Jesus saw the world from a minority perspective. Although living as a male Jew in His native Israel, the people of Galilee had...Read More
One of the first goals of the national coalitions is to help restore the church to the simplicity, authenticity and effectiveness of the (Apostolic) New Testament church model. The apostolic church in the first century was marked with rapid growth that resulted in penetrating every aspect of culture resulting in transforming the Roman Empire within three centuries! Some of the characteristics that are universal, transferrable and applicable that we are attempting to recapture in our context are:Read More
People in today's world are insecure for many reasons, and rightly so in most cases. People have been abandoned as children, deserted by mates, victimized on the streets and some have been the object of terrorist attacks. Schools, Churches, Shopping Malls and even Military Bases have been the scene of carnage from mass murderers. With the constant threat of nuclear bombs going off in different parts of the world, insecurity is an international problem.
In the midst of this dire problem, there is a place of security for all who will enter in. Solomon said, "The name of the Lord is a strong tower, the righteous run into it and are safe", Proverbs 18:10. The word "safe" here means "inaccessible". Apostle Paul taught us that this safe place was "In Christ". Writing to the Romans, Paul shared three aspects of the security provided for us by our relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ. The following passage reveals these three "faith builders" in great clarity.
"What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Who shall bring a charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?"Romans 8:31-35
There is NO SHORTAGE. "....how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?" There is no reason to be insecure when it comes to provision in spirit, soul or body; God has told us He will not withhold any need from us. We needed a Redeemer and Father God did not withhold, even when it meant sending His Only Begotten Son. This is the clearest statement of God's willingness to meet every need of our lives in every area of our lives. We can "rest assured" it will be done according to His promise. We should develop an "abundance mentality" and never entertain an "attitude of lack" which rests securely on the Word of God.
There is NO SHAME. "Who shall bring a charge against God's elect?" God has justified us; there is no need to be insecure in our acceptance by Him. Through the Blood of Jesus Christ we have been declared "not guilty" by the Judge of all the Earth, so who can bring a charge against us that will hold up in God's court. Paul said, "Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God..", by this he meant we are secure in our relationship with Him, we need not fear rejection while we live by faith in the finished work of Christ. This kind of assurance is the atmosphere in which great faith is developed like we see demonstrated in the life of Christ who said at the Tomb of Lazarus, "Father I thank thee that thou hast heard me, and that thou hearest me always". No condemnation here but a consciousness of being totally right with God and confident of being heard by Him.
There is NO SEPARATION. "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?" There are many people, things and demons that seek to separate the vital relationships of our lives and cause us to doubt the love of others. Paul says that even though we may be experiencing troubles and distresses of many types, none of these things indicate that God's love for us has changed. Satan tells us that "God doesn't care, or even love us" when we are going through hardships in our lives. On the contrary, our loving Christ shares the pain with us as we bump up against the evils of this world in our daily lives. God's love for us never changes simply because God is Love, He loves us not because of something in us that incites that love, but because of Who He is. God's love is always radiating out from Him to us regardless of the circumstances we may find ourselves in. It is when we believe in His love for us that faith arises in our hearts to trust for His deliverance.
These are some of the apostolic truths needing to be instilled in the hearts of today's believers who must live in uncertain times and advance theKingdomofGodin the Earth.
