Posted: 06/06/2016 at 11:40am
Trademarks of a New Testament Apostolic Church
by Ken Malone,
Champions Gate, FL
The role model the Lord left us for the Church is
found in the book of Acts. He didn't leave any other model. Today our
congregation life is filled with programs and clutter that remove us from being
anything but a "book of Acts people".
Trademark: "A distinctive feature or characteristic
that serves to identify the maker or originator." Wow, what a definition. Now
let's look at some of the characteristics that identify our Maker.
1. Outpouring of His Spirit
Acts 2 released the promise of Joel that His Spirit
would be poured out on all. It is God living in us and among us. He puts His
life inside us and through that life we converse and have relationship with the
And it shall be in the last days, God says, "That I
will pour forth of My Spirit upon all mankind." Acts 2:17
God loves relationship. How are you relating to Him?
Begin again to talk to God and read His Word. His life will ignite within you.
2. Signs, Wonders, Miracles and Healing
At the Gate Beautiful, a man who was lame from His
mother's womb was miraculously healed. This marked the beginning of miracles
through the hands of the apostles. It is a trademark left to us so that we would
also operate in the miracle working ministry of Christ. Miracles are the marks
of a New Testament Apostolic Church.
"The signs of a true apostle were performed among you
with all perseverance, by signs and wonders and miracles." 2 Cor. 12:12
3. Dreams, Visions and the Prophetic
Do you dream with the Lord? Did you know the Lord
dreams? He releases His dreams, visions and prophetic word to His people. I have
spent most of my life going after the voice of the Lord. Even to this day I long
to hear Him speak. Acts 2 marks us as a people, when filled with the Holy Ghost,
will have visions, dreams and prophetic words.
"And your sons and daughters shall prophesy, and your
young men shall see visions and your old men shall dream dreams..."Acts 2:17
I was sharing a dream with Lou Engle and he said to
me, "Follow the Dream, Follow the Dream." That's the way the book of Acts Church
operated. Not through programs but through Dreams, Visions and the Prophetic
Word. Dream Again! Ask the Lord to give you His dreams, visions and prophetic
words. (Note: True prophetic words, dreams and visions will be within the
integrity of God's written Word.)
This is a signpost to us. In Acts 2, the results of
His Holy Spirit being poured out was 3000 souls coming to the Lord through
believing in Him. It happened again in Acts 3 with the results of 5000 coming to
the Lord through the Lord healing the man at the Beautiful Gate. Let's raise the
bar. This is the mark of revival.
Several years ago, a lady asked me to attend the
revival meetings going on at their church for the last 30 days. I was interested
in what was going on so I asked, "What's happening?" She said, "Many are being
blessed and touched by God." Then I asked, "Any souls being saved?" She
responded, "No." They were being renewed, which we all need, but this is not
what I call Awakening.
Recently there have been thousands saved in
Williamson, WV. This began a little over a month ago when a nameless faceless
evangelist by the name of Matt Hartley from TN came into Williamson, WV for a
3-day meeting but the meetings just kept going. Revival broke out, however when
the evangelist spoke in the school thousands of students were saved. Pastor
Mitch Bias, with the regional Church of God in Delbarton, said that prayer plus
desperation has paved the way for this spiritual breakthrough, especially among
the young people. Now that's the trademark I'm looking for.
Let's lead someone to Jesus, whether it's 1 or 1000.
It's a sign of real revival.
Ken Malone, Founder of Forerunner School and Ministry, Inc
Ken Malone is being used by God to
mobilize the Body of Christ throughout Florida and the nation. After being a
pastor for 24 years Ken has recently stepped down from a pastoral position. This
has allowed God to launch Ken into his apostolic role within Florida and the
nation. He is an ordained minister and serves as the founder of Forerunner
School and Ministry, Inc and serves on the board of Dutch Sheets Ministries. He
and his wife Cheryl travel across Florida and the nation equipping, empowering
and sending out Believers into the harvest. Traveling extensively throughout
Florida and the nation, spiritual breakthrough in the heavens over churches,
cities and regions is producing a great momentum toward an unprecedented Book of
Acts revival. Ken walks in a governmental apostolic mantle that releases the
Body of Christ into their destiny. He also ministers with a prophetic, seer
anointing which enables him to identify activate and release redemptive gifts in
individuals, churches and cities.
Ken and Cheryl have been married since 1973. They
have four children, six grandchildren and have mentored many spiritual sons and
daughters. They make their home in central Florida.
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