What Are Spiritual Gifts?: Rethinking the Conventional View

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Kregel Publications - Religion - 363 pages
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In this groundbreaking work, New Testament scholar Kenneth Berding suggests that we have misunderstood spiritual gifts themselves and how they function, and thus have embarked on a misplaced search to find individualized spiritual gifts. Berding reconsiders at a fundamental level what spiritual gifts are and argues that the Holy Spirit does not give personalized abilities or enablements, but rather ministries to be undertaken.
 

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User Review  - Darryl - Christianbook.com

Berding's presentation of "spiritual gifts" is quite enlightening and freeing from the limitations of the popular teaching of spiritual gifts. His work is accessible for the beginner and intermediate ... Read full review

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Contents

But What About? Addressing Potential Objections
133
Ministry and Service in the Letters of Paul
145
Learning by Example Pauls Central Ministry Assignments
151
The Holy Spirit in the Letters of Paul
158
Empowering and Weakness in the Letters of Paul
164
Early Church Ministries in the Letters of Paul
177
Early Church Ministries Outside the Letters of Paul
186
What Difference Does It Make? Significant Implications of the SpiritualMinistries Approach
192

On the Meaning of Words
53
Greek Words Dont Solve the Problem Part 1 What Does Charisma Mean Outside of 1 Corinthians 12?
56
Greek Words Dont Solve the Problem Part 2 What Do Charisma and Pneumatika Mean in 1 Corinthians 12?
65
Pauls Central Concern Building Up the Body of Christ Through the Ministries of Its Members
71
How Paul Uses Lists
78
The Lists in Context Part 1 Ephesians 41112
85
The Lists in Context Part 2 Romans 1268
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The Lists in Context Part 3 1 Corinthians 122830
102
The Lists in Context Part 4 1 Corinthians 12810
111
Grace That Has Been Given An Important Connection
122
Knowing Where to Serve
200
A Description of Each Item in Pauls Four Ministry Lists
206
Romans 1248 One Sentence or Two?
217
How Bible Translations Influence Readers Toward the Conventional View
226
Notes
271
Scripture Index
336
Subject Index
350
Bible Version Permissions
361
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Page 16 - There is one body, and one Spirit, even as also ye were called in one hope of your calling ; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all, and through all, and in all.
Page 17 - Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Page 17 - I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.
Page 19 - The eye cannot say to the hand, "I have no need of you," nor again the head to the feet, "I have no need of you.

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