Spiritual Gifts and Personality Behaviors for Evangelism

Spiritual gifts are given to every person who has experienced the new birth in Jesus Christ. God doesn't want you to be uninformed about your giftedness. The Apostle Paul wrote to his Christian friends, “Now about spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be ignorant” (1 Corinthians 12:1, NIV). God wants you to know and use the spiritual gifts He has given you. Further, He wants you to use them as they are manifested through your personality so many will come to know Christ. This is God’s enabling power by the Holy Spirit that lives in you. The gifts work through your personality. 

Below are 14 spiritual gifts and 4 personality behaviors. The gifts are accompanied by a description of how they may manifest themselves for relaying the gospel. The personality behaviors are described in their possible relation to evangelism as well. If you haven't taken the RELAY Profile, click here and take it now! It will help you discover how you can best share your faith your way. For more information on spiritual gifts and personality behaviors for evangelism, check the blog and read chapter 4 in THE RELAY BOOK.

 

Administration

Administration in evangelism is the spiritual ability to organize the gospel message and steer people into step-by-step objectives that will lead to the goal of salvation. Luke 14:28-30; Acts 6:1-7; 1 Corinthians 12:28

 

Discernment

Discernment in evangelism is the spiritual ability to detect truth or deception concerning Christ and applying the gospel to that individual’s context. Acts 5:1-55; 1 Corinthians 12:10

 

Exhortation/Encouragement

Exhortation/Encouragement in evangelism is the spiritual ability to reassure people in distress but with the result being the sharing of the Gospel which brings lasting hope. Acts 14:22; Hebrews 10:25; Romans 12:8

 

Faith

Faith in evangelism is the spiritual ability to believe in such a powerful way, compelling a believer to think, speak, and act with unwavering confidence in doing the will of God, a confidence that could easily catapult into sharing the gospel. Romans 4:18-21; 1 Corinthians 12:9

 

Giving

Giving in evangelism is the spiritual ability to give financially and provide financial strategies supporting evangelism and helping the spiritually lost find financial wholeness leading to spiritual wholeness. Mark 12:41-44; 2 Corinthians 8:1-7; Romans 12:8

 

Helps

Helps in evangelism is the spiritual ability to come alongside an unbeliever, assisting them in a way that creates trust and an opportunity to help the unbeliever with the greatest decision of all, trusting Christ. Acts 9:36; Romans 16:1-2; 1 Corinthians 12:28

 

Hospitality

Hospitality in evangelism is the spiritual ability to cheerfully provide an open house to those in need of food and lodging which opens the door for sharing Christ. Acts 16:14-15; Romans 12:9-13;              1 Peter 4:9

 

Knowledge

Knowledge in evangelism is the spiritual ability to acquire deep insights into God’s Word and bring this illumination to those who need to know their need for the gospel of Christ. 1 Corinthians 12:8; Colossians 2:2-3

 

Leadership

Leadership in evangelism is the spiritual ability to provide direction and goals to a group and bring together resources and people that work together for leading people to Christ. Romans 12:8; Hebrews 13:17

 

Mercy

Mercy in evangelism is the spiritual ability to feel the hurt of unbelievers and genuinely empathize with them in a way for the gospel to be shared fully and appropriately. Matthew 9:36; Matthew 20:29-34; Luke 10:33-35; Romans 12:8

 

Prophecy

Prophecy in evangelism is the spiritual ability to share and proclaim the Word of God in such a way that it addresses the unique and particular situation that hinders unbelievers from trusting Christ. 1 Corinthians 12:10, 28; Romans 12:6; Ephesians 4:11-14

 

Service

Service in evangelism is the spiritual ability to identify unmet needs, in areas of the unbeliever’s life that needs to be addressed and to apply resources to these needs giving the gospel of Christ as motive. Acts 6:1-7; Galatians 6:10; Romans 12:7

 

Teaching

Teaching in evangelism is the spiritual ability to communicate the biblical truth of the Gospel in a manner that the unbeliever can apply to daily life. Romans 12:7; 1 Corinthians 12:28; Ephesians 4:11-14

 

Wisdom

Wisdom in evangelism is the spiritual ability to help an unbeliever to understand the Gospel and discern biblical truths with the goal of applying these to life. 1 Corinthians 1:17-25; 1 Corinthians 2:1-13; 1 Corinthians 12:8

 

Driven Personality Behavior

The “D” personality behavior in evangelism would take a direct and even a driven approach in sharing Christ but does have a tendency to come on too strong; pushing people away who may not be ready to accept Christ that that particular time.

 

Inspiring Personality Behavior

The “I” personality behavior in evangelism tends to warm-up to the unbeliever, displaying the positive aspects of following Christ with a tendency to not really listen to the unbeliever’s concerns.

Steady Personality Behavior

The “S” personality behavior in evangelism will take the time to build relationships with unbelievers but could have a tendency to delay sharing Christ out of fear of losing the relationship or fear of confrontation.

Conscientious Personality Behavior

The “C” personality behavior in evangelism is often systematic and can be effective in using reason and logic to demonstrate the truth of the gospel, but this could also favor multiple encounters which would require extra effort on a “C” to be more relational.

 
 
 

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