1 Corinthians 14 Lesson

Prophets

Chapter 14 deals primarily with two topics:

  1. The superiority of prophecy compared to speaking in tongues.
  2. Order in the worship service.

For today’s study, we will be looking at the question:

DO PROPHETS EXIST TODAY?

To help us answer that question, we must first define what the word "prophecy" means.  

Prophecy – “To make predictions. To make inspired declarations of what is to come. To speak as a mediator between God and humankind or in God’s stead.” Source: dictionary.com

This definition includes making predictions and declarations.  We will now look at each of these in greater detail.

PREDICTIONS

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

  • 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 into heaven.” – Acts 1:10-11.

  • “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.

  • “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.

  • “I am coming quickly; hold fast what you have, so that no one will take your crown.” – Revelation 3:11.

  • He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming quickly.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. – Revelation 22:20.

While we are assured that Jesus is coming back, we cannot claim to know when that will be.

  • “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.” – Mathew 24:36/Mark 13:32.

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

We can, and should, share the good news that Jesus is going to return.  We can be "prophetic" in telling people that Jesus is going to return.  The Bible tells us repeatedly that Jesus is going to return.  As followers of Jesus, we need to share the good news of what He did, and we need to let people know that He is coming back.  

DECLARATIONS 

To make a declaration means, "To make a formal or explicit statement or announcement."  

The Apostle Paul wrote in his second letter to Timothy: 

“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” – 2 Timothy 3:16-17.

Based on the scriptures, we should have no problem making the following 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 again to save all who follow Him and believe in Him.

Knowing that all scripture is inspired by God, we can be confident in declarations of what is to come, provided the Bible is our resource.

CONCLUSION

Do prophets exist today?

Yes!

Today's prophets are believers in Jesus that rightly divide the Word of God.  Today's prophets are followers of Jesus who share the good news of His death, burial, resurrection, and coming return. 

Prophets are NOT people that add to or take away from God's word.  Everything that we declare or predict must be supported and in complete agreement with the scriptures.

We will end today's lesson with the following warning not to add or subtract from God's word:

"I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book." - Revelation 22:18-19.

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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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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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