Wednesday, October 5, 2011

What Happens Here...

I will climb up to my watchtower
 and stand at my guardpost.
There I will wait to see what the Lord says
and how he will answer my complaint.
Then the Lord said to me,
“Write my answer plainly on tablets,
so that a runner can carry the correct message to others.
This vision is for a future time.
It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled.
If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently,
for it will surely take place.
It will not be delayed."
Habakkuk 2:1-3

Prince of Peace is a Spirit-filled and kingdom-minded fellowship that desires to worship and glorify God as we proclaim Jesus Christ to the world. As a church, we are...
  • To grow into an intimate relationship with God through worship, prayer and study,
  • To grow in a bonding relationship with each other through fellowship and ministry, and 
  • To grow into a loving, witnessing and serving relationship with those who make up our circles of influence at work, play and home
This past Sunday I was preaching on the vision, mission and mandates that the Lord has given to Prince of Peace Church in Arlington. I shared the above vision and mission that the Lord gave us as a congregation over twenty years ago.  I also shared the seven mandates the Lord gave us in 1999.  I won't share those here except number 7.  There has been a lot of questions about the apostolic movement.  I am not going to use today as a platform to give a detailed description or understanding of the apostolic but this is what the Lord revealed to us and commanded us to be about 13 years ago:

We have a mandate from the Lord to be an Apostolic Ministry, a sending-forth ministry, a ministry that multiplies, that does not have as its focus solely on 1701 Martin Luther (the address of the church building).  We should strive in the Lord to ensure…
  • That our ministry would be reproductive in its nature.
  • That the church would be sending-out in its nature (that's the literal meaning of the word 'apostle'). We will equip and send out people to do the work of the ministry. We will be in the business of sending people out to minister to the streets of the City and to the streets of the nations in order to birth ministries and bring forth God's kingdom wherever the Lord plants us.
  • That we would develop as a Strategic Training Center in molding and releasing persons grounded in worship, prayer and healing! We will witness the development of our members, under an apostolic covering, as leaders within our community, in our nation and in the world.
  • That being apostolic, we would see it as a part of this mandate to link together (network) with apostolic ministries from our area and from around the world.  As a networked Body of Christ, we can do more together than we could if we were by ourselves.
  • That we are to be an Apostolic Church. We are to be filled with the Holy Spirit of God.  We are to proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord.  We are to be a church after His own calling.
As I summarized the message, I thought of the TV commercials for Las Vegas and other locations that boast: "What happens here - stays here!"

Well, let me said clearly, as an apostolic ministry, that...


Lord, Your kingdom come and Your will be done!
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