SWORD is published to bring the unchanging word of God to the people of God and through them to the nations of the world.
Church as ‘letter’
We define prophecy as the ‘forthtelling’ of the Word of God – in particular, God’s Word concerning His Son, Jesus the Messiah of Israel and Saviour of the world. The One who was the horizon of ancient Israel’s prophets1 is the central message of the apostolic Church in every age.2 The Jesus-centred Church is God’s prophet to the world – a letter from Messiah.3 Jesus intends His Church to proclaim His word and reveal His Living Presence to the world, empowered by the Holy Spirit.Prophecy is God’s gift to strengthen the faith of His people,5 by shining heaven’s constant light on earth’s changing realities. 6 ‘Foretelling’ is God’s business, and any that purports to originate with Him must be subject to the whole counsel of Scripture and the severe tests laid down.7