GUIDELINES FOR GIVING PROPHECY
These instructions are for the safe delivery of the prophetic in small groups, person to person, and the large gatherings.
Prophecy is an inspired utterance (presumably from God) that a person, gives to either another, or to a group.
According to 1st Corinthians 14:3: Prophecy is to edify, exhort and comfort.
These three words are the biblical boundaries of prophetic words that are to be used towards one another in Plantagenet Family Church.
Prophecy is an utterance that is to be delivered with humility and love
(1 Corinthians 14:1-3)
Prophecy is to be evaluated (1 Cor 14:29) and therefore should not be a secretive or private thing, and must always be in accord with the objective word of God, “The Holy Bible”.
Prophecy should never be a vehicle for bringing personal correction to someone under the guise of “God says” or “I think God says”
We must be very careful that we do not take the name of the Lord in vain.
Prophecies that are directive either personal or public, i.e. “The Lord is saying you must sell your house and go to Mongolia.” are forbidden.
This type of utterance is particularly dangerous to immature Christians and has brought the whole ministry of the prophetic into disrepute. (Mature Christians are able to discern and disregard counterfeit manifestations)
Therefore, if one receives a word that does not fall within the boundaries of encouragement, exhortation and comfort, the rule in Plantagenet Family Church is that this word must be submitted to the Pastors to judge.(before speaking to the person)
The person who has submitted this word to the Pastors has then discharged their responsibility. The proper authorities will then have the responsibility to pastorally convey (or pray).
Do not violate a person’s dignity
Sometimes God may give a mature Christian an insight into another person’s struggles or issues, but in most cases this would be a call for private not public prayer and intercession on behalf of the person.
If necessary seek counsel from the Pastoral team who has the overall responsibility for the church.
Remember: it’s not about control but it’s about credibility, integrity and safety.
When delivering a word from God (that we humbly trust is inspired,) it is an acceptable and recommended practice to preface what is said by honestly saying
“this is a word that I feel or sense from God for you”
When you have given a word, take responsibility and ask the question “does this make any sense, or how has this affected you?”
It is unacceptable to give a word and then walk away from it and not be involved pastorally as the person processes the word you gave them.
If you are not prepared to be a biblical brother or sister walking in unity and love, don’t presume to speak into a person’s life.
We are a body that is committed to building one another up.
Cryptic words (ostensibly from God) that leave a person confused, disturbed, condemned or upset are unacceptable.
New Testament operation of the prophetic is not to be modeled on Old Testament prophets. (Many prophetic people who are independent are seduced into believing they are Gods Law enforcement officers)
The prophetic that is delivered independent of the shepherd’s heart of the Lord Jesus is suspect. All ministry needs to be based on a thorough New Covenant understanding of the heart of the Lord Jesus Christ (The shepherd)
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine for reproof, for correction and for instruction in righteousness” (2nd Tim 3:16)
The scriptures are given to us not for our own private “whatever seems right to me”, interpretation, but for the collective wisdom of the body to determine.
Much error and heresy could have been prevented throughout church history if individuals would humbly submit their views and revelations for the collective wisdom of the body rather than construct a private interpretation.
If doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction for righteousness must be regulated by scripture, it follows that in the same way, prophecy (which is a valid ministry of the Holy Spirit) must be protected and regulated Biblically by the collective wisdom of the body – as we (with humility) submit our revelations and ideas to scripture and one another.
Finally, Plantagenet Family Church is a safe place to grow and develop in our ministry together so, have a go and we will learn as we grow.
Original by Eric Stillman March 2006