Ché Ahn has been a dear friend of mine for about 20 years. One of the great privileges of being in covenantal relationship with people is that you get to know them both in and out of their ministry setting. In our case, we have ministered at each other’s churches and vacationed together. In that time, I have watched him fall in love with a city and, through that love, initiate ongoing transformation. Southern California will never be the same because of the apostolic calling on his life. God has used Ché to infuse many with hope, advancing the kingdom into every sphere.

In Modern-Day ApostlesChé has written a book that will help clarify and equip a new generation of apostles. With years of experience behind him, Ché calls on those anointed as apostles to rise to the biblical standard of character, of leadership, and of union with the Holy Spirit. This book does an excellent job of demystifying a leadership role in the Body of Christ that has been misunderstood—and therefore underutilized—for too long. The apostolic is not spooky, nor is it a corporate ladder to climb. It is a vital issue for us to attend to for where the Church is headed.

We are in an hour where God is restoring the apostle in a way that reflects His beauty, while avoiding the pitfalls of prior generations. One of the evidences of this is the rising “water level” for the miraculous in the church. This is just a byproduct of the restoration of that gift. Years ago, Bob Jones said, “I am waiting for the full release of the apostolic gift. I won’t be able to work in the fullness of the miracle realm that God has called me to until the apostle is in his place.” This was a man who experienced the supernatural in an astounding way. And yet, he said that there was an element missing. He felt that, until the apostolic was restored, there was a level of the miraculous that was not going to be released into the world. New wine cannot be poured into an old wineskin. The infrastructure of heaven needs to be in place to sustain a full outpouring of God’s presence. The apostle is a gift to the Body, used to set the standard and release the anointing. Done right, this gift is a benefit to everyone and is the opposite of “self-serving.”

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