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Hi Felicity, Your story of being freed from quite times matches my own. I thought I was the only one. I don't talk about it much with people because the religious reaction is usually so strong. And yes, I do now have a daily time with the Lord in the Scriptures, but it is time with the Lord, not time in the Bible.
I'm glad to see the thoughts I had when I read this post and tried to answer the questions, in my own mind, are being addressed by others. For me it is confirmation. To summarize: we tend to think of the "team" part of a five fold team in ways that are too Western. We need to think more on a network scale and more relationally. We also need to think in less planned and more situational ways. Finally there is a special relationship between the apostolic and prophetic. How does this look practically. Within a network the more mature apostles, prophets, evangelist pastors and teachers know who each other are. When situations come up, those in the network know who is both mature and gifted to deal with a given situation. If a teacher is called for a teacher will be called. All of this under the direction of the Holy Spirit. At the same time apostles and prophets probably have a closer, more intentional working relationship. I would agree with Joseph Cartwright that we should concentrate on each function multiplying others with the same function. But I wouldn't discount the Holy Spirit developing some relationally based teams that work well together. All of what I've said above should be led by Jesus our Lord. It is not some technique or model we reproduce. Jesus will give us what we need, when we need it and he will coordinate it. But we need to pay attention and obey.
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Mar 8, 2011