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ENERGIZED BY LOVE FOR GOD (7 of 8)
(An exposition and application of 1 Corinthians 13)
Dr. Rick E. Ferguson
INTRODUCTION: Nearly 3,000 years ago the city of
Samaria (the ancient capital of Israel, the Northern
Kingdom) was under attack by Syria.
- The situation was desperate.
- The people did not know what to do.
Jehoshaphat, the King of Israel asked a desperate
question, "IS THERE NOT A PROPHET OF THE LORD HERE?"
(2 Kings 3:11; 2 Chronicles 18:6)
Do you agree that we live in desperate times today and
the church needs PROPHETS OF THE LORD today?!
Sometimes, God asks a Pastor to lay down the staff of
the shepherd and take up the mantle of a prophet, and
speak prophetically to his church.
It always scares me just a little when I sense strong
conviction that God is asking me to step into the role
of the prophet and speak prophetically to the church.
You see prophets were not very popular. In fact, they
were often persecuted.
EX. In the Beatitudes Jesus said, "Blessed are you
when they revile you and persecute you, and say all
kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake, (12)
Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your
reward in heaven, FOR SO PERSUCUTED THEY THE PROPHETS
WHO WERE BEFORE YOU" (Matthew 5:11-12).
What He said was true. Do a quick review of biblical
history and you will discover most prophets were not
well received, but were persecuted. This is the story
- And a host of others
You see the primary role of the prophet was not to
forecast or predict the future.
The primary role of the prophet was to
- Ask the hard questions
- Declare the truth
- Expose sin
- Explain the choices
- Clarify the consequences of those choices
Today, I sense God has assigned me to the role of the
I have been preaching a series of messages on HIGH-
VOLTAGE LOVE, based on ...
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