Dr. John Polis © 2012
The “Faith Message” of the 70’s and 80’s has been discarded by many as “extreme or hyper.” Many others, who actually learned the message, have “let it slip” and gone back to “walking by sight.” Someone may well accuse me of being in the “Faith Camp” after reading this bit of “apostolic advice,” but first let’s look at Apostle Paul’s version of the Faith Message. Paul had a more profound “revelation of redemption” than any other New Testament writer; he especially understood the triune makeup of man and the connection between the “heart and mouth”. “But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the HEART man believes unto righteousness, and with the MOUTH confession is made unto salvation.” Romans 10:8-10
“And since we have the same SPIRIT OF FAITH, according to what is written, “I BELIEVED and therefore I SPOKE”, we also believe and therefore speak”. 2 Cor. 4:13
Apostle Jesus operated in the same “faith revelation” as Paul, in fact, Jesus Himself taught it to Paul. Both Jesus and Paul operated from the “spirit man” and not from “reason or sense realm,” that is why they had “apostolic miracles”. (Acts 3:16)
“For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, Be removed and cast into the sea, and does not DOUBT IN HIS HEART, but BELIEVE that those things which he SAYS will be done, he will have whatever he SAYS.” Mark 11:23
Actually, the “apostolic faith message” seems “foolish” to the natural mind because the natural mind operates according to the “five senses.” The “faith message” Paul and Jesus taught was based upon a “sixth sense”, that is described in Hebrews 11:1 Amplified,
”Now FAITH is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [FAITH PERCEIVING AS A REAL FACT WHAT IS NOT REVEALED TO THE SENSES].”
This is an amazing statement, “faith perceives as real fact what is not revealed to the senses.” I think it means the same as “believing with the heart” that Paul teaches us about, it is the sixth sense of the spirit man. According to this verse, “faith can perceive a reality that the five senses cannot perceive because it is revelatory in nature.” That revelation is the Word of God to the individual that has received it, and therefore begins to speak it out of the abundance of the heart. We can simply say that “walking by faith” is walking by the “sixth sense” of the heart, independently of the five senses which have not yet perceived the reality the heart of man has perceived from the Spirit of God. Abraham operated in this kind of faith when he refused to consider his “own body now dead, nor yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb.” Abraham “believed according to that which was spoken,” not that which he perceived in the five sense realm. We are told to “walk in the steps of the faith of Abraham” in Romans 4:12.
Abraham “believed in the heart and spoke with the mouth.” Paul said that Abraham “called the things which be not, as though they were.” If God said he was now “Abraham, the father of a multitude.” than Abraham was going to say it as well even though he had no proof in the five sense realm. That was “calling things that be not as though they were.” He had faith, the perception of a reality that had not been revealed to the senses,” he walked by the sixth sense.
This is the apostolic faith message we can plainly see in scripture. I believe we need a “fresh emphasis” of this message in the Body of Christ as a part of the Apostolic Reformation, since it was an apostolic message to begin with. We need more faith in these perilous times, more teaching on faith until we raise people to a level of receiving from God what Christ has died to provide for them. The writer to Hebrews told us that “the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.”
During the early 90’s, I traveled as an evangelist for a historic Pentecostal denomination, conducting healing meetings across the US. God was healing as I preached the Word of Faith from the New Testament. Headquarters was so moved by the testimonies that I was asked to write a section in a manual to be used for all new believers in this organization. After I wrote it the leadership rejected it saying it was “too Word of Faith.” Amazingly, I had quoted from original Sunday School literature of this organization dated in the 50’s that clearly taught the same thing I was then teaching. It is amazing how in such a short period of time we can lose a truth that was so real to our hearts. Jesus said it like this in Luke 18:8, “Shall the Son of Man find FAITH on the earth when He comes.” This statement seems to make “faith preaching” an “end time message”. Let’s revive this message for today’s church that hasn’t yet learned to “walk by faith and not by sight.”
One of the most difficult aspects of the apostolic assignment is when we have to confront people who want access to the grace in our lives, regarding an issue that is left untouched by the Spirit within them. I call this the “One Thing Ministry.” Mark 10:17-32 records the story of the Rich Young Ruler who came to Jesus wanting to partake of Eternal Life. This young Jewish man had been faithful with many aspects of the requirements of the Law, but was still unsatisfied in his heart. He had obviously seen and heard Jesus and was drawn by the “anointing” and came wanting whatever it was that made Jesus different from all the other “religious teachers” he had encountered in his lifetime. The Law will never satisfy what only the Spirit can provide. The same is true today with those ministries that offer only “religious duty” and not the Life of the Spirit.
