Paul encourages us to pursue the gift of prophecy (1 Corinthians 14:1, 5, 39) and to offer others our prophecies "according the measure of faith" we have been given (Romans 12:6). Paul also makes it clear that prophecy is intended to encourage and edify the church (1 Corinthians 14:3, 22-25). As a member of First Baptist Church Forest park, our expectation is that you would be diligent in your personal Bible study as well as your participation in our weekly gatherings. We further recognize the reality that God primarily speaks through His Word (the Bible) and, therefore, there is no replacement for regular, consistent, time spent reading and studying the Bible. During our private Bible study time God often speaks to us directly about the circumstances in our lives. He encourages us and corrects us as we seek to know Him in a personal and intimate way. There will also be times when He reveals something to you that is of benefit to our entire church family. When He does that, we want to hear about it!
Below is a simple form you can use to communicate with us what God has revealed to you. Once your prophecy (God's encouragement) is submitted, the elders of the church will evaluate your submission according to 1 Corinthians 14:29. Your prophecy will be evaluated by the following standard...
- Have you spent time with the Lord listening to what he says? (Jer. 23:22)
- Can you support your prophecy with scripture?
- What measure of faith has God given you about your prophecy? (Rom. 12:6)
- Is your prophecy encouraging and edifying to the church? (1 Corinthians 14:3, 22-25)
- Does your prophecy stand up to evaluation from trusted believers? (1 Cor. 14:29)
Once your prophecy (encouraging word from God) has been submitted, evaluated, and accepted you will be invited to read your prophecy during our 11:00 worship service the following week.