Our hope at Jubilee is that God is always speaking to us through our preaching. In this sense all, our preaching is “prophetic”. It is the voice of God speaking to people’s hearts in the immediate through our study and meditation on God’s eternal truth in the Scriptures. However, there are times when God grabs hold of a preacher and the prophetic word pours forth. Prophetic words are not the same as Scripture – the Bible always takes precedence. Prophetic words are a combination of the work of the Holy Spirit and the mind and spirit of the individual. This is why Paul reminds us that when we prophesy we prophesy in part:
“For we know in part and we prophesy in part” 1 Corinthians 13:9
Our imperfection is always mixed with the perfection of the Holy Spirit. However, Prophecy is a key gift of the Spirit to the church, which is why even in the mess, which was the Corinthian church, Paul encourages the prophetic:
“Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy” 1 Corinthians 14:1
Last Sunday (25th March) Abi Cowley, our preacher for the morning, was gripped in her spirit by a prophetic prompting of the Holy Spirit. As Abi was preaching in the 9:00 meeting this prophetic burden overwhelmed her prepared preach. We would love you to listen to what Abi said, but you should be aware that it is not a “sermon” per se. We would encourage you to listen to it as a prophetic provocation to us as a church and as individuals. This is what we will be doing as leaders. We would love your thoughts on what you feel God may have been seeking to say to us through Abi’s brave and obedient response to what she felt God was placing on her heart.
If you go to our sermon page you can listen to Abi’s preach in the 11:00 meeting as she excellently drew our Devoted series to an end – or is it a beginning?