FIVE FOLD MINISTRY EXPLAINED - DEFINITIONS [2.]
[Inspired preacher and expounder]
CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY WITH INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM/FUNCTION
INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM OF FUNCTION WITH CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY
Meets spiritual needs
Meets personal needs
Meets financial and material needs
The prophet Interprets the divine will and purpose, with inspired revelation, through inspired preaching and expounding, as well as inspired teaching.
However, there is a clear difference between inspired teachings by revelation in the spur of the moment; as compared to the teacher's gift of `Clarifying’ truth and giving it structure and order. The prophet has the motivation to reveal unrighteous motives or actions by presenting God's truth.
Then the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah: Send this message to…………
The gift of prophecy is available to every member of the body. The `office' of the prophet on the other hand, is one which enables the prophet to speak for, or as moved by the Holy Spirit, having received miraculous power.
The prophet speaks for God as a man who has the power of the Holy Spirit in ordinary life. The prophet has a need to express his message verbally; a need to speak out. He has a directness, frankness and persuasiveness in speaking, and needs a dependence on scriptural truth to do this effectively.
In everything they need to set an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.
A prophet is concerned for the reputation and programme of God.
In the New Testament a prophet still prophesies with miraculous power, but he no longer pronounces God's Will towards individuals. Instead he receives from God revelations pertaining to future or present situations - these being either for warning, or for edification. The prophet should have the willingness to experience brokenness to prompt brokenness. [John 20: 21]. He can experience an inward weeping and personal identification with the sins of those he speaks to. He wants people to see their blind spots - those aspects of their being that people are not aware of.
The prophet has first function or input in the church local; together with the Apostle, for the restoration of those portions of Christ’s Body who for one reason or another have become dysfunctional. [But this has nothing to do with status - just service to meet the needs at that point.] The Apostle provides for doctrinal truth, and the Prophet provides for spirit. He is to work `with' the Apostle to establish foundation and order in the local church.
"Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is Spirit, and his worshipers must worship him in spirit and truth."
John 4:23, 24.
The prophet has insight, which enables him to declare truth. The prophet has the ability to "see' where people or programs really are in terms of God's truth. The prophet has the motivation or desire to make motives right, because he is gifted with a direct `intuitive' sense, which helps him to discern the inner motives of people. The prophet sees people whose lives need to be straightened out; and he moves to root sin out of the Church. A prophet attempting to minister alone will have the smallest and holiest Church. He has the basic tendency to view any person, group or situation in the paradigm of their life before God.
A prophet is to help with personal progress, and provide encouragement. He has from God the ability to encourage people to grow, and meet successfully the experiences of life. He has the motivation to stimulate the faith, and personal growth of others. He has a desire for outward evidence to demonstrate inward conviction, an outward evidence of change in people.
...all of these must be for the strengthening of the church.
1 Corinthians 14:25b
prophet’s motivation is to entrust personal assets to others for
the furtherance of their ministry. The prophet shows the way in the
special sharing of material assistance. They have ability to handle
and give assets, and the motivation to see the needs of the work of
God, and the ministry of others go forward and succeed.
The prophet has the gift of "special sharing". When flowing properly, one always feels the strong support flowing out of this gift, the prophet has a perspicacity of when and whom to help. [This gift is not restricted to the wealthy; finances being only one concrete expression of this gift.] The prophet has the capacity to identify, define and hate evil. A prophet will often be opposed and persecuted in the fulfilling of their ministry.
Romans 12:9,13, 1 Timothy 3:7, Ephesians 4:11,15, 2:20, Acts 11:27-30, 13:1-4, 1 Corinthians 14:1,29,33, Luke 5:21,22, 6:38, Matthew 10:8, 26-28, 16:19, John 10:28.
Prophets tend to be loners, and find it difficult to accept team ministry.
complimentary ministry for a prophet is the pastor, but the prophet
is inclined to see only black and white in everything, so he
struggles with the pastor's ministry, which has so many shades of
grey. A pastors motivation is one of love, which will tend to look
over and past sin, and whose anointing is to minister to `wounded
soldiers', whilst the prophet wishes to root out sin.
The prophet also finds evangelists too loose, but prophets need to understand that evangelists have a different anointing to theirs. The prophet finds the teacher too hide-bound, and confining. The prophet/pastor and prophet/evangelist combinations don't like ministering together, mainly because they often don't understand one another. However, they all need to capture each others spirit; which is required for balance in ministry.
The prophet’s frankness may sometime be viewed as harshness. For a prophet’s ministry to succeed it must be balanced with equal quantities of love. A prophet’s interest in groups may be misinterpreted as lack of interest in individuals, and his strong desire to convey truth may be interpreted as having little interest in listening to another person's point of view. Focus on right and wrong may be judged as intolerance of only partial good. It is well to remember that the Word explains that “we will be judged by the same standards that we apply.”
The prophet often seems to have the ability to make money, and tend to make wise purchases and investments, and he enjoys encouraging others to give. The prophet will want to meet the needs, without pressure, that others overlook, and are concerned that his gifts be of high quality; and he normally wants to be a part of the work or person to whom he gives.
All the above and their emphasis on strict standards, and public boldness, could make it difficult for them to have close friends.
A prophet usually has somewhat of a “driver” temperament, sees everything as black and white; no shades of grey. Hot, quick, active, practical and strong-willed. Decisive and opinionated. Dogged determination. Intuitive, so does not recognize the obstacles and pitfalls in the path. Crusader.
Extrovert, doer and optimist.
Biblical type = Paul & John the Baptist.
The pattern in the Godhead is the Son, Who speaks and takes part in actions to bring about the Will of the Father, and acts always in the interests of the family.
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