We are living in a time when God is moving powerfully by His Spirit. We have the wonderful privilege of being a part of the present restoration movement.
The 1950’s saw an explosion of the healing-deliverance evangelism ministry. God used anointed evangelists to gather His flock out of the darkness of dead religious traditions and awakened a world that had been deceived into believing that God was dead.
The pastors were restored in the 1960’s to guard and shepherd those who the evangelists had gathered.
In the 1970’s, teachers were the standard by which all ministry was measured. God raised up teachers who began to methodically and systematically to teach the Bible and demonstrate its authority as the very Word of God.
The supernatural gifts of the Spirit began to take on new importance and significance. Praise and worship became a dynamic part of the Church. Teaching centers became a popular alternative to the organized Church as a hunger to be taught and trained in the gifts of the Spirit developed.
In the 1980’s and early 1990’s, the emphasis shifted again and the spotlight fell on the office of prophet. The Prophetic Movement was birthed during this decade. The value of their gift was not appreciated in the beginning. During this decade, we learned that the office of prophet was more than just one or two unusual individuals who could hear the voice of God. Instead, great numbers of prophets where being raised up all over the world and pointing the way to God.
In the mid 1990’s until this present day, the emphasis has shifted to the apostolic and the office of the apostle as God is moving us toward establishing the foundation and structure of the restored Church. He is establishing the structure and unity out of which the Church will accomplish her end time purpose.
2 Corinthians 3:18 (New International Version) And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord”s glory, are being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.