Our mandate is to advance the Apostolic Gospel of the Kingdom of God to the ends of the earth. The purpose of the Five-fold ministry gift is to equip all believers regardless of their vocations so they can go out and supernaturally minister to the world (Eph. 4:11,12). We are: The salt of the earth – Matthew 5:13; the light of the world – Matthew 5:14. This word equipping means “alignment or to put a thing in its proper position”. The purpose of the five-fold ministry is to align you or position you for the work of the ministry.
Alignment increases your authority to function in Christ’s Kingdom. When you align with apostles, you always align with certain spheres. For example, spheres in the workplace or marketplace. These spheres have potential to influence the thoughts and behaviours of people and society as a whole. Spheres such as Family; Business; Government; Media, Art & Entertainment; Education; and Religion can be spheres of influence for good or for evil.
Influences us to worship God in spirit and in truth or through a spirit of religion. The spirit of religion that dominates this sphere distorts worship and truth with the doctrines of man, and a denial that the Holy Spirit and power of God are part of His plan for man today.
Empowers us with the blessing or enslaves us with the curse. As the alignment of God and man became distorted, so did the alignment within the family to the point that most parents have turned over their responsibility for moulding the minds of their children to the schools and the media. This means the dominant influence in the lives of children and youth are the messages of the powers and principalities that currently control the culture.
Communicates the truth and principles of God or the deception of the enemy. In most countries the focus of education has shifted from Godly principles, values and service to the rights and abilities of each man to reason truth for himself.
Interprets information and events through the lens of good or evil. The doom and gloom that dominates the media is the result of the spirit of fear, one of the controlling spirits on this sphere.
ARTS / ENTERTAINMENT
Celebrates or distorts values and virtue. Man was made to be a worshiper and to use his creative gifts to glorify the creator. Instead his gifts have been perverted to glorify man and bring pleasure to himself, resulting in what some are calling “Grand Theft Culture”.
Distributes resources used to honour God or celebrate man. The spirit of Mammon that dominates this sphere convinces us that money is the source of our prosperity and we have to get it ourselves or poverty will be our lot in life. The faith that holds to God as our source breaks the power of this spirit. This sphere finances all the others.
MAKING DISCIPLES OF ALL NATIONS
The call for each of us is to make disciples, whether we are nurses or students, engineers, or full-time church planters. The question is simply a matter of location. We want to encourage you to consider what you do well, and then consider where you can put those skills to use in a strategic way for the mission of God. The Body of Christ is called to “occupy”, barter, trade, do business (Luke 19:13; Matthew 25:14-30), therefore using our gifts, talents, divinely inspired innovations enables us to honour God and reflect His glory in the world systems, liken to Daniel and Joseph.Therefore, it is from this viewpoint that The GPF Apostolic Missions Network Inc has expanded her borders to community involvement and to engage in the Marketplace.