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Mar 31, 2016

Episode 19: The New Testament Prophet (Prophetic Ministry)

The ministry of the prophet in the Old Testament was very prominent. The ministry of the prophet in the New Testament is also very important in the purpose of God. There is often much confusion today in reference to the ministry of a “prophet.” The first thought that comes to the minds of many is someone who is able to “foretell future events.” While foretelling the future is included in the meaning of “prophecy”, it is really is only a small part. The basic meaning of prophecy is really “forth telling” or telling forth the mind of God. It is in this context we want to consider the function of the prophet or prophetic ministry.

• The prophet in the Old Testament
o He was a “seer” (one who saw what God was doing)
o One who spoke for God
• The New Testament Prophet
o One who proclaims the Purpose of God (vision)
o His ministry is based on the Scriptures
o Has a calling and grace from God (Eph. 4:11)
• Prophetic Ministry
o In beginning form this may come from an extra-local source
o May take the form of multiple brothers sharing from the scripture
o May become more focused as God raises up a brother within the assembly
• We need the Prophetic Ministry
o To impart vision of God’s purpose and plan
o As a foundation for other ministry
o As a light to keep us on course
• Some important elements
o Needs to function with other ministry (such as the teacher, elders)
o Must be alive with the anointing of the Spirit
o Must be true to the scriptures
o Must come through a prepared vessel (scriptural qualifications, I Tim. 3:8-13)
o Must be with spiritual authority to be effective (as an oracle of God, I Peter 4:11)

A valuable resource is a book entitled “Prophetic Ministry” by T. Austin Sparks

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