Paul Whiting: Adventism, the Holy Spirit and Spiritual Gifts
I got people to divide into groups and look at the following biblical passages: 1 Corinthians 12:1-13, 27-31 for the first group; Romans 12:4-13, Ephesians 4:10-12 and 1 Peter 4:7-11 for the second; 1 Corinthians 7:7 and Romans 6:23. After getting people to look at these passages, I got them to list the different gifts (charismata) in the New Testament on the whiteboard, beginning with marriage and celibacy, the gift of eternal life … and so on.
The point of doing this exercise was to emphasise that the New Testament doesn’t make a distinction between the “charismatic” and “non-charismatic” gifts, or “miraculous” or “non-miraculous” gifts. Marriage is a charism (gift) of the Holy Spirit, so is celibacy, and so is parenthood. Second, my point was to emphasise the sheer variety of gifts listed in the New Testament and point out that the various lists are by no means exhaustive.