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Notes from Peter Wagner's Dominion Eschatology Teaching

These are notes from C. Peter Wagner's talk on Dominion Eschatology, given on 4/22/16, at Glory of  Zion International.

Introduction:

Times and seasons change, and times and seasons change by the hand of God.  We have seen many:New paradigms.New wine.New wineskins.New comfort zones.The Second Apostolic age began in 2001.This was necessary to open the door to what Bill Hamon calls:The Third and Final Reformation.Began in 2008."Prophetic Scriptures Yet To Be Fulfilled", Bill Hamon (2010) We have had a lot of paradigm shifts: This lesson is about one of those paradigm shifts:Dominion EschatologyThe is one of the 17 shifts that Peter Wagner has seen and experienced in his lifetime.D.E. is one of the 17 that he writes about in his book:"This Changes Everything: How God Can Transform Your Mind and Change Your Life", C. Peter Wagner (2013)

"Dominion" + "Eschatology"What do these words mean?Eschatology = the doctrine of the end times.An interest of m…

An Invitation to Revelation

Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and incomprehensible things you do not know.
-Jeremiah 33:3

Have you heard the call to prayer, from the Lord?  The Bible, from cover to cover, and Jesus himself, calls us to pray.  Jeremiah 33:3 is a great promise verse about prayer.

Most translations start the verse with "Call".  We know that call means contact or talk to.  Only a few translations say something different:

"Ask me" (NLT, CEV)"Let your cry come to me" (Bible In Basic English translation)"Cry out to me still (Ronald Knox) I always like to review various translations to see if that helps to understand the meaning of the original language.  These three variations on "Call to me" do help me understand that God is saying, "Petition me".  The picture is an urgent asking for revelation.
God is saying, to the Prophet Jeremiah, and today, to Christians, "Ask me for a prophecy".  All Christians can receive prophec…

Anger

My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.  Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.

But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, 'Raca,' is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, 'You fool!' will be in danger of the fire of hell.

Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry,  and do not give the devil a foothold.
-James 1:19-21, Matthew 5:21, Ephesians 4:25-27 (NIV)

Are you angry?  Did you get angry today or yesterday?  We have opportunities to get angry all the time.�…

Household Faith

So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.”
-Acts 16:31
Some of us are very troubled about the lack of faith or unbelief of some people in our families.  Our brothers or sister, mothers or fathers; who do not believe in Christ.  Funerals are hard enough when the deceased is a believer.  What do we say when they were not?
The truth is that the love of God remains.  The truth is that we love them and God loves them and salvation is God's work.  These are our anchors.
In the years leading up to the end of my grandmother's life, just like some people I know today, I was very concerned about her salvation.  When we were younger, she told us she was an atheist, and I never forgot that.
But sometime, and how it happened I do not know, she joined the neighborhood church, a few blocks from her home.  Unfortunately, I always assumed it was a "liberal church" that did not embrace or teach the gospel.  I was wrong.
It is funny that I…

A Great Salvation

How will we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was first spoken by the Lord and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him.
-Hebrews 2:3
Like all the letters, Hebrews is written to believers.  Believers are people who have believed in the gospel and become saved.  They are Christians, people now in Christ.

Hebrews has that name because it seems to be written to Hebrew or Jewish Christians.  The backdrop may well have been the collapse of Judaism, with the destruction of the Temple and Jerusalem around 70 A.D.  Besides the Jewish flavor, the context of the letter is suffering and the subject is Christ.

The author is bridging the Old Covenant to the New Covenant, and pointing out the continuity between the two, while the New comes from the Old and the Old looks to the New; the Old no longer carries life and should not be fallen back to as a way of life.  For, Jesus, whom we see now (2:9) has opened a new and living way to God.

Jesus is the climax of God's story.  Not j…

Principles of Christian leadership: Notes from Green’s “Thirty Years That Changed The World: the Book of Acts for Today”

Brothers and sisters, we ask you to respect those who are working with you, leading you, and instructing you. -1 Thessalonians 5:12 (CEB)
More notes from Green’s “Thirty Years That Changed The World: the Book of Acts for Today
My notes and Green's quotes:

Principles of Christian Leadership:
Leadership is a gift from God
-Leadership is a gift of God to his church.  Leadership is not some office you train for, but a leader is someone God raises up.  Divine charisma is a prerequisite for anyone exercising effective leadership.  Divine enabling precedes human recognition (ordination).

