Rethinking Prophetic Utterances | 6/14/2018 | Frank Viola
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Recently, someone asked me this question. My answer follows it.

Prophecy - Gifting - Paul - Body - Church

Prophecy is one gifting Paul said to earnestly desire for edifying the Body, but I’ve only once experienced it close to how it was practiced in the early church. Instead folks with the gifting (or something like it) seem to be celebritized at some level in charismatic circles, or in evangelical circles. Others get harnessed with presenting it simply as “teaching.” The Holy Spirit is a polite bystander.

My question is, practically speaking, how can one grow in and practice this gifting in the church, especially without slipping into these ruts? I just feel what is presented as prophecy today is a far cry from what the Spirit wants to offer (Christ, the Father), or how He truly expresses Himself (unboxed, radically humble, unapologetically supernatural).

Prophesying - Today - Deal - Accents - Gestures

Most of what passes for “prophesying” today is not the real deal. It’s often packaged in unbiblical and artificial accents, gestures, and voice tones that are largely learned by imitation.

A prophetic utterance is a word that reveals Jesus Christ. It’s not a “teaching,” but a present word from God concerning Christ. The Old Testament prophecies all revealed Jesus.

New - Testament - Prophecy - Testimony - Jesus

New Testament prophecy does the same. “The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy” (Revelation 19:10).

The best book to understand what prophetic utterances are is T. Austin-Sparks’ Prophetic Ministry.

Understanding - Utterances - Paul - Utterances - Corinthians

Unfortunately, this understanding of prophetic utterances has been lost to us. When Paul talks about prophetic utterances in 1 Corinthians 14, he’s speaking in the context of an open meeting where...
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