Today the church can seem divided over the gifts of the spirit especially prophecy and tongues. Why is this? I believe the reason for this is the diversity of churches we have today. People go to the church they are the most comfortable in, so people with one type of gift of the spirit will attend one type of church and people with other gifts will attend other churches. You have churches with strengths in mainly one or two areas and we are not forced to reconcile our differences.
Just under half of the churches in America reject all or most tongues and prophecies, they believe these gifts have ceased. The rest seem to embrace them with little or no discernment. Thus we have two extremes and a small few in the middle.
In 1 Thessalonians 5:19-22 we are commanded to do these things. (19) Do not quench the Spirit. (20) Do not despise prophecies, (21) but test everything; hold fast what is good. (22) Abstain from every form of evil.
There are a great number of false prophecies and false tongues today and deceiving spirits but this does not mean we reject everything without weighing, and testing them. We are commanded not quench the Spirit.
For those who are cessationist, meaning some of the gifts have ceased (tongues, prophecy and miracles) the argument must not be from our experience but from the Word of God. Can we rule out everything without testing and weighing? Additionally, for those who believe the gifts continue today, are you truly weighing everything with the Word of God or are you going on your experience? 1 Timothy 4:1 Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons,
We live in a dangerous time, on one side of the line we risk embracing a lie and on the other side of the line we risk rejecting the Holy Spirit. May God help us discern.
Romans 12:3-8 Sermon Text
FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT
Acts 4:8 ESV Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders,
- Peter already had the Holy Spirit
- Paul already had the Holy Spirit
- Well was overflowing
Differing Gifts – Not all have the same gift
Mat 7:7 “Ask, and it will be given to you– Bread or Fish – Snake?
Many turn to a bottle / Drugs
Social Hour – Facebook
JOY, BOLDNESS / GENTLENESS, PEACE IN STORMS
PROPHECY OR PROPHET
What is a prophet? Teacher?
Distinctions between prophet & teacher
Teacher studies and prepares ~ Delivers
Teaching is a gift empowered and guided by the spirit ~ study
Teachers can prophecy ~ Closely linked ~ Not the same!
Prophecy can contain future events
Prophet – Messengers of God
Prophecy – Inspiration of the Holy Spirit, filling of the Holy Spirit
- Never a new doctrine
- Never above scripture
- Holy Spirit Always Glorifies Christ
- Our experience can NEVER trump the Word of God
Not of the will of man 2 Peter 1:21 ESV For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
OT – Miriam, Deborah, Huldah, Noadiah, Isiah’s Wife
NT – Anna, The 4 daughters of Phillip
Micah 6:4 ESV
Acts 2:17-18 ESV
1 Corinthians 14:3
INSTRUCT, COMFORT, ENCOURAGE, REBUKE, CONVICT, and STIMULATE
1 Corinthians 14:29-40
- One speaks the others weigh
- No one speaks out of turn
- The spirits of the prophet are subject to the prophet – Orderly
- Women, a command or custom
- Prophets or Spiritual will submit to scripture
- Earnestly desire prophesy
- Do not forbid speaking in tongues
- Decently and in order
1 Thessalonians 5:19-21 ESV (19) Do not quench the Spirit. (20) Do not despise prophecies, (21) but test everything; hold fast what is good.
- Test everything!
- Too much FALSE stuff so – FORBID IT
- Experience vs. Word of God
- Word of God says DO NOT FORBID IT
- Know the scriptures – Word of God is the test
Most churches are lacking in one of these areas. In 1 Thessalonians 5:19-21 we are commanded to do these things. (19) Do not quench the Spirit. (20) Do not despise prophecies, (21) but test everything; hold fast what is good. (22) Abstain from every form of evil.