Unwrapping the Gifts of Grace
Why is there so much confusion around spiritual gifts?
The gifts of grace (charismatic gifts) are not phenomena limited to the services of Pentecostal churches. They have been used in the ministry of the Church all along and among God’s people from Genesis to Revelation. Therefore, the Church should not totally shun any gift but use all gifts in the way they were commanded in the Scriptures. If used as recommended in the Scriptures, they will further the proclamation of the gospel and edification of the Body of Christ. The author challenges the reader to dive into an individual study of specific portions of the Scriptures regarding the gifts of grace. In so doing, the reader will discover the intended meaning and use of the gifts of grace and make a personal decision of how to think and practice these gifts given for the edification of the body of Christ: the Church.
Teka Obsa Fogi
Teka Obsa Fogi earned a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) and served as a veterinarian for seven years prior to earning a Bachelor of Theology degree from the Mekane Jesus Seminary. He also received a Master of Theology degree from the Ethiopian Graduate School of Theology (EGST), completing a thesis on the doctrinal and practical issues of the charismatic movement in the Mekane Yesus congregations. Pastor Fogi also earned a Master of Sacred Theology (S.T.M) from the former Lutheran Theological School in Gettysburg. He has pastored the Oromo Resurrection Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kensington, Maryland, for over 20 years.