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According to Webster’s English Dictionary “fortress” is defined as: a fortified place: stronghold, especially: A large and permanent fortification sometimes including a town. A place that is protected against attack!
The Lord has been talking to me for a long time about local churches across the earth representing Him and in His wisdom, he has defined these local churches across the earth as “Fortress churches”, Believers in Christ strategically placed for battle, and for reaching out to those in need, regaling them with the good news of the Gospel of the Kingdom.
This book seeks to describe what is a “Fortress Church”. We would be looking into the dynamics of this Church as described in Jacob’s vision in Genesis Chapter 28, also as described by the Prophet Isaiah, in Isaiah Chapter 2 and as the one detailed in a Psalm of the sons of Korah in Psalms Chapter 48. We would also be looking at a working model of this type of church as found at Antioch in the Book of Acts. Finally we would be exploring the church at Ephesus, where the Apostle Paul by the Holy Spirit revealed some powerful descriptions of the Church!
Apostle Michael Scantlebury takes his place as a missional thinker, risk-taking pioneer and apostolic reformer in this 21st century, who’s published works concerning present truth, the restoration of the ministry gift of the Apostle, and the Apostolic Church, is making a tremendous contribution and impact to a fresh and new apostolic reformation movement that is circling the globe in this season and growing exponentially. I am pleased to endorse “The Fortress Church” as a must read for every ministry leader who desires a greater perspective and insight into the plan of God for His Church in this generation, and in the ones to come, and I want to commend Michael Scantlebury for giving us such a timely work.
Apostle Axel Sippach
Executive Director, IMPACT Network
The Fortress Church" by Apostle Michael Scantlebury is a forceful and impacting revelation of what the Church is "supposed to be."
What makes this book totally distinctive is that it will engage your determination to be a part of the answer. It provokes the "new breed" of what Apostle Michael calls the "true and proven Apostles" to rally toward the common focus of establishing this "Fortress Church"¾one that is relevant in this day. A church that is potent, influential, and filled with Divine strategy.
Dr. Kluane Spake
Commissioned Ambassadorial Apostle
President Jubilee Alliance Apostolic Network
Our home was always packed with young people and we did enjoy times of really wonderful fellowship! Although we were experiencing these wonderful times of fellowship my appetite and desire to grow in the things of God continued unabated. I continued to read anything and everything that I could put my hands on that would strengthen my life. I began reading Wigglesworth, Moody, Finney, Idahosa, Lake, and the list went on and on! But the more I read the more this question burned in my heart–-“why is it that every time we hear/read about a move of God, it is always miles away and in another country? Why can’t I experience some of the things that I am reading about?” Little did I know the Lord would answer that desire...
…In a season where my confidence and trust in men has dwindled heavily, in a season where I needed a seasoned man to confide in and at the same time pour into me God by divine intent sent Apostle Michael Scantlebury into our lives. He guided us through the process with an apostolic grace and fathering anointing. The wisdom he spoke into my life was engineered in the spirit and those words became the essence of life in what up to this point has been the most difficult season in my Christian walk…
Apostle Brandon Bailey
Teleios – www.teleios.org.za
Johannesburg, South Africa
…I feel so blessed and fortunate that I was part of their spiritual upbringing. I am so amazed by their ministry and how God is leading them. Michael has also become a prolific writer. This is his thirteenth book published thus far, and it is a "Must Have". I saw them develop from a caterpillar to a butterfly and I will continue to follow their ministry as God leads them, because God is not finished with them as yet…
Sis. H. Headley
(My First Pastor’s wife)
Chicago, IL, USA
…His love for Sandra and his children and his fervent prayer life has remained consistent. Apostle Michael is not only a mighty General for the Lord, preacher and author, he is a humble man of Godly character and integrity that is faithful to God and his wife…
Dr. Joshua Fowler, Apostle
Legacy Life Church
Orlando, Florida, USA
…Apostle Michael has consistently prophesied instrumental Words of direction and confirmation. Theywere delivered in person, over the phone and through email. Several prophetic forewarnings that came over the years accurately revealed steps to take to avoid catastrophe. Each time the strategic wisdom of God was revealed as the situations unfolded. Many words of release and breakthroughs were decreed and experienced. All were timely and accurate. We’ve appreciated his contribution and input into our local and international work. The Saints are always blessed and built. Each location has always been strengthened and encouraged to continue with the Lord…
Apostle Bret Wade
…I learned some important things through Michael Scantlebury. As Apostle Paul operated by apostolic vision “with all patience.” I witnessed Michael’s diligence and faithfulness. He did not force doors open—even though he knew he was called—but instead waited for the Lord to direct step-by-step…
Dr. John Roddam
Church Leader – Canada/USA
…I have known Michael Scantlebury and his wife Sandra for over 30 years. They are God-fearing Christians with a wonderful family and their mannerism is dynamic. Michael’s motto is “Follow me as I follow Christ”…
Yvonne Corbin (Second Mom)
Coral Springs, Florida, USA
The Bible has a lot to say about leaven and its effects upon the Believer. Leaven as an ingredient gives a false sense of growth. In the New Testament there are at least six types of leaven spoken about and we will be exploring them in detail, in order to ensure that our lives are completely free of the first five, and completely influenced by the sixth! These types of leaven include the following: The leaven of the Pharisees; The leaven of the Sadducees; The leaven of the Galatians; The leaven of Herod; The leaven of the Corinthians. However, the Leaven of the Kingdom of God, is the only type of leaven that has the power and capacity to bring about true growth and lasting change to our lives.
What Others Are Saying About This Book:
We are inspired by works such as these that remind us of the necessity of an unquenchable appreciation of who God is and how we are to worship Him, in spirit and in truth. As you read this book, open your heart to the Spirit and Truth of God and let Him work in you for a greater and more exceeding weight of glory. Bishop Tudor Bismark - Jabula House; Harare, Zimbabwe
We are indebted to Apostle Michael Scantlebury for this book, which deeply analyzes and exposes evil leaven of many kinds, but then ends up with a joyful and victorious revelation of the Leaven of the Kingdom. I love this book! – C. Peter Wagner, Apostolic Ambassador
The Church today is brashly confronted with ambiguous teachings and behaviours contrary to the Bible—Michael Scantlebury audaciously sets before us teaching that reveal the “good and bad” of what precisely is meant by “A little leaven leavens the whole lump.” Walter Boston, Jr. – Senior Apostolic Team Leader; C. A. U. S. E. International
I love the idea behind this book. It is fresh, revelatory, and it opens key ideas from the Scripture that have been overlooked for a very long time.Brad Herman, The Arsenal Bookstore – www.arsenalbooks.com
In my estimation, this is the most current and up to date book concerning leaven, a “Must Read,” foundational book that must be echoed throughout the Church in order for the Church to be a true Light and Life to the World! – Dr. Tim & Theresa Early – Apostles, Founder – The Foundation of the Apostles and Prophets International.
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