From today’s Moravian Texts, 1/14/15…
1 Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul. 2 While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” 3 So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.
I love the casual, almost nonchalant, way that Luke mentions the presence of not only teachers, but prophets in Antioch. The assumption that we make from this is that the reason is is that the presence of the supernatural gifts, like prophecy, was commonplace in the early church. It was a given, and those reading his letter in the first century would have expected that the prophets were there and that, when they heard the Holy Spirit speak, the other disciples would listen and respond to the words of the prophets.
Ephesians 4:11-12 says:
11 Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. 12 Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ.
In our western church culture, we are fine with the pastors and teaches…and maybe the occasional evangelist. But we are not at all comfortable with prophets and apostles. In fact, most of the churches don’t even believe that these are even around today, in fact, there are denominations and other churches that teach that very thing.
The truth of the matter is that the apostles and prophets are still here and are vitally important to our mission as the Church, especially now as we are being caught up in a massive movement of the Holy Spirit in our day and age! We need all five of these giftings to do the work that God is calling us to and, if you are a follower of Jesus, you are either an apostle, a prophet, an evangelist, a pastor or a teacher. Which one are you?
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