Leadership Development and Church Ministries
Open Bible Churches Compiled by Dr. Paul Leavenworth Fall-Winter 2004-05
Apostles and Prophets ____________________________________________________
“It was [Christ] who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’speople for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” Ephesians 4:11-13, NIV “Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, built on the foundation ofthe apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.” Ephesians 2:19-22, NIV “… an apostle [is] one who is called and sent by Christ to have the spiritual authority, character, giftsand abilities to successfully reach and establish people in Kingdom truth and order, especially through founding and overseeing local churches.” David Cannistraci, Pastor and author “The New Apostolic Reformation is an extraordinary work of God at the close of the twentieth century, which is, to a significant extent, changing the shape of Protestant Christianity around the world… In virtuallyevery region of the world, these new apostolic churches constitute the fastest growing segment of Christianity.” C. Peter Wagner, Seminary teacher and author “I dream about the church of Jesus Christ experiencing a new flexibility in the coming days. New churches will be birthed by the Holy Spirit to provide new wineskins for the coming harvest… Apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teacherswill… train and encourage the saints to minister in the love and power of our Lord Jesus Christ… Local elders will serve God’s people in their local congregations. Apostolic overseers would be free to spend time in prayer, in ministering the Word and continuing to give clear direction for the whole church under the anointing of the Holy Spirit. These apostolic-type overseers would lead more byinfluence than by hands-on management. They would be more concerned about undergirding the saints through prayer and encouragement rather than in ‘leading from the top.’ Teams of prophets should relate to the apostolic overseers on a regular basis as they receive messages from the Lord. The apostolic gifting needs the prophetic giftings to stay on track.” Larry Kreider, Pastor and Author“Prophecy, in simple terms, is the verbalized expression of God’s thoughts through a Spirit-inspired person ‘to a particular person or group of persons, at a particular moment, for a particular purpose.’ ” Ernest B. Gentile, Pastor and author “Prophecy does not make some people better than others; there is no structural hierarchy within the gift. There are no superior or inferior believers. Those Christianswho perform exploits in supernatural giftings, or who have immense responsibilities within the Kingdom, will have built that influence on a solid base of humility and dependence on God. This level of anointing carries with it a deep sensitivity to the person of the Holy Spirit.” Graham Cooke, Prophetic minister and author “Therefore, my brothers, be eager to prophecy, and do not forbid speaking intongues. But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way.” I Corinthians 14:39-40, NIV “And now I will show you a more excellent way. If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but...