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Overview It is now over one hundred years since the Azusa Street Revival in Los Angeles, California, and with that the beginning of the Pentecostal movement. Some sixty years later we have the beginning of the 'Charismatic Movement' as churches in the mainline denominations started to adopt aspects of Pentecostal theology and practice. Since these beginnings the subject of prophecy has been catapulted high up the agenda for evangelicals. What is the nature of prophecy? How can the true be distinguished from the false? What is the relation between the prophecy of the old and new testaments? And especially, should we expect that the prophetic gift that was given to the New Testament churches is still to be experienced by the churches of today? These are questions of great significance for every true Bible believing Christian. Prophecy is a gift of the Holy Spirit that brings the word of God to his people. It is the deep desire of all believers that they should not grieve or quench the Spirit. They want to know the presence of God amongst them as they meet together. They want to know God's will for them in every area of their lives. If the gift of prophecy can help them in this then they will gladly embrace it. If God is giving further revelation to his people, then they want to receive it. All Christians (as far as we know) believe that God's presence continues with his people in these ways. By 'prophecy' we mean a further word from God. If God still speaks in this way, then his people must not ignore it.
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Studio: EP Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.47" Width: 5.59" Height: 0.26" Weight: 0.33 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2008
Publisher EVANGELICAL PRESS #532
ISBN 0852346735 ISBN13 9780852346730
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More About Jim Thompson & Stuart Olyott
Jim Thompson is the founder of Positive Coaching Alliance, a national nonprofit organization based at the Stanford University Department of Athletics. He is the author of "Positive Coaching: Building Character and Self-Esteem Through Sports" and "Shooting in the Dark: Tales of Coaching and Leadership". He teaches courses in leadership, coaching, and sports and spirituality at Stanford University.
Jim Thompson currently resides in Midland, in the state of Georgia.
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A Careful, Useful Argument Aug 25, 2008
"This book deals with a question that no twenty-first-century Christian can afford to ignore: does God-given prophecy continue in today's church, or doesn't it? And, if it does, can those who announce such prophecies sometimes get things wrong?" So says Stuart Olyott in his Foreword to Prophecy Today. In this brief book, Jim Thompson lays out his argument against contemporary prophecy. He does so in three chapters that presents an argument that is simple to understand and to follow.
He begins by turning to the Old Testament and to the gospels, laying out the distinguishing characteristics of prophecy in Israel. He focuses on the messenger formula so prominent in this kind of prophecy in which the prophet makes it clear that he is speaking not his own words and not a mixture of God's words and his own words, but words that are wholly and entirely God's. "Thus says the Lord," is the call for men to pause and to listen to the very words of God. He shows that this formula continued through the gospels and that even there men understood that prophets spoke entirely for God. Though there were many different kinds of prophets, many kinds of prophecy, many different kinds of behavior among prophets, what remained the same was their insistence that they spoke infallibly for God.
In the second chapter, Thompson turns to the New Testament, asking and answering two questions: Is there evidence in the New Testament church for a lower view of prophecy that would accept some margin for error; and Is there evidence for continuity in the nature of prophecy between the Old and New Testaments. As the reader might expect, he looks to the New Testament and concludes that New Testament Christians understood prophecy in the same way as their Old Testament forebears. He argues directly against Wayne Grudem and his understanding of the nature of fallible prophecy where God communicates a message that men may muddy and transmit with errors.
In the book's final chapter, he looks to prophecy in our day, looking to several passages of Scripture and concluding that after the closing of the biblical canon, prophecy ceased as it was no longer necessary. All that God demands we know about Him is contained in the Scripture; any form of new revelation serves to detract from the Bible. Here he provides a long list of Christians from days past who have agreed that the age of prophecy has passed and that we should no longer expect this kind of fresh revelation and here he looks at and responds to arguments held as proof that prophecy continues today.
Prophecy Today is a short book and one that is effective, at least in part, for just that reason. Though it deals with a difficult issue, it does so with grace and in a way that anyone can enjoy. Thompson lays out the cessationist argument, at least as it pertains to prophecy, with skill. Those wrestling with the issue and those seeking to understand the contrary view will find this a valuable little book.