About 6 weeks ago, I had been a bit worn out with blogging and trying to stay up on all the theological banter of the day, both in reading and blogging. So I took a short break from blogging and also stayed away from more ‘theological’ reading and instead read more devotionally, as well as started the Bible in 90 Days plan (which I will probably finish in 120 days).
One more devotional type book I purchased was Bill Johnson’s Strengthen Yourself in the Lord. Johnson is the lead-senior pastor of Bethel Church, based in Redding, California. Johnson and Bethel are high on the list in Christian charismatic circles, also giving us great worship leaders and team such as Brian & Jenn Johnson and Jesus Culture. Yet, for some non-charismatics, Johnson and Bethel are problematic, to use a nicer word.
But here was a practical book with its main thesis based in the words of 1 Sam 30:6 – But David found strength in the Lord his God.
I recently posted about a new book I have begun reading, a book on the modern-day ministry of apostles authored by British church leader, David Devenish – Fathering Leaders, Motivating Mission: Restoring the Role of Apostle in Today’s Church. Remember, I am one of those guys (not the only one) who believes this role (along with all ministries spoken of in Eph 4:11-13) to be very important in seeing the people of God equipped for works of ministry and preparing them to move towards maturity. At least that’s how Paul articulates it in Eph 4.
I’ve been spending time here lately on To Be Continued sharing why I believe this ministry (yes, ministry, not so much ‘office’ or ‘position’) is still active today. But as I was reading Devenish’s book, he brought out two points that I never really considered before as to why apostles would exist today, or post-first century. They are not major, eye-openers as to solve the debate that might exist for some Christians. Nevertheless, I thought I would share those two points below and then encourage you to read my series here at the blog. Continue reading
Yes, I am the nut case who believes apostles still exist today. I’m even posting a series here at To Be Continued, of which I am about half-way through. I recently posted considering the apostles that actually existed in New Testament times (there were more than we think!).
In the near future, I am writing a paper for the churches I work with, and one major point I will consider is the nature of apostolic ministry today. And so I was specifically made aware of a new book that came out this past summer entitled Fathering Leaders, Motivating Mission: Restoring the Role of Apostle in Today’s Church. Continue reading
One thing this blog is definitely devoted to is presenting a positive case for the continuation of all gifts of the Spirit from Pentecost to the present (and beyond). While that might usually seem wrapped up in a defense of the gifts in 1 Corinthians 12, for me personally, I also believe in the continuation of all 5 ministry gifts in Ephesians 4:11-13 (or 4 giftings if one would like to argue such).
So, yes, though Marv (my partner in crime) and I would probably disagree on this subject, I do believe the ministry gift of apostle is still active and needed even today. I’ll post a rather detailed series in the near future on why I hold to such. But I at least wanted to share 2 teaching videos as a kind of taster.
The first video below is entitled Jesus, the Apostle and the teaching comes from a close friend and ministry partner of mine, Alan Scotland. He specifically looks at what it means to be an apostle and does this by considering specific aspects in the life of Jesus. Christ is the great apostle, so it’s best to look at His life and apostolic ministry.
Though the video is about 10 years old, the teaching remains extremely relevant to the topic at hand. I hope the video stirs you.
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A few week’s back, I shared a video of a friend of mine from a partner church in England. It was about some amazing work that took place during his trip to India in the spring of 2010.
Well, below is another video from another partner church of ours in Glastonbury, England. These amazing things are taking place in the town of Glastonbury. Exciting stuff!
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