Ricardo Equips Artistic Leaders (R.E.A.L.)

"Equipping you in the Five Fold to Lead at home, in Ministry, the Marketplace, and in your local community!"

Ricardo Equips Artistic Leaders (R.E.A.L.) - "Equipping you in the Five Fold to Lead at home, in Ministry, the Marketplace, and in your local community!"

Real Christianity – Fixed or Replaced By Ron Schwartz

Real Christianity – Fixed or Replaced By Ron and Karen Schwartz

Now before you read this guest post, there are elements of this article that I do not agree with and much of it that I do agree with. Out of respect for brother Ron Schwartz and my personal understanding of the overall message I have left his whole article intact. I did not seek to “edit it” according to my personal beliefs and what I teach concerning the five fold ministry.

I believe many (including those who are five fold ministers) have a lack of understanding of what the purpose of the five fold ministry is given to the church for. I DO, however, understand that what many (leaders and body members) have done with the five fold ministry is create another layer of clergy and laity. I personally don’t believe the five fold ministry is given to “just leaders”, I personal have taught that the every member of the Body of Christ has at least ONE of the five fold ministry gifts.

The whole purpose of THIS blog and website is to equip EVERY MEMBER OF THE BODY in at least ONE of the five fold ministry gifts. My mission on this blog has always been that you would learn how to identify one with the calling to be one of God’s servant leaders. And remember this: all of these leaders are SERVANTS OF GOD FIRST and leaders in the Body of Christ and the Kingdom of God SECOND!

Here are the different types of leadership callings within the Five Fold Ministry. The Five Fold Ministry is given to the Body of Christ universally, globally or worldwide. That means that they can function anywhere in the world as the Lord leads and as He expands their sphere of influence. They can also, as the Scriptures, says move “from house to house [what many call house churches] (Acts 2:46; 5:42), and this movement and travel can be all over the world. These ministers are listed in Ephesians 4:11 & 1st Corinthians 12:28 as well as other places through out the Word of God and are given in divine order (determined by grace, greatest responsibility, anointing, fruit, etc):

  1. Apostles
  2. Prophets
  3. Teachers
  4. Evangelists
  5. Pastors

I personally believe that though “Not all [are] Apostles. Not all [are] prophets, Not all [are] teachers …” (1 Cor. 12:29) in the sense that not all in the church HOLD THE LEADERSHIP RESPONSIBILITY, I DO believe that “… EVERY ONE OF US [EVERY MEMBER IN THE BODY of Christ] is given grace [a gift–at least ONE five-fold gift] according to THE MEASURE of the gift of Christ” and “… gave gifts unto men [ALL humanity] (Eph. 4:7-8). Basically, brother Ron and I have the same goal to replace the system, but from another angle. I seek to displace clergy and laity by birthing the royal priesthood of all believers actively ministering in a five fold gift. Ron seeks to displace the system by destroying it all together.

So that is MY personal stand before you read this article. My mission is to basically crush the clergy laity system by equipping all the members of the Body of Christ to lead as a nation of kings, priest, judges, lords, and saviors under the KING, PRIEST, JUDGE, LORD, AND SAVIOR of the Body and World!

That’s my mandate and I’m sticking to it. Enjoy Ron’s article. – Ricardo Butler

If you would like to submit a guest post/teaching, click here @ Guest Post.

Originally Published October 5, 2008

By Ron and Karen Schwartz

Where are the real Christians? In the wake of the Lakeland movement, it is apparent that Christians obviously do not understand what real Christianity is.

Everyone has friends who are part of institutional churches. Everyone can point to at least one Catholic, protestant denominational, or independent church friend who loves God. In fact, there seems to be no difference between many of those in institutional churches and those who are not. There are Christians in institutional and non-institutional churches who have strong faith, know their scriptures, raise godly children, live godly and productive lives, give time and money to charitable causes, and above all, love God. Consequently, at times it can be quite confusing to discern why the institutional church system is wrong. Perhaps we are simply making much ado about nothing …

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EPISODE 053 – Becoming God’s Image of a Leader [PODCAST]

EPISODE 053 – Becoming God’s Image of a Leader [PODCAST]

By Apostle Ricardo Butler

In this weeks podcast, I continue a bit from last weeks podcast called, “EPISODE 52 – A Leader’s Words Hold Stricter Judgment [PODCAST]” as this is the second message in a four part series, though they are not all titled the same.

Because the timing was perfect and it fit the overall message, I am actually going to read the whole first chapter of my newest, most controversial, and upcoming book titled, Done Unto His Image: The TRUE Keys of the Kingdom. This book is about how we treat other people and ourselves in reference to Jesus and how it can impact Jesus’ judgment upon you.

THIS IS PART 2 OF A 4 PART SERIES!

STUDY, UNDERSTAND, & APPLY …

“And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so. And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.” (Genesis 1:24-31, KJV).

“God spoke: “Let us make human beings in our image, make them
reflecting our nature
So they can be responsible for the fish in the sea,
the birds in the air, the cattle,
And, yes, Earth itself,
and every animal that moves on the face of Earth.”
God created human beings;
he created them godlike,
Reflecting God’s nature.
He created them male and female.
God blessed them:
“Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Earth! Take charge!
Be responsible for fish in the sea and birds in the air,
for every living thing that moves on the face of Earth.””
(Genesis 1:26-28, The Message).

