10 Important Things You Need to Know About Spiritual Gifts

“I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you…” 2 Timothy 1 v 6

2 Timothy 1 v 6 is the urgent pastoral instruction of Paul to Timothy. Paul is in the ultimate ‘lock down’ of prison in Rome. Timothy is in the relative freedom of Ephesus but under great pressure from the culture around. The contemporary relevance of the whole book to our current situation is
quite startling.

The NKJV uses the words “stir up”; other versions use the expression, “fan into flames”. The picture is very clear, Timothy needed to do something to get the fire going again! Things were burning low, the heat was being lost, the fire was not very effective!

In the previous verse Paul tells the reader that he is reminded of Timothy’s “sincere” or “genuine” faith. Other passages in Paul’s Epistles make it plain that such faith is not earned, not inherited and not simply something you learn, it is a gift of God. If we are true Christians, we too have been given this precious gift. Nothing can remove that gift! What concerns Paul is that the gift of God that Timothy has been given alongside that faith, is burning low!

Timothy had been given the necessary gifting by God to be recognised by the Eldership in Ephesus to be full time in the role of Pastor / Teacher. This is clearly expressed by the allusion to the “laying on of hands”. This act did not “gift” Timothy, God had already done that! It was something done to commission him and set him going in this great task.

Timothy now must “stir up”, “fan into flame”, the gift and ensure it was used to the full. The difficult days and circumstances that surrounded him required him to use his God-given gifting to the full.

This instruction reaches down from Scripture to every one of us – not just the Pastor or the Elders! It is particularly relevant in our current ‘lock down’ situation when many avenues for Christian service are not possible.

In 1 Cor 12 v 1 Paul writes, “Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant”. So that we are not similarly lacking in understanding about this subject, here are ten vital things that you need to know about spiritual gifts in our context today.

  1. Spiritual gifts are given by God the Holy Spirit to every Christian believer.
    Paul makes it clear in 1 Cor 12 v 7 that they are given “to each one for the profit of all”. They are given, alongside saving faith, to be exercised in our “new life that is in Christ Jesus”, not for selfish use, but for the profit (the good) of all.
  2. Spiritual gifts are not the same as “natural aptitudes”.
    In Daniel 1 v 17 we are told that God gave “knowledge and skill in all literature and wisdom” to Daniel and his three friends. Unbelievers as well as believers are blessed with such things. God is the giver of all good gifts. Everyone blessed with them must study and work hard to develop such aptitudes. Such things are then useful to the society around and the world at large. We thank God for unbelievers who teach us, nurse us, govern us and function in many other aspects of society.
    It is to the Christian, however, that God gives “spiritual gifts” which are specifically for service for Him and for His people. In Daniel’s case we read that he was given the gift of being able to understand visions and dreams! That gift was certainly used in special ways for the ongoing of God’s purposes in his days. Read the rest of Daniel to find out!
  3. Spiritual gifts are given individually.
    1 Cor 12 v 11 reads “… but one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills”. No one else will have exactly the same gift or range of gifts as you!
    We are never to be jealous of others or covet their gifts – you are gifted in a way that God sees just right for you! No one else will be gifted in exactly the same way.
  4. Spiritual gifts given by God for today are called “ordinary” gifts. They are no longer the “extraordinary” gifts of Apostolic times (sometimes called “charismatic” or “miraculous” gifts).
    This does not mean that the spiritual gifts that God gives to every believer today are in some way second class or inferior. Nothing that God gives can ever fall into that category!
    The gifts given to Daniel that we have referred to above were “extraordinary” indeed! So too the ability of those in Apostolic times to prophesy, heal and speak in other languages (without having learned them!). What we might term “ordinary” gifts are just right for His church today. Our extraordinary God uses them for His purposes, through His people.
  5. Spiritual gifts are to be exercised – to be used!
    They are not to lay dormant! That is clear from what Paul wrote to Timothy in 1 Tim 4 v 14. Paul told him that he must not “neglect” the gifting that God had given to him. In Rom 12 v 6 Paul says, “Having gifts differing according to the grace given to us, let us use them”. To neglect to use the gifts that God has given us is not right.
  6. Spiritual gifts are many and various!
    In Romans 12 we read one of a number of lists of spiritual gifts that appear in Scripture. That list includes; preaching, teaching, serving others, exhorting, encouraging, giving, leading others, showing mercy, showing kindness. Other New Testament lists includes practical gifts relating to organisation such as administrations and simply that of helps. The total list is huge – and various!
  7. Spiritual gifts are given in the context of every Christian being part of a church fellowship.
    They are given by God to be used by every individual within, and working out from, the church into which God has called you by grace and in His providence.
  8. Spiritual gifts are individually given so that the body of each church might function fully and effectively under Christ as the Head.
    Reading the letters that Paul wrote to the churches in Rome and Corinth is instructive. Both use the picture of the church being a body, and every member contributing to the functioning of the whole. Every member brings gifts to that church. Timothy was to exercise his God given gifts in the context of the church of which he was Pastor – the church at Ephesus. If we do not use our gifts well, the church cannot be as effective as it could be.
  9. Spiritual gifts are given for the edification of the whole church.
    They are to profit others and profit the whole through “edification”. This is a key expression in what Paul writes to the church in Corinth about spiritual gifts. Edification means building up, strengthening and helping to grow. They are not for selfish use to draw attention to them, or us!
  10. The greatest spiritual gift is that of self-giving (agape) love
    All other gifts are to be used and exercised in the context of this gift. Paul is quite clear about this in 1 Cor 13 v 1. He stresses that he might be able to demonstrate that he has wonderful spiritual gifts but if they are not exercised with self-giving love they are as useful as an empty can being kicked down the street! Paul says, in effect, I am nothing and have nothing to give to others, or to the church as a whole, without Christ-like love.

