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We will gather at the Barrett home on Sunday, March 3rd, beginning at 10am.  Our times of fellowship when we gather continue to be wonderful!  Please feel free to invite others to join us if you feel to do so by the leading of the Lord. 

Also, you can listen to any of the audio messages given in our gatherings which are posted on this site, both immediately below and in the right hand section of the homepage or in the Media Resources drop down menu on the home page by clicking on the message title.  These resources are provided to be a help to the body of Christ.  Please feel free to encourage others to utilize the resources we make available on our site.

CRITICISM, A CRITICAL SPIRIT, OFFENSE & GOD'S SOVEREIGNTY
on 4/3/16
by Michael Barrett

ENTERING AND EXITING
on 3/6/16
by Michael Barrett

THE WEAPON OF QUIETNESS
on 2/7/16
by Michael Barrett

IMMEDIATELY
on 1/3/16
by Michael Barrett

THE BOUNDARIES OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD
on 5/3/15
by Dan Crawford

THE DUAL SIGNIFICANCE OF THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST
on 4/5/15
by Michael Barrett

RESURRECTION AND THE TELEIOS MAN
on 10/5/14
by Michael Barrett

A CITY WITHOUT WALLS
on 8/10/14
by Michael Barrett

A CULTURE OF ONENESS
on 7/13/14
by Michael Barrett

EMPOWERED AND ENABLED
on 4/6/14
by Michael Barrett

WHAT'S IN A NAME
on 2/02/14
by Michael Barrett


2013 - 2014
on 1/05/14
by Michael Barrett

A YEAR IN REVIEW
on 12/08/13
by Michael Barrett

CHRIST FORMED
IN YOU

on 11/03/13
by Michael Barrett

WHAT IS GOD TEACHING YOU IN THIS SEASON and WORK OUT YOUR OWN SALVATION
on 10/06/13
by Michael Barrett

The Restoration of the Office
  and Ministry of the Apostle
         
         
By Michael Barrett

How important is the full restoration of the entire five fold ministry to the Church?  Are we seeing the continuing progression of this restoration gift by gift?  Do we understand that this restoration will in time produce a "functioning body."  In other words, that the Body of Christ (the saints) will be raised up to do the work of the ministry until the whole Body comes to maturity.  What an awesome vision and hope we have for these things to actually come to pass!  I am glad to be living in this generation and to watch this tremendous drama play out.  You are a part of these wonderful things too!!

As we consider the full restoration of the five fold ministry and a functioning Body, we need to consider some of the specific components of this process.  In the past 15 or more years we have watched as the Lord has progressively restored the prophetic office and ministry to the Church.  There has been a strong emphasis on this area of restoration (and rightly so) until we have now come to a time of transition.  (Having said this I want to also say that my comments are generally regarding the Western Church.  Members of our apostolic / prophetic team have just returned from Mexico and Central America where we observed a very different condition regarding the progression of apostolic and prophetic restoration.)

The last of the five fold ministries to be restored to the Church is the office and ministry of the apostle.  We are now in the early seasons of this restoration but we will see this gift and ministry fully restored.  How can I be so bold?  Acts 3:21 says that Jesus is held up or retained in the heavens until the times of the restitution of all things.  This simply means that everything that is in the heart of God will come to its full expression before Jesus is released from the heavenly realm to conclude the greatest drama of all the ages.

Navigating the Transition

As the transition from the prophetic to the apostolic continues, it will be very important for leadership to know how to navigate this transition.  We haven't been here before.  The shifting emphasis from the prophetic to the apostolic by no means should be confused to mean that the prophetic is diminishing.  No!  It means that the foundation of the prophetic in God's continuing plan of restoration has been laid.  Once a foundation has been laid, it's time to build on it, not continue to work on it.  The shifting of the emphasis from the prophetic to the apostolic will, in the early seasons, be misunderstood and resisted by many.  Because we are typically adverse to change, we tend toward one of two responses.  The first response is to resist, if not altogether reject the new offering.  Jesus said, "No man who has drunk old wine immediately desires new, for he says that the old is better."  Our human tendency is to resist change, particularly if our recent experience has produced favorably results.  We have seen much fruit in recent years as a result of the restoration of the prophetic but it is now time to take the next step in this Divine Continuum.  The prophetic is perhaps more important in this season than ever before.  We must see these gifts and offices work together.

