Where is the apostolic pattern in the Church? We produce programs and numbers, but not Sons and Daughters. Our enormous numerical growth (Mega Churches) if you will, is dwarfed by the power of 120 men and women in an upper room. An outpost for the Kingdom started in an upper room, and out of the first sermon 3000 were added. Church growth wa…s not in the numbers. Growth was not in quantity, but in quality. Producing mature Sons and Daughters, those who Advance the Kingdom of God through out the earth. Multiplication as Genesis says Gen. 1: 26-28.
Oh, we are good at building Churches, but not at participating in true Kingdom Experience. Matt 3:2, “ Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand”, not the church is at hand. There was coming something to supersede the church called the Kingdom. We are not building a church we are the church. We are the Ecclesia a called out people to produce Sons and Daughters, and send them out to advance the Kingdom of God in the earth. Rev 11:15 and Isaiah 9:6-7. In Matt 28: 18-20 the commission was to send, not to build. We have got to get back to the apostolic pattern to send.
God the Father sent his son Jesus, and Jesus sent the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit sent out Barnabas and Saul. Acts 12:2 an apostolic call to send. 1 Cor. 4:15, For though you have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel. Fathering has to do with mentoring, covering and maturing, out of relationship. Those that are fathered become mature saints and begin to father others. Thereby producing multiplication of mature saints in the earth, advancing the Kingdom. In order to father you have to be willing to raise up children and children make mistakes. They have mess ups, but you don’t toss them out. They are still your children being matured into sonship. You don’t give the inheritance to children you pass it on to mature sons. Gal 3:29, 4:1 – 4. God sent Jesus to bring many sons to glory Hebrews 2:10, Eph 1:10 – 15.
Now what is glory? Glory is the manifestation of Jesus plainly seen. It’s Christ in you, the hope of glory, the image of the Father in and through the Son. We were created in God’s image to display and express His glory. Hebrews 1:3, 2Cor 3:17- 18. The word instructor in 1Cor 4:15 is interesting. The Greek word for instructor is paridagogos, which means “boy leader”. This term refers to a servant whose official position was to make sure the children went to school. Here the father is substituted by hired servants. It has absolutely nothing to do with relationship. Luke 1:17, Malachi 4:5 – 6. We have a fatherless generation. We have to be after the Father’s heart like David was.
It takes more than great books or great teachers. We reach millions with information, but without spiritual relationship and impartation of truth, truth is not given or received. We are not given and receiving impartation by biblical pattern. So in 1Cor 4:15, it is really saying, we have 10,000 boy leaders in Christ but not many fathers. Immature leadership. I’m just sayin’