Developing Your Prophetic Gifting by Graham Cooke is the best, most balanced guide to prophecy and the development of the gift in individuals and the local church I have read to date.  It’s hard to single out any one aspect but I especially appreciated discussions around the prophet working with the pastor and teacher, the evangelist and apostle to build up the body and bring glory to Christ.

The book provides ample encouragement and guidance for individuals seeking to develop their gifting, and an extremely practical set of guidelines and suggestions for churches wishing to create an environment for God’s voice to be heard in this way.  Conversely, much damage has been done by misuse or mishandling of prophecy; Cooke sounds a warning (in love) for those situations where ‘prophetic’ ministries are being exercised in an unaccountable and uncontrolled manner.  We should not treat prophecies with contempt, but we should also test everything (1 Thess 5:20-21)

One very minor point is that it’s written with a US target audience in mind, and as a result some of the narrative was longer than necessary in an attempt to contextualise some of the anecdotes.  That said, I heartily recommend this book to anyone who wishes to grow in this area – it’s without doubt one of the most significant books I have read this year.

Chris
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Married to the amazing Sarah and raising Jakey, Daniel, Amelia, Josh & Jonah in our blended family. Passionate for Jesus, social work & sport.

0 thoughts on “Books I have read: Tactics by Gregory Koukl”

  1. Steven:

    I’m not sure what answer he would give, but there’s a lot of content from Greg available online. Free podcasts on iTunes, a blog on http://www.str.org and the STR group on facebook. I would try and ask him directly on either facebook or the STR blog.

    AR

    1. Hi Steven, I’m away at the moment, but when I get back I’ll flick through my copy and see if I can find my copy of the manuscript and give my thoughts.

      In one sense though, I don’t think you can ever directly answer that question. I think what Greg provides is a way to not be trapped into that issue, which some people, especially as teenagers use as an excuse to believe rather than as a genuine debate. I’m not here to defend Greg’s book, I’ve never met the man, nor read any of his other books, but I’m not sure that was his intention.

  2. You mean teenagers use as an excuse not to believe in a god who loves them the fact that this god passes by on the other side while Christians are being murdered?

    I thought teenagers were dumb, but that is dumb even by their standards.

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