I was trying out a church a couple of years ago, wanting to maybe find a secondary source fellowship as I was dealing with the rough emotional turmoil of yet again seeing close friends leave London where I was living.
I had a dream of seeing two people, one was from Holland and one from Canada. Neither of them seem to be based on anyone I know, and these days I’m doing IT work in a secular workplace.
So for the second time, some people from this church asked me to come along to a bible study, just before I set off to leave work to get the tube (London Underground) I got a WhatsApp message that the bible study was to be at a different person’s house.
So I got to this person’s house I never met. I actually got there early, and the man’s wife let me in and chatted to the 3 or 4 folks there. The man who owned the house come in after shopping. He was Dutch. When I asked some of the folks what their stance was on Gifts of the Spirit, they told me that they were Cessationists and they believe the gifts are no longer applicable today. I told them about what I saw in a dream.
This particular church has some really good qualities, they have a genuine love and need to reach out with gospel and grown in numbers and planted smaller satellite places. As the Lord seems to show me certain things from dreams and visions, and I haven’t been back there again, as I like to go to some specialist Christian teaching events on prophecy.
I didn’t feel a need to tell the folks from the church they were wrong, but as this was a year ago, I am still amazed how the Holy Spirit can provide insights of situations in unusual settings.
Meanwhile at my work, I found out one of our remote colleagues was based in Vancouver, as he was a Canadian who moved back to his home town.
I’m cautiously Charismatic, but I also believe the gifts of the Spirit are still applicable today, although I recognise there can be excesses in Charismatic churches.
These days I try to write down what I get in dreams, many of these don’t make sense, once in a while, some definitely have meaning.
Related; If you are curious, I had a strange experience regarding a child’s buggy rolling down a hill close to my flat in Jerusalem.