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8 Leadership Revelations from the Birth of Jesus

8 Leadership Revelations from the Birth of Jesus

[Read, Study, Understand, Apply, Live, and Share YOUR Experience of Matthew 1:18-25]

By Apostle Ricardo Butler

Have you ever heard this statement?

“Leaders are made, not born.”

I beg to differ. Technically and logically we are all born. A leader cannot be made before he is actually born.

So leaders are first born and then made! In fact, Jesus was BORN to LEAD! In sort of a Q&A between Jesus and Pontus Pilate I learned this revelation below:

“My Kingdom is not of this world [Gk: kosmos, meaning ‘the system or orderly arrangement of the whole or some part of human society’]: if My Kingdom were of this world, then would My servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is My Kingdom not from here.” (John 18:36).

Pilate had asked Him,

“Are you a king then?”

Christ answered,

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A Few Words Regarding the Understanding of the Scriptures By Teacher L. Ray Smith

A Few Words Regarding the Understanding of the Scriptures By Teacher L. Ray Smith

Today’s the post is a guest post by one of my earlier mentors in Christ who showed me all I know about the Teaching Gift & Teaching Ministry. I believe L. Ray Smith to be more doctrinally sound then most of these so called apostles in today’s Church. Unfortunately, L. Ray Smith passed away a few years ago, so you can say that I am honoring him again as I did before after he passed back then with this post. If you would like to submit a guest post/teaching, click here @ Guest Post.

By Bible Teacher L. Ray Smith (RIP)

A few personal thoughts before I really get into this subject. Through the years God has revealed a bit of wisdom to me, and it goes something like this: If something is false (actually, factually, and literally false), then all honest scholarship and study done on that particular subject will only further verify its falsehood. If, however, something really is true (actually, factually, and literally true), then all honest scholarship and study done on that particular subject will, likewise, only further verify its truthfulness.

No amount of research will eventually prove that evolution is the explanation of our existence on this Earth. That’s because the theory is false! And this principle, I believe, applies to the study of any subject. So we have nothing to fear.

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EPISODE 044 – 4 Things You Can Get out of a Minister’s Sermon [PODCAST]

EPISODE 044 – 4 Things You Can Get out of a Minister’s Sermon [PODCAST]

By Apostle Ricardo Butler

What’s good y’all!

It’s been a very loooong time since I have done a podcast. So this is the first podcast of 2015.

And today we are going to learn about 4 things that we should be getting out of every message from the minister of God, especially behind the pulpit!

Play Podcast(s) (1 Hr, 14 Mins, 56 Secs | 68.7 MB):

 

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Elijah Prophetic Company By Apostle Tim Early

Elijah Prophetic Company By Apostle Tim Early

Turning the hearts of the father to the sons …
and the sons to the father … Malachi 4:4-6
Prophetic Ministry through Kingdom Order and Stability

If you would like to submit a guest post/teaching, click here @ Guest Post.

By Dr. Tim and Theresa Early

Marked below in part are the following 8 “T’s” of development in the progressive revelation of Elijah and Elisha … father to son … love, leadership, legacy, through lineage … May you discover who you are to be connected to in the Spirit for such a river to flow in your life, and through the lives of others … Amos 3:3.

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The ‘I AM’ Identity Series Pt 7: Natural Born Gifts, Talents, & Abilities

The ‘I AM’ Identity Series Pt 7: Natural Born Gifts, Talents, & Abilities

And with all my strength (by my natural Abilities) (Dan. 1:4; Matt. 25:15; 1 Pet. 4:11).

Apostle Ricardo Butler

The Scriptures say,

“Children in whom was no blemish, but well favored, and skilful in all wisdom, and cunning in knowledge, and understanding science, and such as had ABILITY [Heb: ‘Vigor force, in a good or a bad sense or capacity, means, produce”–ability, able, force, fruits, might, power, powerful, strength, substance, wealth’] in them to stand in the king’s palace, and whom they might teach the learning and the tongue of the Chaldeans.” (Daniel 1:4).

“And unto one he [Jesus] gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several [own] ABILITY [Gk: ‘Force; miraculous power (usually a miracle itself):–ability, abundance, meaning, might, mightily, mighty, mighty deed, (worker of) miracle, worker of miracles, power, strength, violence, might (wonderful) work’]; and straightway [immediately] took his journey.” (Matthew 25:15).

“If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ABILITY [Gk: ‘Forcefulness:–ability, might, mightily, power, strength’] which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.” (1st Peter 4:11).

The dictionary defines “ability” as, “The quality of being able to do something, especially the physical, mental, financial, or legal power to accomplish something; a skill, talent, or capacity.”

The dictionary defines “skill” as, “Proficiency, facility, or dexterity that is acquired or developed through training or experience; a developed talent or ability; an art, trade, or technique, particularly one requiring use of the hands or body.”

The dictionary defines “talent” as, “A marked innate ability, as for artistic accomplishment; natural endowment or ability of a superior quality.”

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