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Gift of Knowledge
Written by James Nored

 

Knowledge

Knowledge—This gift equips one to discover and understand the Scriptures and biblical concepts that help people acknowledge God and follow his ways. An example of leading through knowledge would be having insight into some biblical truth (2 Tim. 2:7) and then sharing this insight with someone or living it out in one’s own life.

 

Spiritual Gifts Passage on Knowledge 
"To one there is given through the Spirit . .  the message of knowledge" (1 Cor. 12:7). 

Characteristics of Those with This Gift:

Have a large storehouse of biblical knowledge
-  Have a habit of regularly reading and studying the Scriptures and delight in discovering new biblical truths
-  Love research and do not mind long hours of biblical study
-  Are concerned about biblical accuracy in presentations (class, sermon, devotional)
-  Are conscientious about following God’s will and being obedient

Application
Application for World/Workplace/Neighborhood Settings
-  Read your Bible during breaks or lunch time, which will not only bless you, but may also cause others to seek you out for spiritual answers
-  Include a Bible verse in your email tagline; use an Iphone app or other tool to post a different Bible verse on Facebook or Twitter each day
-  Work biblical thoughts into conversations with non-Christians when appropriate

Application for Church Ministry
-  Offer to serve as a Bible research assistant for Bible class teachers
-  Share your biblical insights in personal conversation or in Bible classes or small group settings

Application for Family
-  Take it upon yourself to make sure that your family knows deep biblical truths, the themes of each book of the Bible, key Bible verses, etc., and lives this knowledge out
-  Develop a Bible reading plan for your family
-  Use spare moments or travel time to have you and your family memorize Scripture or listen to sermons

Testimony/Example of How People Have Used This Gift:

Danny, factory worker, married, father of two young children--“The gift of Knowledge is certainly one of the gifts I enjoy using most. Research is one of my passions, especially when it comes to something I'm truly interested in.  Recently I have enjoyed some success in the application of knowledge garnered from the Bible in the pursuit of a healthier way of living. I turned to a book entitled What The Bible Says About Healthy Living by Rex Russell, M.D. As the title suggested, it was packed with Scripture references that revealed what our Creator has to say about what foods we should put into our bodies. After researching these Scriptures I realized what I probably knew all along--that God knows what's best for our bodies. After all, he's the one who designed us. As Dr. Russell suggested in his book, I tried to apply three principles to help me when it comes time to decide what to eat. So what's the result of all my new found knowledge? Well, I've lost 15 pounds in about three weeks! I've also experienced a noticeable increase in energy.”