Jon’s prophetic ministry can be traced back to 1980 when he first began to receive words of knowledge, shortly before studying theology full-time at Elim Bible College in Capel, Surrey.
His first word of knowledge was to tell his friend David whom he had been witnessing to, that he would not lose his job. The story was that David had been given a few days notice that he was being dismissed from his job for grievous misbehaviour and had assaulted a member of staff in a fight, armed with a chisel. He asked Jon to pray for him; Jon told him that God had shown him that he would not lose his job.
As they left the premises on the last day of the week he mocked Jon saying, “I thought you said I would not be sacked?” David was stopped at the company gates by his foreman and was told that his position had been reviewed, and that if he still wanted it, the job was still his. Furthermore, the other member of staff had been disciplined for provoking and taunting him. David came to Church that weekend and became a Christian and was later baptised in water as an outward declaration his faith in Jesus.
Why does Jon want to be involved in ministry?
Contrary to the beliefs of many people in the first century and even in our era, the primary purpose of Jesus in coming to earth to minister was not to heal the sick or perform other signs and wonders. As important as these tasks were, they were secondary to His mission of preaching the truth. Specifically, Jesus came to preach the very thing Mark described in 1:14–15, namely, the gospel of God.
The signs and wonders our Lord performed testified to the truth of His message, but they were not ends in themselves. In fact, a miracle does no ultimate good for the people who receive it if they reject the gospel. Preaching the truth about the kingdom of God and how one may receive it by trusting only in Christ formed the bulk of His message, and this message of faith and repentance surpassed all of Jesus’ miracles in terms of importance.
Prophetic ministry has all of these elements as the foundation of all that it does, and seeks to accomplish in the life and heart of the Church.
The Cross is always at the centre of prophetic ministry and encouragement.
Jesus came to preach Himself. He came as both the messenger and the message – without the atonement (the message of the Cross), there is no good news to proclaim. And when this good news is proclaimed accurately, it pushes back the kingdom of darkness, as we see in the mention of exorcisms alongside Jesus’ preaching ministry in Mark 1:39.
A great maxim is never to “use people to build ministry, but use all ministry to build people.” The purpose of ministry is to help strengthen the church by helping believers grow in an understanding of scripture, develop a maturity in the things of God and equip them also for ministry to others. Ephesisans 4:11-13 – and that in a nutshell is what Jon’s intent is with the prophetic ministry. Jon’s perspective on what his call is, is to bring a scripture-honouring approach to the prophetic ministry, restoring hope in the heart of the believer.
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God is good.