The Gift of Prophecy

Joseph Holbrook, Jr.

READ : 1 Corinthians 14:1-5

In the twelfth chapter the Apostle Paul told the church that prophecy is one of the “gifts of the Spirit” (v. 10). Here in Chapter 14 he elaborates on that. In the Old Testament the prophets were the people God used to call his people back to the foundation of their faith when they had strayed from it.

New Testament prophecy is similar. Prophets are gifted by the Spirit not only to recognize when the rest of us are drifting from the gospel but also to call us back to obedience to God, the one who “has delivered us from the dominion of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved son” (Col. 1:13, rsv).

Often in church business meetings someone says, “It can’t be done. Where’s the money going to come from?”

When that happens, it is a joy to hear someone-often an elder-challenge the clergy to greater faith by reminding them of the Lord’s words: “Lift up your eyes and see how the fields are already white unto harvest” (John 4:35). Oh, that there were more bold prophets among us!


Forgive me, Lord, for letting naysayers discourage the church. Give me the courage to speak your word of victory to my brothers and sisters. In Jesus’ name. Amen.