Motivational Gifts

A book that flew way under the “Christian Leadership Radar” was Be A Leader for God’s Sake, by Dr. Bruce Winston.  One of the really cool things in that book that I am still working through and not 100% sure of but seems to make a lot of sense to me is separating the different gift lists in scripture instead of combining them into one big list and trying to create inventories off of the combined list.  My other option is that there really isn’t an exhaustive list in scripture.

Dr. Winston states that he thinks the Romans 12 gift list is given by God the Father to all humans, Christian or not, as part of his common grace.  In my experience this seems to be true.  The 1 Corinthians 12 list is from the Holy Spirit to build up believers in the body and the Ephesians 4 gifts are from Jesus to build up the church.    Anyway, there is an excellent inventory for the Romans 12 list that was online for a while and then was gone but now is back.  You might want to take it while you have the chance.  Best of all it’s free.

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