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Spiritual gifts for biblical church growth

Brian A. DeVries
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 50, No 1 | a2090 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v50i1.2090 | © 2016 Brian A. DeVries | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 22 January 2016 | Published: 29 July 2016

About the author(s)

Brian A. DeVries, Faculty of Theology, North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, South Africa and Mukhanyo Theological College, KwaMhlanga, South Africa and Faculty of Theology, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, United States


This article examines the use of spiritual gifts for church growth, particularly in relation to the sovereign work of the Holy Spirit. The article begins with a definition of spiritual gifts and by highlighting their purpose for growing the church. This is followed by two practical considerations: How should Christian believers use spiritual gifts for church growth, and how should church leaders motivate gift use for this purpose? Since the Holy Spirit works though believers to build up the body of Christ, advocates of biblical church growth should seek to employ his means to motivate spiritual giftedness in the church.


spiritual gifts; church growth; Holy Spirit; church development; revitalization; revival; renewal


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