The following spiritual gifts are similar in that they all involve some form of speaking or communication. Click on the gifts to learn where these gifts are listed in Scripture and possible definitions. (Use the browser’s back button to return to this post.)
People with these spiritual gifts could find themselves in similar positions to one another such as preachers or Bible teachers. They could all also communicate through writing, singing, counseling, or other forms of communication.
So, what makes these speaking types of spiritual gifts distinct from each other?
Their approach is what would tend to make them different from one another.
more application-oriented and practical, often in a more encouraging tone
more pronouncements of God’s Word, often in a more aggressive or assertive tone
more systematic and thorough, often in a more academic tone
If someone has more than one of these speaking gifts, their communication would therefore demonstrate a combination of these approaches.
God’s instruction for those with speaking types of spiritual gifts:
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. (1 Pet. 4:10-11)
1) Use your spiritual gift(s).
2) Be faithful in using your gift(s).
3) Represent God well and accurately in the use of your gift(s).