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Overview In Ephesians 4:11, the apostle Paul tells us that Jesus gave apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers to the church. He did this in the days of the New Testament; the question is, does Jesus still give all of them to the church today? This book seeks to address this question.
Publishers Description In Ephesians 4:11, the apostle Paul tells us that Jesus gave apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers to the church. He did this in the days of the New Testament; the question is, does Jesus still give all of them to the church today? This book seeks to address this question. In this book you will find: .The ministries of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers defined. .Names of people in the Bible who held these ministries. .Descriptions of each ministry from a biblical-historical perspective. .An examination of the contemporary expressions of the ministries of evangelists, pastors, and teachers. .Answers to objections about the presence of apostles and prophets in the church today. .A case for the continuance of the ministries of apostles and prophets in the modern church. .A description of the ministries of apostles and prophets in the contemporary church. John P. Lathrop is a graduate of Zion Bible College and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is an Ordained Minister with the International Fellowship of Christian Assemblies and is currently active in pastoral ministry at the Christian Pentecostal Church in Newton, MA. In addition to pastoring, he regularly writes for Vista magazine, the official publication of the International Fellowship of Christian Assemblies, and for the Pneuma Review, a publication of the Pneuma Foundation. He has ministered overseas in the countries of Indonesia and Zimbabwe. He and his wife, Cynthia, are the parents of five adult children: Carrie, Joshua, Deborah, Stephen, and Daniel. The Lathrops also have two grandchildren.
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More About John P. Lathrop
Lathrop has been working with Linux for over 5 years. Active for many years in setting up computer training operations overseas, he has also been a Linux consultant and author since 1998. He divides his time between Calgary and California.
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Great Book Aug 21, 2009
This book is a must-read for anybody interested in Christianity, whether a believer or not. Rev. Lathrop does an excellent job of laying out - through sound biblical exegesis - the Pentecostal position regarding apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers. The author uses a very simple, easy-to-read format that allows the book to be used for either personal study, group study, or a laid back read for those of us who have an obsession with reading. John Lathrop is very careful in his research, and his scholarship is fascinating. I would recommend this book to clergy, lay people, and students alike.
Impressive teaching Oct 28, 2008
John Lathrop's "Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Teachers, Pastors, then and now". Review by Nancy Hudson, missionary in South Africa
In reading John Lathrop's book, I was so impressed by the depth and clarity of his teaching on the "five fold ministry", as the church has defined it today, and his "then and now" teaching. I was most impressed at the simplicity, yet deep explanation Scripturally of each ministry: what they are, how one becomes each, the ministry of each one, and the authority of each one and where they are today. As a missionary, church planter in South Africa, the ministry of an apostle especially encouraged me. The book is an excellent teaching tool on these ministries and one I will surely use here.....
Perfect as a Study Guide Aug 19, 2008
This short book is perfect as a guide for individual or group Bible study on Ephesians 4:11, because it is simple and easy to read, contains myriad scripture and cross-references, poses as many questions as it answers, and leaves parts of the topic area unexplored. The guide's text is not peppered with entertaining anecdotes, but rather concisely treats the subject matter.
For example, included in his discussion of apostles, Rev. Lathrop briefly examines a theory that the Twelve and Paul were "apostles of Christ," whereas others called "apostle" in scripture were only "messengers from the churches." He cites, but never completely answers, how then Paul could have named Silas and Timothy "apostles of Christ" in 1 Thessalonians. These kinds of questions frequently make for excellent group discussion.
One thing notably missing from the book is an index of scripture verses. Overall, however, it serves. While Rev. Lathrop pulls no punches, he also does not foment dissent. He treats the subject from a sound, biblical theology, and goes no further than that. Therefore, while not an exciting read on its own, it has the elements to make for stimulating personal or group study. Try out this book with an eye toward a series of Bible studies on the topic.
Biblical Ministry Jul 31, 2008
John Lathrop's interest in Bible defined ministry is refreshingly honest. He has assumed a position of ignorance and has surrendered to the Biblical text in a most sincere effort to learn what its pages taught on the subject. As a read, his book is interesting and factual. If you have an interest in circumventing theological bias and get at the truth about basic bible based ministry, get this book.