God Speaks Today | Firm Foundation Week 6 | Pastor Andrew CromwellFebruary 12, 2023
God Speaks Today
Firm Foundation Week 6 | Pastor Andrew Cromwell
Our Vision Statement: Igniting Contagious Faith in the One God Who Redeems All
- Jesus is Everything
- People Matter
- Transformed Lives
- Authentic Community
- Holy Spirit Led
The Biblical Concept of the Prophet and Prophecy
1. Prophecy of
2 Peter 1:20-21 ESV: 20 knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. 21 For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
2. of Prophecy
Revelation 19:10 ESV: “…For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”
3. of Prophecy
1 Corinthians 12:4 ESV: Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit;
4. of Prophet
Ephesians 2:20 ESV: built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone,
Biblical Terms Used to Describe the Prophet
1. Man of God
Common term for a prophet in Israel. Emphasis on holy calling, moral character and divine ministry.
Deuteronomy 33:1 ESV: This is the blessing with which Moses the man of God blessed the people of Israel before his death.
1 Samuel 9:6 ESV: But he said to him, “Behold, there is a man of God in this city, and he is a man who is held in honor; all that he says comes true. So now let us go there. Perhaps he can tell us the way we should go.”
2 Kings 4:9 ESV: And she said to her husband, “Behold now, I know that this is a holy man of God who is continually passing our way.
2. Servant of the Lord
Emphasis on the close and holy relationships between God and His faithful messengers.
1 Kings 14:18 ESV: And all Israel buried him and mourned for him, according to the word of the LORD, which he spoke by his servant Ahijah the prophet.
2 Kings 9:7 ESV: And you shall strike down the house of Ahab your master, so that I may avenge on Jezebel the blood of my servants the prophets, and the blood of all the servants of the LORD.
Jeremiah 7:25 ESV: From the day that your fathers came out of the land of Egypt to this day, I have persistently sent all my servants the prophets to them, day after day.
3. Messenger of the Lord
Same word in Hebrew for messenger and angel. Angels are the Lord’s spiritual messengers, and the Lord’s prophets are messengers of His revealed word.
Two different Hebrew words that are translated “prophet” because they both have the root “to see”. Emphasis on divine revelation.
2 Sam. 24:11 ESV: And when David arose in the morning, the word of the LORD came to the prophet Gad, David’s seer, saying,
2 Chronicles 29:25 ESV: And he stationed the Levites in the house of the LORD with cymbals, harps, and lyres, according to the commandment of David and of Gad the king’s seer and of Nathan the prophet, for the commandment was from the LORD through his prophets.
1 Chronicles 29:29 ESV: Now the acts of King David, from first to last, are written in the Chronicles of Samuel the seer, and in the Chronicles of Nathan the prophet, and in the Chronicles of Gad the seer,
Prophetic Ministry and the New Testament
1. Prophecy within the local church is !
Acts 13:1-3 ESV: 1 Now there were in the church at Antioch prophets and teachers, Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen a lifelong friend of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. 2 While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” 3 Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.
2. Spiritual gifts are given through and the laying on of hands.
1 Timothy 4:14 ESV: Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you.
2 Timothy 1:6 ESV: For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands,
3. The prophetic is given to help the believer the battle.
I Timothy 1:18 NIV: Timothy, my son, I am giving you this command in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by recalling them you may fight the battle well.
What Prophetic Ministry Looks Like in the Church
Acts 13:1-3 NKJV: Now in the church that was at Antioch there were certain prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, “Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then, having fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them away.
1. A local
Now in the church
2. A of prophets
3. An set of ministering to the Lord
As they ministered to the Lord
4. The of the Holy Spirit (prophecy)
the Holy Spirit said
5. Ministry of
laid hands on them
Numbers 27:23 ESV: and he laid his hands on him and inaugurated him, just as the LORD commanded by the hand of Moses.
Deuteronomy 34:9 NASB: Now Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, for Moses had laid his hands on him; so the children of Israel heeded him, and did as the LORD had commanded Moses.
6. Commissioning with
Boundary Lines for Prophetic Ministry
1. At Koinonia Church, we will have no .
I Corinthians 14:29-33 ESV: Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others judge. But if anything is revealed to another who sits by, let the first keep silent. For you can all prophesy one by one, that all may learn and all may be encouraged. And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets. For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints,
2. At Koinonia Church, the prophetic will not be used for .
Jude 1:11 ESV: Woe to them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, have run greedily in the error of Balaam for profit, and perished in the rebellion of Korah.
3. At Koinonia Church, we recognize that the prophetic is a .
4. At Koinonia Church, prophecy will not be used to !
Preparing for the Prophetic
1. Cultivate an attitude of to receive from the prophets’ divine impartation.
2. before the Lord faithfully.
3. Create a prophetic atmosphere through and a .
- The whole church is called to fast on Wednesday and Friday for one meal, two meals, juice only or water only.
- The whole church is asked to fast all unnecessary activities the week of prophetic assembly.