The Spiritual Gift of Knowledge Defined
to seek to learn as much about the Bible as possible through the gathering of much information and the analyzing of that data
Examples of How Our Gift Mix Can Help Determine Our Best Fit in Ministry
Servant #1: He loved to study God’s Word and ferret out nuggets of truth others often missed. Because of how well he knew the Bible, his church’s leadership assumed he should be teaching a Bible class. He came thoroughly prepared with great content but people had a hard time staying awake or attentive. People found his teaching boring.
Servant #2: He loved to study the Bible as well and also thoroughly prepared, ferreting out nuggets of truth others often missed. He, however, did not come across as scholarly and people were able to track with him as he systematically explained what he had learned in ways the class could understand.
The second servant had both the gift of knowledge and teaching whereas the first servant did not have the gift of teaching.
Lessons to be learned:
When recruiting teachers, don’t just look for someone who knows the Bible well. Look for someone with the potential to effectively present the knowledge they have accumulated. If the person has the gift of knowledge, consider his/her gift mix. Does this person also have the gift of teaching or exhortation?
Someone with the gift of knowledge but not the gifts of teaching or exhortation, would be better suited for doing research for others or for writing. While these servants can be trained to be better communicators, they will still tend to get very detailed or present more content than people can handle. They will tend to struggle with the attention-getting and application parts of the lesson, wanting to get right into and stay focused on the meat of the subject.
Get this example of the spiritual gift of knowledge in use, along with 20 other gifts, in the Ministry Handbook: Spiritual Gifts in Use. In addition, the handbook suggests spiritual gifts most typically used in 16 broad ministry areas and 27 specific tasks that may need to be accomplished in most of those areas.