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CCR Parramatta Guidelines for Discernment

These two manifestational gifts; prophecy and the discernment of prophecy go together.discernment-text

Prophesy is speaking for God. It is a word that may reveal what God is going to do in the future, but most often it is God’s invitation to join Him in creating the future.

For the gift of prophecy to be safely expressed, it must be coupled with the gift of discernment.

St Paul speaks at length about the gifts of the Holy Spirit to the people of Corinth and in particular about these gifts of prophecy & discernment of prophecy.

1 Corinthians 14:29

“Let two or three prophets speak and let the others judge.”

 1 Corinthians 12:10

“to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.”

The word prophecy is not necessarily telling the future; rather it is speaking for God. These words of God will be a verse of scripture or some word that is consistent with scripture that encourages the people of God, or clarifies God’s will for a particular situation.

The gift of prophecy was common and welcomed in the early Church. In Acts there are many references to the role of the prophetic words in doing the work of God. For St Paul there is no greater or more important gift.

In 1 Corinthians Chapter 14, St Paul urges all of us to make love our aim and to seek the gifts of the Spirit to especially prophesy because it is the greatest gift for building up the Church.

In this chapter prophecy was spontaneous, Spirit inspired and intended for edification or encouragement of the people.

There are two forms of discernment:

  • Testing the spirits, to see if they are from GOD (1John 4:1)

This is the ability to discern what is truly of the Spirit of GOD and what comes from evil spirits or the human spirit.

  • Discerning, differentiating or properly judging prophecies as mentioned in

1 Corinthians 14:29

Both forms will be at work in the whole process of discernment.  They will need to be in place to allow for the full and safe expression of the spiritual gifts.

This means that the prophecy has to be evaluated according to the guidelines of discernment.

  • does it exalt Jesus Christ
  • is it Scriptural and based on the theme of the day
  • do others who are filled with the Holy Spirit confirm it
  • What fruit does it bear?

There may also be the need to determine if the word is spoken to the whole CCR or to an individual and if it is for present time.

At all times be guided by the principles cited by St Paul in 1 Corinthians 14.

1 Corinthians 14:32 & 33

“The prophetic spirit is to be under the prophet’s control, for God is a God not of disorder but of peace. As in all the churches of God’s holy people”

This means that the individual is subject to the people leading the prayer meeting and the discernment team.

The team can and should exercise control over the responses, through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

The dominant emphasis in this Chapter is that the message given is to be edifying, which is to contribute to the strengthening and encouraging of God’s people in the Church.

If the message is of challenge and reprove, careful consideration must be applied and controlled by the love set out in 1 Corinthians 13.


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