God – Personal Thus Prophetic

(audio sermon by Gary Sampson)

When God gives you a personal word it is a prophetic word – to you only. The prophetic is vital for personal relationship with God and ministry to others.

Speakers notes follow –

God – Personal Thus Prophetic

1 Kings 19.11b-13

Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

Not in earthquake but whisper – not in dramatic/spectacular but simple

‘God doesn’t speak to me’ – bet he does – not in great presence – quiet heart

Thinkers & feelers – if God speaks thru these – uses simple

My first time – flow of thoughts on intimacy – inspiring, building – revelation

Estelle – a word after Why Marry talk – burning – compelled to deliver

“And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there” – that’s driven, urged, pushed – feeling (Ac 20.22)

‘…they could not stand up against the wisdom the Spirit gave him as he (Stephen) spoke’ – making his thoughts ours? (Ac 6.10)

– thoughts, feelings, pictures, circumstances, other

‘Why would God speak to me?’ I’m not a public speaker?

Why would God not speak to you? God of loverelationship – Jesus reveals God of personal relationships (Samaritan / Peter / Nicodemus) – God of individual, not just crowd …

Birthday gift from God – he’s interested in you personally!

Shrinking number Christians don’t believe gifts – saying prophecy, tongues till NT completed – now just study Biblehow personal word then? – verse comes alive: prophetic – such believers actions not consistent with beliefs – they felt called to ministry / got sign – so prophetic is happening

Believing God handed us his book and disappeared – a deism of revelation – Bible general – without the prophetic God is not personal!

‘One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: “Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent. For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city” (Ac 18.9-10) – Don’t we need personal words – signs – missionaries in China?

Does God want to tell you – who to marry, career path, where live – financial problem, relationship, heath? – I needed to hear about Kenya – starting church

Every Christian needs operate in the prophetic – may not be a prophet – teachers must be prophetic: led by God – evangelists too – all need to hear

God can give you a word for someone else – same way

‘But I’m not called’ – Go make disciples of all nations – telling friends for all – ministry for all – Estelle said: called then empowered

How many of you would like to see following – at end of sermon speaker says God wants to minister – who needs prayer – 10 hands up – Spirit come, lets minister – 5 around each – I’ve seen a picture – I feel God saying – more power – shaking – all 10 get words, refilled – happens weekly? My first Vineyard – we believe in this – will happen if we want it, are available – step out

Would this impact our community? People need to know the church has power – not in the hands of showman – it’s our model

Let me give you signs that God is speaking to you – highlighted scripture – urge confirmed in action – mental picture – feeling about something, someone – fire inside – tingling in hand – sympathy pain – rush of inspired thoughts – sudden faith

Expect these when laying hands – expectation is openness, availability

What to do if you get somethingspeak

Dry branch – bush in Jane’s garden – Jane said thats me!

You won’t know if its God unless you speak/act – I feel this, I saw this, I’m getting the words – does it mean anything to anyone? We are a team – sometimes we only get part – humble approach + open question allows being wrong – vital for mistakes + growing others

Love and you’ll do fine – if word is wrong people still leave blessed – love is thinking of them, not self – you only get pushing, squeezing, presumptiousness, long empty prayer – when minister focused on self

Love and take risks (faith) with what you see and hear

Shall we try it?

… Ministry Time Follows

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