Virtual Services: Sunday 13th September

Ben Scotton
Peter Leyshon-Jones

Our services today are led by Peter Lesyhon-Jones and Ben Scotton. In the morning, Peter is continuing his series in Mark’s Gospel. In our evening service Ben is exploring the fullness of God in Jesus.

Below are all the details you will need to join in with our services, including hymn words and activity sheets for children.

Every blessing.

Please note: the morning service is available as audio or video. The evening services are available as audio only.

Download AM & PM hymn sheets (scroll down to view on this page instead).

You can listen to the messages on the website front page or via these links: AM message from Peter Leyshon-Jones & PM from Ben Scotton.

Download activity sheets: older children & younger children.

These messages are now available on Spotify & Apple Podcasts.


Morning Service
Reading: Mark 4 v 21 – 41
Title: Kingdom and Creation

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation;
O my soul, praise Him, for He is thy health and salvation!
All ye who hear, now to His temple draw near;
Praise Him in glad adoration.

Praise to the Lord, who o’er all things so wondrously reigneth,
Shelters thee under His wings, yea, so gently sustaineth!
Hast thou not seen, all that is needful hath been
Granted in what He ordaineth?

Praise to the Lord, who doth prosper thy work and defend thee;
Surely His goodness and mercy here daily attend thee;
Ponder anew what the Almighty can do,
If with His love He befriend thee.

Praise to the Lord, who, when tempests their warfare are waging,
Who, when the elements madly around thee are raging,
Biddeth them cease, turneth their fury to peace,
Whirlwinds and waters assuaging.

Praise to the Lord, who, when darkness and sin are abounding,
Who, when the godless do triumph, all virtue confounding,
Sheddeth His light, chaseth the horrors of night,
Saints with His mercy surrounding.

Praise to the Lord, O let all that is in me adore Him!
All that hath life and breath, come now with praises before Him!
Let the Amen sound from His people again:
Gladly for aye we adore Him.

The grace of God has reached for me
And pulled me from the raging sea
And I am safe on this solid ground
The Lord is my salvation.

I will not fear when darkness falls
His strength will help me scale these walls
I’ll see the dawn of the rising sun
The Lord is my salvation.

