Posted by: Hugh Griffiths | January 24, 2006

The Prophetic Church | 01

The prophetic gift is one of the most fundamental building blocks for moving in the Holy Spirit. If we are to see a demonstration of the power of God, we first must be able to hear the voice of God and know what is to take place. As Amos writes (3:7) ‘Surely the Sovereign Lord does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets‘. Revelation precedes manifestation.

It is essential that everyone who wants to see the power of God at work cultivates a sensitivity to the voice of God. The church that wants to see the power of God at work, therefore, becomes a prophetic church and Paul’s instruction in 1 Corinthians 14 becomes embedded in church life:

..eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy. … You can all prophesy in turn so that everyone maybe instructed and encouraged. (v.1.31)

Sometimes it is easy to leave prophesying to the few – but this is not what the New Testament shows us. Instead we see a prophetic church that is characterised by ‘When you come together, everyone has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation’ (1 Cor.14:26).

I like the way Paul puts this so clearly – ‘Every one has‘ leaves no room for confusion and clearly includes me, you or anyone else in the church. That means that we never have to be relegated to the role of passive specatator – instead we can hear the voice of God and respond in obedience, being part of the Holy Spirit’s ministry.

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  1. Having scanned through various blogs recently it’s interesting to see a recurring theme, namely the presence of God. I agree that the Church of today must be prophetic, and must then demonstrate the power of God!

  2. Another great post. I also like the heart of God expressed through Moses in Numbers 11:29

    “Would that all the Lord’s people were prophets, that the Lord would put his Spirit on them!”

    [Hugh] Thanks for adding this Scripture. This is one of those amazing verses that shows that God’ intention remains constant and he doesn’t change his mind between OT and NT.


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