In this series of sermons concerning spiritual gifts, our founding pastor, preaches on the gift of prophecy. Here are some excerpts:
“…Prophecy” means “speaking forth on behalf of someone else.” An interesting Old Testament example of this is found in Exodus 4. When God called Moses to lead his people Israel out of Egyptian bondage, Moses made the excuse that he had no “charisma”! How could he rally the people?… But God said to him,… “Your brother Aaron will be your prophet” (Exodus 4:14-16; 7:1). Aaron, speaking on behalf of Moses, became his “prophet.”…”
A prophet was God’s mouthpiece to the people. He received his message from God by a dream, or a vision, or by direct verbal communication from the Lord. And what the Lord put in his mouth, he spoke. The Old Testament prophet analyzed the current spiritual condition of the people, telling them that their sinful ways would end in terrible judgment. He called them to repentance and godliness. He instructed, warned, exhorted, promised and rebuked. He upbraided them for the formalism of their worship — how they offered sacrifices but refused to obey God’s law. He stressed moral duty, promoted national righteousness, thundered against hypocrisy, warned against the inevitable consequences of their sin, and repeated God’s gracious promises for the future…”
“Seek opportunities to engage in meaningful conversation with relatives, friends, fellow workers, people you meet on planes or the Metro. Often you will find that they will open up and reveal their hurts, their frustrations, and their aspirations… Let the love of Christ compel you (2 Corinthians 5:14) to offer help where help is sorely needed, and in so doing you will join the noble army of prophets who have answered the call of God throughout the ages!…”
The Gift Of Prophecy. Graham has a lot more to say about this topic. If you would like to learn more, please download and read the attached transcript of the sermon, as the above excerpts do not even scratch the surface. If you would like to do a word search on the transcript, download the file, and then open the file with your web browser after downloading and use your browser’s find feature.