Item description for Dynamics Of Spiritual Gifts by William J. McRae...
Overview Many Christians have settled for far less than God intends because they have never discovered or developed their spiritual gifts. Exceedingly few believers are conscious of possessing a spiritual gift, and even fewer know what their gift is or what to do about it. An understanding of Ephesians 4:11-16 will change your entire perspective on Christian service.
Our churches have hardly begun to tap the potential in the pews. Many Christians have settled for far less than God intends because many have never discovered or developed their spiritual gifts. "An understanding of Ephesians 4:11-16 has changed my entire perspective on my Christian service. I discovered that one of my highest priorities must be equipping the saints for their work of service. Pursuing this objective I have made a second discovery. Exceedingly few believers are conscious of possessing a spiritual gift, and even fewer know what their gift is or what to do about it. My third discovery is that few things can be of greater assistance to a Christian in setting his own priorities or discerning the will of God than knowing his own gift. These are the discoveries that have motivated me to prepare this book," says the author. Included are chapters on: - The Definition of a Gift - The Distribution of the Gifts - A Description of the Gifts - The Distinctions Within the Gifts.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.98" Width: 5.09" Height: 0.42" Weight: 0.35 lbs.
Release Date Mar 7, 1983
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
ISBN 0310290910 ISBN13 9780310290919 UPC 025986290917
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More About William J. McRae
William McRae (D. Min., Dallas Theological Seminary) is president emeritus at Tyndale University College and Theological Seminary, and also engages in an extensive itinerate ministry under McRae Ministries.
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Best of Breed! Jul 2, 2006
This is the finest work available on spiritual gifts. The author carefully defines spiritual gifts, distinguishing them from talents (p21), offices (p18) and fruit (p18). He identifies 18 spiritual gifts, combining service and helps (p47) and ruling and administration (p44). He holds pastor-teacher to be a single gift with two dimensions (p59). McRae is a cessationist, believing that some of the gifts were needed only until the canon of Scripture was complete and the apostles had passed off the scene (pp 55, 65,66,72, 73, 75, 80). His tone is irenic and constructive. McRae considers celebacy and hospitality, but removes them from his list (p80). He has an excellent section on women and spiritual gifts (pp 85-86). McRae identifies prayer, study, desire, ability, and blessing as five steps to identifying one's spiritual gift (p110).
Overall, the remarkable thing about this book is that it treats a controversial subject biblically, gently, and succinctly. Even those who disagree with some of MacRae's conclusions will find much profit here. The price is right, too.
Concise, excellent study for laymen Mar 12, 2003
I have referred to this book many times over the years. I have recommended it to many of my students and fellow classmates in Sunday School, my Bible Institute classes and Bible studies. It is excellent for laymen and answers many of the questions the average Christian has without being too technical.
Not Biblically Sound Nov 26, 2001
I thought that this would be an excellent book based on the previews that I reveiwed. However, after receiving the book, I ended up throwing it away in the trash. The categorizing of the gifts was difficult to understand (and I'm in Mensa). Also, the implications that prophecy is not for today and that speaking in unknown toungues is not for every believer is not based on sound biblical principles as I believe it and, moreover, as I have experienced it.
The best single book on this vital subject. Jul 31, 1999
An excellent, practical overview of the spiritual gifts that are available today. He contrasts the nature of the gifts to talents, the fruit of the Spirit, ministries etc. to put them in the clearest light. This has become our standard text in our course on spiritual gifts in the Twin Cities Bible Institute.
Excellent biblical treatment of Spiritual Gifts. May 20, 1998
This book is an excellent review of the spiritual gifts, including their origin, purpose, and use in the local church. I appreciate the fact that it is thoroughly biblical and doctrinally sound. It is must reading for anyone who is seriously seeking to understand the nature of spiritual gifts.