Ephesians 2:19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God's people and members of God's household,
1 Corinthians 12:8-10
8 To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit,
9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit,
10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues.
1 Corinthians 14:39 Therefore, my brothers, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues.
1 Corinthians 12:29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles?
1 Corinthians 12:4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit.
Ephesians 4:8 This is why it says: "When he ascended on high, he led captives in his train and gave gifts to men."
1 Timothy 3:2 Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,
1 Corinthians 14:3 But everyone who prophesies speaks to men for their strengthening, encouragement and comfort.
1 In the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with 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 So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.
1 Timothy 4:14 Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through a prophetic message when the body of elders laid their hands on you.
Pastor Dwayne Trelenberg
There are cultural difficulties/differences.
The office of the prophet was moved forward from the Old Testament to the New Testament.
The church is built on the foundation of the prophets and apostles.
1 Corinthians 12:10
1 Corinthians 14:39
There is a difference between being a prophet and being able to do so.
1 Corinthians 12:4
Prophesies are gifts of grace.
Ephesians 4:8, 11
The character of a gift is very important.
The character of a gift could be prophet, apostle, teacher, pastor or evangelist.
Jesus gave these five gifts to the church.
There are people that don't go to church but are Christians.
You don't need to go to a church to be a Christian.
However to have one of these gifts one needs to be in a church because they were given to the church not to individuals.
1 Timothy 3:2
Of Jesus' disciples only one could be called a prophet, John.
A prophet is a person that God speaks through.
Also the words of a prophet needs to be judged, because they may be off or painful.
Therefore it is good to have a person like a pastor who knows the people to prevent these damaging words.
1 Corinthians 14:3
Prophesies can be in such detail it can be scary, but they are meant to encourage.
God is not in the habit of using this opportunity to judge or condemn people.
1 Timothy 4:14
The voice of The Lord is something that we covet and need in our lives.
We need to be brave and step out in faith.
On the list of people who will fall in the lake of fire, first is cowards. (Rev. 21:8)
Those who hunger and thirst are the people that The Lord would love to speak to.
God honors us when we hunger and thirst for Him.
God is the nicest person you will meet, he will always say comforting words to us.
His voice brings direction to our lives.
Luke 5 Jesus asked Peter and his friend to become fishers of men.
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