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
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
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
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


What is the Purpose of Prophetic Ministry?
• Looking for Treasure
• Cross determined the value of People
• God saw something good while we were still sinners
• Simon – Peter


Finding Treasure in the Life of Sinners
• But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or outsider enters, he is convicted by all, he is called to account by all, the secrets of his
heart are disclosed, and so, falling on his face, he will worship God and declare that God is really among The Gift of Prophecy
4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5 and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; 6 and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. 7 To each is given the
manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 8 To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of
tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills. 1 Cor 12:4-11 (ESV) you. 1 Cor 14:24-25
• Prophecy reveals the secrets in
unbeliever’s hearts


Earnestly desire = Lust after
1 Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy. 2 For one who speaks in a tongue speaks not to men but to God; for no one understands him, but he utters mysteries in the Spirit. 3 On the other hand, the one who prophesies speaks to people for their upbuilding and encouragement and
consolation. 1 Cor 14:1-3 (ESV)


Prophecy is a Gift-Not an Award
• But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things
there is no law. Gal 5:22-23
• The gift of prophecy is for purpose of:
• Edification= to build up
• Exhortation= to call near
• Consolation= to cheer up


To Encourage the Church
• Gift of Prophecy is not to direct or correct the Body of Christ
• Encourage the church
• We never allow ministering to speak negatively
• Prophesy the answer not the problem

For you can all prophesy one by one, so that all may learn and all be encouraged, 1 Cor 14:31 (ESV)
17 And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams; 18 even on my male servants and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy. Acts 2:17-18 (ESV)


The Calling of a Prophet
7 But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. 8 Therefore it says, “When he ascended on high he led a host of captives, and he gave gifts to men.” 9 ( In saying, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower parts of the earth?10 He who descended is the one who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.) 11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ Eph 4:7-13 (ESV)


• The one who receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and the one who receives a righteous person because he is a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s
reward. Matt 10:41 (ESV)
• The grace to see and hear


The Fivefold Ministry
• Apostles- govern
• Prophets- guide
• Evangelists- gather
• Pastors- guard
• Teachers- ground
• But we have the mind of Christ 1 Cor 2:16


Difference Between Prophets and
• To be a prophet is a calling (they are gift)
• To minister in prophecy is a gift (ability)


Prophecy Defined
• Foretelling- to know the future (Acts 11:28)
• Forthtelling- to cause the future (Ezk. 37)
• Word of Knowledge= describes something that took place in the past, a current circumstance, or a fact about someone’s life. So it is simply knowing a fact revealed by the Holy Spirit


Three Parts of Prophecy
1. Revelation- The person who gives the word
is responsible for the revelation of the word
2. Interpretation- What does the revelation mean, don’t try.
3. Application- What should we do once we know what the word means?