As God reintroduces apostles into the mix of leadership within the local and worldwide Church we will see a new breed of believer rise up and take their rightful place as apostolic representatives of the King and the Kingdom in the world today. This generation of “new wine” committed disciples will be different than those whom we see in attendance today. As we saw last time – their characteristics will include:
1> A deep love and understanding of the heart of the Father (God)
2> They will have moved beyond the old wineskins and will welcome the new wine (new move of the Spirit)
3> They will have received “life” and will be walking in that life so as to be the light of the world
4> They will know the voice of God, will be listening for the gentle whisper, and will instantly obey what they hear. The Scripture states that His sheep hear His voice (John 10) and new wine disciples are actively listening for His voice on a daily basis. They truly believe that “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.” (Romans 8:14). So, apostolic people have a close and personal relationship with their heavenly Father and know how to listen for His voice and obey Him when they hear Him.
5> They are flexible. Early in my walk with the Lord in my ministry as an apostle I learned the truth behind a non-Biblical proverb: “Blessed are the flexible for they shall not be broken.” Apostolic people are ready to move out in faith and simply trust the Lord for both the direction they are to travel and the results of the journey. This means that they are open to changing their minds as well as their hearts. They are open to new ideas, new ways of doing things. They understand that the message is constant but the methods are not – and that methods need to be continually changing and updated as society and the culture changes. Apostolic people are willing to move as the Spirit directs them without resisting or grieving the Holy Spirit or even questioning His guidance.
6> They recognize who is in charge – the know who is the head of the Church – Jesus Himself. And, they recognize that God has placed certain people in immediate authority in the local church. So, apostolic, new wine people are committed to the local church and follow the God-ordained leadership which consists of the five-fold ministry (Ephesians 4:11) led by an apostle and prophet (Ephesians 2:20).
More on the “new wine” and those who drink it next time…