The (New) Apostolic Campaign 2013/2014! (Pt. 1)

We are in the final week of the first half of this year, but for Pam and I, it is the END of an ERA, as we know it, to almost a generation of ministry as we begin our new mandate to launch the (New) apostolic campaign for July/2013 to June/2014!!!
I wrote about it earlier in the month and I believe we all sense the END of a SEASON that has STRETCHED us sometimes seemingly beyond measure, but the …LORD is FAITHFUL!!  Faithful is He that calls you, who also will do it. (I. Thess. 5:24)
I am entering into my “40th” year since my divine encounter with the Lord in June of 1974 and 30 days in a Shreveport, La. hospital.  Pam and I will be married “30” years on Sept. 3, and we have lived in Houston coming up on “10” years in August!  It appears to be very significant since the Lord has given us the “theme” and vision for the apostolic campaign beginning in July:   GRACE AND APOSTLESHIP-  GIDEON’S 300!  (The CALLED AND CHOSEN AND FAITHFUL!  ( THE COMMISSIONED ONES!”)
This GRACE and APOSTLESHIP (Romans 1:5) that we have received from the Lord Jesus is to “testify to the gospel of the grace of God” and to the “word of His grace.” (Acts 20:24,32)  Many are called, but few are chosen!  And then, within the chosen, is a completion of the vision, the FAITHFUL!  These are the commissioned ones, the one’s who have withstood the test and remained diligent and faithful to the Father!
GIDEON’S 300 IS A REPRESENTATION OF THE COMMISSIONED ONES OF AN APOSTOLIC COMPANY, TO COME TOGETHER AS “ONE MAN” WITH HIS VISION!  To those who are not afraid, and to those who have drank water from the hand (received the alignment of the Father), will have victory over the enemies of the Lord!
This week we will be sharing about the apostolic campaign from Gideon’s 300- 10×30! Pray with us, that over the next “three months” the Father will establish this year as the year of His divine appointment and favor for the new assignment and provision for the apostolic commission of Jesus Christ!  There are those the Lord is calling to connect to the “300”!  That will signify an agreement of a completion of 10 years in Houston and 30 years of marriage for a Brand “New Beginning and apostolic commission” for this next year! (Thus 10 X 30)
BLESSINGS TO YOU ALL!

NOT MANY FATHERS…

Caught part of an interview with a young man named “Daniel Kolenda” last night, the successor to  Reinhard Bonnke, the great evangelist to Africa and founder of ” Christ for all Nations.”  (CFAN)
He was sharing how he was called to be a spiritual son to Bonnke, and with no connection naturally such as a family member, beginning in the mail room at the ministry warehouse, Bonnke became his Father …in ministry!
I shared last week on the verse in I Co. 4:15 concerning YOU HAVE NOT MANY FATHERS!  The Father/Son order has been just as controversial or more than the so-called “hyper Grace” message.  I have been praying about writing on this, and felt confirmation to this last night.
I. Co 4:15-  For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers;  for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.  ( I became your father through the gospel.)
Was Paul saying, a ministry son can have more than one spiritual father, or was he saying there are not enough fathers in succession to build generationally?  In the text of the scriptures, Paul is addressing the church at Corinth as being birthed in Father/Son order because he was sending Timothy his son, who will remind them of his ways in Christ, as he teaches everywhere in every church.  (Vs. 17)
It seems that many do still not get this passage, you can have many instructors ( mentors/tutors) who can influence you in ministry, but if you are called as a “ministry son” to a spiritual father, you will be birthed, trained, equipped, and empowered through that father to fulfill your ministry! 
Today men change spiritual fathers like people change churches, getting upset over something the pastor does!  I have been impacted by “other” spiritual fathers, but I have “one” ministry father!  The reason we do not have “many fathers” is because we have not been built on the proper foundation of apostles and prophets, and we have not had fathers in succession because of the lack of synergy in fathers and sons to pass the generational blessing to the third, even the fourth generation. 
2 Tim. 2:2-  And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit (entrust) these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. 
(I know there could be much discussion on this, please keep your comments positive, even if you disagree.  No debate desired by this post, but do feel free to share your thoughts or differences!)
Thanks,  JB.

WHERE THERE ARE NO FATHERS…the church lacks vision!!!

