Thu, 3 September 2009
APOSTLE TALK - Future News Now!
THE ROLE OF APOSTOLIC MINISTRY TODAY
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THE ROLE OF APOSTOLIC MINISTRY TODAY
INTRO / MUSIC
There are several TYPES of evangelical churches today, but they can be classified usually into one or more of three (3) groups:
INTERPRETIVE - These churches believe that Jesus is Lord.
DEDUCTIVE - Based on inference of scripture, these churches are further divided into sub-groups. For example, those who believe in the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, speaking in tongues, operation of the gifts of the Spirit . . . and those who do not.
CULTURAL - These churches appeal to the styles and movements of the current day and may be further divided into two (2) groups: traditional and seeker sensitive.
Apostle Handley’s book on Militant Church History (written in 1973) is right on track today and lists the seven (7) stages of church history: past and prophetic. Just a cursory review of recent decades, however, shows something as to the movement of the Holy Spirit (with some aberrations of men).
In the late 1960s and into the 1970s, we had the "hippy" movement.
In the 1980s we had the coming of age of the burgeoning "baby boomers."
In the 1990s we had the "Me" (the selfish) generation, with examples such as "Seinfeld."
Today, we are in the infant stages of the "rupture" of society ... and at the same time, the infant stages of the apostolic church. By the "rupture" of society I am talking about the appearance of militant Islamic fundamentalism.
We hear lots of commentary by news media outlets saying that Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world. This is NOT correct. Christianity is the fastest growing religion in the world.
Demographics and surveys are drawn from largely the traditional and denominational churches. The statistics do NOT account for the fact that much of exploding church growth occurs in the non-traditonal, non-mainline, non-denominational churches: much in house churches and the underground church ... SUCH AS IN CHINA!
However, there IS now a large growth of Islam. Why? Because people want to identify themselves with . . . to belong to or be part of . . . a culture.
It is TIME for a NEW CHURCH: one that is drawn by the Spirit to people and one to which people are drawn by the Spirit! The NEW church understands the current culture, the people and their styles. The following statistics are representative of this NEW church:
We must reach this youngest group! If you haven’t already studied about this, go to www.realmiracles.com and in the upper right of any page "Search" for "The Greatest Outreach." Also, go to the Archives of The Apostles Group and search for: "Trends, Times, and Tongues." [August 28, 2004]
The NEW APOSTOLIC church will reach people in their styles and cultures with anointed music. People will join a church when they SEE people EXCITED about their faith. Acts 15:15-18 tells us:
"This agrees with the words of the prophets. As it is written, 'After these things I will return. I will again build the tent (tabernacle) of David, which has fallen. I will again build its ruins. I will set it up, That the rest of men may seek after the Lord; All the Gentiles who are called by my name, Says the Lord, who does all these things. All his works are known to God from eternity."
This scripture is referring to Amos 9:11 foretelling the rebuilding of the dynasty of David through Messiah who would come. However, it has a multiple fulfillment, also, in the building of the Kingdom of God (even before the 1,000 year Messianic Kingdom on earth) by the organic spiritual growth of the resurrected Messiah's body of believers. The Messianic synagogues and churches today who operate in the apostolic and prophetic functions ... and who abound with the high praises of God ... are creating NEW birthings of the Spirit and forging alliances of ministry purposes:Individual birthings of the Spirit through repentance and believing the Good News ... and corporate birthings of NEW synagogues and churches, whether they meet in offices, buildings, houses, the desert, or forests.
What was the Tabernacle of David like? It was NOT like Solomon’s Temple, with all its wealth and gold. The Tabernacle of David was a "make-shift" tent where the praises of God resounded. Even King David, when he was returning with the Ark of the Covenant was dancing and praising God publicly (and almost nude)!
The NEW APOSTOLIC church will have prophetic dancers: even incorporating new cultural themes in music.
The NEW APOSTOLIC church will have a NEW BREED who will want to join and participate in MIRACLES: people who want to be instruments through whom the Holy Spirit will flow to bring healing to sinful, bruised humanity. A brother in my area recently took a campus survey at one of California’s major universities. In that survey the students were asked the question: "What will it take to get you into church?" The majorityof the university students being surveyed answered: "We want to SEE God’s miracles and the supernatural."
Have you ever noticed that the churches and people who say “wanting to see miracles” is wrong are the ones who are NOT experiencing MIRACLES? Jesus never blasted people for wanting to see or experience MIRACLES. He blasted them because they just wanted to take part in eating the bread that was multiplied.
Yeshua answered them, "Most certainly I tell you, you seek me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate of the loaves, and were filled." [John 6:26]
During 1950-1960 several great healing ministries were raised up by God. Many people were saved as a result. Then in the period from 1960 to 1970 there was great emphasis on pastoring to care for the thousands of new converts. Then, from 1980 to 1990 there was great emphasis on teaching. Around 1990 many new prophetic ministries were raised up, along with praise and worship. Now, we are in the INFANT STAGES of the NEW APOSTOLIC CHURCH.
The PROPHETIC brings things to pass in the Spirit. It opens up new vistas and causes them to happen.
The APOSTOLIC takes the different forms of ministry and unites them into a harmonious unit.
The APOSTLE recognizes that the fivefold ministries are NOT ministries necessarily of accuracy, but rather of function to bring about a cohesive objective: the formation of the Tabernacle of David and the growth and dominion of the Kingdom of God. The apostle of the NEW CHURCH should probably have experience in all functions: not just the apostolic, but also as prophet, evangelist, pastor, and teacher.
It was not too long ago, before the fall of Communism, that Albania was known as the hardest Communist country. Just to mention the name "God" would result in a jail or prison sentence. There was a Muslim man who was about to die of radiation contact. A Christian brother told him about Jesus and His healing power, then laid hands on him and prayed for him. The man went to the hospital to be checked again and they found he was completely healed.
The doctor asked him, "How did this happen?" The man said, "A man told me about Jesus, and that He could heal me; the man laid his hands on me and prayed for me in Jesus’ name . . . and I am healed!" Then the doctor, in simple belief and scientific query, asked the man who had been healed: "Would that happen to the other people here in this hospital?" The man something like, "I think so." So, the doctor asked him to go around and pray for the people in Jesus’ name and lay hands on them. The hospital was emptied.
About that time, there was a NEW BREED of young people who simply believed God and went to the hospitals praying for the sick in Jesus’ name. Hospitals were actually closed down because of the number of people who were healed.
The NEW BREED is waiting for you . . . and for the NEW APOSTOLIC CHURCH!
Baruch haba b'Shem Adonai.
Podcast time: 12 minutes, 00 seconds (with music)
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