“Now as He was going out on the road, one came running, knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?” So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. You know the commandments: Do not commit adultery, Do not murder, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do no defraud, Honor your father and mother.” And he answered and said to Him, “Teacher, all these things I have kept from my youth.” Then said Jesus, looking at him, “ONE THING YOU LACK, go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.” But he was sad at this word, and went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.”
Jesus was an Apostle with a “One Thing Ministry.” He would not compromise the need to qualify in every area for a spiritual breakthrough in someone’s life or ministry. Today, a “religious leader” may do differently when someone comes into their ministry with resources like this young man possessed. The temptation would be to give the person what they want in order to gain access to their possessions. True apostles will not compromise the progress of a person in order to obtain from them what they think they need for themselves or their ministries. True apostles will discern the “one thing lacking” and seek to bring that issue into the light. Paul told the Thessalonians, “Night and day praying exceedingly that we may see your face and perfect what is lacking in your faith.” 1 Thess.3:10. Jesus and Paul could not be bought or enticed by someone’s resources, but put the spiritual progress of the individual in top priority.
There are many would be disciples who come and go today because they don’t like “the Word they received. ‘ Having been in apostolic ministry for nearly 30 years, I have dealt with many people sent by God to our ministry for further training and preparation for the destiny God had planned for them. Many have been like this “rich young ruler,” who had experience in the “things of God”, or were successful in business but still lacking in a particular area of character or wisdom. They were expecting to be accepted and promoted because of their “past” successes or experiences, and were shocked when I had to point out that “one thing” they were still lacking in order to have the next level of blessing released by the Father.
These people are often of “championship potential” and they only need that “one thing” in their lives to be “set in order” before they can go to the next level. Sometimes they are “grieved,” like this young man in our story, and go away without full comprehension of what we are trying to reveal to them. This young man obviously didn’t realize that Jesus was trying to get him delivered from “trusting in riches” so that he could qualify for a “hundredfold return” (vs.29-30).
He didn’t stay around for the “rest of the story,” as Paul Harvey would say. Often when “young men” go away grieved over the revelation brought to them, they spread a bad report about that “mean apostle” who didn’t recognize all their background and experience, but instead tried to “control them” into doing what they wanted them to do.
Sometimes, being an apostle who won’t compromise the best interest of individuals for the sake of gain will get you into some spiritual warfare that you would rather avoid. Nobody wants to have accusation and slander released against them, but that is often what happens when we are truthful and pure hearted in ministry. The disciples of Jesus saw this whole episode and responded that “they had done all that Jesus told this young man to do.” They wanted to know what they could expect for “giving up all for His sake and the gospel.” Jesus said, “You shall receive a hundredfold now in this time, and eternal life in the age to come.” (My paraphrase) Those who continue in the process and allow God to deal with the “One Thing Lacking,” can expect the same reward.
© Copyright John Polis 2011
Jesus is indeed worthy to be praised as the Word of God. John writes, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning." John 1:1-2
In sending forth His Son, God the Father released the apostolic dimension of heaven into the earth in the Person of His Son, the Word of God. Jesus Christ brought about apostolic reformation and the accomplishment of God's divinely architected plan to restore mankind to Himself. Jesus preached peace and made one new man by uniting Jew and Gentile. In the accomplishment of the Cross Christ laid the foundation for apostolic ministry in the earth; He is the Chief Cornerstone upon which God's household is built upon the foundations of the apostles and prophets (Ephesians 2:14-22).
Christ, the Word, became the living Way to the Father. As our Apostle and High Priest (Hebrews 3:1) the Lord brought about complete apostolic reconciliation between fallen mankind and Holy Father as the Mediator of the New Covenant of Grace. Through His obedient sacrifice the Lord re-aligned the destiny path of the whole world; apostolic ministry brings the church into sovereign alignment with God's will. As Mediator, Christ Jesus led us from the old covenant under Law into the new covenant under Grace. Apostolic anointing brings about divinely orchestrated change by leading us into the new things of God. Jesus is Alpha and Omega - First and Last; the apostolic ministry is both "first" in the context of governmental order (1 Corinthians 12:28) and also "last" in that it exists to be the servant to all.
