8-17-2015 Bible Study – The Ekklesia; Past, Present, and Future Study 38

8-17-2015 Ekklesia Study 38

8-17-2015 The Ekklesia Study 38 audio

Ekklesia present – Gifting – 1 Corinthians 14: 37-39. The Lord’s command – Paul says to desire to prophesize and don’t forbid speaking in tongues. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-23. Do not quench the spirit. Don’t have contempt for the gift of prophecy. Listen, examine, and consider the manifestation of these gifts. 2 Timothy 3:1-5. Realize that as we approach the last days it is going to get more difficult to live with the Spirit considering how the secular world will be and the way believers will be looked upon. Avoid men that deny the power of the Spirit such as speaking in tongues, prophecy, and other spiritual gifts.   Why are these gifts apparently non-existent or rare today? 1 Corinthians 14:26 don’t forget to assemble. It is described as everyone participating, but in order. Could it be that the gifts that are given through the Holy Spirit are not being allowed in today’s church? So what is the Church? What is a local gathering of believers today? What is it supposed to look like? Prophecy is most likely the gift of being able to foretell of future events. Why might this gift be considered controversial? It could be someone claiming to use prophecy for self-gain.

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