Leviticus 18 speaks of kingdom culture. Demon spirits teach, write books and build schools. There was a time when Canaanite giants built a university city, the “City of Books,” to transmit their anti-Christ culture to the next generation.
Should you have a spiritual father in your life? Apostolic ministries have apostolic fathers. I came from a generation of preachers who grew up in ministry without the benefit of spiritual fathers. Like thousands of others, we had to get whatever we could through books, audios, videos, seminars, conferences and brief meetings with men of God hurried off platforms and away from the people.
Apostolic definition comes from Apostle Paul's teachings in Ephesians 4:11 with some apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors, and teachers. These five fold gifts are all called to equip the saints for the work of ministry and for the edifying of the body of Christ. This is part of the apostolic definition. Let's review steps to effective apostolic ministry.
Mentors and honoring spiritual leaders..To have a good spiritual leader or mentor in your life is truly a gift from God. Your response to that gift will determine much of what happens in your future. Scripture says, “Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially they who labor in the word and doctrine” (1 Timothy 5:17).
New apostolic reformation is on the move. It seems to me that some churches are free-falling into ineffectiveness. Are we becoming prey to religious spirits? Have we become so inner-focused that we ignore the needs of those around us? If we don’t keep the Great Commission in the forefront of our ministries are we prime candidates for lukewarmness and apathy?
Some say there’s a Church revolution underway that’s making the Church as we know it obsolete. They say Bible studies and house groups are going to become the Church of the future. They say that believers can grow spiritually and experience more of God without ever stepping foot inside a local church. They even say that not going to church is “healthy.”
Five fold ministry and how to relate to your apostle.The relationships between apostles and other five-fold ministry ascension gifts in a local church are important. An apostle in a local apostolic church is one that is called and sent by the Holy Spirit to pioneer a local assembly in a particular territory (Galatians 1:1).
Apostolic Reformers, Remnant Warriors, And Prophetic Strategists
New Testament apostolic believers are ardent reformers and early supporters of a cause. They carry a revolutionary spirit. Uzziah is a good example of an apostolic reformer, builder, and restorer. He was only sixteen years old when he became king. He built Eloth and restored it to Judah, a significant pattern for apostolic ministry (2 Chronicles 26:1-2).