Apostolic Birthright – We are all “Sent” Ones
Jesus was sent from the Father and pioneered and modelled a lifestyle that took Him to the Cross and beyond into resurrection glory so that we might also be SENT! We live in a perpetual dispensation of apostolic grace in which Christ longs for His church to receive a greater revelation of what it means to be a "sent one" in these days. Jesus yearns to release the apostolic dimension of His heart into the hearts of every saint around the world so that we can fulfil the Great Commission and hasten the return of the Lord!
The apostolic birthright of the church was purchased at great cost by the blood of Jesus Christ. It is because of Calvary that the church has received power and authority to fulfil the Great Commission. The apostolic anointing is a "global" anointing i.e. it reaches to the ends of the earth and embraces every believer in its function of reaching out, winning souls and discipling. Jesus appointed and authorised twelve of His disciples to become apostles i.e. "sent ones". Jesus, as Apostle, had given the Twelve a mission and commission which were apostolic in nature. Whilst the Great Commission was originally given specifically to the eleven apostles after Jesus' resurrection, it is also given generally to the church. We are all, therefore, apostolic in nature as we seek to obey the mandate to love people into the Kingdom of God and disciple the nations. We must clearly understand that whilst not everyone is called to be an apostle, all may be considered apostolic in playing a role in execution of the Great Commission.
The Great Commission is not just about evangelism. Whilst evangelism is an important part of soul winning, in and of itself it cannot achieve the apostolic dimension to make disciples i.e. to teach, preach, train and ultimately raise up mature believers. Discipleship is about emulating the Master and therefore it is about doing the works that Jesus did. New converts need to belong to churches and Holy Spirit led movements. New churches and movements require elders to be ordained and Godly leadership to be established and in this we see further evidence of the apostolic nature of the Great Commission.
The original twelve apostles were appointed, anointed and authorised as Christ's ambassadors to carry out the mission He had set before them. Every born-again believer has inherited the blessing of adoption and access to the Father and has a part to play in the fulfilment of the Great Commission. The Great Commission is not just a job for missionaries; our Kingdom citizenship makes a command upon us to get involved in loving the nations into the arms of Almighty God! (Matthew 22:37-39) The apostolic dimension of Christ's grace strengthens the church to enable her to be a light to the nations, pushing back and defeating darkness and advancing the Kingdom even during times of intense persecution. Because "the word became flesh and made his dwelling among us", the apostolic dimension causes acceleration of the things of God and increase and multiplication of God's dominion on the earth as we each testify to God's glory at work in our lives.
Apostolic anointing releases much grace upon, to and through the church as we see in the book of Acts. (Acts 4:33) The Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ enables what was previously impossible to be made possible. It was a fresh outpouring of apostolic grace that transformed a quivering wreck of eleven men and propelled them into the place of miracle-working holy boldness and power with signs and wonders following their ministry on a daily basis with apostolic teaching, prayer, fellowship and communion at the heart of the explosive growth of the New Testament Church. God still longs to pour out apostolic grace on His church so that the multitudes can be won and the nations discipled for His glory but He is waiting for us to appropriate this grace in a fresh wave of humble yet persistent and prevailing prayer. We will see exponential increase in our God-given ministries when we understand this truth and prayerfully receive the blessing of apostolic grace.
Jesus said, "No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day." (John 6:24) The apostolic grace of Christ acts like a magnet to metal drawing people from every tribe to the Father. When we receive fresh revelation of apostolic grace, we can expect to see an increase of Kingdom fruitfulness in our lives because more of God's love is revealed in the exceptional outpouring of God's Grace. Apostle Paul understood this principle when he wrote, "Through him [Christ Jesus] and for his name's sake, we received grace and apostleship to call people from among all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes by faith." Romans 1:5 [Emphasis mine]
We receive more grace so that we can release more grace, which draws the multitudes into the Kingdom as sons and heirs. True apostolic ministry produces spiritual sons and daughters - just look at our lives, which are an outflow of Jesus' universal apostolic ministry.
