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Jesus revealed Himself to be the cornerstone of the Church. But He has built His Church, and continues to build it, through apostles and prophets--people who are empowered by the Holy Spirit. Now the author of Churchquake! and a leader of the New Apostolic Reformation gives us new insights into how the people called to crucial roles in the Church--apostles and prophets, as well as evangelists, pastors and teachers--must work together in order to fulfill their and the Church's divine purpose. For the first time since the Early Church, God is harnessing apostles and prophets to fulfill the promise of His divine plan. Prepare to play your part! --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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You are members of God's household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. Ephesians 2:19-20 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Regal; Revised edition edition (October 5, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830725768
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830725762
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,525,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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C. Peter Wagner is widely recognized as a leading authority in the fields of church growth and spiritual warfare. Wagner is co-founder of the World Prayer Center and is chancellor of the Wagner Institute in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He is the author or editor of more than 50 books, including Churchquake! and Acts of the Holy Spirit. Peter Wagner and his wife, Doris, live in Colorado Springs.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rad Zdero on June 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
Peter Wagner's "Apostles and Prophets: The Foundation of the Church" is 144 pages long and is divided into 8 chapters. Its main focus is on attempting to understand the proper role of those within the modern day church who function as apostles and prophets.

There are several strengths. First, Dr. Wagner has been a keen observer, commentator, and participant in various shifts and streams in the church for over 50 years and, as such, is bringing to our attention the re-emergence of apostles and prophets in the church today. Second, it is written in a conversational easy-to-read style that will make it accessible to a wider audience. Third, he deals with a number of issues that are important to the topic, such as apostles and prophets in real life, the relationship between apostles and prophets, the needs of apostles, the role of apostles, the history of the re-emergence of this role, scriptural foundations, etc.

A major drawback should be pointed out. There is still an institutional mindset in Wagner's understanding of the role of modern apostles. There is no discussion, as far as I can tell, of the need for a reformation of overall church structure back to a more biblical ecclesiology (i.e. the "house church network" model, Acts 2:41-47, 20:20, Rom 16:3-5, 1 Cor 16:19), so that the role of apostles and prophets can function properly in a healthy and biblical way. In other words, biblical apostles need a biblical church to function within. But, it appears that Wagner's idea is that the new apostles and prophets should just be grafted onto current institutional church systems. If that is done, it becomes easy then for otherwise genuine apostles simply to place themselves overtop of the modern day hierarchical pyramid structures of today's denominations and mission organizations.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 31, 2003
Format: Hardcover
An easy reading for the average believer. I was hoping to find some apostolic missions strategy in it, but disappointingly, the book is about establishing 21st century church government which would be led by newly instituted offices of modern day apostles and prophets. Rather than discussing apostolic missionaries, the book primarily deals with church politics. Aside from naming himself as an example of a modern apostle, his book makes you think about his proposition that the new apostles and prophets are the double-edged sword of the 21st century church hierarchy.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. Neary on March 21, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful resource for anyone interested understanding the role of Apostle and Prophet. These special offices of the church have been ignored, abused and mostly mis-understood. This is a great book to start a thorough biblical and contemporary study on the topic. C. Peter Wagner's understanding of scripture, expert opinion of Church Growth and personal experience are great resources on this vital topic. It should not be viewed as exhaustive but as the thoughts and understanding of one of the best thinkers in the evangelical church world today
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Even though I've purchased the incorrect book, I did read a few chapters and rate it with much valuable information
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David in Texas on January 19, 2014
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Peter Wagner has not done the church a favor in writing this book. It's confusing and sounds a lot like the Shepherding movement of the 1970's and 80's. I would not recommend this book.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vickie L. Williams on January 3, 2014
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This is a foundational book for the church as it is today. This book will help you shift into the new move of God. Thanks so much.
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