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Grace Platforms

The Ministry of Christ is a ministry of grace! His message was the Good News of a Kingdom of grace flowing from Heaven into Earth. It would bring forgiveness, peace and freedom from sin. Yet the deliverance and freedom experienced in the life of a disciple can only be attained and measured by the transformed mind. Real Kingdom mysteries require us to change the way we think about everything pertaining to God, Church and life on this planet (Mt. 4:17). Jesus has stepped into our natural reality and He brought His world with Him!

“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His Kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.” (Isa. 9:6-7)

Ministry on Christ’s Shoulder:

The five-fold ministry gifts are examples of how “grace has been given” as Christ distributes (Eph. 4:7). All ministry is simply the manifestation of Christ expressed through the believer by the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Jesus, as the “Christ” is our Apostle (Heb. 3:1), Prophet (Lk. 24:19), Evangelist (Mt. 9:35), Pastor (1 Pet. 5:2-4) and Teacher (Jn. 3:2). He emulated these offices and distributes the mantles for individuals to function in them, so that the Church carries His anointing for ministry (Jn. 14:12).

“…the Holy Spirit said, ‘Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.’ So…they placed their hands on them and sent them off.” (Acts 13:2-3)

Selected and Sent:

The five-fold leaders are not self-appointed, nor are they simply pastors of a local church. They are clearly defined ministries that have an impact on the Church as a whole and its witness in the world. By nature, their scope of ministry is wider than the local church. They are grace ministries of Christ to the Church at large. Whether its from inner city pulpits or in the bush lands of Africa, the heartbeat of 5-fold ministry is the discipling of the nations… its our Great Commission! (Mt. 28:18-20).

Two things are required for a five-fold ministry gift to come into its own: 1) Recognition by the wider Body of Christ and 2) Functional Ministry to the wider Body of Christ. Jesus said that the fruit of a person’s life is the best way to recognize their identity, character and anointing. Prior to these two conditions being met, someone may potentially have a five-fold ministry gift, but will not yet be moving in the scope and authority of that gift. Jesus gives the grace for each gift to be released into the Church.

“…God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the Chief Cornerstone” (Eph. 2:19-20).

Foundations:

The foundation of the Church is Jesus… the revelation of “Christ – the Son of the Living God” (Mt. 16:16). And yet there is this unique platform of the apostle and the prophet team (Eph. 3:4-5). This platform carries the role of unveiling the mysteries hidden down through the ages, yet revealed in Christ and by the Holy Spirit to the sons and daughters of men. I believe these two mantle gifts still serve that ministry role (Eph. 4:12-13), so it is vital for us to understand how this works in leading the Body of Christ. We must remember that proper buildings are held up by proper foundations. I would propose; that when grace flows into ministry and functions properly, under the headship of Christ and the leadership of the Holy Spirit, it will result in the growth and supernatural health of the Church worldwide. It is the will of God to set this in order and accomplish it through His apostle and prophet teams (Isa. 9:7)… by grace.

The Key of Humility:

The Apostle James and the Apostle Peter wrote specifically about how to receive grace (Jms. 4:6 & 1 Pet. 5:5-6). The humble person receives grace and more grace even as they maintain their humility in the midst of difficult circumstances. Jesus said “Blessed is the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven” (Mt. 5:3). The humble person; who lives selflessly in ministry, will receive a flow of resource from heaven according to the gift Christ has given them. Their anointing will be in proportion to their faith, assignment and their need.

The Apostle Paul said, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Phil 4:13). The ministry teams made up of Apostle and Prophets like Paul, Barnabas, Silas and Timothy served to accomplish great things in advancing the Kingdom of God. They were set apart by the Holy Spirit (Acts 13:2), helped in the midnight hour (Acts 16:25-26) and anointed to do incredible miraculous signs that accompanied the preaching of the Word of God (Acts 19:11-12).

Restoration is needed: In order for the Church to see what God is after today, our impact must set the captives free! We must rely upon the flow of ministry grace… like the dry ground soaks up the rain.

