To come along side of someone with words of encouragement, comfort, consolation, and counsel to help them be all God wants them to be. Romans 12:8 Scriptural Role Models to Study: Barnabas (Acts 4:36; 11:22-26) How It Is Also the Responsibility of All Believers: Hebrews 3:13; 10:24-25
To share what material resources you have with liberality and cheerfulness without thought of return. Romans 12:8 Opportunities for Using This Gift: outlets can be to a local church ministry; direct missionary support; provide care, home or other resources for missionaries home on furlough; directly to people in need; scholarship for students training for ministry, hunger and relief agencies; sponsor or underwrite special projects. Scriptural Role Models to Study: Dorcas (Acts 9) How It Is Also the Responsibility of All Believers: 2 Corinthians 9:6,7; Malachi 3:10; 1 Corinthians 16:1-2; Luke 6:38
To stand before the people in such a way as to attend to the direction of the body with such care and diligence so as to motivate others to get involved in the accomplishment of these goals. Romans 12:8 Additional Input: The distinction between the gift of administration and leadership must be made. Two different Greek words are used. Administration (kubernesis) means to steer or guide as a helmsman. An administrator works more on the accomplishment of goals whereas a leader is the one who is more a goal-setter. How It Is Also the Responsibility of All Believers: 1 Timothy 3:4-5,12; Ephesians 5:23
To be sensitive toward those who are suffering, whether physically, mentally, or emotionally, so as to feel genuine sympathy with their misery, speaking words of compassion and especially caring for them with deeds of love to help alleviate their distress. Romans 12:8 Opportunities for Using This Gift: ministry to elderly, handicapped, prisoners, poor, sick; hospital & shut-in visitation. How It Is Also the Responsibility of All Believers: Ephesians 4:32; 2 Timothy 2:24; Colossians 3:12; Hebrews 13:3
To speak forth the message of God to the people. Romans 12:6; 1 Corinthians 12:10; Ephesians 4:11. The original Greek word indicates the gift of prophecy is forth-telling. The Old Testament prophets were often fore-tellers of what God was going to do, but even then they were speaking forth the words of God as given to them.
To identify undone tasks in God’s work, however menial, and use available resources to get the job done. Romans 12:7 How It Is Also the Responsibility of All Believers: Titus 3:14; Hebrews 6:10-12
To instruct others in the Bible in a logical, systematic way so as to communicate pertinent information for true understanding and growth. Romans 12:7; 1 Corinthians 12:28; Ephesians 4:11 Scriptural Role Models to Study: Apollos (Acts 18:24-28), Aquila and Priscilla (Acts 18; Romans 16) How It Is Also the Responsibility of All Believers: 2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 1 Timothy 3:2; Titus 2:3-5; Ephesians 6:4; Colossians 3:16; Matthew 28:19-20