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LESSON 18 THE MINSITRY OF THE PROPHET

 

MEMORY VERSE: “Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons

of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the

Spirit”.

BIBLE PASSAGE: 2 Peter 1:19-21

INTRODUCTION

Samuel was the first Old Testament’s major prophet even though many had

uttered prophecies before him. They manifested the speaking gift of

prophecy but Samuel ministered in the office of a prophet. The ministry gift

of prophecy is still active in the New Testament times. (1 Samuel 9:9; 1

Corinthians 12:28).

LESSON OUTLINES

1. WHO IS A PROPHET?

2. CHARACTERSITICS OF TRUE PROPHETS

WHO IS A PROPHET?

A prophet, simply put, is a “speaker” for God (Jeremiah 1:9). He proclaims a

message given him by God and not from his own spirit (Hebrews 1:1). A

prophet is primarily a preacher of righteousness (Acts 15:32) but sometimes

foretell future (Acts 11:28, 21:10). He sees and hears things beyond the

natural realm usually through visions, dreams, trance, inward voice and

unusual visitation of the presence and power of God (Numbers 12:6, Amos

3:7). He speaks in God’s name with God’s authority (2 Peter 1:20-21).

CHARACTERSITICS OF TRUE PROPHETS

True prophets live a holy life (2 Kings 4:9). They operate under the influence

of the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:67). Sometimes they speak in parables or by signs

(2 Samuel 12:1-6). A true prophet is faithful to the word received from God

(Jeremiah 23:28, Ezekiel 3:17-21).

They are not after material benefits associated with the office but rather

seek to do God’s will (2 Kings 5:15-16).

CONCLUSION

The church needs prophets today even as in the times past. However, care

must be taken not to allow diviners to assume the roles of prophets in our

churches. The life of the prophet and the biblical conformity of the prophecy

are very important. (Jeremiah 23:21; Ezekiel 13:7).

QUESTIONS

1. A person is not a prophet just because he prophesies. Explain.

2. What are the differences between a prophet and a diviners?

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