Sunday, July 10, 2005
I have been trying to get my head around what an apostle looks like in the 20th Century church. I know that when my church started to talk about it three years ago I was greatly distressed and concerned about where that would lead us. I was interpreting the apostolic ministry as a carbon copy of the origional 12 in the New Testiment. This caused me great concern. I have since begun to see that the apostolic ministry is more of a fathering role than an authoritarian role. People who feel led by God to be fathers to men and women that have not been fathered. By that I mean to be spiritual fathers. Now don't get me wrong we need spiritual mothers all the same but for now I am referring to fathers. I believe that as we walk with spiritual fathers and allow them to mentor us and teach us things that they have learned that we will grow faster and possibly beyond where our spiritual fathers have gone. I know that has greatly changed my perspective on the apostolic ministry. I dont totally understand it yet but I do know that as I study the written word of God and seek his heart on this matter, that he will indeed reveal his truth to me.