I'm not going to summarise the whole messsage here, because I couldn't write fast enough; but I did pick up a few great quotes about prophecy. In particular, it came across that the prophet is not some kind of herald of God's judgement, but a bringer of edification, exhortation and comfort. I don't know about you, but on several occassions, I have heard prophecies that have made me cringe, been presented agressively, brought condemnation and guilt. Dave Campbell today was seeking to address this tendency.
"Prophecy is taking what is on God's heart for an individual and sharing in with their heart."Jesus loves His church and gave Himself for her. The Father rejoices over us with singing. The Spirit is our Comforter. Prophecy is not a tool to beat up the church, but to build up the church and pour the oil of God's blessing upon her.
"Prophecy is not your thoughts, but His thoughts."
"Prophetic words bring truth. But truth is more than facts. Jesus said 'You will know the truth and the truth will set you free.' So if you cannot speak truth in a way that brings edification and sets free, don't speak. Prophecy is not the ultimate retribution tool, but the ultimate rescue tool. It is not just the word of the Lord but the heart of the Lord."
"We're told the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets. So if you don't speak, it won't come out."
"Only prophecy what God says. We are to communicate what God is saying. So articulate in such a way as a child can understand."
"The Church is the bride of Christ. Please be careful how you speak to His wife."