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Monday, 14 January 2013

Restoration Legacy - Summary

OK, so actually just one one more post on the Restoration legacy thing. As I've spread it out over such a long period, thought I'd provide a summary list of the things that I have suggested are part of the postive legacy left behind by the restoration movement:
  1. a new wineskin of church that is ideally more relational, charismatic and organic
  2. the spirit of the pilgrim church - a willingness to change and respond to any new thing that God does
  3. the concept of real commitment to the local church community
  4. understanding of church as organic community
  5. the value of voluntary submission to anointed leadership and authority in the church (with some caveats)
  6. openness to being discipled, sacrificing independence and having a teachable spirit
  7. an end to the one-man show in church ministry and realising everyone is called to 'ministry'
  8. the recovery of the ministries of apostles and prophets
  9. a challenge to religiosity and super-spirituality
  10. freedom and passionate extravagance in praise and worship
  11. living a life of overcoming faith
  12. a theology of hope - that we can be part of preparing a bride for the king, and begin the process of transforming this world by advancing his kingdom before Jesus returns!
What a legacy!!

Is there anything that those of you who have been part of this movement (or been influenced by its message) over the years, would add to this list?
(By the way, if you struggle to connect in order to leave a comment, please let me know; others have told me this has been a problem).

4 comments:

  1. I do agree with what you say and it is important to honour those of the past. There was a time when these guys were opening up new understanding and revelation on a monthly basis. They taught and it was fresh and carried the dew of heaven and the authority of the Holy Spirit. It was a move of God at that time.

    But as ever there are some important caveats for today. Number 7 was never in more than word only. The way apostles and prophets operate is very much a platform ministry - i.e. the specialists have the ministry and they teach and minister to the body. There is very little evidence of these ministries equipping the body to do the ministry of Jesus.

    After 20 plus years in their movement I never understood the Kingdom of God, or understood how to live it supernaturally. Thats a major failure of the apostolic in my view.

    The problem with the way they have done apostolic ministry is upside down. These ministries are meant to be foundations, i.e. the basis of the whole building. Foundations in buildings are rarely meant to be seen, and are even less known for being the piece de resistance, the centre piece of a building.

    Whilst I honour the men who broke through to take this ground, my heart utterly aches with frustration at the way these movements have not taken the church into the destiny it was always called to do, and how it has largely settled for its own limited success in running churches better.

    Personally though, every single thing that God has shown me in the last three years and taken me on has come completely from outside this movement. And in fact this movement doesn't even recognise most of the people that I now look to and whom God has used to bless me and help me grow and become fruitful. Had I stayed very restoration in my approach I would have died spiritually four years ago.In other words, these movements are in danger of becoming walls for Christians that block christians from finding God's best, not spring boards to propel people to God's best.

    I can remember when the Kansas City Prophets came out and we were warned off them in the 90s. People like Bob Jones, Rick Joiner, Jean Paul Jackson, Paul Cain, James Goll, all proven prophets of God - none of whom have any input into these movements still! Where is the prophetic movement in the UK today?

    The good news is that more and more people are beginning to see outside the denomination limitations they were taught and grew up within. I am constantly suprised by how much progress churches are making in starting to "get" this new stuff.

    I believe that there is a new reformation of the church underway, and it is gaining ground and these churchs stand at a threshold - whether to get with God's programme and change or stay the same and die.




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    1. I understand and partly relate to some of your frustrations, Deane. I also have had to look outside of this movement to learn new and more things - also looking beyond the Pentecostal-charismatic movement for many things now. But I certainly did learn much and honour the men who taught me. I am grateful for the vision of the kingdom I received, even if now I am getting a fuller and richer understanding of the nature of it from other sources - N.T.Wright, Greg Boyd and others.

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  2. Number 12, for me, has to be one of the most important! The hope of the restoration of all things powerfully contradicts the doom and gloom of a perishing world. The people who formed this movement, though, imparted to me a hunger for God's presence, to know Him. They taught me to value and treasure His anointing. They imparted revelation and taught that revelation is progressive simultaneously. I love and honour them for that, and no doubt I will come to realise many more things they taught me as I grow.

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    1. Is that you, Ee-reh?
      I totally agree with you. The progressive nature of revelation is a vitally important thing to understand. It also goes together with the pilgrim spirit that in the early days, and at their best,I learned from the leaders of this movement.

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