LAKELAND OUTPOURING APOSTOLIC ALIGNMENT by Peter Wagner

C. PETER WAGNER - APOSTOLIC ALIGNMENT LAKELAND

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June 23, 2008

C. Peter Wagner

A warm welcome to those of you who are present in this tent and to you who are watching through GOD TV. You are about to witness an event which could well have historic implications not only for the Lakeland Outpouring but also for our nation and for many other nations of the world.

Prophets have been telling us for years that God is about to launch an extraordinary spiritual awakening with signs and wonders, and for over two months Todd Bentley has been leading one of the more obvious fulfillments of those prophecies. This is an exciting place to be right now!

My name is Peter Wagner and I am President of Global Harvest Ministries based in Colorado Springs, Colorado. I have served the body of Christ in apostolic ministry for many years, and currently I preside over the International Coalition of Apostles which brings together over 500 recognized apostles. I have the honor of being assigned to preside over this momentous occasion, and I am humbled as I approach the task with an enormous sense of awe. Holy Spirit, I invite Your presence, Your power, and Your direction.

This is a ceremony celebrating the formal apostolic alignment of Todd Bentley. My first desire is to lay a biblical foundation for what we are about to do.

I will begin with a scripture that has been a central text for those of us who are in the stream of the contemporary apostolic/prophetic movement, Ephesians 4:11-12:

And He Himself [Jesus at His ascension] gave some

To be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists

And some pastors and teachers,

For the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry.

The word “equipping” is a translation of the Greek katartizo which literally means “aligning,” as in setting a broken bone or a chiropractic adjustment. It means putting things in order so that the body functions as it was designed to function. This is one of the responsibilities of apostles such as those whom you see on the platform, and that is the reason we are present tonight. For example, Paul wrote to Titus, “For this reason I left you in Crete, that you should set in order the things that are lacking” (Titus 1:5).

Speaking of Paul and Titus, their relationship is a biblical prototype of apostolic alignment. The same would apply to Paul and Timothy. The apostolic alignment of Timothy and Titus with Paul was a principal factor in allowing God to develop and fulfill His complete destiny in both of their lives.

But Paul himself was also apostolically aligned. Soon after he was called to join Barnabas and his colleagues in Antioch for the then controversial ministry of planting churches among Gentiles, he traveled to Jerusalem to bring a gift for famine relief and also to align with some of the apostles. I want to use the experience that Paul had on that occasion as the text for the protocol for tonight’s alignment and commissioning of Todd Bentley. It is found in Galatians 2:9 which tells the story of one of Paul’s visits to Jerusalem:

And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that had been given to me, they gave me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship, that we should go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised.

Todd is following Paul’s example by inviting to the platform three apostolic pillars of today’s church: Ché Ahn of Pasadena, California, Bill Johnson of Redding, California, and John Arnott of Toronto, Canada, Todd’s native land. They represent an apostolic network called Revival Alliance.

Notice that the apostles in Jerusalem “perceived the grace that God had given to Paul.” “The word “grace” is charis, the root of charisma, meaning “spiritual gift or gifts.” In Paul’s case it was the gift mix necessary to carry the gospel to the Gentiles. In Todd’s case it is the gift mix necessary to lead the Lakeland Outpouring.

I have a question for the three apostles: Do you perceive the grace of God given to Todd Bentley as an evangelist to lead the Lakeland Outpouring? [Answer: “I do.”]

I have a question for Todd Bentley: Do you recognize the apostolic authority of these three men in your life and ministry, and do you desire to establish an apostolic alignment with them and with Revival Alliance? [Answer: “I do.”]

With this affirmation we will move to a formal commissioning, equivalent to “offering the right hand of fellowship” as the three apostles did to Paul in Jerusalem.

This commissioning represents a powerful spiritual transaction taking place in the invisible world. With this in mind, I take the apostolic authority that God has given me and I decree to Todd Bentley:

· Your power will increase.

· Your authority will increase.

· Your favor will increase.

· Your influence will increase.

· Your revelation will increase.

I also decree that:

· A new supernatural strength will flow through this ministry.

· A new life force will penetrate this move of God.

· A government will be established to set things in their proper order.

· God will pour out a higher level of discernment to distinguish truth from error.

· New relationships will surface to open gates for the future.

Turning to Ché, Peter said, "you may now proceed."

9 comments (Add your own)

1. Max Croft wrote:
Being Todd Bently has problems, what is the outlook for him and/or his ministry? I saw you on TV Monday night and would like the book on money manages. How may I get it?

Tue, January 13, 2009 @ 10:32 AM

2. michael wrote:
This is pure nonsense, the fact that this group has commisioned Todd Bentley as a Apostle just shows that this whole Apostalic refromation is a total fraud and not of God. The last time I checked Jesus Christ himself calls the apostles, not a group of cooks who get together and say I give you more power and revelation with My apostalic authority. Its not Scriptural and its a JOKE. Please dont be lead astray by these false teachers and false prophets. Look to Calvarys Cross, christ has everything we neeed.

