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When challenging your people act more like a preacher and less like a prophet.
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Enjoyed the article. I would respectfully point out to Brother Thomas that it is not required that "preacher" be listed as a spiritual gift in order for it's function and role to be understood and of service to the Church. I, too, believe there are both "gifts" and "functions." Preaching is a function, empowered by gifts of Pastor and Teacher (as well as talents such as discernment, communication, cultural awareness, sensitivity to others). Ecclesiastes was written by Solomon, who identified himself as "The Preacher." Noah was called "a preacher of righteousness." The Apostle Paul, under inspiration of the Holy Spirit, instructed Timothy to "preach." While "Preacher" may not be listed in
Isaiah among the so-called "7-fold list," I suggest that anyone possessing those 7 attributes would have a difficult time restraining himself from proclaiming to others.
The prophets were heart broken over sin and preached out of hearts full of love in order to bring about repentance. They also understood that the God who called them would provide for them.
apostle Michael Thomas
Thank you for this article. In this western culture of religion and Christianity I am torn because many call themselves preachers but no where do we find in the kingdom or as Holy Spirit gave to apostle Paul the ministry gifts do we see preacher. I can gather what scripture reference you will lead me to why the word preacher is used and adopted in this culture but If one is to herald or proclaim from where the base word comes from then are these functions truly common? I cringe everytime I hear this phraseology. Are there funcions vs differences in the 7-fold ministry gifts of the kingdom? A preacher is not one of the gifts.
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