by Dr. Ray Self
Effective Communication in Ministry - Part 2
Communication in ministry involves teaching, preaching, counseling, spiritual gifts, and exhortation.
Each area of ministry requires a different form of communication.
Communicating Through Spiritual Gifts and Exhortation
Gifts such as words of knowledge, words of wisdom, and prophecy require assertive communication.
Communicating spiritual gifts requires boldness and faith.
Spiritual gift communication should be limited to what God has spoken or directed.
Adding to God's word is usually a work of the flesh and can cause harm. (Not the same thing as revelation)
Prophecy and Exhortation
Prophetic words and exhortations can become mixed and confusing.
To prophesy is to hear God and relay His message as precisely as possible to the recipient without explanation, coaching, or interpretation.
1 Cor 14:1 Pursue love, yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.
The prophetic gift in operation is hearing God speak or see a picture from the Lord and relay what you have seen and heard without addition.
The gift of exhortation is not typically supernatural.
Rom 12:6 Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith; if service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching; or he who exhorts, in his exhortation;
Exhort - To incite by words or advice; to animate or urge by arguments to a good deed or any laudable conduct or course of action. (KJV Dictionary)
Means of Exhortation: