A New Day for Pinecrest
The Lord is bringing about an enlarged vision and a fresh
understanding of His purpose in bringing Pinecrest into existence
as a ministry to the Body of Christ.
It is our intense desire and prayer to see this come to its
full fruition and development in each of our lives and in
Pinecrest as a ministry.
The Lord is bringing us into a greater understanding of Divine
principle and order. Thus, the Lord has begun to stir the
staff, the students and the families here at Pinecrest with
a fresh new desire for an increase in worship, His abiding
presence and working in each of our lives, and in our function
as a local Church.
The Book of Acts sets forth the progressive revelation of
the Lord’s pattern for the Church. We see at first a
Church which was bound to the Temple in Jerusalem, yet as
they responded to the problems that arose in the Church, they
gradually developed into a New Testament Church.
God always pours new wine into
new wine skins; therefore, the most far-reaching development
is found in a Church that was not bound to the traditions
of the past: the Church at Antioch. One of
the concepts that the Word teaches us about the development
of ministry for the Body of Christ is set forth by the example
of this Church.
Paul and Barnabas developed effective ministries as they
functioned as part of this Church. For two years, as the ministered
with others in Antioch, the Holy Spirit developed them to
the place where they could be set in the Body as Ministers
of the Gospel and then sent forth by the Church to other areas
Apollos was a man with great potential, yet through the influence
of the Holy Spirit working through Aquila and Priscilla, he
came to a further revelation at Ephesus. When Apollos came
to the time that he should go forth in ministry, he went as
Paul and Barnabas had gone; not with a degree or diploma from
a theological school as his qualification, but with the recommendation
and authority of the local body, which stood behind him in
prayer and support.
How often have we seen a young person, on fire for God, sent
off to a Bible College to come back a cold, professional Theologian,
totally ineffective to minister the anointed Word? In the
New Testament, ministry was not trained in a professional
manner, but arose through the ministry of the Church under
the assistance and direction of the local ministry and eldership.
This does not discount Bible school, but rather challenges
them to return to the pattern of the local Church in training
lives for ministry.
We at Pinecrest have been led to move away from the
concept of an institutional Bible College and move toward
that of a resident teaching Church. Instead of instructors
teaching in an academic format, we seek that of teaching elders
imparting the Word in an anointed atmosphere of worship and
We still have classes, schedules and homework, but
we do all this as active members of a functioning local Church.
Since we really learn best by doing, this brings about a further
development in the lives of those who come to Pinecrest to
meet the Lord and to learn of Him.
The Lord’s people are desirous today to hear what the
Lord is saying to His Church. As John the Baptist was the
voice of one crying in the wilderness of his day, so a people
are being trained at Pinecrest to become a voice for the Lord
in our day.
It is most important for us to remember that the Church is
not a static entity, but rather, a building made of living
stones. Not just stones, but living stones. This concept of
living stones alludes to the fact that we must be abiding
in Him. The Lord Jesus said little about Church order, yet
He spoke much about a living abiding relationship with God.
We could have perfect Church order, but if we are not abiding
in Him we would be perfectly dead.
As we develop this fellowship with our Lord, the Holy Spirit
then gives us understanding and established a Divine order
so we will be able to function together as a Church in our
services and class rooms. Here, in His presence, we learn
of Him and are trained and made ready for the outworking of
His will for our lives.
Thus, our goal at Pinecrest is to exalt and magnify the Lord
Jesus Christ and by His grace, bring each one into a closer
love relationship with Him
Then, as we adhere to this pattern, many will be equipped
for ministry and will be sent forth to the nations for His
Note: What Wade was expressing here was part of the
heart and soul of what spoke to when he was caught up before
The Throne of God in late 1959. Here Wade addresses that God
is seeking to pour the anointing and power into new wine skins,
and equating the old wine skins with "Churches bound
to the traditions of the past." This is a highly important
all who read The Banner I personally invite you to go look
in the telephone book and find a Reformed Jewish Synagogue
in your area. And go and visit it during a sabbath service
(Friday evening) Upon entering if you are male they will give
you a Yamaka to wear, put it on and sit and observe the furnishing
of the synagogue, observe the order of the service, observe
the traditions regarding the word of God.
go home and pray about these things in relation the the churches
and meetings you attend. Know that everything in the synagogue
has meaning. Every price of furnature, gesture, prayer, form
was all created in Babylon as a replacement for the temple
that was destroyed.
when we adopt their system and name it a church, the question
comes what does God see and hear when he looks down at their
Canters (Worship leaders) Their offerings of praise and worship
-- He sees a synagogue which he never called Israel to build,
he sees something that was meant to replace the sacrifice
and offerings of the temple.
is not the house meetings (House churches and House fellowships)
that Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit established in the book
of Acts, and to understand what they were one needs to understand
first and foremost that they were not synagogues inhabited
with ruling Rabbi's who's words and traditions were equal
or above scripture. In the houses of prayer Christ built these
things were not so.