Where there is a ‘lack of Fathers’, the church is sterile and immature!  It is the Father’s kingdom, therefore it is the Fathers that bring adjustment and correction, not just teaching and instruction!  The church many times resists even the presence of fathers because of a feminine, mothering spirit that leads to passivity and apathy!
But when true fathers who know who they are and therefore secure, they bring a gentleness, yet firmness that does not intimidate or lord over, but encourages and affirms.  What hampers a good sense of belonging in a fellowship is when insecure leaders allow opinions and ideas from others to restrict the DNA OF FATHERS!
As my spiritual father says, “You want to drink their blood, but you do not want to eat their flesh!”  In other words, you will take their “revelation” and what flows from their spirits, but you do not want to “partake” of their humanity if it does not suit your purpose!  How we relate to our leaders on the tough times reveal the real motives of our hearts!
I. Thess. 2:4,5-  But we were gentle among you, just as a nursing mother cherishes her own children.  So, affectionately longing for you, we were well pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God, but also our own lives (souls), BECAUSE YOU HAD BECOME DEAR TO US.See More
Photo: Where there is a 'lack of Fathers', the church is sterile and immature!  It is the Father's kingdom, therefore it is the Fathers that bring adjustment and correction, not just teaching and instruction!  The church many times resists even the presence of fathers because of a feminine, mothering spirit that leads to passivity and apathy!

But when true fathers who know who they are and therefore secure, they bring a gentleness, yet firmness that does not intimidate or lord over, but encourages and affirms.  What hampers a good sense of belonging in a fellowship is when insecure leaders allow opinions and ideas from others to restrict the DNA OF FATHERS!

As my spiritual father says, "You want to drink their blood, but you do not want to eat their flesh!"  In other words, you will take their "revelation" and what flows from their spirits, but you do not want to "partake" of their humanity if it does not suit your purpose!  How we relate to our leaders on the tough times reveal the real motives of our hearts!

I. Thess. 2:4,5-  But we were gentle among you, just as a nursing mother cherishes her own children.  So, affectionately longing for you, we were well pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God, but also our own lives (souls), BECAUSE YOU HAD BECOME DEAR TO US.
 
Apostle Derek Brown in a dialogue with Dr. Mark Chironna said something very powerful:  “One of the problems with the transition in the institutional church is that they do not know the current leadership father’s!”

This has been a burden on my heart for several years!  It’s like in the natural children not knowing their grandparents, not knowing their heritage, their legacy, even the future of the bloodline because we haven’t had the blessing and inheritance of the Father’s!

Then, even sadder, in the church, many leaders do NOT want their people to be exposed to their father’s, either because of the 1) fear of insecurity or weakness, and/or  2)  fear of rejection by the people!

APOSTOLIC KINGDOM ALIGNMENT

We are in a return to biblical, apostolic kingdom administration of the government of God through:

1) apostles (Steersmen)
2)  elders  (Shepherds)
3) deacons. (Servants)

These are the threefold gifts of administrations coming in place to help apostolic-based regional equipping centers, churches, and fellowships come into alignment with the kingdom of God!

Eph. 3:8,9-  To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, AND TO MAKE ALL SEE WHAT IS THE FELLOWSHIP (stewardship/administration) OF THE MYSTERY, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ;

Phil.1:1-5-  PAUL and Timothy, bondservants of Jesus Christ, TO ALL THE SAINTS IN CHRIST JESUS WHO ARE IN PHILLIPPI, WITH THE BISHOPS (overseers) and DEACONS;  Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now,…

 

I Co. 12:28-  And God has set (appointed) these in the church:
1) Apostles- Overseeing apostles
2) Prophets-  Apostolic prophets
3) Teachers-  Teaching apostles
AFTER THAT
:
MIRACLES-  wonder-workers
GIFTS OF HEALINGS-  then those with ability to heal the sick
HELPS-  helpers/servants
GOVERNMENTS-  administrators/stewards
VARIETIES OF TONGUES-  different (unknown) tongues
 
I. Timothy 1:11,12-  according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God which was committed to my entrust.  And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry,…(setting me in His service)
 
JB
 
 

A Return to Biblical Foundations of the Apostolic Church

It will absolutely take a “citywide” church with “apostolic authority” and “kingdom alignment”, built upon the foundation of apostles and prophets to “turn back” the divisive spirit that is trespassing in our city!

Great sermons and great services will no longer “dispel the darkness” alone, it will take “prophetic proclamation” and “apostolic councils and elders” to be “gap-fillers” and “gate-keepers!”