    Who is like the Lord our God?
    Strong to save, faithful in love
    My debt is paid and the victory won
    The Lord is my salvation

My hope is hidden in the Lord
He flowers each promise of His Word
When winter fades, I know spring will come
The Lord is my salvation.

In times of waiting, times of need
When I know loss, when I am weak
I know His grace will renew these days
The Lord is my salvation.

    Who is like the Lord our God?

And when I reach my final day
He will not leave me in the grave
But I will rise, He will call me home
The Lord is my salvation.

    Who is like the Lord our God?

Glory be to God the Father, 
Glory be to God the Son,
Glory be to God the Spirit,
The Lord is our salvation

Glory be to God the Father, 
Glory be to God the Son,
Glory be to God the Spirit,
The Lord is our salvation
The Lord is our salvation

Evening Service
Reading: Colossians 1
Title: The Fullness of God in Jesus Christ

Who has held the oceans in His hands?
Who has numbered every grain of sand?
Kings and nations tremble at His voice,
All creation rises to rejoice.

    Behold our God seated on His throne,
    Come let us adore Him.
    Behold our King, nothing can compare,
    Come let us adore Him!

Who has given counsel to the Lord?
Who can question any of His Words?
Who can teach the One who knows all things?
Who can fathom all His wondrous deeds?

    Behold our God seated on His throne…

Who has felt the nails upon His hands,
Bearing all the guilt of sinful man?
God eternal humbled to the grave,
Jesus, Saviour risen now to reign!

    Behold our God seated on His throne…

How sweet the Name of Jesus sounds
In a believer’s ear!
It soothes his sorrows, heals his wounds,
And drives away his fear.
It makes the wounded spirit whole,
And calms the troubled breast;
’Tis manna to the hungry soul,
And to the weary, rest. (repeat)

Dear Name! the Rock on which I build,
My Shield and Hiding Place,
My never-failing treasury, filled
With boundless stores of grace!
Jesus! my Shepherd, Brother, Friend,
My Prophet, Priest and King,
My Lord, my Life, my Way, my End,
Accept the praise I bring. (repeat)

Weak is the effort of my heart,
And cold my warmest thought;
But when I see Thee as Thou art,
I’ll praise Thee as I ought.
Till then I would Thy love proclaim
With every fleeting breath,
And may the music of Thy Name
Refresh my soul in death! (repeat)

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Virtual Services: Sunday 6th September

David Sherwood
Pastor David Fielding

Dear Castlefields Friends,

Here are the usual details of hymns, Bible Readings and Message titles for our services.

Also attached is the “Junior Learning Together” sheet for the children.

We continue with our VIDEO format in the morning (which includes the children’s talk and Bible Reading), and on AUDIO in the evening.

We have a theme that runs through the day – that of human marriage and the picture that gives of the marriage of Christ & the Church.

We trust that the Lord will bless His Word to all who watch and listen.

Every blessing,

David, Peter, Richard, Martin & Lee

Download AM & PM hymn sheets.

You can listen to the messages on the website front page or via these links: AM message from Pastor David Fielding & PM from David Sherwood.

Download children’s worksheets.

These messages are now available on Spotify & Apple Podcasts.

Virtual Services: Sunday 30th August

Pastor David Fielding

Dear Castlefields Friends,

Here are the usual details of hymns, Bible Readings and Message titles for Sunday.
There is a “Junior Learning Together” sheet for the children too.

The morning service is available in video format. This includes a children’s talk and Bible Reading – NOTE: if you use the audio version these are not included.

The evening service is in audio format.

Every blessing,

David, Peter, Richard, Martin & Lee

Download AM & PM hymn sheets.

You can listen to the messages on the website front page or via these links: AM message from Pastor David Fielding & PM from David as well.

Download children’s worksheets.

These messages are now available on Spotify & Apple Podcasts.

Virtual Services: Sunday 23rd August

Pastor David Fielding
Peter Leyshon-Jones

Dear Castlefields Friends,

Here are the details of hymns, Bible Readings and message titles for our services tomorrow.

Also attached is the ‘Junior Learning Together’ sheet for the morning service and additional activity sheets for “older” and “younger” children for the evening service too.
The morning service is in video format and includes a children’s talk. The evening service is in audio format.

