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What Are Spiritual Gifts?: Rethinking the Conventional View

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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 ...more
Paperback, 363 pages
Published October 27th 2006 by Kregel Publications
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This was a grind to get through but the author has done solid exegetical work. It is a great antidote to the conventional approach to the idea that Holy Spirit gives special abilities at conversion that need to be discovered and that the church has to somehow figure out how to match its needs up with these oft-hidden gifts among its people.
Sep 01, 2007 rated it really liked it
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Instead of spiritual gifts as "special talents given to a Christian believer at salvation", Breding proposes that the Bible passages' context suggests spiritual gifts are rather "ministries or acts of service believers are called to for any length of time". The distinction may not seem significant at first glance, but has important ramifications for how we place people in ministry, fill needs in the Church, and view service in God's kingdom.
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Any time you encounter something "new" in the area of theology you should be careful and critical. But everything in this book sounds right-on and provides a much better understanding of the spiritual gifts discussion than does the traditional view. The idea is this: spiritual gifts are not talents or abilities, but ministries. Paradigm shift. It will be interesting to see what Tom Schreiner says in his book that releases next month.
Starla Gooch
May 20, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Very detailed scholarship, but boring as heck. This is a good reference material to own, as Berding has done meticulous work concerning Paul and the New Testament authors’ views of spiritual gifts and ministries. But I wouldn’t recommend it for reading cover to cover.
In this book, Ken Berding tries to put Paul's teaching on "spiritual gifts" within the larger context of his teaching on the Spirit and ministry. His thesis is compelling. Spiritual ministry callings, i.e. "gifts", are first and foremost meant to serve the Christian community. The clear emphasis for Paul is on service and ministry, not on any kind of special abilities, i.e. "the conventional view."

Thus, the question is not, "what is my spiritual gifting?", but "what is the ministry the Spirit is
Fernando Almeida
Feb 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Different and challenging perspectives about the understanding of Spiritual Gifts and their practice in the church. The book presents an alternative view, to the traditional view of gifts as a "special ability", backing it up with a hermeneutical review of the relevant NT Literature.
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This book is a healthy corrective to many of the unbiblical ideas about spiritual gifts that abound today.
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