Hope your day is a good one. Let me tell you just a bit about what’s upcoming this Sunday.
In our message time, I’ll be speaking on the topic of prophecy and get this: most of you have experienced the gift of prophecy whether or not you used that terminology! Odds are, you’ve not used prophecy terminology though you have prayed for, lived in, experienced and been blessed by the prophetic — which is the application of the mind of God in a specific situation.
When you were teaching those precocious fifth graders and you prayed, “God, as I teach them about you through the experiences of Noah, Abraham, Joseph, Deborah, and David, help me to apply these truths to their lives in this time and place” – you were praying for the gift of prophecy. When you asked God to guide your words during life shaping conversations, perhaps life shaping conversations with your children, you were praying for the gift of prophecy. When you had an impression, a bubbling from within that a specific person needed to hear a specific message of strengthening, encouragement, or comfort, you were most likely having a moment of prophecy.
Prophecy is the specific gift we are to seek most of all (1 Cor. 14:1). NT prophecy is not to be confused with being a Prophet (capital P) like Moses but prophecy is a normative gift for the church community. We are not to despise prophecies and yet are taught to weigh and evaluate them (1 Thessalonians 5).
We’ll start talking about the functioning of prophecy in detail on Sunday from 1 Corinthians 14:26-40 and my prayer for you is the admonition of Paul from 1 Corinthians 14:1 – “Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy.”
In our second service on Sunday, we will also be blessing and praying over lots of babies and parents. Hope to see you Sunday exceptionally alert because of an extra hour of sleep!
Grace & Peace,