New American Standard Translation - Rom 12:1-8
1 I urge you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.
2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
3 For through the grace given to me I say to every man among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith.
4 For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function,
5 so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.
6 And since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let each exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith;
7 if service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching;
8 or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.
New Living Translation Rom 12:1-8
1 And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.
2 Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
3 Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don't think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us.
4 Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function,
5 so it is with Christ's body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.
6 In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you.
7 If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well.
8 If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.
We believe the “Big 7” from Romans 12 differ from other spiritual gifts in the Bible. Our
Romans “Gift Mix” reflects our natural DNA bents or motivations. These seven spheres
are essential body parts with Christ as the head. In short, the Big 7 are the complete
personality motivations of Jesus Christ. We believe these are inner motivations from
within us that are true before and after we accept Jesus as our savior.
Prophesying: Also known as Perceiver, Provoker, and Proclaimer.
Spiritually driven to proclaim the truth as they know it. Persuasive and articulate. Sees
in black or white. Will make enemies with their friends. Open about own faults. Dislikes
deception and poor leadership. Ministry roles: Preacher, Evangelist, Intercesor and
Confronter. Biblical examples: Jesus Christ, Peter, and John the Baptist.
Serving: Also known as Friendly Helper, Doer, Deacon, Expediter & Volunteer
Physically driven to free up others by attending to practical tasks. Low-key and selfless.
Likes to energetically pitch-in without being asked. Ministry roles: all Church volunteer
positions including greeting, teaching, office help, food and program support. Biblical
examples: Jesus Christ, Timothy.
Teaching: Also known as Seminarian, Researcher, and Fact-Finder.
Mentally driven to clarify the truth. Dislikes ignorance & false teaching. Thorough. Finds
new insights others do not see. Likes to share knowledge. Ministry roles: Teaching
Pastor, truth checker, and researcher. Biblical examples: Jesus Christ, Luke.
Encouraging: Also known as Exhorter, Influencer, Coach, and Optimist.
Relationship driven to minister directly to people with hope and optimism. Offers positive
influence to others. Promotes discipleship. Will make friends with enemies. Dislikes
criticism, details and inflexibility. Ministry roles: Evangelist, Pastor, Counselor, and
Mentor. Biblical examples: Jesus Christ, Barnabas.
Contributing: Also known as a Giver, Resource Provider, & Value-Builder
Resource driven to generously give money, time, talents and testimony to worthwhile
ministries. Able to discover and create resources by being thrifty and wise. Low-key
approach. Ministry roles: Fund raising, Finance committees, and task forces. Biblical
examples: Jesus Christ, Matthew.
Leadership: Also known as Administrator, Organizer, Coordinator and Orchestrator
Functionally motivated to improve the business side by increasing efficiency and
effectiveness. Irritated by chaos, waste and disorder. Leaders set up systems to get
results. Good creative problem solver. Ministry roles: Executive pastor, Office Manager,
Director/manager. Biblical examples: Jesus Christ, James, Joseph & Nehemiah.
Showing Mercy: Also known as Compassion, Care Giver, Nurturer
Emotionally motivated to minister to the hurting and less fortunate through caring and
worship. Quick to accept and forgive. Non-judgmental. Self-sacrificing. Genuinely values
others. Ministry roles: Chaplain, Nurse, Counselor, Missions and Comforter. Biblical
examples: Jesus Christ & John the Apostle.