We have included two sermon outlines by Gerald Rowlands. They are good examples of the kind of sermons that you should preach, because they are:

  1. carefully organized
  2. solidly Bible-based
  3. clearly expressed

Please study these sermons carefully, paying close attention to:

  • The Biblical truths they are teaching
    1. regarding prophecy
    2. regarding the discerning of spirits
  • How the sermons are organized
    1. use of outline format
    2. use of definitions
    3. use of Scripture references
  • How the sermons express the biblical truths they are teaching
    1. various points and principles emphasized
    2. clarity of words and sentences

Please feel free to use these messages in your personal development and training as well as in your public ministry as the Holy Spirit leads you.

“And moreover, because the preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yes he pondered and sought out and set in order many proverbs. The preacher sought to find acceptable words; and what was written was upright words of truth. The words of the wise are like goads, and the words of the masters of assemblies are like well-driven rails, given by one Shepherd” Ecclesiastes 12:9-11.



 A. A Brief Definition

The meaning of the Greek word propheteia, translated in the New Testament as ‘prophecy,’ is a divinely inspired utterance. Prophecy is as supernatural as the gift of tongues, only it is supernatural utterance in a known tongue. It is a manifestation of the Spirit of God, not of the human mind.

It its simplest form (that is without some other gift working together with it), all who have received the baptism of the Holy Spirit may exercise this gift: “For ye may all prophesy, one by one” (1 Cor 14:31).

The importance of this gift is emphasized by the prominence which it is given in those chapters which deal with spiritual gifts. For example, it is mentioned twenty-two times in Chapters 11 through 14 of 1 Corinthians.

B. The Gift Is Distinct From The Office

The Scriptures reveal obvious difference between the office of prophet and the gift of prophecy. The New Testament order of things is different from the Old Testament. The prophet of the Old Testament differs from that of the New Testament as the priest of the Old differs from that of the New. In the Old Testament, only certain men were chosen by God to be priests, but in the New Testament we are all kings and priests unto our God. Likewise, in the Old only a few were chosen and appointed to prophesy, but in the New, Paul says, “Ye may all prophesy” (1 Cor 14:31).

There is, however, a New Testament office of prophet which is distinct from the gift of prophecy. Although both are called gifts, one is a gift from Christ to the Church (Ephesians 4:8-12), while the other is a gift from the Holy Spirit to an individual member of the Church (1 Cor 12:10). In Ephesians 4, Christ gave some (to be understood) prophets, but in 1 Corinthians 14:31, all may prophesy.