Acts 13:1-4- Now in the church that was at Antioch there were certain prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen who had been brough up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. As the ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, “Separate unto Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then, having fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them away. So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit…

Watchman on the wall, what of the night? There’s a new day dawning and the son of righteousness is rising with Healing in His Wings…

EYE 2 EYE!

ISA. 52:8- Thy watchmen shall lift up their voice, with their voices together they shall sing: for they shall see EYE TO EYE WHEN THE LORD RESTORES ZION.

ISA. 58:12- And they that shall be of thee shall (re) build the old waste places (cities); thou shalt raise up the foundations of MANY GENERATIONS; and thou shall be called, ‘The Repairer of the Breach’ and ‘The Restorer of paths to Dwell in.’

Is. 52: 8
Is. 58:12
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Ps. 110:2(0)- THE LORD SHALL SEND THE ROD OF THY STRENGTH OUT OF ZION: RULE THOU IN THE MIDST OF THINE ENEMIES.

I. Peter 5:1-4- The elders who are among you I exhort, I who am a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that will be revealed. Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock: AND WHEN THE CHIEF SHEPHERD APPEARS, YOU WILL RECEIVE THE CROWN OF GLORY THAT DOES NOT FADE AWAY.

NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH IN THE CITY: THE SAINTS, WITH THE BISHOPS (overseers) and DEACONS…

PHILL. 1:1- PAUL and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the SAINTS IN CHRIST JESUS which are at Phillippi, with the BISHOPS (Overseers) AND DEACONS:

IS THERE ANY S.E.E.D. YET IN THE B.E.D? (Womb of the church?)

S.AINTS
E.XHORTERS
E.VANGELISTS
D.ISCIPLES

B.ISHOPS
E.LDERS
D.EACONS

ACTS 8:5- THEN Philip (One of the Seven) went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ to them.
Acts 8:12-But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.
Acts 21:8- And the next day we that were of Paul’s company departed, and came unto Caesera: and we entered into the house of PHILIP THE EVANGELIST, which was one of the seven; and abode with him.

I Tim. 4:13-14- Till I come, give attendance to reading, to EXHORTATION, to doctrine. Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery. (eldership)
I Tim. 5:17- Let the elders who RULE WELL (bishops) be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who work hard at preaching and teaching.
2 Tim. 1:6,11- Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands. Whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles.

JIM B.

Eph. 2:20- Having been built upon the foundations of the apostles and prophets, JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF being the chief cornerstone…

Stewardship!

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STEWARDSHIP concerns us in primarily three areas:

1) TIME

STEWARDSHIP concerns us in primarily three areas:

1) TIME

2) TALENT

3) TREASURE

EVERYTIME, without exception, when the Father is dealing with me in one of these three areas that I do not respond to him in proper stewardship, managing my time, my ministry and my finances, in obedience to biblical principles, I find that I go through “unnecessary” delay, denial, and discontentment!

The breakthrough comes when you realign yourself in what the Father has spoken to you, and then the release comes! Another word that the Father dropped in my heart in meditation that someone may need to hear today!!

Prov. 3:5,6- Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.

Local Church Leadership and Presbytery!

Joshua 3:4b, 5- “…for you have not passed this way before. And Joshua said to the people, “Sanctify (consecrate) yourselves, for tomorrow thw LORD will do wonders among you.”
 
The last dozen years or so we have corporately been moving into the “Joshua Generation!”  Of course, this is the shift from “Moses, the Man of God” to “Joshua, the new or next generation leader!”  He was established and set in by Moses and the elders of Israel!  He represents a “new breed”, a new order of ministry!! If you have begun or took a congregation/ministry in the last 5-10 years, you have by now noticed that “church or ministry that you saw before, is no longer the same!!”  Under-statement, right?!?  (smile)
 
We have not passed, or crossed over and gone beyond this way before!  Intellectualism (human wisdom) and administration abilities alone will no longer accomplish the task!  We must be “set apart” unto the LORD, and “set in” by proper eldership and relationship.  If you are “pastoring” today and do not have a “prophetic-apostolic-presbytery” (PAP) of two or three apostolic-prophetic fathers/elders, you are no doubt experiencing tremendous frustration/anxiety over your current condition!
 
This is the day of sincere relationships and apostolic team-ministry that will help set order and peace in the assembly ministry!!  Pastor, do not be afraid, “for God has not given you a spirit of fear (timidity), but of power and of love and if a sound mind!”  (2 Tim. 1:7)
 
I. Timothy 4:14-  “Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which as given you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership.”  (presbytery-body or council of apostles and prophets and teachers)  JB.