Lesson 03: Prophetic Preaching
Lecturer: Apostle Colette Toach
Based on Message 01 of the Preaching and Teaching Workshop by Apostle Colette Toach
As the Lord has raised up the fivefold ministry, it is no longer just the pastors that are being called to preach the Word of God. The prophets now also have their place to stand up and encouraged. Consider this passage and memorize it:
Acts 15:32 "And Judas and Silas, being prophets also themselves, exhorted the brothers with many words, and strengthened [them]." -(NKJV)
So what makes the preaching of a prophet so different to that of a pastor or a teacher? Well if you look at this passage, it would seem that prophets tend to talk a long more with 'many words'! But there are a few other things that distinguish the prophet from the other fivefold ministries when they stand up to speak publicly. I am going to outline the main points for you here.
The words of a prophet are always motivational. When you leave the meeting where a prophet spoke you feel moved. Either you are moved with conviction or moved with enthusiasm. You cannot sit and listen to a prophet without feeling your emotions touched in some way.
A prophet uses many pictures to give his message. This is something that the prophet has in common with the teacher when they minister.
When a prophet stands up to speak he would have prepared notes, but often do not keep to those notes. During the message they will receive revelations and visions and will follow the track of those.
At times it might seem that the prophet is jumping all over the place in their message, but that is likely due to the fact that the Lord is giving them things to say to those present, to ensure that every need is met.
3. No Principles
While a prophet will usually have a main point to share on, you do not leave the meeting of a prophet remembering much of what he said. You remember how you FELT. This is one of the major differences between prophetic preaching and teaching.
The Teacher teaches principles you can take home and apply and remember. A prophet preaches a message that you go home feeling and you remember the meeting and what it did for you, not so much what you learned from it.
You apply what you learned from the teacher, but you experience what you heard from the prophet.
4. Emphasis on Worship and Jesus
Because the prophet has learned to come into an intimate relationship with Jesus, they will be keen to encouraged others into this also. They will speak of Jesus all the time and not just "God".
The Lord is a real person to them and not just a deity. They will encourage others to experience this too. No matter what a prophet preaches, you can guarantee that somewhere along the line Jesus is going to be mentioned and you will feel that drawing into a relationship with him.