There is no shortage of book on prophetic ministry these days. I remember, in the 90’s, when the topic of prophets and prophetic ministry was just emerging in the Body of Christ. Without the internet to search, Christians had to really dig to find a few solid works on prophetic ministry. While The Bible is the BEST source to discover what God says about prophets and prophetic ministry, there are a few who have spent time invested in experience and revelation concerning the prophetic gifting who I would recommend reading from. Many prophetic books are regurgitated fluff. You can usually tell the quality of a book within the forward or the first few chapters if its worth your time reading. Although there are others, here is my top 5 recommended books on the subject of prophetic ministry:
What does the New Testament teach about the spiritual gift of prophecy? What is it? How does it function? Can evangelical Christians use it in their churches today?
This updated, comprehensive work answers such questions and points the way to a renewed understanding of the gift of prophecy–an understanding that suggests how the body of Christ may enjoy one of the Holy Spirit’s most edifying gifts without compromising the supremacy of Scripture.
Abraham Heschel is a seminal name in religious studies and the author of Man Is Not Alone and God in Search of Man. When The Prophets was first published in 1962, it was immediately recognized as a masterpiece of biblical scholarship.
The Prophets provides a unique opportunity for readers of the Old Testament, both Christian and Jewish, to gain fresh and deep knowledge of Israel’s prophetic movement. The author’s profound understanding of the prophets also opens the door to new insight into the philosophy of religion.
3. Prophets and the Prophetic Movement, Vol. 2: God’s Prophetic Move Today, Dr. Bill Hamon
This sequel to Prophets and Personal Prophecy is packed with the same kind of cutting instruction that made the first volume a best-seller. Prophetic insights, how-to’s, and warnings make this book essential for the Spirit-filled church.
4. Developing Your Prophetic Gifting, Graham Cooke
Prophecy has tremendous potential for encouraging vision, stimulating faith, and bringing revival and renewal into the heart of the church. And in the wrong hands, the gift can suffer misuse and abuse that can lead to strife, division, and confusion. An accessible, comprehensive, and timely guide, as prophetic gifts in the church are burgeoning, Developing Your Prophetic Gifting is packed with information that will help to: ” give practical instruction on moving in the gift of prophecy ” establish biblical guidelines for churches to pursue the prophetic gift and ministry ” support church leaders as they seek to build a credible local partnership with prophetic people “The main purpose of prophecy is not simply to foretell the future, but to equip and prepare us for whatever happens in the future.
5. Your Sons and Daughters Shall Prophesy: Prophetic Gifts in Ministry Today, Ernest Gentile
This thorough yet readable study on prophecy skillfully bridges the gap between scholarly analysis and popular presentation. Each chapter concludes with a page of insightful quotations from popular writers and pastoral leaders. Teachers and students, as well as anyone with an interest in prophecy, will find all the information they need to explore this crucial and sometimes controversial subject. Nine charts and graphs, three appendixes, indexes, and an extensive bibliography are included.
You can click on each book to purchase from Amazon to add to your library. If you are interested, I have also written a book on “The Changing Face of the Church: New Wineskins For a New Generation.” This book, prophetic in nature, reveals some of the hallmarks about how God is shaping his church today and opens up the dialog of issues that are preventing us from moving forward as a church. The proceeds of all the sales of the book will go to a missions fund that will help fund planting prophetic, New Testament churches. I’m also curious what are some of your favorite prophetic books? Comment below.