B eing prophetic is not simply just something that charismatics do.
It is essential to the very nature and mission of the entire body of
Christ on Earth. Those involved in prophetic ministry need to view
what they do in the larger context of all the other dimensions of the church’s
calling as a prophetic servant community. The most common idea of the
prophetic refers to those who function in the gift of prophecy. Every believer
is called to earnestly desire to prophesy (1 Cor. 14:1). The New Testament
church is to function as a prophetic servant community not only to proclaim
the fulfillment of End Time events or to speak forth revelatory messages, but
to do so in a much broader and multidimensional way.
People who receive dreams and visions do not comprise the prophetic
ministry in its entirety, but are really only one expression of a community
that is prophetic in at least seven dimensions. Some of these seven prophetic
expressions overlap in the same way that some of the gifts of the Spirit do.
The list of the nine gifts of the Spirit (1 Cor. 12:7–11) is simply a description of
how the person of the Holy Spirit moves through individuals in the church.
Sometimes it is hard to categorize and define certain manifestations. Was
it a word of wisdom, a prophecy, or the discerning of spirits? In the same
way, these seven dimensions of the church as a prophetic servant community