Roland Allen: predecessor of modern Missional and Apostolic ideals

It is almost 100 years since Roland Allen published his at the time intensely controversial book, Missionary Methods, ours or St Pauls?  It is a book that has been strikingly influential with today both those from the "missional" wing of the church and is still cited and read both by those who advocate a return to the "New Testament Model of the Church" and modern day apostles.  It is a book that is well worth reading, but it is one that even if you have not read it, the chances are high that y … [Read more...]

Prophecy today: Hearing the Holy Spirit for Yourself – Keith Hazel

I had a fantastic weekend listening to the man I am officially nicknaming "the Gentle Prophet." If you are intrigued as to what a non-freaky modern day prophetic ministry could look like, this video sermon is well worth a watch:Download options at Hearing the Holy Spirit for Yourself – Keith Hazel. … [Read more...]

300 Leaders – Dave Devenish and Mike Betts

Yesterday I promised to blog about the two other speakers at the next 300 Leaders conference. Dave Devenish should be no stranger to regular readers of this blog, as I have serialised a chapter of his outstanding book Fathering Leaders, Motivating Mission, and interviewed him. His is a remarkable man who gave up a successful career in international banking to serve Jesus. Content to minister alongside Terry Virgo, he has been a massive part of what God has been doing through Newfrontiers for … [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...]

What Kind of House? Apostles, their delegates, multiculturalism, prayer, worship, & mission

This is the second part of a set of notes on Terry Virgo's first session at 300 Leaders.  I have previously shared the video and downloads for the whole talk.3. There was Barnabus. He had been sent. The Apostles were staying in Jerusalem. People have written about whether that was right or wrong. But they heard about another church coming to birth. Barnabas was sent as an apostolic delegate. He was known by the Apostles, and he represented them. It was rather like Timothy later on. … [Read more...]

Prophecy Q and A from two American prophetically gifted men

I have met and respect greatly Sam Poe, Keith Hazel and Brian Mowrey. This Q and A on prophecy will be of much interest to many of my readers. The full video is here:The following specific questions are asked.  Watch the Confluence Blog for the specific videos What is prophecy? What's the difference between OT and NT prophecy? Did spiritual gifts end (cessationism)? How do we hear God? Does fasting and prayer affect prophetic ability? How do we weigh prophecy? Prophecies that don't come … [Read more...]

Terry Virgo: "apostolic" vs. "missional"

Today's video may challenge some of your preconceptions. In it Terry Virgo is asked if there is a difference between being apostolic and missional. In it he argues that the main task of apostles was not to write Scripture, and says that most Evangelicals today have only been taught to obey the Bible as individuals and not to obey what it says about the church.from Jubilee Church on Vimeo. … [Read more...]


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