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An Apostolic Understanding – Part Forty-Nine

As we saw last time … The early Church – comprised of mostly Jewish converts to the Christian faith kept the same structure as they were accustomed to in their original faith As a result, for the first three centuries, Christianity was a home-based religion. Churches were house churches with the weekly worship gatherings loosely […]

An Apostolic Understanding – Part Forty-Eight

THE APOSTOLIC CENTERS God’s plan for the Church that Jesus is building is that there would be a fivefold ministry team involved in the life of each local church *Ephesians 4:11-12 “And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building […]

An Apostolic Understanding – Part Forty-Seven

The Church in the New Testament met in people’s homes. These house churches could be as small as a single family or as large as 60 to 70 people determined by the size of the home ad the enclosed yard. So, few churches would have had even one of the fivefold ministry gifts within the […]

An Apostolic Understanding – Part Forty-Six

We are seeing God establish the Church that Jesus is building. It is being built upon revelation. God is revealing to us the foundation, the design, the function, and the life of this new wineskin. He is asking current churches to embrace the changes necessary to become a new wineskin. Some are catching the vision […]

An Apostolic Understanding – Part Forty-five

The fivefold ministry not only sets order in the Church that Jesus is building but it also empowers the Church ultimately bringing fulfillment to each individual Christian. When God created you, He designed you to be a minister. The Bible tells us that before you were born, God designed a perfect plan for your life. […]

An Apostolic Understanding – Part Forty-four

So, how did Jesus equip the saints to be ministers and then to minister? Jesus made it a priority to teach His followers to do the things He did. Think about Jesus’ ministry of healing. Healing was important to Jesus. He healed almost everywhere that He went. He healed in the marketplace. He healed in […]

An Apostolic Understanding – Part Forty-Three

To become an apostolic church, we need to get a new picture of what the church is suppose to be. We need to go from a pastoral model understanding of the church and grasp the new wine skin (really the original wineskin) or apostolic model of the Church. To make this switch we also need […]

An Apostolic Understanding – Part Forty-Two

Continuing our look at the early church started yesterday, we need to understand that the Early Church had a different picture of “church” than most people have today. Most today assume that a church should have a congregation and a pastor. The congregation is made up of ‘laymen’ with no training or real biblical knowledge. […]

An Apostolic Understanding – Part Forty-One

The goal of the fivefold ministry is to equip the saints for the work of the ministry (Ephesians 4:12). In other words, to enable and empower the Church, the regular, every-day believers, to rise up in New Testament power. Our clearest picture of what fivefold ministry produces is found in the book of Acts. Acts […]

An Apostolic Understanding – Part Forty

We have been looking at the five gifts that Jesus gave to His Church when He ascended into heaven. They are: apostle, prophet, evangelist, shepherd, teacher. These were the five ministries that Jesus fulfilled during His three years of touching lives before dying on the cross. To have the full ministry of Jesus in any […]