The Valiant Heart

“Now therefore, let your hands be strengthened, and be valiant for your master Saul is dead; and also the House of Judah has anointed me king over them.” (2 Sam. 2:7)

There comes a time when the former regime has fallen, old ways have come to an end and a new day appears over the horizon. When a new generation of kingly righteousness is authorized and new energy is released for good… something must be engaged. This was the case for King David, he stood at a crossroad that required followers of God (Israel) to take on a new posture. To see differently requires vision and anointing. It also requires a valiant heart!

Are we Valiant?

I am convinced that a Spiritual battle rages all around us (2 Tim. 2:3-4). This battle is of utmost importance as the souls of men, women and children are hanging in the balance against time. We are the Redeemed, called to be the Church of the Living God, Kingdom Agents with authority and power. Something has shifted and we must step up into this reality. Yet the question calls for an answer within… are we the valiant? If so, then it compels us to engage the enemies that oppose the Kingdom of Light! We must use every available means at our disposal to reach the lost with the hope of the Good News… that Jesus Christ has come to set the captives free! Jesus said of Himself, “the Spirit of the Lord has anointed Me to preach good news to the poor, heal the brokenhearted, release the captives and break the bonds of sin… to bring recovery of sight to the blind and set at liberty the oppressed” (Lk. 4:18-19). This was the assignment of the most valiant of hearts. To “proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord”, was more than a message… it was a commission to go and engage the kingdoms of darkness.

This is our High Calling in Christ Jesus.. our mission on the Earth!

We need an army of mighty men of valor who understand the times, who will draw up in battle formation against wicked principalities and powers, knowing how to skillfully use their spiritual armor (1 Chr. 12)(Eph. 6:12-18). We need more men like Joshua and Caleb who take God at His Word, rely on Kingdom Authority, obey and fearlessly conquer the enemies that defy entry into the Promises of God. Such spiritual warriors will wholly follow the Lord (Josh. 14:9) and advance the Kingdom of God, which is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. (Josh. 1:3-9)(Rom 14:17)

We need more David’s who will take down the uncircumcised Philistines who mock the Living God, His Son, His Word and His armies (1 Sam 17:26). We need more spiritually balanced leaders like Ezra who experienced the good hand of God because he had set his heart to study the Word, to practice it, and to teach the principles, statutes and ordinances in Israel (Ezra 7:10). We need more strong spiritual women like Esther (Est. 4:14) and Deborah (Judg. 4:14) who seized their moment… who found grace “for such a time as this”. These who knew their God and submitted to what He was doing.

Kingdom Character:

The need today, is for all Christians to rise up out of the clutter of the world and walk in newness of life, knowing their position and opportunity in Christ. We are commissioned with delegated authority (Mt. 28:18-20) and seated in heavenly places with Christ… at the right hand of God (Eph. 2:6-7). Such nobility will not be self-exalting nor self-appointed; but surrendered to the Will of God, anointed by the Holy Spirit and practicing the holy and royal responsibilities (1 Pet. 2:5-9). The character of Christ is experienced and evidenced by those who have freely given themselves to His purposes. Its found in those seeking to know the power of Jesus’ resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, in order that they may attain the power of a resurrected life… overcoming and abundant in every way. (Phil. 3:10-11)(Jn 10:9-10)

6 Principles of The Valiant Heart:

“Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.” (James 4:7-10)

  1. Submit to God: Set your mind upon God’s Will and Purposes! (Rom. 16:19-20)(Col. 3:1-4)
  2. Resist the devil: He is your enemy. He will flee, because he is defeated! (Acts 10:38)(1 Jn. 3:8)
  3. Draw near to God: Relationship and intimacy establish your authority in Christ! (Jn. 15:14-16)
  4. Cleanse your hands: Renounce evil practices because they hold us in bondage! (Jn. 5:14)(1 Jn. 1:9-10)
  5. Purify your hearts: Confess evil imaginations and strongholds of the mind! (2 Cor. 10:3-6)(Ps. 139:23-24)
  6. Humble yourselves: Rely and lean upon God’s Fathering heart! (Prov. 3:5-8)

