1 Corinthians 14 Lesson

Do Prophets Exist Today?

PROPHECY

Do prophets exist today? To help answer that question, we must first define what the word "prophecy" means.  

Prophecy (source: dictionary.com}:

  • “To foretell or predict,”
  • “To indicate beforehand,”
  • “To declare or foretell by or if by divine inspiration.”

From this definition, we understand that prophecy involves predictions and declarations. We will look at each of these now in greater detail:

PREDICTIONS

As Christians, we know that Jesus promised that He is going to return.  This is a prediction we can have total confidence in making based on the following five scriptures:

  1. And as they were gazing intently into the sky while He was going, behold, two men in white clothing stood beside them.  They also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go intoheaven.” – Acts 1:10-11,
  2. “In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you.  If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.”John 14:2-3,
  3. “For this reason, you also must be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will.” – Mathew 24:44,
  4. “I am coming quickly; hold fast what you have, so that no one will take your crown.” Revelation 3:11,
  5. He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming quickly.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. – Revelation 22:20.

And while we know that Jesus is going to return, we do not know when that will be. Both Mathew and Mark wrote about this in their respective Gospels:

  • “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.” – Mark 13:32,

  • “Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming.” Mathew 24:42.

One prediction that will be right 100 percent of the time is predicting that Jesus is going to return. This is great news and a reason to have hope! And because of the hope that we have in Jesus, we can edify others and share the Gospel with them.

DECLARATIONS 

The definition of the word declaration is, "To make a formal or explicit statement or announcement." (source: Google dictionary)  

As Christians, we should be confident in the following four declarations:

  1. Jesus is the Messiah,
  2. He suffered and died for our sins at Calvary,
  3. He rose again and ascended to heaven,
  4. He is coming againto save all who follow Him and believe in Him.

CONCLUSION

Do prophets exist today?

Yes!  

Who are today's prophets?

Today's prophets are believers in Jesus that rightly divide the Word of God.  Today's prophets share the good news of Jesus with others, including His:

  • Death,
  • Burial,
  • Resurrection,
  • Promise to return.

We will end today's lesson with the following scripture:

  • “Pursue love, yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.” -1 Corinthians 14:1.

Comments

Drexel Deal

Over the years I’ve learn one of the best ways of sharing the gospel, is to bait the hook to suit the fish. I live in The Bahamas and we are surrounded by deep blue beautiful waters, that is teaming with all kinds of fish. We have visitors coming from all over the world to fish in our crystal clear waters, and I can now better appreciate why fishing is the most well-liked recreation sport in the world. Therefore, it goes without saying; when you give the fish what it wants you will get what you want.
However, fishing is not only about the right bait. It is also about the right time of day/ night, and not to mention the right location. All of the above must be taken into consideration when launching an effective evangelistic campaign. For example, some fish don’t bite during the heat of the day; rather, they only do so during the nights or early mornings. Likewise, it is more effective to do door to door witnessing during the time people are likely to be home.
Next, as they say in business; location, location and location. Just as fishermen knows the fish will not come to them; likewise we must go to the highways and byways to carry the gospel. Some fisherman will tell you that they will often travel three to four hours out to sea, to their favorite fishing spot where the fish is plentiful. One of my favorite fishing grounds to take the gospel are high schools, through a simple email followed up with a phone call I’ve addressed thousands of students during their assembly time.
Lastly, now that you have strategically position yourself in the midst of schools of fish the question is; what bait are you going to use? Some fish like smelly bait, while others like baits that are colorful and eye catching. Then there are those fish that are opportunists in nature, they will snatch the bait thinking it’s an easy meal like a worm dangling from a hook. Then there are those fish that lay dormant during the day, where you must offer them something they really like to get them to bite when they're not actively feeding.
This is why every encounter is different when sharing the gospel. What might work for one person, might not work for another person of the same age, race and similar background. This is why it is important to talk with people and ask questions; base on their answers it will give you the ideal scriptures to use to lure them in to Christ.
When I am addressing a school assembly with hundreds of students, I always have three topics/ angles as my bait to reach as many students as possible. I put myself in their position when I was their age, and I speak to them as if I’m speaking to myself. This simple strategy has resulted in thousands of young people giving their lives to Jesus Christ, because I’m always mindful to bait the hook to suit the fish.

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David Jungnickel

The thought of when to fish is intriguing. It seems that some times I find myself in the boat and the fish are not hungry. Thank you God for the challenge and the ability to determine the proper bait.

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Dan

Good comment from Drexel... the fisherman needs to know the fish.

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Drexel Deal

Over the years I’ve learn one of the best ways of sharing the gospel, is to bait the hook to suit the fish. I live in The Bahamas and we are surrounded by deep blue beautiful waters, that is teaming with all kinds of fish. We have visitors coming from all over the world to fish in our crystal clear waters, and I can now better appreciate why fishing is the most well-liked recreation sport in the world. Therefore, it goes without saying; when you give the fish what it wants you will get what you want.
However, fishing is not only about the right bait. It is also about the right time of day/ night, and not to mention the right location. All of the above must be taken into consideration when launching an effective evangelistic campaign. For example, some fish don’t bite during the heat of the day; rather, they only do so during the nights or early mornings. Likewise, it is more effective to do door to door witnessing during the time people are likely to be home.
Next, as they say in business; location, location and location. Just as fishermen knows the fish will not come to them; likewise we must go to the highways and byways to carry the gospel. Some fisherman will tell you that they will often travel three to four hours out to sea, to their favorite fishing spot where the fish is plentiful. One of my favorite fishing grounds to take the gospel are high schools, through a simple email followed up with a phone call I’ve addressed thousands of students during their assembly time.
Lastly, now that you have strategically position yourself in the midst of schools of fish the question is; what bait are you going to use? Some fish like smelly bait, while others like baits that are colorful and eye catching. Then there are those fish that are opportunists in nature, they will snatch the bait thinking it’s an easy meal like a worm dangling from a hook. Then there are those fish that lay dormant during the day, where you must offer them something they really like to get them to bite when they're not actively feeding.
This is why every encounter is different when sharing the gospel. What might work for one person, might not work for another person of the same age, race and similar background. This is why it is important to talk with people and ask questions; base on their answers it will give you the ideal scriptures to use to lure them in to Christ.
When I am addressing a school assembly with hundreds of students, I always have three topics/ angles as my bait to reach as many students as possible. I put myself in their position when I was their age, and I speak to them as if I’m speaking to myself. This simple strategy has resulted in thousands of young people giving their lives to Jesus Christ, because I’m always mindful to bait the hook to suit the fish.

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John
Drexel Deal

Wow! That is tremendous! Thank you so much for sharing!

That sounds like a great sermon!

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