As you may be aware, I have been doing a LOT of reading lately. In my reading, I "stumbled" on this article by Frank Viola. I don’t know a lot about Frank other than he is a highly respected teacher who operates outside the institutional and organised expressions of church. In my opinion, this man would have to be one of the most thorough and balanced teachers to be found today.
This particular article is one of the most provocative yet resonant articles I have ever read. I have been in hot pursuit of the restoration of the five-fold ministry gifts in the church for over a decade. In fact, I would go as far as to say that I was using the language of apostle, prophet and "five-fold" long before many who are now in a similar pursuit.
The article you are about to read is long, the equivalent of almost eleven A4 pages. Read it. Read it all. You will not be sorry you did. It will challenge everything you think you know about five-fold ministry with the primary challenge being how strongly it will resonate with your own spirit.
Enjoy the ride ………….
I came across this article today, written by an author named Ben Patterson, whose insights I have quietly followed for over a decade. His background is VERY mainline and yet his thinking is that of the Kingdom. He writes …
Imagine the mystery and delight of not just hearing, but seeing the story of Jesus for the first time, almost as an eyewitness.
That’s what happened to a primitive tribe in the jungles of East Asia, when missionaries showed them the Jesus film. Not only had these people never heard of Jesus, they had never seen a motion picture. Then, all at once, on one unforgettable evening, they saw it all—the gospel in their own language, visible and real.
I have been doing a lot of reading and exploring these past few weeks and came across the following article. I was so moved by the simplicity of Keith Seckel’s message. It is posted here for your benefit.
John Wimber cast a tremendous vision for the Vineyard movement (and for the Kingdom of God!) when he said church was a Hospital and a Family and a School and an Army.
I agree but want to re-phrase it to move away from the building mentality.