TOAM Interview with David Devenish on apostles today

In this interview I ask David about his new book, Fathering Leaders, Motivating Mission.   … [Read more...]

Apostles today? Part Four – What do they look like in practice?

The following post is from Fathering Leaders, Motivating Mission by David Devenish, copyright 2011 reproduced with permission from Authentic Media. Those who are recognized as apostles by particular church networks are sometimes accused of making themselves equivalent to Paul or Peter, but this is not the case. In the similar context of prophets today, Jack Deere says: It is simply not reasonable to insist that all miraculous spiritual gifts equal those of the apostles in their intensity or … [Read more...]

Apostles today? Part Three – Witnesses of the resurrection?

The following post is from Fathering Leaders, Motivating Mission by David Devenish, copyright 2011 reproduced with permission from Authentic Media. Witnesses of the Resurrection? What then about the claim that to be an apostle someone must have seen Jesus in his resurrection? This assertion is based on 1 Corinthians 9, where Paul is justifying his apostleship to a church that was beginning to question it. Paul there makes a series of four assertions of his apostleship to the Corinthian church: … [Read more...]

Apostles today? Part Two – Do Ephesians 4 ministries continue?

The following post is from Fathering Leaders, Motivating Mission by David Devenish, copyright 2011 reproduced with permission from Authentic Media. Only Some of the Ministries Continue Today? We now turn to the third view: that the gifts of the Holy Spirit still continue today, but not the gift of the apostle. This view acknowledges that all five ministry gifts of Ephesians 4:11 were given by the ascended Lord Jesus to the church at the beginning, but contends that not all of those gifts … [Read more...]

Are there apostles today? A series by Dave Devenish

The following post is from Fathering Leaders, Motivating Mission by David Devenish, copyright 2011 reproduced with permission from Authentic Media. Many years ago, my wife and I were leading a walking holiday in the Lake District (a beautiful region of northern England) with the youth group in our church. We had been joined by a lad, a friend of one of our young people, who had no previous knowledge of Christianity and certainly not of Christian jargon. We held Bible studies each evening and … [Read more...]

Fathering Leaders, Motivating Mission – Restoring the role of the apostle in today's church

With the recent launch of some absolutely seminal books from men that I love and respect, and the imminent commencement of the final Together On A Mission conference, I am sure you can forgive me for this prolonged focus on the distinctives that mark the movement of churches I am thrilled to be a part of. I will be back to discussing things reformed more generally eventually I am sure! At various points along the way in this blog I could have been accused of focussing for long periods on all … [Read more...]