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What Are Spiritual Gifts?

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Format: Booklet
Pages: 40
ISBN: 9781596382091
Publication Date 09/20/10

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Spiritual gives, given by God, empower believers to serve others in both the church and the world. However, our own spiritual gifts today aren’t always easy to identify. What gifts are there? How should they be used? Which gifts apply to the apostolic era? Which apply to us?

Even among serious, searching believers, these are still divisive questions. Can light be shed on these issues? Vern Poythress illuminates them by turning to the authority of Scripture and allowing it to speak for itself.

Basics of the Faith booklets introduce readers to basic Reformed doctrine and practice. On issues of church government and practice they reflect that framework—otherwise they are suitable for all church situations.


"Here you have a clear, biblical, right-minded, health-giving survey of a very tricky subject. Poythress's treatment is masterly."

—J. I. Packer

"Dr. Poythress employs his gifts of teaching and discernment to clarify what the Bible says about the gifts of the Spirit and to guard against doctrinal and practical error. He addresses the hard issues head on, using a simple but sophisticated framework to demonstrate the full variety of spiritual gifts and the wide breadth of the Spirit’s work in the church."

—Philip Graham Ryken

The Author

Vern S. Poythress

Vern S. Poythress

Vern S. Poythress (MLitt, University of Cambridge; PhD, Harvard University; DTh, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa) is distinguished professor of New Testament, biblical interpretation, and systematic theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He has authored books on a wide range of topics; his works include Symphonic TheologyTheophany, and The Mystery of the Trinity.