Summer 2005 Rapport: Thoughts from the Prez
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Teachers and Prophets in the Church and University
recently heard a challenging address by Dr. Doug Beacham1, a leader
in the Pentecostal Holiness Church. First, from the Acts 13 account
of the leadership in the Antioch church, Beacham noted there
were both teachers and prophets present (v.1). This signifies
there was, in this powerful New Testament church, a deep commitment
to what my predecessor, Dr. Del Tarr, called knowledge
Some 1500 years after Antioch, Martin Luther was
used of God in a similar way. From 1514 to 1517, Luther won
over the entire Wittenberg University faculty to his views of
Scripture, the church and justification by faith. Between 1520
and 1560, nearly 16,000 students from all over Europe came to
study at Wittenberg. The faculty there planted the seeds of reformation
in the lives of thousands of students, radically rearranging
the focus of the church. The knowledge on
occurred at both Antioch and Wittenberg significantly altered
history for the glory of God. Teachers and prophets took their
rightful place in church and in the university.
Today, churches and learning
organizations seem to be at odds, but they need not be. Together
they can make huge contributions to the future of the church.
In recent strategic planning, we committed ourselves
to a revitalized preaching emphasis. The need for preachers who
can communicate with anointing and solid biblical content has
never been greater. Simultaneously, Pastor John Lindell and the
leadership team at James River Assembly (JRA), in the Springfield
area, had been praying about how their priority of expository
preaching could be replicated in our fellowship. Through the
leading of the Holy Spirit, AGTS and JRA have worked together
to form the James River Center for Expository Preaching at AGTS.
We believe the impact of the church at Antioch and Luther’s
Reformation need not be merely objects of historical study.
believe “teachers and prophets” are among us here
at AGTS and JRA. The priority of biblical expository preaching
is not a passing fad; it is foundational to perpetuating the
zeal of the Pentecostal movement into a second century of existence.
We look forward to a future together that could very well mirror
the revitalization of biblical preaching in the Pentecostal movement.
I desire to see churches and learning organizations partner together
for the glory of God and the future of our Fellowship. May it
be said this was an era in which teachers and prophets, anointed
by God’s Spirit, reaped a harvest unequalled in Pentecostal
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Doug Beacham's address at the Society for Pentecostal Studies
Annual Meeting, Regent University, Virginia Beach, Virginia,
March 10, 2005.
Tuesday, November 15, 2005 2:25 PM