Leadership is shared
-Leaders do not operate solo.  They work in teams.  Elders is always plural in Acts and in the rest of the New Testament.  Plurality of leadership preserves the church from imbalance and undue dependence on one individual leader.  Plural leadership preserves the individual leader from megalomania and from burn out.  
(pp. 209-11)

Qualities in Christian leadership (Acts 20)
Do they wa…

Decision Making In The Church: notes from Michael Green

For it was the Holy Spirit’s decision—and ours—to put no greater burden on you than these necessary things.
-Acts 15:28

These are notes and quotes from “Thirty Years That Changed The World: The Book of Acts For Today”, by Michael Green (1993: Acts For Today, 3rd Ed., 2004)
Chapter 11: What of Their Church Life? –The decision making of the church: “How should decisions be made in the Christian church?  In many churches, decisions are made by the minister alone, or a group of elders.  The assumption is that they know best; that they are appointed to lead, and that therefore the church would be wise to let them get on with it.  However, this has led to some very bad decisions in many churches, so a strong reaction, coupled with cultural trends, has led to the opposite assumption: the church is a democracy and decisions should be made by arguing a case, by lobbying if need be, and then by voting.  The fact that this leaves a dissatisfied and probably aggrieved minority is reckoned to be …

Your Loss and God's Compensation

Nevertheless I tell you the truth, it is good for you that I go away.  For if I don’t go away, the comforter will not come to you.  But if I go I will send him to you.
-John 16:7

Could there possibly be an upside to Jesus leaving the disciples?   During the last supper, Jesus was saying goodbye to his friends.  Jesus was ministering to their soon to be lost personal fellowship with them.

He is saying that in their loss of him, they will get the Holy Spirit, who will be the comforter.  Jesus promises to personally send the Spirit when he is gone.  And the Spirit of God is called the comforter.

I believe in divine compensation.  The compensation for their loss of Jesus being with them all the time, in the flesh, will be the comforter, the Holy Spirit, being with them.  And Jesus will send him.

Have you been baptized in the Holy Spirit by Jesus?  John the Baptist said that Jesus would baptize his followers with the Holy Spirit and with fire (Matt. 3:11 & Luke 3:16).  After his resur…

Identity: God's and Your's

Now the Israelites’ cries of injustice have reached me. I’ve seen just how much the Egyptians have oppressed them. So get going. I’m sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.
   But Moses said to God, “Who am I to go to Pharaoh and to bring the Israelites out of Egypt?
   God said, “I’ll be with you. And this will show you that I’m the one who sent you. After you bring the people out of Egypt, you will come back here and worship God on the mountain.”
   But Moses said to God, “If I now come to the Israelites and sat to them, ‘The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,’ they are going to ask me, ‘What’s this God’s name?’ What am I supposed to say to them?”
   God said to Moses, “I Am Who I Am. So say to the Israelites, ‘I Am has sent me to you.’” This is my name forever; this is how all generations will remember me.
-Exodus 3:9-15 (CEB)

Do you have an identity?  I mean a way that you identify yourself.  We might say that we are a self-identifi…

Of No Reputation

Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel,and not in any way terrified by your adversaries, which is to them a proof of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that from God. For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake, having the same conflict which you saw in me and now hear is in me.

Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.

Let thi…

Notes On Baptism From Michael Green

So those who welcomed his message were baptized, and that day about three thousand persons were added.
-Acts 2:42


Here are some notes about baptism from Michael Green (b. 1930), in his book, Evangelism Now & Then (1979), pp. 81-3:

They baptized new believers

There can be no doubt that in the first days of the church baptism was administered as soon as possible after profession of faith. Quite apart from the day of Pentecost, the case of the Philippian jailer and the Ethiopian eunuch give a good guide to early practice in the matter. Commitment to Christ, baptism in water, and reception of the Holy Spirit were three sides of the same thing, Christian initiation. In Galatians, for instance, we see that justification by faith or becoming ‘Abraham’s offspring’ comes about through reception of the Spirit, or being baptized into Christ, or believing in Christ (3:2, 14, 29, 26). Ideally, they belong together. In practice, however, one element would come first, sometimes another: su…

Let It Rain

You showered down abundant rain, God; When your inheritance grew weary, You restored it yourself. -Psalm 68:9 (CEB)
Are you dry?  Are you weary?  God will refresh you.
God gives us rest.  God restores us.  God fills us when we are in need.
Are we in need?  We cannot be filled if we don’t recognize our need.  God gives rest and restoration to those who seek him.
Do you seek Him?  Are you thirsty?  Are you weary?
Come to the Lord.  Return to him.  Let him fill you again.
We are thirsty.  We are dry.  We are weary.
We need refreshment.  We need restoration.  Let it rain.
God, let it rain.  God, let it rain on me.  God, let it rain on your inheritance.

