Jesus meets this woman at the well in Sychar
In the first 300 years of the Christian faith… dynamic, powerful, influential
And, as a result, the Early Church grew at a terrific rate ….
- In the year 250 AD – 1.9% of the population of the Roman Empire was born again
- In the year 300 AD – 10.5% of the Empire’s population was born again
- In the year 350 AD – 56.5% of the population was born again
The Early Church…
Worked with regional apostolic centers … Located in Jerusalem, Antioch, Ephesus, Corinth, and Rome
Centres where the fivefold ministry teams were located and from where they spread out as needed to plant the Gospel of the Kingdom and establish new expressions of the Church Read more
“One day you will stop breathing, but you won’t stop living.”
You will stop breathing and your heart will stop pumping blood
You will be pronounced dead by a doctor
But you will not stop living – you have simply changed locations
One moment after you die – you will experience either the greatest celebration ever (Heaven)
Or the greatest separation ever (Hell) Read more
God is bringing us back to the biblical pattern for the Church. He is preparing a new wineskin for a new move of His Spirit which will bring many into the Kingdom. Some say, we are being prepared for the end-times harvest of souls for the Kingdom.
The Church has tried following man’s ideas, but man’s ways have not produced results and has resulted in a lot being done in the flesh. We have been faithful but somewhat fruitless. God is bring us into a new season when there was will be a return on His investment and much fruit will be seen. Following God’s plan the Early Church moved in a continuous time of harvest that reached the known world in one generation. We can learn from their example.
A key element in the success of the Early Church, as we have seen, was the establishment of apostolic regional centers. They were placed strategically by the Holy Spirit so they could have the greatest impact in spreading the Gospel of the Kingdom and in training, equipping, and releasing the saints to expand the Kingdom to the end of the then known world. Apostolic centers were not randomly placed. God planted them where they would have the greatest impact to penetrate the world for His Kingdom. Read more
We have been looking at biblical regional centers or apostolic centers as found in the New Testament…
We have looked at Jerusalem, Antioch, and Ephesus… The forth one of five is found in the city of Corinth
Today – the Lord is stirring something in the harvest fields. He is placing a hunger in people’s hearts for a reality – a spiritual reality leading to a new physical reality – beyond anything they have previously seen or experienced.
- He is preparing His Church for a great end-times harvest that will soon be upon us.
- He is preparing us to receive that harvest as well as be labourers in the harvest field bringing the harvest into the Kingdom and the Church
- He is planting “new wineskin” churches in nations around the world
- He is renewing existing churches that are willing to move into a new future
And, I believe, He is walking away from churches who determined to continue to hold to their lifeless traditions and religious rules that hold people in bondage and control them. Read more