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Spiritual Gifts
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The New Testament bears witness to a church that pulsated with a diversity of spiritual gifts. The term most often used to depict these gifts is charisma (pl. charismata). This term can have a more generalized meaning, referring to the gift of salvation or its universally accessible benefits (Romans 5:15–16; 6:23; 11:29). But this term is more often used in the New Testament of the diversely gifted congregation through which the Holy Spirit is present and active to build up its members in the love of Christ and to guide its mission. 1 C…

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Macchia, Frank, “Spiritual Gifts”, in: Brill's Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism Online, Edited by: Michael Wilkinson, Connie Au, Jörg Haustein, Todd M. Johnson. Consulted online on 30 March 2023 <>
First published online: 2019
First print edition: 20201204

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