What About Prophecy?
October 11, 2020
One of the questions I am asked most often is about the charismatic sign gifts (tongues, miracles, and prophecy primarily) — what is GBC’s position and my position on those gifts? It’s an important question to ask because it affirms where we receive power for ministry and thus it will shape how we do ministry. It will not only determine how we interpret Scripture, but it also reveals what we even think about Scripture.
It’s also a question on which there is much confusion because of some of the assertions that have been made by otherwise godly men about the topic:
- “There is almost uniform testimony from all sections of the charismatic movement that prophecy is imperfect and impure, and will contain elements which are not to be obeyed or trusted” (Wayne Grudem, The Gift of Prophecy in the New Testament and Today, 110). And, “Usually this has been because they did not realize that prophecy in the Church age is not the word of God, and can frequently contain errors” (Grudem, The Kingdom and Power, 84).
- “One should avoid looking to or depending on the gift of prophecy for making routine daily decisions in life. God does not intend for the gift of prophecy to be used as the usual way we make decisions regarding his will” (Sam Storms, Are Miraculous Gifts for Today? Four Views, 211).
With so much confusion on the topic, this morning we will look at Romans 12:6 (and many other passages) to see what the Bible says about the spiritual gift of prophecy. Here is the conclusion (at the beginning of the message):
The spiritual gift of prophecy was a foundational gift in building the church.
It is no longer functional today.
Let’s answer four questions about the gift of prophecy:
- What is the Biblical Gift of Prophecy?
- The Old Testament Prophets
- The New Testament Prophets
- How Was Prophecy to be Used in the NT?
- Is Prophecy a Gift for Today?
- Why is This So Important?
Download the rest of this sermon on Romans 12:6.
The audio will be posted on the GBC website by tomorrow.