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Gifts of the Holy Spirit for Teens: Help Students Explore & Use Their Gifts

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By studying the gifts of the Holy Spirit for teens, you help young people deepen their faith. Plus, you equip them for a purposeful life of service in the church and world. So a lesson on gifts of the Holy Spirit is a wonderful topic for youth group lessons and small-group studies.

According to the Bible, the gifts of the Holy Spirit differ from spiritual gifts. The seven gifts from the Spirit are:

  1. Prophecy
  2. Teaching
  3. Exhorting
  4. Service
  5. Leading
  6. Giving
  7. Mercy

Evangelical Christians cite these New Testament Bible verses as sources for gifts of the Spirit. Romans 12:6-8; 1 Corinthians 12:7-10; 1 Corinthians 12:28; Ephesians 4:11.

Various sources use different terminology for the gifts of the Holy Spirit. The Catholic Church teaches that the gifts are found in Isaiah 11:1-2. Those seven gifts are:

  1. Wisdom
  2. Understanding
  3. Counsel
  4. Fortitude
  5. Knowledge
  6. Piety
  7. Fear of the Lord

Resources on Gifts of the Holy Spirit for Teens

For more insights about these important gifts, review the material below. Also turn to denominational resources that reflect the specific beliefs of your faith tradition.

  • The 7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit

First, check out this informative explanation of the gifts. From a historical perspective, the website explains that Saint Bonaventure (who lived in the 13th century) popularized reflecting on these gifts as a devotional practice.

Pastor Michael A. Milton writes that these gifts, “when applied to the activity of the Holy Spirit in the life of a Christian,” are not exhaustive. “They are evidence of the operation of the Spirit of God in the life of His child.”

  • Differences Between Spiritual Gifts & Gifts of the Spirit

Next, this website provides helpful distinctions between these biblical giftings. For example, God blesses us with spiritual gifts to build up his church and help it accomplish its mission. But he blesses people with gifts of the Holy Spirit to help us become holier and to grow closer to him.

  • Why Gifts of the Holy Spirit for Teens Are So Vital

Here’s a thorough explanation of why the church needs each of the seven gifts. The working of the Holy Spirit in the Church “is evident from the mere fact that it still exists after 2,000 years,” the website notes.