I know different Christians hold to different understandings about the practice of spiritual gifts for today. Just for clarity and context, I believe that spiritual gifts are for the church today - some of them outlined in 1 Corinthians 12, so this question is within that framework.
4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. 5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord.6 There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same Godat work.
7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 8 To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues,[a] and to still another the interpretation of tongues.[b]11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.
I notice in verse 11 that it is the Holy Spirit that distributes them to each one just as he determines. When it comes to teaching our children about these types of gifts, I wonder how this should be done?
Some churches seem to lead their children in practising prophetic giftings during the kids’ work on a Sunday morning. For example, the adults get all the children to ‘hear’ a word from God and then bring it to the service for whoever it is for.
Can the gift of prophecy be taught to a group of children in this way? I worry that we are treating prophecy as an ‘on demand’ commodity like anything else in life. Yet, is it not also good to encourage children to practice listening to the Holy Spirit, even if they make some mistakes along the way?
I’m very unsure of a sound way to approach this at the moment and would appreciate some feedback from others.