The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ.
Ephesians 4:11-13 (NRSV)
Contrary to popular belief, the main job of the biblical prophets was not to predict the future. Their primary purpose was not to make seemingly nonsensical statements that could only be understood in their later fulfillment through the gift of hindsight.
The role of the prophets was first and foremost to be a critic in their own time and place. To point out where Israel had wandered from its purpose, to show the way back, and to warn of the inevitable consequences of following an ultimately destructive course. Only then did they communicate God’s promises to restore the nation following a period of exile and suffering.
We tend to think of the prophets as people from an ancient time who no longer speak into our lives today. And yet, the apostle Paul insists that God gifts some to be prophets within the church. Does that still hold true today?
If so, who are the modern-day prophets? What are they saying? How can we listen to them?
This week at New Wineskins we’ll take a look at the tradition of prophecy in the church and discuss how the prophetic voice is still speaking to us as we navigate our current times and circumstances. Bring your questions and be prepared for a lively discussion!
Join us in the 167 Side Room of the Marietta Brewing Company this Sunday, May 31, and be part of the conversation!
Happy Half-Hour: 6:30pm
Conversation Begins: 7:00pm