PROPHET [Inspired preacher and expounder]
[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