Thinkers, Feelers & Prophecy

(audio sermon by Gary Sampson)

Some believers are thinkers and hear God through their thoughts, others are feelers and hear God through their feelings. Often they misunderstand each other. This sermon may help!

Speakers notes follow –

Thinkers, Feelers and Prophecy

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. 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.” So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off. (Acts 13.1-3)

Twelve speakers since May – different – two categories – thinkers and feelers.

Some speak out of what they think, others what they feel

Paul a thinker – Joyce a feeler

Thinkers hear God thru thoughts – feelers thru feelings – not to say thinkers don’t feel or feelers don’t think – just major on one

Term Thinkers + Feelers – Teachers + Prophets are developed

Feelers more relational – experiential / Thinkers more clear – logical progression

Feelers interested in Spirit (the other day in my room, or when I prayed for you I felt) – Thinkers interested in Word (you say this & this but is it Biblical?)

Thinkers promote Scripture – cautious of prophecy / Feelers promote prophecy – less interested in Scripture. Both need each other more than they admit.

Mother’s joy when praying – feeler – need to test feelings – sometimes feelings/thoughts are God – ‘Thickness’ at worship night

God’s church needs thinkers and feelers – teachers and prophets – Some prefer listening to a feeler, others a thinker – Realize half different to you

Need written as foundation for prophetic – need prophetic to apply written to personal situations – written general – prophetic specific

Antioch – teachers + prophets together – sad they get divided now – prophet ‘I feel’ – teacher ‘what do you think?’

Feelers quick to believe what they hear – Thinkers cautious – test but dont despise – balance

Like big companysecurity personal are suspicious / Sales reps are enthusiastic – ‘you died at went to heaven, wow!’ (a false book) – Thomas over sceptical

Where am I going? Someone asked we teach on what to do when you get prophetic word

We need to do two things – Think and Feel – Think what Scripture says – Feel what Spirit saying

What Scripture say? Test prophecy! Run it through test

Does it contradict Bible? If someone says – That person hurt you, God not forgiven them, says so you should not either – contradicts Bible

Does it confirm what you know? – God speaks to you before  someone else – passing thought forgotten – God highlighting it

Scotland – knew my thoughts – read my mail

Does it witness with you? God spoke but can’t recall – their word strike YES cord

When called to Kenya – did not realize God had spoken – heart went YES to offer – Later Mara experience recalled God spoke thru Lion King

If involves big decision – moving country, ask leaders – My family, pastor, friends – felt it right – Antioch united

If get word for someone else, ask what must be done with it. May not be for sharing. If for sharing sense when, how – One on one, in a group, soft word or strong word?

Careful about prophecy online – Why? Important knowing character of prophet – may be popular but don’t know them – some are attention seekers

Loan prophet – don’t invite – accountability problem – HGs to ask pastor about guest speakers

Rather have Vineyard prophecy group – know each other – have teachers to balance

Antioch prophet + teachers together – know each other – serve – team – learn – forgive – support – get it wrong – healing!

Gifts in infancy – Thinkers + Feelers – potential but coaching

All here are either Thinker or Feeler

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