Developing Your Prophetic Gifting

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Prophecy has tremendous potential for encouraging vision, stimulating faith and bringing revival and renewal into the hart of the Church. Misused, however, the gift can engender strife, division and confusion.
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Overview

Prophecy has tremendous potential for encouraging vision, stimulating faith and bringing revival and renewal into the hart of the Church. Misused, however, the gift can engender strife, division and confusion.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800793265
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/1/2003
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 13
Introduction: Understanding Prophecy 15
Chapter 1 Understanding Prophecy 17
Prophecy and Scripture 17
Strategy and tactics 19
Humility is a prerequisite 20
Prophecy and history 20
Getting hold of the false 21
Overcoming the negatives 22
Counterarguments to release prophecy 23
Chapter 2 The Value of Prophecy 29
Prophecy restores people's dignity and self-respect 29
Prophecy edifies, encourages and comforts the church 30
Prophecy can bring correction and warning 31
Prophecy can provide direction and enhance vision 32
Prophecy provides an agenda for prayer 32
Prophecy opens up the teaching of the Word and confirms preaching 35
Prophecy can provide evangelistic breakthroughs 36
Prophecy can release the church into new doctrine or practices 37
Prophecy provides insight into counseling situations 38
Prophecy provides a spirit of thanksgiving and praise 39
Prophecy provides a faith injection 40
Prophecy is vital to spiritual warfare 41
Part 1 The Gift of Prophecy 43
Chapter 3 First Steps in Prophecy 45
Preparation 46
Desire to prophesy 52
How does prophecy come? 54
Chapter 4 The Practice of Prophecy 61
Objective ... the burden of God's heart 61
Diagnosis and prognosis 62
Negativity and judgmentalism 67
Deal with frustration 68
Don't be superspiritual 69
Revelation and information 70
Don't look for clues! 72
Consider the person you are ministering to 75
Recording prophecy 77
Personal and private prophecy 77
Chapter 5 Guidelines for Handling Prophecy 79
Judgment before delivery 81
Bring in outside perspective 84
Revelational prophecy and character 86
Interpretation 89
Application 92
Chapter 6 Personal Prophecy 95
What is the presbytery? 97
Prophets in the plural 98
Who needs prophecy? 99
When is it right to prophesy and when to open the Scriptures? 99
Leaders, ministries, people doing well 100
Prophecy is incomplete 102
The mercy of God never condones sin 103
Prophecy is ongoing and developmental 105
Prophecy is provisional and dependent on obedience 110
Part 2 Prophecy in the Church 117
Chapter 7 Judging and Weighing Prophecy 119
Section A The Main Tests 119
The biblical pattern 121
The tests 124
How do we handle negative prophecy? 141
How do we apply the tests? 144
Section B The Subsidiary Tests 145
Focus on the outcomes 145
We prophesy in part 148
There are different categories of prophetic words 150
Examine the track record 152
Distinguish between false prophecy and poor prophecy 153
We must always ask for God's permission to speak 156
Don't make any adjustments 158
Chapter 8 The Role of the Christian Prophet 159
The gift of prophecy 159
The prophetic ministry 160
The office of a prophet 162
The importance of development 162
Features of Old and New Testament prophets 164
The Christian prophet 167
Chapter 9 To Be or Not to Be? 175
Christian fatalism 175
Section A Acceptance and Acknowledgment 179
Established opinions hinder response 179
Witness of the spirit 181
Parable of the sower (Matthew 13:19-23) 182
Disobedience prevents us from hearing the Lord 182
Register the elements of truth 183
What happens when the opposite of the prophecy occurs? 184
There will be a contesting 187
Examine your faith for a good confession 189
Section B Absorption and Assimilation 192
Open the prophecy for comment by mature people 192
Accountability 193
Prophecy contains a moral imperative 196
God has His own agenda in prophecy 197
Don't neglect the character response 198
Prophecy will cause a shaking 202
Prophecy will test us 203
Section C Actualization and Attainment 205
Recognize our responsibilities 205
Timing and preparation 207
True Christian hope 212
Patience and perseverance 215
Chapter 10 A Framework for Prophecy in the Local Church 217
Inspirational prophecy 218
Encourage good habits 218
Chapter 11 Keeping Prophecy Alive 231
Part 3 The Leadership Role in Prophecy 237
Chapter 12 The Leadership Role in Prophecy 239
Leaders can despise prophecy 239
Prophecy tests the leadership 242
Prophecy affects the status quo 244
Corporate morality 245
Holding people's histories against them 248
Create a climate for prophecy 251
Chapter 13 Handling Wrong Prophecy 253
Know the difference between false and poor prophecy 254
Handling wrong prophecy in the meeting 258
Giving constructive criticism 262
Handling frustration and private opinion 263
Have integrity when cleaning up the mess 264
Chapter 14 The Prophetic Partnership 267
Controlling or releasing? 267
General criteria 268
Training, equipping and releasing the prophetic 269
Active cross-pollination 269
External ministry 270
Good leaders promote the interaction of ministry 271
Creating a prophetic team 272
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