Restore your inheritance.  Let your rain restore us, for your glory.  Amen.

Personal Attacks On Believers By Believers (No!)

How long will all of you attack others; how long will you tear them down as if they were leaning down walls or broken down fences? -Psalm 62:3 (CEB)
Personal attacks against people we don’t like is common these days, from Christian to Christian.  Sometimes the attacker will doubt the authenticity of the person’s faith they are attacking.  But the attacker brings their own legitimacy into question, by their brazen attacks on a child of God.
Nothing is wrong with arguing, debating, and discussing.  What is wrong is attacking people.  Personal attacks are wrong.
Malicious gossip, slander, and maligning are wrong for the believer.  Personal attacks is the style of Satan and when we accuse brothers or sisters, we are joining with Satan.  You become just like the ones who attacked Jesus, who thought they were the rightful standard bearers of God, when they were actually attacking the Son of God.
The attacker has the audacity, presumption, and arrogance to self-righteously believe that they…

Notes From "Decoding The Church" - It's The Structure!

No one pours new wine into old wineskins.  If they did, the wineskins would burst, the wine would spill, and the wineskins would be ruined.  Instead, people pour new wine into new wineskins so that both are kept safe. - Matthew 9:17
Here are some notes from a book called, Decoding The Church:Mapping The DNA of Christ’s Body, by Howard A. Snyder with Daniel V. Runyon (2002).  I will parachute in to chapter 4, ‘The DNA of Church Structure: Dead Ends’.  The authors critique three ‘dead ends’, that look promising, but ultimately are not the wineskins that are needed: megachurch, microchurch, and business models.
These are my notes:
“The power of the gospel is the wine, not the wineskin.”  The wineskin is the structure.  Church structure is made up of form and patterns, used to carry out mission.  Fundamental church structure is found in scripture.  Secondary forms and patterns or structure come from outside scripture.  Basic theology informs us about structural forms and patterns.  Pragm…

Complaining To God Is Good

God, hear my voice when I complain.
-Psalm 64:1a
Did you know that complaining to God is good?  You might think complaining is bad, as in saying, "stop complaining", to someone.  You might think that complaining to God is sinful, that it is wrong to complain.
It is a huge insight to get, that God wants to hear your complaint.  It would actually be strange if God said he did not want to hear our complaints and had a 'no complaining' policy.  It is a mistake and a missed opportunity when we do not go to God with our complaints.
Complaining goes hand in hand with lamenting.  Lament means grieve, mourn, and sadness.  God wants to hear our heart, whatever it's state.  Turn to God with your complaints and lament.
When we complain, we tell God the problem.  David wrote a song that starts off with, "God hear my voice when I complain", and his problem was the terror, the dread, the threat, and the fear of the enemy.  When we are under attack, we don't go in…

Loud Praise and Silent Praise To God

Clap your hands, all you people!  Shout joyfully to God with a joyous shout!

God of Zion, to you even silence is praise.
-Psalm 47:1 and 65:1a (CEB)
Loud praise or silent praise: Praise is what people do towards God.  If you are not praising Him, you might have a problem.  Praising God is a life-style, the way of life for the believer.
The opening of Psalms 47 and 65 give us two ends of the praise spectrum:  Clapping and joyful shouts on the one end, and silence on the other.  These and everything between is praise from the heart focused on God.
Our thoughts and our words and our whole experience of life is punctuated with praise to God.  Praising God is a continuous thing.  We continuously praise, thank, worship, and give honor to God.
We live our lives in worship (Rom. 12:1).  We give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thess. 5:18).  And we address other believers in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs (Eph. 5:19).
If we do not praise God, we might have a problem and might need to get …