In 1 Corinthians 14:24-25, Paul teaches an extremely effective way to win souls for Christ, when an unbeliever or outsider steps for the first time into a Spirit-filled congregation:

24 But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or outsider enters, he is convicted by all, he is called to account by all, 25 the secrets of his heart are disclosed, and so, falling on his face, he will worship God and declare that God is really among you. [ESV]

Are there any Christian congregations that follow this example?

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    Do not mind you posting questions, but I sense that you are making questions up that have little to no references and/or data to make a valid response to your enquires. I do not believe that this question is factually answerable. Perhaps someone may prove me wrong, but I do not think so. – Ken Graham May 10 at 15:02
  • @NigelJ - point taken, and question edited. Thanks for the feedback. – Spirit Realm Investigator May 10 at 15:49
  • It is still unquantifiable. I think you need to seek factual accounts, historically, (for example in the days of George Whitefield or William Huntington) of what is described. Paul does not give any examples himself, it should be noted, though the Philippian gaoler springs to mind. But then we enter the realms of assemblies who have ministering elders and prophets, rather than the traditional dependence on one so-called 'minister' to every single church, which Paul is not describing. Question up-voted in the hope we can get somewhere with this. – Nigel J May 10 at 16:04
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    Just how many gatherings (calling themselves 'Christian') permit members of the congregation to speak, in turn ('let the prophets speak, two or three') rather than a single 'minister' (paid a salary to do the 'job') who does practically everything, Sunday after Sunday ? I think this narrows down the potential options considerably. – Nigel J May 10 at 17:42
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    @NigelJ Not necessarily. Many Pentecostal congregations have ministers paid to speak and run the service, but also allow members of the congregation to prophecy. – DJClayworth May 10 at 19:25

This is going to be a partial answer, but probably as good as you are going to get.

There are certainly congregations that practice prophecy in their open worship services. Many Pentecostals do. There is at least the possibility that a member of the congregation will prophecy aloud something that "discloses the secrets of the heart" of an outsider present.

Whether this happens often is an excellent question. Churches do not plan for particular kinds of prophecy. A true prophetic message is always initiated by God. A church cannot say "let us now prophecy things that will disclose the secrets of someone's heart" without running the risk of attempting to control God and hence blasphemy. A much more appropriate attitude is to be ready for whatever prophetic message God wishes to send.

It is also not guaranteed that anyone affected in such a way will choose to make their experience public. It may remain private to them, or private to them and the church.

There are examples of such things occurring. You might start by reading the books of John Wimber. This article by John Piper, identified by GratefulDisciple, also gives some specific examples.


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