Purpose of Prophetic Ministry

I. Prophetic Ministry is looking for treasure in people
A. Simon = “broken reed”
B. Peter = “rock”
1. I’m going to build upon how I see you
II. Finding Treasure in the Life of sinners
A. I Cor 14:24-25 24 But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or an uninformed person
comes in, he is convinced by all, he is convicted by all. 25 And thus the secrets of
his heart are revealed; and so, falling down on his face, he will worship God and
report that God is truly among you.
B. Romans 3:23 “we all fall short of the glory of God”
1. Prophecy brings people to a revelation of the glory of God has come to
them.
2. The are living below the glory God has for them
III. Prophetic Ministry Changes People’s Hearts
A. I Sam 9:19-20, I Sam 10:5-6
1. Who Saul could not see who he was by low self-esteem
a. “I’m a Benjamite, smallest tribe, my family is the least.” “Why do you
speak to me this way?”
b. “You will be changed into another man”
c. Prophetic ministry reveals and restore the real man
IV. Does Greatness promote Pride
A. The truth of God’s Grace humbles a man without degrading him, exalts a man
with out inflating him
B. * story of an artist and his painting
C. God is glorified when we become who we are supposed to be.
V. The Fivefold Ministry
A. Apostles – govern
1. Apostles are similar to the general contractor who oversees the project and
seed the overall picture
B. Prophets – guide
1. Prophets are the architects who assist the general contractor to know what
the project should look like
C. Evangelists – gather
1. Evangelists’ concern is for the lost
D. Pastors – guard
1. A pastor’s heart is for the saved
E. Teachers – ground
1. A teacher’s primary role is to help the flock understand the Word of God.
VI. The Difference Between Prophets and Prophecy
A. To be a prophet is a calling
B. To minister in prophecy is a gift
C. Calling
1. Gives identity
2. I Cor 1:1 “Paul, called as an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God”
D. Gifting
1. Gives ability
2. I Peter 4:10 “As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving
one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God”
E. Anointing
1. Gives purpose
2. Isa 61:1 “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has
anointed me to bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up
the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and freedom to
prisoners”
VII. Prophecy Defined
A. Prophecy in the purist sense is foretelling and forthtelling
B. Foretelling – to know the future
C. Forthtelling – to cause the future
D. Ezekiel 37
VIII. Word of Knowledge
A. Word of knowledge
1. Describes something that took place in the past, a current circumstance, or
a fact about someone’s life
B. Pure prophecy is about the future
IX. Levels of Prophecy
A. Level 1 – Prophetic Culture
1. Takes place when a prophet or high level prophetic anointing is present in
a geographic location
a. within this atmosphere even non-prophetic people can prophecy
b. demonstrated in the life of King Saul
B. Level 2 – The Gift of Prophecy
1. The Holy Spirit’s gifts working in and through a person
C. Level 3 – Prophetic People
1. These people are not prophets because that is not the call on their lives, but
they operate in the Holy Spirit’s gift at a high level.
2. They also have a proven prophetic ministry and they have a strong
relationship with the church leadership
D. Level 4 – Prophets and Prophetesses
1. This is the highest level of prophetic ministry
X. The Three Parts of Prophecy
A. Revelation
1. The person who gives the prophetic word is responsible for the revelation
of the word.
B. Interpretation
1. What does the revelation mean? Prophetic people need to realize that just
because they had a revelation does not mean that they have the
interpretation.
2. We can get into trouble when we try to interpret a vision or some other
form of God’s voice
C. Application
1. What should we do with the word once we know what it means?
2. Our pastor or overseer should always be involved when the prophetic word
includes direction.
D. When God stops speaking, we should too!
* V. – X. taken from Basic Training for the Prophetic Ministry