The church today finds itself at a crossroads regarding the gift of prophecy, healthy ways it should function, and the values governing how it is practiced (1 Cor 12-14). Extending beyond the cessationist / continuationist debate, there are varied and conflicting thoughts within the evangelical, charismatic, pentecostal, and third-wave movements of the church as to what the biblical expression of prophecy should be in the twenty-first century context.
Because the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy, prophetic ministry should reflect the mission, message, and ministry of Jesus (Rev 19:10, 1 Cor 12:3). All prophetic ministry should glorify Jesus and result in a greater intimacy and mission with Jesus (see 1 Tim 1:18-19). The gift of prophecy should flow out of love (1 Cor 13:2) and lead the church into increased desire to live a cross-shaped life, being more and more conformed to Jesus’ image (Rom. 8:29, Matt 7:21-23). We believe that as Jesus continues to build his church (Matt 16:18), He is refining the theology and praxis of spiritual gifts, especially prophecy, for his glory, our good, and the mission of His kingdom.
This conference seeks to bring together authoritative voices to help the church navigate through this Prophetic Reformation that centers on Jesus and living out a cross-shaped life.
Some of the questions we plan to address include:
- What is prophecy, and what isn’t prophecy?
- What is Jesus doing in the current reformation of His church in regards to prophecy?
- How does Revelation 19:10 (“For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy”) inform what and how we prophesy?
- What does it mean to live a cross-shaped life?
- What is the role of the community of the saints, the local church, in the operation of the gift of prophecy?
- What are the clear biblical, theological, and practical understandings of the function of the prophetic?
- How can we partner with the Holy Spirit, guided by the Scriptures, to create an environment in which the gift of prophecy can flourish?
- In what ways can church history inform the practice of prophetic ministry in the church today?
- How do we guide, govern, and administrate effective prophetic ministry with accountability?
- How does prophecy intersect with and influence other gifts of the Spirit?
- What is the practical outworking of the function of prophecy inside and outside the church today?
- What is the role of prophecy in evangelism?
- What values and healthy models should be expressed through prophetic ministry?
- Are there modern day prophets, and if so, what characterizes a prophet today?
- What should be the context of prophecy today? Should there be national or global prophetic words? If so, what are healthy practices and accountability for prophecy?
Prophetic Reformation will be held at Bridgeway Church in Oklahoma City, OK.
228 W Hefner Rd
Oklahoma City, OK 73114