… the Holy Spirit said, `Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work ... Acts 13:2 God is restoring a new level of the 'apostolic' to his church. But for this to occur we must cut through the extraneous and get to the foundational. In an age of communication and information overload we are desperately in need of distinguishing between the primary and the peripheral. And … [Read more...]
This teaching stream explores the nature of the ecclesia (church) as a Covenant Community.
Because the triune God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – are within themselves a covenantal community, and because we are made in his image, the ground for all human community is found in him—we are hardwired for it. Significantly, the Godhead is a relational unity-in-diversity. This demands a re-formation from institutional to relational and denominational to apostolical paradigms of church—a return to ‘apostolic architecture’.
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… they thought he was a ghost. Mark 6:49 Jesus, teaching on the mount they knew. Jesus, feeding the five-thousand, and even raising the dead, they knew! But what was this new and strange manifestation? The disciples had been directed by Jesus to get into a boat and cross the lake to Bethsaida. When evening came a storm had blown up and they were ‘straining’ on the oars as … [Read more...]
How long will you mourn for Saul...Fill your horn with oil and be on your way ... 1 Samuel 16:1 Many are currently networking the old instead of anointing the new. Let me explain: because of his unbroken inner life the kingdom had just been taken from Saul and promised to one better than he—to David (1 Sam 15:28). His days on the throne were now numbered. But Samuel mourns … [Read more...]
Hear, O Lord ... listen to my cry. Psalm 17:1 A PSALM OF DAVID David is the typical representative of the new kingdom order. And as such the cry of this psalm is the cry of this new order—the cry of a proven heart. In it, Saul is pursuing David, the man after the heart of God (Acts 13:22; 1 Sam 13:14). From the heights of the first anointing in Bethlehem and victory over … [Read more...]
These were the men who came to David at Ziklag, while he was banished from the presence of Saul ... warriors who helped him in battle. 1 Chronicles 12:1 Before every historic visitation of the Spirit God has sent forerunners. John the Baptist set the pattern; as a voice crying in the wilderness he prepared the way for the ministry of Christ (Mtt 3:3). Likewise, John Wycliffe … [Read more...]