Series that considers the Gifts given by the Holy Spirit to Believers
page is one of a number that seeks to provide basic study material for
the Christian who wishes to see what the Bible says about the gifts
of the Spirit.
the 'standard' pattern for these pages of defining the gift, then seeing
it in the Old Testament, in Jesus' ministry and then in the Acts. We
then move on to more general descriptions of the workings of prophecy
in the local church.
remember these are only very basic notes.
Definition: a supernatural word from God expressing
His heart for a person or situation either for the present or for the
reveal the heart of God.
build, encourage and bless the church.
of it happening in the O.T.:
the examples are so numerous in the Old Testament, simply note that
every time God spoke and expressed His will, that was prophecy!
in Jesus' Ministry:
his resurrection Jn 2:19
given to the gentiles Mt 21:43
of the end Mt 24:4-44
of it happening in Acts:
instructed about Saul 9:15,16
foretells a famine 11:28
& Barnabus set apart 13:2
guided to Macedonia by vision 16:9
encouraged in vision in Corinth 18:9,10
Paul's Teaching in 1 Cor 14
desire prophecy v.1,39
strengthens, encourages, comforts v.3
builds up the church v.4
wanted all to prophesy v.5
is a sign for believers v.22
can lead unbelievers to Christ v.24
a meeting only 2 or 3 prophets should prophesy at a time (weighty
words are to be weighed by others with gift v.29,32
The Workings of Prophecy in the Local Church
might prophecy come?
events / unusual happenings.
whisper into the spirit
as a picture conveying a meaning
as a distinct ‘word'.
does it need to bring prophecy?
ear that is open to God.
heart that is filled with Scripture.
to respond and bring it.
does it need to receive prophecy?
to respond to it.
to await its fulfilment.
is only partial - God doesn't say it all in one go.
is progressive - God's purposes unfold over years.
is often conditional - needs our response of faith.
frequently has a hidden process involved.
it against Scripture.
rely just on a single prophecy for major change.