Shaken and Reformed

“Jesus needs to make it impossible to go back to church as we have known it for all our lives. He is reforming [the church], this is the great new reformation to get it ready for a new move. He is making the vessel bigger so that we can be what He want us to be.” – Kyle Bauer

It was our privilege to have Pastor Kyle on our church ministry team for several years before he and his family moved to Mexico. He is an outstanding man married to an outstanding woman with some outstanding kids. I am in a position to bear witness first-hand to his unusual sensitivity to the voice of the Holy Spirit. EVERY single time (and the instances were very minor, very few, and very far between) that as his leader and mentor I noticed something that I felt a need to address, whether in his ministry functions, his personal life, or in his family relationships, BEFORE I could arrange a moment to speak to him about it, he took the initiative to come to me saying something like, “You know, Pastor Mark, last night the Lord corrected me about something and I want to share it with you.” I realize, of course, that he comes from great stock as Pastor Jack and Anna Hayford’s grandson and Scott and Rebecca Bauer’s son, but he would never have become the man that he is without personally paying the price to run hard after Jesus. The Apostle Paul instructs us in 1 Corinthians 14:29 that when credible people feel they have received a “word from the Lord,” we should listen to it and carefully weigh it. I encourage you to do this with what Pastor Kyle shares in this video clip. As it is written in Revelation, “Let the one who has ears to hear, hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches.”

Author: Mark Brand

Born in 1960, Mark was raised by ministry parents in the USA and South America. A fourth generation pastor, he sensed his own call at a very young age. Before coming to Dallas in 2003, Mark ministered as an itinerant preacher, Bible school instructor, and career overseas missionary in partnership with Teresa, his best friend and wife of more than thirty years. While living in Paris, they helped lead a French-language congregation and trained emerging spiritual leaders throughout Europe and in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. In 2011, the Antioch Church family embraced Mark’s vision to relocate into the heart of downtown Dallas. Mark and Teresa’s greatest earthly joy is their two children, Charity and Jean-Marc, who were born to them as answers to prayer following many years of infertility. In addition to serving as a Team Antioch ministry volunteer, Teresa home-schooled their children in partnership with the Coram Deo Academy where she teaches elementary school while she pursues her MA in Teaching at Dallas Baptist University. Mark holds a Master of Arts from the University of Birmingham (U.K.) and has begun his DMin at Fuller Seminary as part of their Holy Spirit Leadership and Ministry Practice cohort. Antioch Church website: http://www.teamantioch.com Mark's former blog: http://teamantioch.blogspot.com

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