Prophesy: Three Foundational Principles

Prophetic Ministry Training

Personal Prophecy: Three Foundational Principles

  1. The primary purpose of prophetic ministry is to edify, encourage, and comfort God’s people

He gave some to be … prophets … for the equipping of the saints, for the work of service, and for the building up of the body of Christ, until we all come into the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, into a complete man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ

Ephesians 4:11-13

But when someone prophesies, he speaks to encourage people, to build them up, and to bring them comfort.

1 Corinthians 14:3
  1. All believers are exhorted to earnestly seek after spiritual gifts, especially prophecy

Each believer is given continuous revelation by the Holy Spirit to benefit not just himself but all.

1 Corinthians 12:7

But earnestly covet the higher gifts.

1 Corinthians 12:31

Follow after love and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.

1 Corinthians 14:1
  1. All prophetic words must be judged/weighed by the body of Christ

Never restrain or put out the fire of the Holy Spirit. And don’t be one who scorns prophecies, but be faithful to examine them by putting them to the test, and afterward hold tightly to what has proven to be right. Avoid every appearance of evil.

And the same with prophecy. Let two or three prophets prophesy and let the other prophets carefully evaluate and discern what is being said. But if someone receives a revelation while someone else is still speaking, the one speaking should conclude and allow the one with fresh revelation the opportunity to share it. For you can all prophesy in turn and in an environment where all present can be instructed, encouraged, and strengthened. Keep in mind that the anointing to prophesy doesn’t mean that the speaker is out of control—he can wait his turn. For God is the God of harmony, not confusion, as is the pattern in all the churches of God’s holy believers.

1 Thessalonians 5:19-22; 1 Corinthians 14:29-33
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