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Friday, 21 December 2012

Restoration Legacy 4

Dissertation demands has meant that I have not been able to post over the last week (nearly there - 10,000 words of first draft written!). In fewer words, a couple of other things that I think are a positive legacy (though with on-going need to review our understanding and practice concerning them) of the restoration movement:
  • apostles and prophets - some writers would say that the recovery of these ministries to the church is the single biggest legacy of the movement. Maybe. Certainly many churches are now far more likely to identify with an apostolic leader than a denomination; and where this is a relationship with an apostolic father rather than exact agreement over points of doctrine that is a good thing. And although I have argued on this blog for the recognition of various expressions and measures of the apostolic gift within the church, I am grateful to God for the few men who heard from heaven, and were faithful to proclaim a message and follow a God-given commission (at great cost at times) that changed the whole culture of the church in this country. 
  • everyone a minister - getting away from the one man show, and the local pastor doing everything, was a vitally important advance. The belief in empowering every member of the church so that we could function as a body and release people's gifting is an important aim (even though we didn't always manage it). One reservation though. Often this resulted in everyone wanting to be a leader  or to 'have a ministry' in the church. That became a problem  And one reason is that we were too focused on church - the meetings especially - and not the kingdom. I am learning to recognise that most people's giftings and callings relate to what they do in the world - and that needs to be recognised, valued and celebrated as spiritual ministry and leadership. 

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  1. If this was Facebook id click the like button.

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    1. Thanks, Caleb. Any particular bit you'd click Like for, just out of interest.

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  2. Caleb Groeneweg4 March 2013 at 11:50

    Hey Trevor! Only just saw this as I don't sign in with a blogger account!

    I really like this - 'And one reason is that we were too focused on church - the meetings especially - and not the kingdom. I am learning to recognise that most people's giftings and callings relate to what they do in the world - and that needs to be recognised, valued and celebrated as spiritual ministry and leadership.'

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    1. Thanks for that, Caleb! It encourages me to keep blogging. It is especially encouraging from someone who is clearly a leader in both church and world!

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