Of the five Discipleship Values, living prophetic is often the hardest to understand. This could stem from a poor understanding of what a prophet is.
When we think of a prophet, we often think of predicting the future with doom and gloom. However, the role of the prophet (or prophetess) was to speak the word of the Lord—announcing God’s will or intentions for the people; foretelling the possible, but not guaranteed, future.
Living prophetic goes before and beyond the word of the prophets. God spoke prophetically in the beginning and continues to speak to his people now through the Holy Spirit. God became flesh and dwelt among us (John 1:14) - Jesus Incarnate spoke and lived prophetically for God as he walked the earth. After the life, ministry, death, resurrection, ascension, and exaltation of Jesus, the Word took on a written form. The Scriptures we conveniently hold in our hands are holy, true and our guiding light to speak and live prophetically. So, our faith is rooted in our God who has spoken (and continues to speak), put on flesh to live among us, and communicated his eternal story in written form.
In light of the prophetic nature of God, living prophetic for us is a life of words and deeds that reflect the character and values of God as revealed through Jesus. Often times, as disciples we are more comfortable showing others God’s love than speaking his good news to them. We must remember that Jesus did both; therefore, we are inspired to reflect a spoken (1 Corinthians 14:1-3) and lived (Matthew 5:13-16) aspect of our prophetic ministry for God’s glory, our joy and the sake of the world.
Watch and listen as Lauren Carnathan, our Connections Minister, describes Live Prophetic from her experience.