The church has been in the midst of restoration and renewal since the great reformation of the 1500s led by Martin Luther. Much ground has been retaken theologically and structurally over the last 500 years. In the late 20th century the church experienced a restoration of the understanding and function of the five fold ascension ministries mentioned in Ephesians 4
11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— 16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love. Ephesians 4:11-16 NKJV
Much has been written about these ministries and what they do for the body of Christ, I will not go into each one deeply here as the purpose of this blog is to highlight what the repositioning of these ministries in the church is leading to in this next season. Suffice to say that these ministries combined give to the church a full dimension of Christs ministry expression and empower her to find her place as the demonstrator and proclaimer of Gods love and truth to the earth.
With the restoration of the 5 ascension ministries in place and maturing I believe we will begin to see the equipping anointing of the 5 fold gifts begin to download revelation about the mind of God for the 95% of His children whom he has called to be ministers in the marketplace. A new understanding of what it means to walk and operate in the Spirit is about to break onto the church. Many of our old paradigms of how the gifts of the Spirit are expressed will dismantled from simply a church congregational service context to a kingdom marketplace dynamic. I am convinced that the lives of Joseph in Egypt, Daniel in Babylon, Esther in Persia will become instructive and revelatory to us as never before, unlocking spiritual principles and technology that will equip us in dynamic ways as we become awakened to our heavenly assignments as champions within the marketplace throughout every sphere of society across the nations of the earth.
My prayer as you read this blog is that a fresh vision and excitement about marketplace ministry is triggered within your spirit and a prayer rises within you towards our heavenly Father saying "God use me, baptise me afresh today with fresh eyes and a blazing heart to shine for you within my home, city and nation in my neighbourhood, business, workplace and marketplace. Amen