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SUNDAY 19 AUGUST 2018
Ephesians deals with topics at the very core of what it means to be a Christian—both in faith and in practice, it invites us to continue our journey of “Shema” - hearing and responding to the invitation and challenges God is placing on our hearts as individuals, households and as a community.
Today we continue our exploration of the five gifts (APEST – Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Shepherd, Teacher) described in Ephesians 4.
We believe that every single one of us is gifted by God in one of these giftings. Today we are discovering the prophetic gift – the one who sees and hears God’s heart and communicates it with those around them.
Prophetically gifted people are the heart revealers in the church community. They are often gifted in the areas of worship, poetry and art. Prophets are agitators for change. They tend to ask pointed questions and highlight the gap between God’s call and people’s obedience.
Prophets desire for the church to be a restored community that offers an alternative society – with a strong commitment to worship, prayer, spiritual warfare, holiness, justice and incarnational witness. Its probably the loneliest of the five gifts and the one most open to misunderstanding.
When the gift is immature it can be volatile and divisive and if there is a history of misunderstanding they can get grouchy and judgmental. But the mature gift, like Jesus, brings joy, hope, declaration of God’s abiding love, the call to righteousness and connection.
Outside of the church prophetic men and women are agents for cultural change, social justice and integrity.