We trust that the Lord will bless his Word to us all.

In Christ.

David, Peter, Richard, Martin & Lee

Download AM & PM hymn sheets.

You can listen to the messages on the website front page or via these links: AM message from Pastor David Fielding & PM message from Peter Leyshon-Jones.

Download worksheets: AM children’s sheet; PM younger children’s sheet; PM older children’s sheet.

These messages are now available on Spotify & Apple Podcasts.

Virtual Services: Sunday 16th August

Pastor David Fielding
Richard Carvell

Dear Castlefields Friends,

Here are the details of our services in the usual format, namely:

A list of the hymns, Bible Readings & Message Titles for the morning (video) & evening (audio) services.

A “Junior Learning Together” sheet for the children. (This week, finding the answers will probably require some parental help as it is a little more tricky than usual!)

Every blessing.

David, Peter, Richard, Martin & Lee.

Download AM & PM hymn sheets.

You can listen to the messages on the website front page or via these links: AM message from Pastor David Fielding & PM message from Richard Carvell.

Download Children’s activity sheets.

These messages are now available on Spotify & Apple Podcasts.

Virtual Services: Sunday 9th August

Pastor David Fielding is leading both services today.

Dear Castlefields Friends,

Here are the usual details which include Hymns, Bible Readings and Message Titles.

Also there is a ‘Junior Learning Together’ sheet for the younger ones.  

Every blessing.

David, Peter, Richard, Martin & Lee.

Download AM & PM hymn sheets.

You can listen to the messages on the website front page or via these links: AM message from Pastor David Fielding & PM message from Pastor David Fielding.

Download Children’s activity sheets.

These messages are now available on Spotify & Apple Podcasts.

Virtual Services: Sunday 2nd August

Pastor David Fielding
Peter Leyshon-Jones

Dear Castlefields Friends,

Here are the usual details which include Hymns, Bible Readings and Message Titles.

There are also activities for the children for both morning & evening services.

Every blessing.

David, Peter, Richard, Martin & Lee.

Download AM & PM hymn sheets.

You can listen to the messages on the website front page or via these links: AM message from Pastor David Fielding & PM message from Peter Leyshon-Jones.

Download activity sheets: AM children’s sheet, PM children’s sheet (YOUNGER), PM children’s sheet (OLDER).

These messages are now available on Spotify & Apple Podcasts.

Virtual Services: Sunday 26th July

Pastor David Fielding
Stephen Weale

Dear Castlefields Friends,

Here are the usual details of hymns, Bible Readings and message titles for both of our services.

Also there is a ‘Junior Learning Together’ sheet for the children.
Once again, the morning service is available in video format & now includes the Children’s Talk.

The morning passage in Acts 15 is quite lengthy and detailed but we hope that the application is helpful to all.

Every blessing.

David, Peter, Richard, Martin & Lee.

Download AM & PM hymn sheets.

You can listen to the messages on the website front page or via these links: AM message from Pastor David Fielding & PM message from Stephen Weale.

Download children’s activity sheets.

These messages are now available on Spotify & Apple Podcasts.

Virtual Services: Sunday 19th July

Pastor David Fielding
Richard Carvell

Dear Castlefields Friends,

Here are the details for our services tomorrow. 

The ‘CNews’ includes a handy map showing the journey that Paul & Barnabas make in Acts chapters 13 & 14.

Also included is a chart which shows how the opposition & rejection of the gospel message increases as the gospel of the Lord Jesus is spread throughout the region where Paul & Barnabas are preaching.  We are reminded that, even though we are on “Mission Unstoppable” , there is an enemy of the gospel pitched against us; Satan himself!

As usual there is a ‘Junior Learning Together’ sheet for the children.

Every blessing.

David, Peter, Richard, Martin & Lee

Download AM & PM hymn sheets.

You can listen to the messages on the website front page or via these links: AM message from Pastor David Fielding & PM message from Richard Carvell.

Download children’s activity sheets.

These messages are now available on Spotify & Apple Podcasts.