Wed, November 4, 2009 @ 8:28 AM

3. Kumar Raju Komannapalli wrote:
Beloved in Jesus,

Greetings to you in the Name of our
Lord Jesus Christ. This is Pastor K. Kumar Raju from
India, willing to invite you to visit us and to
minister God here in India with us either in an
outreach or in a pastor's conferences, or else
in an open Healing Gospel crusades. Please let us know your interest or vision
for India, and willingness to minister God with us.

Remember that India is a big nation and a Gospel needy
nation. Please respond us as soon as possible. May
God be with us to expand His Great Love and Kingdom on this
earth strongly. For any christian events please

contact us.

Pastor. K. Kumar Raju.,
Jesus For All Generations Ministries,
Ranasthalam,
Srikakulam District,
Andhrapradesh State,
India - 532 407.


Pls visit these web links


http://www.jagministries.org/crusade.html



http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=jagministries&aq=f

Email is jagministries@yahoo.co.in

+ 91 990 873 1677, and 944 111 4717. mobiles.

Pray for our Jesus For All Generations Ministries.

Regards,

Pastor. Kumar Raju.

www.jagministries.org

Ps: You can see our first Healing and Crusade pictures on our website

Mon, August 2, 2010 @ 11:36 AM

4. penke varaprasadarao wrote:
From
Rev.Penke Varaprasadarao,
Dr.No.6-3-19, Badavastreet
Tuni-533401, E.G.DT
Andhra Pradesh, India
Phone 0091-8854-255735
Email; ccima777@yahoo.com
www.ccimaindia.org


SUB: Church planting and social service in tribal villages of Andhra Pradesh state in India

Greetings from distance South India. I may please be permitted to place this letter before with all respect. I would like to introduce myself as a P.Varaprasadarao, doing ministry for 13 years at payakaraopeta in visakha district in Andhra Pradesh in India.

We wanted to reach the un-reached villages of Sea-shore areas as well as interior areas. For that we prepared team of missionaries for Church Plantation in un-reached areas in Andhra Pradesh. But our missionaries are facing lot of troubles from the field due to lack of Church Shelter and ministry equipments and oppositions. For that we are unable to move to another un-reached area. So we wanted work with you to reach the un-reached. But still we wanted to cross the seashore people and as well as tribal people. We are also doing gospel work along with social action. I am looking for your kind reply
Prayer points
1. Church plantation, seminars
2. Orphan home
3. Missionaries, outreach ministry
4. Tracts distribution
5. Film ministry

Thanking you sir

In Jesus Christ
Penkevaraprasadarao

Sat, October 30, 2010 @ 11:23 AM

5. DANIEL BELL DZAMESI wrote:
Please do you have correcesponding courses? becuase lam so interesting to do God work, therefore can you advice me what do.thanks very much and God bless you so much.

Fri, November 19, 2010 @ 10:25 AM

6. DANIEL BELL DZAMESI wrote:
Please do you have correcesponding courses? becuase lam so interesting to do God work, therefore can you advice me what do.

Fri, November 19, 2010 @ 10:27 AM

7. Syed wrote:
Hey Rose, One approach I have used is to ask your ratileves if they believe if the Word of God is the truth or not, if so present scripture. Usually, when someone wants to argue, I just provide scripture and ask them to read it for themselves, whereas some have a problem or anger with God. Most charismatic followers don’t really believe that Jesus truly is sovereign and saves, without them first adding their two cents; by wanting to be demi-god by adding dead works into their belief Another problem with the charismatic/Pentecost rank is that they have more faith in signs and wonders than God’s Word. Their lack of true doctrine or their twisting changes true doctrine to Pentecostal-charismatic vernacular, to meet their agenda, which is prime-time for them. I listen to Mr. Mike Murdock two weekends ago, and I was almost floored when I heard him say that the Holy Spirit alone was the creator of the heavens and the universe; somehow he missed ‘Colossians 1:16 Christ himself is the Creator who made everything in heaven and earth, the things we can see and the things we can't; the spirit world with its kings and kingdoms, its rulers and authorities; all were made by Christ for his own use and glory’. However, what is sad his television congregation were clapping and amending to his every false word. You can tell how much they study the Word….. I talked to my wife today concerning the charismatic ranks and how they believe in the “Sign and Wonder Movement and WOF.” They believe in all of the signs and wonder but what is funny they can’t produce a one accept their false tongues. You know in 1 Corinthians 13:8-10, all gifts ended about 70AD with the death of the apostles; ‘8. All the special gifts and powers from God will someday come to an end, but love goes on forever. Someday prophecy, and speaking in unknown languages, and special knowledge these gifts will disappear. 9. Now we know so little, even with our special gifts, and the preaching of those most gifted is still so poor. 10. But when we have been made perfect and complete, then the need for these inadequate special gifts will come to an end, and they will disappear.’ When is the last time that they have raised the dead, casted out real demons or truly healed the sick? It is because they are brainwashed and not really believe in doctrine, just hocus-pocus. Rose, all you can do is to pray to a sovereign God and asked for their eyes to be opened. As much as it hurts, the fight does not belong to us, but only God’s Will shall prevail.Jesus is LordLML

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