Each of the fivefold gifts carries with it a God-given personality and perspective unique to its nature. Far too often pastors and prophets find themselves conflicting because their God-given constructions contrast and rub each other the wrong way. Chapter 6 addresses this conflict and presents advice to both pastors and prophets on dealing with these issues.
Chapter 5 looks at the lives of five Old Testament prophets and what they reveal about the prophetic nature and the challenges those chosen to bear it face.
Chapter 3 discussed the fivefold ministry gifts that are listed in Ephesians 4. The New Testament contains two other "gift lists": the Manifestational Gifts listed in 1 Corinthians 12 and the Motivational Gifts listed in Romans 12. The prophet's ministry relies heavily on these gifts, so Chapter 4 discusses them in some depth. Because of its controversial nature, the author spends extra time discussing the manifestational gift of speaking in tongues, detailing six ways this gift brings God's grace into the life of the believer.
In Ephesians Chapter 4 the Apostle Paul listed five ministries that he called "gifts" to the church. These gifts come directly from our Lord Jesus Christ and are an expression of His grace towards us. The chapter explores all five of these gifts giving us a framework for seeing how the gift of a prophet fits in with the other four. We learn how they all work together to nurture Jesus' body, protecting, nurturing, healing, guiding and innoculating against error.
Chapter 2 begins with a dramatization of 1 Kings 22:1-29 where the prophet Micaiah predicts Ahab's death at Ramoth-Gilead. From Micaiah's experience we learn how the prophetic person is deeply dependent on the infilling of the Holy Spirit.
Both pastor and prophet enjoy unique anointings from the Holy Spirit that enable them to do the work God has assigned them. How do those anointings differ?
Is a pastor obligated to follow the advice of a prophet?
Write a short paragraph describing the proper use of an apostle’s authority in the church. Is his authority absolute? Now, write a similar paragraph for the offices of pastor and prophet.
By what two criteria do we judge a prophet’s words?
Has God provided a “forest glade” in your life that has become a source of grace to you? Write a paragraph describing it.