Prophecy & Discernment

Matthew Clifton-Brown

God wants to deliver His gifts to us for the good of all His people. Matthew explained what the gifts of prophecy and discernment of spirits are.

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Questions for group discussion:

  • Matthew compared the (legitimate) organisation of church life (and normal life) with the unplannable spontaneity of listening to the Spirit. How can we learn to respond to this?

  • What were the criteria that Matthew listed to help us discern genuine prophecy?

  • Why does Paul rank prophecy above other spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 14:1)?

  • Did you believe Matthew when he said that you will be given gifts by the Spirit for the building-up of the church?

  • "Everyone. Edify. Earnestly." Which of these three words to do you particularly need to respond to?