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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 give guidance.

1. We ask that words be shared through the microphone so that everyone can hear what is said.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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."

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