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Prophetic Preaching

Jesus answered, “My teaching is not my own. It comes from the One who sent Me.” (John 7:16)

Jesus consistently preached under the anointing of God, as we see in the above verse. Yet the key to being prophetic is that Jesus’ message carried the weight of supernatural creativity, breakthrough and fulfillment.  A prophetic preacher may use the gifts of teaching, exhortation and prophecy in a variety of ways; but the power of the message itself, will shift the atmosphere (Rom. 1:16-17). That is what makes it prophetic!

“And take the … sword of the Spirit, which is the word [rhema] of God” (Eph 6:17)

Prophetic Preaching contains a ‘Now’ Word:

The prophetic gift is employed to make known the thoughts, purpose and intent of God. Prophetic preaching has a sense of immediacy. In the New Testament, the Greek word ‘rhema’ primarily refers to the spoken word that carries power in its ‘utterance’, whereas ‘logos’ primarily refers to the written word, the logic of God or His thought process. Prophetic teaching and preaching releases the rhema of God’s “Spirit-breathed”, current Word. It is designed to reveal the Father’s “Now Word”, making known something that if believed would come forth. It answers the question, ‘What is God’s Word to us in this season?’

Example: The Apostle Paul said, “the word is near you even in your mouth and in your heart, that is the word of faith that we preach” (Rom. 10:8). He goes on to say that if you act on it by confessing and believing, you will be saved… You will be transformed!

What happens in prophetic preaching is that we are drawn into an experience by the conviction of the Holy Spirit as well as the will to believe and step into its power. It sets a Kairos moment… the opportune time for change and transformation. Prophetic preaching opens doorways into heavenly blessing, revelation and assignments.

“This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words.” (1 Cor 2:13)

Based on Spiritual Revelation:

Prophetic preaching is inspired by the Holy Spirit through the means of revelation. The word ‘revelation’ in the New Testament Greek, apokalupsis, means an ‘uncovering’ or ‘disclosure’. In other words, God is revealing something by His Spirit that is not known by natural means… its a mystery. There is often a call to action or a need to respond and activate the Word received by the hearer. This is why we place a high priority on seasons of prayer or altar times, to allow the Holy Spirit to speak to our hearts when the atmosphere has been shifted in a room or auditorium. This may be to align one’s heart or actions, to pay attention to a timely warning or submit to guidance. When we do not position ourselves for God’s present or future plans, we often miss our opportunity. The consistent results of the prophetic instructions of God are for transformation and breakthrough.

Notice these two examples:

  1. “The children of Issachar, who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel should do… and all their brethren were at their command” (1 Chron. 12:32)
  2. “When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at His teaching, because He taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.” (Mt. 7:28-29)

Prophetic Preaching Carries Authority:

This authority is not based upon the preacher’s gift, but on the basis of being entrusted with a message from God Himself. Throughout Scripture, the instruction given through a prophet brought breakthrough for God’s people. This included strategic guidance in a time of warfare (2 Chron. 20:14-17), a word of action in crisis (Gen 41:25-46) or a specific declaration of breakthrough (2 Kings 7:1-2). Prophetic preaching is of great value when a shift is needed to bring the Kingdom of God and push back against the darkness that floods our vision.

Empowering the Church:

“Judas and Silas, who themselves were prophets, said much to encourage and strengthen the believers.”  (Acts 15:32)

The outcome of prophetic preaching, just as with all prophetic ministry, is that the Church and its leadership is built up, strengthened and empowered. (1 Cor 14:3-4)

Bible Teachers

“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.”  (2 Tim. 2:15)

“Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.” (Jms. 3:1)

“In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food!” (Heb. 5:12)

There is an expectation that as Christians, we mature to become teachers of the Word. But we must realize that raising up teachers in the Body of Christ, requires understanding in the things of the Spirit. Teaching; as with anything done for God, must carry an anointing and a testing of character, especially if it is to feed the hungry with Truth. Jesus, praying to His Father said, “Sanctify them by Your Truth. Your Word is Truth” (Jn. 17:17). With maturity comes responsiblity, and with responsibility comes accountability. Without a doubt, the greatest work of the Bible Teacher is to mature the believers so that they correctly and consistently divide God’s Words of Truth for themselves.

The “Sophomore Effect”: (Prov. 18:2) 

The word “sophomore” comes from “sophus” which means wise, and “moros” which means fool (where we get the word “moron”). A sophomore will often feel smarter than they really are. This sophomore effect is a dangerous reality that most recent converts must wrestle with. The Apostle Paul instructs overseers to “not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil” (1 Tim. 3:6). He goes on to say that “they want to be teachers of the law, but they do not know what they are talking about or what they so confidently affirm.” (1 Tim. 1:7)

Influence Requires Maturity:

As teaching can have a huge impact on many people, teachers are to be judged more strictly, and not just by God. Teachers need to be scrutinized by the leaders and mature believers around them. They need correction and instruction in their gift, so they become workmen who accurately divide and offer practical instruction in the Truth. God’s Word, is what we are aiming to teach; and while there may always be a variety of methods, there are no real shortcuts. God’s Word must be taught in a way that releases the revelation of God’s heart. 

The Real Issue – “Itching Ears”

Too often people listen to teachers only to affirm what they want to hear, what sounds good to their “itching ears”. Yet, what sounds good; may actually offer no benefit, or worse - it may be harmful to their walk of faith. The Apostle Paul tells us, “the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.” (2 Tim. 4:3-4) Too many Christians replace the Bible with their own theories and find their lives wandering off the solid paths of Christ. Even teachers who are products of a Bible College education can become mindless drones whose allegiance is to a denomination, religious tradition or worse, a “new revelation” of some sort, rather than the Word of God.

Warning to Teachers - ”Wolves”:

There are reasons why the Bible warnings us to beware of false teachers! Its because they are wolves in sheep’s clothing and have done great damage to the faith of honest believers. The Apostle Peter points out that, “…there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Sovereign Lord who bought them - bringing swift destruction on themselves. Many will follow their shameful ways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up” (2 Pet. 2:1-3). Even Jesus tried to warn us, “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves” (Mt 7:15).

Yet teaching the Word of God in an accurate way, releases abundant joy and spiritual strength into the Body of Christ! (Eph. 4:11-16)

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