The second response is to embrace the new and reject the old.  This can be just as, if not more, destructive.  We have a responsibility to walk in God's wisdom and perspective regarding His mind and plan.  God is not rejecting the prophetic; we must not.  In fact we have to understand that the foundation of the office and ministry of the prophet is vital to the Church coming to maturity just as are all of the other gifts and offices.  Now that the office and ministry of the prophet has been offered by the Lord and embraced by the Church (at least a sufficient constituency) it's time to move ahead into the next phase of restoration.

False or Immature?

As we move into the restoration of the office and ministry of the apostle we will notice a typical pattern or cycle of recovery.  Initially due to a lack of understanding in addition to the absence of brethren walking in and modeling the true office and function, there is confusion, fear and resistance.  As the Church begins to come into some understanding a willingness to embrace the move of God will rise.  As a result of this new zeal and excitement there will be a correspondent rise of ambitious and opportunistic men who will attempt to take advantage of this new wave.  This is not to say that those individuals are false brethren or even that they are not apostles.  It is a serious mistake to make a blanket judgment about these things.  We will commonly find a mix of immature and false.  In the example of the tares and the wheat, one of the reasons it is difficult to tell the difference is because the true wheat is very immature.  We must be careful not to judge the immature as false during the early days of the new season.

This early season is perhaps the most critical.  The little fox will always come through the vineyard as the vine is in bloom and beginning to set a new crop of tender grapes.  Give the new thing time to grow.  In time it will become clear what is false and what is true.  Time is our friend not our enemy!  Time will allow those who are true apostles to grow and mature while being disciplined and nurtured by the Father.  Time will also be an instrument of revelation--it will help the Church see who are the true and who are the false apostles.

We will look more into the subject of five-fold restoration in a second installment of this article in coming weeks.  Please pray for apostolic and prophetic leaders to arise and take their place of function in the Body of Christ.  Also, pray for the eyes of our understanding to be opened during this season so we can discern correctly.  Above all, let's be lovingly patience with one another as we grow in these things.  God bless you in your journey.

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RECENT MESSAGES

INHERITANCE - DOCTRINE & EXPERIENCE
on 2/3/19
by Michael Barrett

AN ANSWER FOR YOUR MIND
on 1/6/19
by Michael Barrett

A SON, A HOUSE, A NATION
on 12/2/18
by Michael Barrett

A SEASON OF AWAKENING
on 11/4/18
by Michael Barrett

BROKENNESS, HUMILITY AND PRIDE
on 10/7/18
by Michael Barrett

PEACE THAT PASSES UNDERSTANDING
on 9/2/18
by Michael Barrett

DAN FOX: A MESSAGE OF ENCOURAGEMENT
MICHAEL BARRETT: PROPHETIC WORD
on 8/5/18

THE EYES, WHICH EYES AND SEEING AS GOD SEES
on 7/1/18
by Michael Barrett
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THE OIL OF GLADNESS
on 6/3/18
by Michael Barrett

THE HOUSE AND THE PRIESTHOOD
on 2/4/18
by Michael Barrett

EYES ALL AROUND
on 1/7/18
by Michael Barrett
   (click here for companion notes)

THE KINGDOM OF GOD - A KINGDOM OF ORDER
on 12/3/17
by Michael Barrett

APPROACHING THE GOD OF GLORY
on 11/5/17
by Dan Fox

CROSS OVER AND OCCUPY
on 8/6/17
by Michael Barrett

ANNOUNCING A CHANGE OF SEASON
on 7/2/17
by Michael Barrett

PERSPECTIVE - GAINING GOD'S VIEW (includes discussion)
on 6/4/17
by Michael Barrett


ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER
on 5/7/17
by Michael Barrett
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SEAMLESS FELLOWSHIP
on 4/2/17
by Michael Barrett


THE ISSUE OF SOURCE
on 3/5/17
by Norman Moreau and Michael Barrett
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AMBASSADORIAL REPRESENTATION
on 2/5/17
by Michael Barrett
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ROYAL BIRTHRIGHT OR A BOWL OF STEW
on 1/1/17
by Michael Barrett
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click here for companion notes)

BUILDING GOD'S WAY (Spanish)
on 12/4/16
by Javier Lopez

THE GOSPEL OF PEACE
on 11/6/16
by Michael Barrett
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click here for companion notes)

DESTINED TO FAIL (Pt. 1)
on 9/1/16
by Michael Barrett


THE CRITICAL KEY OF SPIRITUAL HEARING
on 7/31/16
by Michael Barrett
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LOVE - IF AND IS
on 6/5/16
by Michael Barrett

A TIME & A SEASON

on 5/1/16
by Michael Barrett

*other messages may be found on the "Media Resources" tab at the center top of this page

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