Is the Church’s Foundation Still Being Laid?

“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.” ~ Henry David Thoreau, Walden There’s a lot of talk in the church about foundations and founders, especially when it comes to local churches or ‘ministries.’ I find it a […]

I No Longer Know What APEST I Am

What’s APEST? It’s an acronym for the people gifts in Ephesians 4:11. Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Shepherds and Teachers. Forget for a moment that there is adamant pushback against two of these (Apostles & Prophets) and slight disdain for one (Evangelists). There are still large segments of the Church that put ALL of the emphases on Pastors […]

A Crisis of Sorts Regarding APEST

First, what’s APEST?  APEST in an acronym for the people gifts in Ephesians 4:11: “So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherd/pastors and teachers.” The purpose of these gifts are for the current equipping of God’s people for works of service, for the building up of God’s body (Church), for reaching towards unity […]

No, of course not, there's no hierarchy in the Church, but… There's a 'Divine Order.'

Found this quote today: “And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers…” (1 Corinthians 12:28). This does not describe a hierarchy, but a divine order. Apostles are first in that order.”   I have seen this work itself out in various ways, but I suspect that the author of […]

Can’t I Just Be The Warrior Prophet That God Wants Me To Be?

I’ll have to admit that I get a little stirred up when others say “how” my prophetic gift should be practiced. Some say that the Old Testament models of Prophets are no longer valid. In part, I agree. Mostly because I would probably have been stoned by now for saying something which didn’t come to […]

When It Comes to Apostles and Prophets for Today, We're Still Asking the Wrong Questions.

As to determining whether or not apostles or prophets exist today, I think we have to answer some fundamental questions beforehand: These are examples of questions everyone’s answering but few are asking:

 1.  Aren’t Apostles directly appointed and authorized by Jesus Christ to be His immediate representatives on earth? (Mark 3:14; Luke 6:13; Acts 1:2, […]

How's a New Covenant Prophet Suppose To Act? Part I

Lesslie Newbigin once wrote, “Wherever we look in the Old Testament we find that the prophets and psalmists speak of salvation in terms of actual historic happenings: deliverance from famine, sickness, danger, enemies, and oppression. Therefore, for the biblical writers, to “know the Lord” is not a matter of intellectual contemplation or mystical union; it is […]

The Prophecies, The Prophetic, and The Prophet. Unwarranted Mind-Meld?

Prophets, prophecies, and the prophetic are not the same things.  They are different things.  The first are God-given people for the ongoing equipping, maturity, and unity of the church.  The second are activities of the church’s members.  The third is a characteristic description of what may include the other two and more. Melding them together so […]

'Redundant Foundations…' are the reason Apostles & Prophets don't exist today?

The construction of the church necessitated the foundational work Apostles & Prophets. When referring to God’s household, the church, Paul wrote: “…having been built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone” (Ephesians 2:20). Premise 1 – While the work of evangelists and pastor/teachers is important, only the […]

If the Church is built upon the foundation of apostles and prophets. Why are so many trying to build it on the foundation of pastors?

Possible Points of Considerations: There’s only one church and Jesus is it’s Chief Cornerstone. There’s only one foundation to the church.  We can’t lay foundations over foundations. Prophets & Apostles are no longer needed. Someone’s got to step in. The Bible has been completed and there’s no more special revelation. They existed in their time […]