Ministry of Grace

The Ministry of Christ is a ministry of grace! His message was the Good News of a Kingdom of grace flowing from Heaven into Earth. It would bring forgiveness, peace and freedom from sin. Yet the deliverance and freedom experienced in the life of a disciple can only be attained and measured by the tranformed mind. Real Kingdom mysteries require us to change the way we think about everything pertaining to God, Church and life on this planet (Mt. 4:17). Jesus has stepped into our natural reality and He brought His world with Him!

  • “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His Kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.” (Isa. 9:6-7)

Ministry on Christ’s Shoulder:

The five-fold ministry gifts are examples of how “grace has been given” as Christ distributes (Eph. 4:7). All ministry is simply the manifestation of Christ expressed through the believer by the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Jesus, as the “Christ” is our Apostle (Heb. 3:1), Prophet (Lk. 24:19), Evangelist (Mt. 9:35), Pastor (1 Pet. 5:2-4) and Teacher (Jn. 3:2). He immulated these offices and distributes the mantles for individuals to function in them, so that the Church carries His anointing for ministry (Jn. 14:12). 

“…the Holy Spirit said, ‘Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.’ So…they placed their hands on them and sent them off.” (Acts 13:2-3)

Selected and Sent:

The five-fold leaders are not self-appointed, nor are they simply pastors of a local church. They are clearly defined ministries that have an impact on the Church as a whole and its witness in the world. By nature, their scope of ministry is wider than the local church. They are grace ministries of Christ to the Church at large. Whether its from inner city pulpits or in the bush lands of Africa, the heartbeat of 5-fold ministry is the discipling of the nations… its our Great Commission! (Mt. 28:18-20).

Two things are required for a five-fold ministry gift to come into its own: 1) Recognition by the wider Body of Christ and 2) Functional Ministry to the wider Body of Christ. Jesus said that the fruit of a person’s life is the best way to recognize their identity, character and anointing. Prior to these two conditions being met, someone may potentially have a five-fold ministry gift, but will not yet be moving in the scope and authority of that gift. Jesus gives the grace for each gift to be released into the Church.

“…God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the Chief Cornerstone” (Eph. 2:19-20).

Foundations:

The foundation of the Church is the apostle and the prophet team (Eph. 3:4-5). I believe, these two ministries still continue in that foundational role (Eph. 4:12-13), so it is vital for us to understand how this works in leading the Body of Christ. We must remember that proper buildings are held up by proper foundations. I would propose; that when grace flows into ministry and functions properly, under the headship of Christ and the leadership of the Holy Spirit, it will result in the growth and supernatural health of the Church worldwide. It is the will of God to set this in order and accomplish it through His apostle and prophet teams (Isa. 9:7)… by grace.

The Key of Humility:

The Apostle James and the Apostle Peter wrote specifically about how to receive grace (Jms. 4:6 & 1 Pet. 5:5-6). The humble person receives grace and more grace even as they maintain their humility in the midst of difficult circumstances. Jesus said “Blessed is the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven” (Mt. 5:3). The humble person; who lives selflessly in ministry, will receive a flow of resource from heaven according to the gift Christ has given them. Their anointing will be in proportion to their faith, assignment and their need.

The Apostle Paul said, “I can do all things through Christ who strenthens me” (Phil 4:13). The ministry teams made up of Apostle and Prophets like Paul, Barnabas, Silas and Timothy served to accomplish great things in advancing the Kingdom of God. They were set apart by the Holy Spirit (Acts 13:2), helped in the midnight hour (Acts 16:25-26) and anointed to do incredible miraculous signs that accompanied the preaching of the Word of God (Acts 19:11-12).

Restoration is needed: In order for the Church to see what God is after today, our impact must set the captives free! We must rely upon the flow of ministry grace… like the dry ground soaks up the rain.    

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