Why Does the World Need a Ministry like ARM?
Do We Need the Apostolic Ministry Today?
Today, there are varying thoughts, views and opinions on the validity of the office of the Apostle, the Apostolic Ministry and the Apostolic Church. Apostolic Renewal Ministries seeks to address these opinions and answer the questions not by debate or supposition but by evidence. The evidence of the validity of any ministry ordained by God is demonstrated in the fruits which the ministry bears for whatever God does always bears fruit.
The apostolic ministry is the first ministry Jesus Christ established in His church as the foundation of the Church’s governmental structure. This is clearly documented in scripture and nowhere in scripture is there any evidence of the cessation of the apostolic Ministry (1Corinthians 12:27-28).
Christ’s plan for perfecting the Church is laid out in Ephesians 4:11 “and He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.”
Without the apostles, the structure and order Jesus Christ has set for His Church Government is broken. That’s why wherever the apostolic ministry is absent, the Church moves away from the charge that God has given to her, and ventures into paths that preclude the Holy Spirit’s participation. ARM believes that without the Five-Fold Ministry, the healthy, spiritual growth of the Church would be thwarted.
The picture of the Church today reflects that of the Laodicean Church in Revelation 3: 17, “I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing”. But Jesus Christ, who is the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of all creation of God, the Chief Apostle, says to that Church, “thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:………” This is the result of apostasy, of departure from the truth—from God and His Word, and His governmental structure and order.
What then is the role of the Apostle in the Body of Christ?
In summary, Jesus Christ appoints apostles to steer the church and keep the church in line with the word of God, His will and His plan.
More specifically, the role of the Apostle (and, by extension, the role of the Apostolic Church) is:
- to maintain the authenticity of the Gospel and mission statement of Jesus Christ without compromise, whereby Christ’s ministry would continue
- to equip those who the Lord has called in their particular calling
- to bear the marks of the Lord and walk in His steps
- to restore truths which have been lost or compromised
- to keep, and where necessary rekindle, the flames of revival
- to pioneer new moves of the Holy Spirit
- to reverse apostasy
Many of the messages of the present-day Church are not adequate to deal with the spirit of the age. The Apostle and the apostolic Church never deviate from the Word of God and the Holy Spirit’s direction—which is always in line with the word of God—to follow religious or secular paths.
Several of these fundamental and vital truths that need to be restored are:
- Achieving and maintaining intimacy with the Father, with Jesus Christ and with the Holy Spirit
- Understanding what really happened on the Day of Pentecost
- Instilling in the Christian his or her responsibility to the local Church, to the Body of Christ, and to the Kingdom of God
- Sonship and Dominion
- The Power of Agape
- The Purpose of the Cross: its virtues, honour and blessing
- Discerning the Lord’s Body
- The Power and Limitations of Satan…and more.
Apostolic Renewal Ministries seeks to awaken awareness among Christians of their supernatural birthright and heritage and how to build, upon this understanding, a meaningful relationship with the Trinity and remain permanently revived, renewed and restored.
We need to take back the things that the devil has stolen from the Church.