not discuss them any further right now.
The motivational gifts, like ministry gifts and spiritual gifts, are endowments from God to Christians for service in/ to the Body of Christ. Some of them may appear to stem from natural abilities or talents; but in some way, they all stem from the Hand of God on the individual’s life. For example, before one of my granddaughters was born, I remember the Lord revealing to me that she would be gifted in the area of music. When she was 7 months old, my husband and I babysat the grandchildren one weekend. We played music; and she began to tap on her walker, in perfect timing, with the beat. Several years later, my daughter-in-law said that she would make up songs, and sing them. God clearly gave her that gift. Music ministry is not a ministry of the Word; but few people would argue that the Lord does not gift and anoint singers and musicians, who usher us into the presence of the Lord. David’s anointed harp-playing drove an evil spirit from Saul( 1 Samuel 16:21-23) . The praisers/singers went before the armies of Judah’s enemies in King Jehoshaphat’s day; and the Bible says that God set ambushments against them, and drove them away( 2 Chronicles 20:14-22);and the Lord still does similarly today . Ministry of music is an integral part of a worship service, and beyond . It is hard to imagine what the church would be like or do without it.
Other ministries of helps-such as intercession in prayer- are also foundational to a church ( and the Body of Christ as a whole) functioning properly and effectively. Years ago, I regularly attended Women Aglow meetings.[ Women Aglow was a para-church ministry for Christian women. It was the counterpart of the Full Gospel Businessmen’s Fellowship]. I was always amazed by how effective Women Aglow was in ministering to people. In many ways, they were more effective than my church was, which was a full-gospel/Pentecostal church by that time. Most of the women held no ministerial office in their churches. Because they understood the power of intercessory prayer and worship, the Spirit of the Lord moved in those meetings/services, including in the Gifts of the Spirit. People got saved, healed/delivered, and baptized with the Holy Spirit there- myself included- when there was much less happening, if not downright “deadness”, in many of the local churches.
Beyond the more spectacular manifestations and works of the Holy Spirit, we need the ministry of deacons, and those who show mercy to people in need, those who minister to people in bereavement, and even those who discern that people are hurting in other ways, and are just “there” for them. When my other granddaughter was about 3 years old, she became a “hugger”. She was very sensitive to the moods and feelings of others; and she would give you a hug or a pat/rub on the back when you were having a not-so-great-day ( and is still a hugger). Every “joint and band”( Eph.4) , from the ministry of the apostle, to that of “ the hugger”, is needed in the Body of Christ; and we all need to ask the Lord what He would have us to do if we don’t already know. If we do know, it’s time to get to it !