Prophecy was a miraculous gift given by God to the church of the first century. It consisted of inspired teaching. To the prophet God gave edifying words of truth. At times the prophet was instructed to register his message in written form. Some, but not all, of these writings were included by God in our New Testament.

A small element of prophecy was the prediction of future events. At certain points, God gave to the prophet knowledge of something that was to happen so that the hearers could prepare for the event. Continue reading

* A couple of people (maybe more, that I don’t know about) have railed at the BNc story about the debate on doing benevolence from the church treasury. Along the lines of how it’s such a waste of time. Ironic that they spend time venting about this waste of time. Now, I probably wouldn’t spend time debating that topic. But if there are those who want to limit the good works a church may do, perhaps it’s not such a bad thing to discuss that question. Continue reading