SPIRITUAL GROWTH

1. Is it in the Bible?

No.

2. What do we believe it means?

After someone has accepted Christ as Savior, they are a "baby Christian". They need to sit under authority and be taught for a long period of tiem before they could preach the Gospel or operate in ministry.

3. What does it really mean?

19 And when he had received meat, he was strengthened. Then was Saul certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus.
20 And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God. (Acts 9:19-20)

 

These Bible verses give Christians an example--but one which tradition strongly hinders. Part of the supposed "authority" that church leaders possess, is the right to "test and prove" ministry in others. We believe this idea is Biblical, but it is not (see test and prove). It disagrees with the teaching in ephesians chapter 4 which tells us we al have a ministry calling (a "5-fold ministry!!) and there is absolutely no example of the "long wait" that Christian today have to endure before they care "allowed" to serve God.

The example of Saul in Acts 9 is one of many in the new testament of the quick release to ministry which simply comes from accepting Christ. For example, Mark chapter 5, the demon possessed man who "preached to 10 cities". In John chapter 9-10, the blind man who witnessed Christ immediately (in fact without seeing him!). consider also the 12 disciples themselves. there is a great point made that they were brought from being common men to servants of God in he highest calling (apostles). the bible calls Pater and John "ignorant and unlearned"....

Ac 4:13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.

We would not be astounded by these examples, or explain them way as "special miracles, if we simply understood that, "release" is a part of the Gospel itself...

18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. (Luke 4:18-19)

Note the last phrase: ("to set at liberty")

The Greek here is ("apostello" ) literally "apostolic liberty" the freedom to be "sent" with he Gospel. The example of apostolic ministry is central to the teaching and ministry of jesus, but has been set aside by christian for centuries.

this release is demonstrated as a real, conscious act of the Lord when he "sent away" the crowds... ((mark)))

the Greek of these words ((()))

The Bible also relates an incident where someone who was not known to the disciples who was healing the sick in Jesus' name. Jesus clearly "allowed" people He had not seen or "tested" to serve God, since He understood the simple fact that al people were created by God, to serve Him.

Why does the church not realize this?