The Apostolic Pattern of Acts 13 (2017)

Luke’s description of the church in Antioch in Acts 13 presents Antioch as the prototype church in the nations and Paul and Barnabas’ sending from Antioch as the biblical pattern for formation and sending in the church. This chapter is foundational for our understanding of church, formation, and sending.

Finishing the Great Commission – The Gospel of the Kingdom

Evangelism is the beginning of the Great Commission but the Great Commission goes much deeper than that. Evangelism is a key activity of the Great Commission, but the Great Commission is also intended to prepare the nations to be judged on a single question.

The Battle Over Ishmael’s Promises and the Coming Revival in the Middle East

It is impossible to understand God’s redemptive plan without understanding both the promises given to Israel and the promises given to Ishmael. Though we need far more, there are a few believers speaking about Israel’s promises. Right now there are very few speaking about Ishmael’s promises.

Building the Church According to the Biblical Pattern

There is a sense in which Revelation 4:1 is written over the doorpost of every church. In the same way that John was taken up to show him the things that must soon take place, the church is meant to be a place on the earth where people can enter and encounter the things to come.

Heaven and Earth Will Come Together

The end of the Bible predicts heaven coming to earth as the heavenly city descends to earth. This means earth will ultimately reflect what heaven now is in many ways. Ephesians 1 tells us how this is going to happen – Jesus is going to unite things in heaven and earth.

A Kingdom of Priests

What we must recognize is that priestliness is governmental. This is why Jesus must function as a priest and an intercessor before He governs the nations. The same holds true for all human beings. Recovering our priestly identity is the first step to recovering our calling to rule.

The Need for Priestly Ministry

The gospel does not replace the priesthood; it enables the priesthood God always wanted. Because of the sacrifice of Jesus God’s eternal purpose of a nation of priests can go forward. Humans are uniquely created to encounter the beauty of God and declare that beauty in the earth.

The Recovery of Man’s Calling

In the same way the elders and living creatures in heaven stand before God and use their authority to make God’s beauty known in the heavens, so also man must stand before God and use his authority on the earth to make God’s beauty known on the earth. This is key to the plan of redemption.

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