We are continuing our look at the five-fold ministry of leadership that is laid out in Ephesians 4 and today we are examining the Prophets.
The role of a prophet is largely misunderstood in our society. What we often expect, and maybe even hope for, is someone that predicts the future. Our concept of a Nostradamus like person is foreign to the biblical life of a prophet. Instead, the role of a biblical prophet is to be a truth teller. They stand as a mouthpiece of God’s desire for the church: critiquing and challenging where the church has gone astray. Their cries for justice, fairness, and equity resembles the call of the early Israelite prophets and they way the people of God neglect the poor, broken, and disenfranchised. Their call echoes the mission of Jesus as found in Luke 4, and keep the church faithful in this mission.
[pullquote]So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. – Ephesians 4:11-13[/pullquote]
How the church can help them (Ways to release a prophet for mission):
Want to read the whole series? Here’s what’s been published so far: