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LESSON 19: THE DUTIES AND MARKS OF TRUE PROPHETS

THE DUTIES AND MARKS OF TRUE PROPHETS

MEMORY VERSE: “But he that prophesieth speakth unto men to

edification, and exhortation, and comfort”.

BIBLE PASSAGE: 1 Corinthians 14:22-23

INTRODUCTION:

In our last lesson, the ministry gift of the Prophet was considered. We

shall look in to greater details this week about the purpose and duties

of prophets and the mark of true prophets.

LESSON OUTLINES

1. DUTIES OF TRUE PROPHETS

2. THE MARKS OF TRUE PROPHETS AND TRUE PROPHESIES

DUTIES FO TRUE PROPHETS

Those who are called to be prophet in the church have special duties to

perform. It is not everyone who prophesies that can perform all these

rules but those who are called to be prophets do. They confirm God’s

guidance (Acts 13:1-4). They declare openly by inspiration, words from

God without fear of position (Acts 21:8-11). They exhort, edify and

comfort (1 Corinthians 14:1-3). They convict unbelievers and turn them

to Christ (1 Corinthians 14:24-25; 2 Kings 17:13).

THE MARKS OF TRUE PROPHETS AND TRUE PROPHESIES

False prophesying comes from deceived hearts or those who spoke a

borrowed message (Jeremiah 14:13-14) or people who made

themselves prophets for materials gains (Micah 3:5). True prophecies

do not contradict the scriptures. They agree with sound doctrines (1

Peter 1:25). True prophets confess Christ (1 John 4:1-3). False prophets

teach sexual immorality and they try to lead people away from

obedience to God’s word (2 Peter 2:1-3). They also deceive with

miraculous signs (Matthew 7:15-16). Some claim divinity and their

prophecies do not come to pass (Deuteronomy 18:20-22).

CONCLUSION

Prophecies must be judged according to God’s word. The revealed

word of god is the yardstick to determine the validity of prophecy. The

believer is not expected to be looking for prophets because we all have

the Holy Spirit who will teach us all we ought to know – 1 Peter 1:25;

Romans 8:14. You too can have the spiritual gift of prophecy.

QUESTIONS

1. Mention some important purposes of prophecy in the Church?

2. How can one recognize false prophets?

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