Since the mid 20th century, we have seen the medium of communication go from a dependency upon the printed book (1517-1950), to broadcasting via radio and TV (1950-2010), to the present digital age. The results have been nothing short of a seismic shift related to the amount of access the average person has to unlimited voices and information! This has served to be both a blessing and a curse.
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The Corporate (Body) Nature of Prophecy
Paul continues his teaching on the nature and administration of the manifestations of the Spirit further on in chapter 12. 1 Corinthians 12: 5-7 says, “Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good”.
My objective in this article is to encourage all to prophesy within the boundaries of local church protocol as well as to help develop discernment in the congregation. I have found that the gift of prophecy is the most faith building of all the gifts of the Holy Spirit; hence, it can be the most dangerous gift or the greatest blessing — which is why we need strict guidelines.
The importance of a Disciple Making Movement (DMM)
Paul was able to win the city not by joining a political party but by making disciples and releasing these disciples to turn the world upside down. The early Acts narrative shows how the term disciples was not used until Acts 6:7, after the believers went through a process as shown Acts 2:42. (They were not event driven but process driven.) He did not attempt to plant mere churches but founded communities of disciples — which formed a Kingdom Ekklesia — since only a DMM can turn a city upside down! (When you plant a church you will create the culture of a synagogue, but when you make disciples you will always have a strong Ekklesia!)
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Contrasting the Two Churches (Ekklesia’s) in Acts 19
The governmental church of God that transforms society (according to the Genesis 1:28 cultural mandate) is illustrated succinctly in Acts chapter 19, where, in a three year period, Paul and his disciples engaged the powers of darkness that were behind the goddess Artemis, filled all of Asia Minor with the gospel, and transformed the economics and culture of that region. (Their influence was not limited to the lecture halls of Tyrannus.)
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