Introduction

The concept of an ‘Apostolic Round Table’ is not about revisiting history when knights on charging horses roamed the fields of Europe in the days of Camelot and the ‘Knights of the Round Table’ fame. Rather it is an attempt to express God’s wish to have people participate in the Council of God and to join with Him in governing the affairs of creation and the affairs of mankind.

The Apostle Paul sets forth in Ephesians some of the core values and essential virtues that form the kernel from which community, people, church, life and practice grow. It can be summed up as: 'Unity expressed in diversity, maturity, stability and corporeity.'

In Ephesians 4 we are also introduced to the ascended Christ‘s gifts to the church in the form of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers; their goal, to impart their specialties into the fibre of church life.

The people of God outwork this by becoming a ‘Church according to the pattern’’. Heaven’s pattern must govern all we undertake in creation. As any living organism grows it reflects its creator. The same is true for the church who must display God’s nature at all times; the church must reflect the Father.

Noah built an ark according to the pattern he was given:

Thus Noah did; according to all that God had commanded him, so he did.’ (Genesis 6:22)

Moses erected a tabernacle and responded to God (Exodus 40).

We are in a time-space world where the gifts of Christ are given to ensure that the will of the Divine Council of Father, Son and Holy Spirit will mature the people of God for their ultimate dwelling place. We must build according to a pattern.

We must build with the help of another gift of God’s to us; His Holy Spirit.

"I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” (John 14:16-18)

We must draw on the gift of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers so that the fullness of Christ will be in the Church.

 

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