Understanding Apostolic Alignment
Message at Glory of Zion’s Head of the Year Conference, 5770 by Dr. Robert Heidler
We live in an exciting time! God is preparing to pour out the greatest move of the Spirit of all time. It is the Second Reformation, and in preparation, God is restoring the Church to His original plan! God is re-forming His church to become a New Wineskin!
The sad truth is, for many, church today doesn’t seem to “work.” We have pastors who work long, hard hours. We have saints that love the Lord. But we don’t see the kind of results they saw in the New Testament. The lost are not being reached. Nations are not being changed.
Why is it that “church” today doesn’t work the way it did in the New Testament? The answer, I believe, is that we haven’t followed the directions!
1 Cor. 12:28 establishes an order for the church. “God has appointed FIRST apostles, SECOND prophets, THIRD teachers, THEN come miracles .healing .helps, etc.
God says, for the church to function as He intended, you start with the APOSTLE. The apostle has the anointing to make “church” work! For church to operate the way God intended, you must be correctly related to, or “aligned with,” an apostle! When you align with an apostle, apostolic anointing flows into everything you do!
An apostle is like a faucet! God’s anointing for church flows through the apostle! No matter how hard you try, or how good your methods, if your cup is not under the faucet, church will not work!
But if you align yourself with a true apostle, apostolic anointing begins to flow! The LIFE of God fills His church! The key to a church that functions in New Testament power is apostolic ALIGNMENT!
What do we mean by alignment?
To align with an apostle means you get in a committed relationship with that apostle. It’s not a hierarchy where the apostle is a dictator who orders you around. But it is a committed relationship. It’s a covenant relationship. Chuck Pierce is my apostle. I’m in covenant with him.
Your apostle is one you go to for counsel. He’s the one you trust for direction. You commit yourself to your apostle like David’s mighty men committed to David.