It is clear that Jesus transferred a portion of His mantle i.e. His power and authority to His disciples when He sent them forth as apostles (Luke 9:1, 2) otherwise they would not have been able to complete the assignment He had entrusted to them to drive out demons, cure disease, pray for the sick, cleanse the leper, raise the dead and preach the Kingdom. Furthermore, we read in Ephesians 4 that when the Lord ascended to heaven He gave the full representation of Himself i.e. His mantle in five aspects or delegated "offices" to the church, giving some (but not all) to be apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers. We may confidently consider this as a God-given model and pattern for impartation of apostolic anointing.
Apostle Paul wrote to the church at Rome, "I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift." (Romans 1:11). We see a clear principle outlined from Scripture that the Lord releases His anointing on the earth through those whom He calls and He sends. Five-fold ministers are called and sent and have a dimension of Christ’s grace to impart to the church.
Christ's beautiful Spirit is not limited only to the five-fold ministries however. The bible teaches us that the Spirit was given so that the Gospel message could be carried to the ends of the earth, "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." Acts 1:8
Whilst in historical context this Scripture points to the Spirit being given in the first instance to the apostles, the bible also makes clear that "in the last days God says, "I will pour out my Spirit on all people" (Acts 2:17). Since we may confidently say that the "last days" began with the ascension of Christ then we are in the timeframe of receiving the global outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Jesus taught that the Father loves to give the Spirit without measure to His children. We are therefore ALL recipients of the "Sending" Holy Spirit who enables us to be an apostolic company of priestly ambassadors on the earth! Hallelujah!
© 2011 Catherine Brown Founder/Director, Gatekeepers Global Ministries (GGM 7 Million Souls)
If each generation is to do greater works as Jesus said: "The truth is, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father” (John 14:12), then we can assume there is a greater calling upon each generation to perform a greater work. As Proverbs 13:22 says, “Good people leave an inheritance to their grandchildren, but the sinner's wealth passes to the godly.”Our apostolic success is defined by not only the number of those who followed our ministry and not only those we discipled, but how many becameFunctional Successors; continuing on with the vision expansion!
We who are in the older generations have a responsibility before God to discern the destiny of the next generation/s and to assist them with their assignment to facilitate it. In order to do so, we must get in alignment with Father God. Generational Succession is a principle found in both the Old and New Testaments. It must be understood and embraced by all true apostles.
The Apostolic Problem
To review my teaching about Solutions to the Apostolic Problem —The greatest problem with apostles is what also causes apostles to be successful: the problem of being focused on what they are called to build, who they are called to raise up, and what causes they are given to.
However, time is short! We are in the End Times. Now is the time for apostolic wisdom and experience to be shared and for apostles to connect more purposefully.
The Apostolic Solution
- ICA is designed to assist connections to more effectively and efficiently advance the Kingdom of God
- ICA will be a fountain of knowledge to assist apostles with expanding their spheres and for church and kingdom expansion. God’s people suffer from lack of education and know how. “Therefore My people go into exile for their lack of knowledge; And their honorable men are famished, And their multitude is parched with thirst” (Isaiah 5:13).
- ICA must give space to assisting apostles and develop those they are called to equip and raise up.
- ICA will open up the Summits and the Annual Meeting to those whom ICA members are mentoring (sons and daughters and disciples) and equipping into ministry via the church or marketplace. This would hasten the growth and development of the individual for their God-given assignments.
We need to be intentional about inviting the next two generations to summits and to the ICA Annual Gathering on Nov. 9-10, 2011. You have been empowered to do this by ICA’s new guidelines.
Consider bringing a younger person this year to expand their understanding of ICA and what God is doing globally with apostolic kingdom building.
Consider your legacy for the next generation.
Perform a greater work and create Functional Successors!