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A Gift For Everyone

What is the Gift of Prophecy?

Literal meaning  Literal meaning 
To speak before; to be interpret of God.

Description  Description 
The gift of prophecy is the special ability that God gives to certain members of the body of Christ to receive and communicate an immediate message from God to His people through a divinely appointed utterance, and to reveal truth and proclaim it in a timely and relevant manner for understanding, correction, repentance, or edification.

Bible references  Bible references 
Theory Practice
Romans 12:6 Isaiah 58:1
1 Corinthians 14:1,3,24,25 John 4:16-19
Ephesians 4:11-14 Acts 15:32

Distinctives  Distinctives 
People with this gift:
  • expose sin or deception in others for the purpose of reconciliation;

  • speak a timely word from God causing conviction, repentance, and edification;

  • see biblical truth that others often fall to see, and challenge them to respond;

  • warn of God’s immediate or future judgment if there is no repentance;

  • understand God’s heart and mind through experiences the Lord takes them through.

Personal traits and behaviors  Personal traits and behaviors 
A person with this gift is usually:
Discerning Authoritative
Convicting Confronting
Critical Determined
Courageous Uncompromising

Cautions  Cautions 
People with this gift:
  • need to be aware that listeners may reject the message if not spoken with love and compassion;

  • need to avoid pride which can create a demanding or discouraging spirit that hinders the gift;

  • should remember that discernment and Scripture must support and agree with each prophecy.

Mobilizing for ministry  Mobilizing for ministry 
People with this gift are needed in the church for:
Preaching Bible school teacher
Counselling Writing books and articles
Worship leaders Bible study leader

Related gifts  Related gifts 
This gift belongs to the category SIGNS. You may find useful to get information on other gifts which belong to this same category. These gifts are:
Healing Miracles Tongues and Interpretation