Using the Prophetic in Church
How the revelatory gifts of the Spirit are
administered in the church is the responsibility of the leadership of the
church and the person who is responsible for the meeting. It is important to
create an environment within the church where mistakes are allowed, not that
mistakes don't have consequences but that the leadership of the church should
be able to take responsibility for the actions of others in the administration
of spiritual gifts within a church meeting.
Here are some principles that we have found have
worked for us. Notice they are not rules to be adhered to but principles to
||We ask that words be shared through the
microphone so that everyone can hear what is said.
||We give opportunity for people to share the
word with an experienced leader as a check for the appropriateness of the word
for the meeting.
||We ask people to use a caveat like "I believe
that the Lord is saying" to allow for the weighing of the word, rather than the
often used statement "Thus says the Lord", which allows no opportunity for
weighing the word.
|| Whoever is leading the meeting then has the
responsibility to give some guidance about any response.
Three questions for every Christian to answer.
1. Who should prophesy? Everyone verse 5
1 Corinthians 14:5 "I
would like every one of you to speak in tongues, but I would rather have you
prophesy. He who prophesies is greater than one who speaks in tongues, unless
he interprets, so that the church may be edified."
2. Can you prophesy?
Yes, verse 31
1 Corinthians 14:31 "
for you can all prophesy in
turn so that everyone may be instructed and encouraged."
3. Do you
prophesy? Only you can answer but the Bible is clear, be eager to prophesy.
1 Corinthians 14:39 "Therefore, my brothers, be eager to prophecy, and
do not forbid speaking in tongues."