Hello, I’m Leon Bahrman
My calling is to preach and teach the Gospel, and Leon Bahrman Ministries is birthed out of this lifelong dream.
I’ve been a preacher and teacher of the Bible for over 30 years. My anointing and office is as an apostle. I work with other apostles to evangelize, plant churches and establish presybyteries (elders).
For more of my story, click here.
My desire is to see the Church come into her own, and grow up into Christ in all things. I also work with individuals in bringing them into a deeper mystical awareness of the divine nature.
I was under spiritual abuse for 9 years as a member of a controlling church. The wounds were deep, but my Healer was deeper still.
Unfortunately this is how many churches are today, mixing law and grace. This admixture only results in self-righteounsess, stagnated growth, and hyper-critical moralism.
As a result, the world is antogonistic toward Christians, this being particularly true in the West. The Church is to blame for this attitude from non-believers. Judgmentalism, and an ‘us versus them’ mentality are typical from believers. How can our evangelization be effective with these prevailing perceptions? How do we touch the heart with God’s love, without any agendas?
Also, many false teachings abound in today’s Church. There’s a denial of the Holy Spirit and His power, as the gifts no longer find place in her midst. Heresies find their way into our congregations, undermining the authority of Holy Scripture. Today’s churches follow either extremes of legalism or licentiousness. The first preaches condemnation through a grace/law admixture. The second is a distorted counterfeit grace that denies God’s life-changing power.
Answering the Call
I have known this calling to preach and teach the Gospel since I was a teenager over 40 years ago. But mine is a strange calling. I never entered a Bible College, nor any kind of church program toward meeting human qualifications. Rather, it pleased God to raise me up in obscurity, on the ‘backside of the desert’ as it were. God used the hard lessons of my life (and there were plenty!) to teach and train me. An example is the spiritually abusive Church I went to. Here, God taught me several things, particularly how not to be a Christian!
In the midst of my own healing, I began to form my ministry. This began as an outreach through social media. There were also years of street ministry, including open-air preaching. It has been difficult, developing ministry in such an unconventional way. But it has first been a deep inward challenge. For instead of some premade step-by-step program, I had to dig deep for inward change. As for God, just as important as the message is the messenger. It is very humbling to hear God’s Not yet as I learned to trust His purposes and timing.
During that time my studies, including the original languages, have never stopped. Discovering the Grace of God had flipped the applecart of my theology on its head. My studies included mystical practice and theory. Practical methods developed which I pass on to my students. For more on that, check out our online mystical school, Taboric Light Seminary.
How We’re Helping Now
Our tagline is what we’re all about: Training the Saints, Serving the Ministry, Revealing Christ in All.
> Training the Saints
We provide sound Biblical teaching and discipleship. This occurs in three ways:
2) Itinerary. I travel by invitation to churches, conferences, home groups, colleges, and other venues. To learn more, click here.
3) Intensives. Toward individuals or small groups, I facilitate direct experiences of our mystical Oneness. Learn more here.
> Serving the Ministry
This is in line with my apostolic calling, where I’m available as a foundation toward pastors, prophets and other ministers. I instruct ministers seeking to remold their organization after first century Christianity. How did the first century Church evangelize the world so radically? When did the church turn into a single-pastoral system? Can a local church function with a plurality of pastors/elders/bishops? In what way do the apostles start or support such churches? What are the functions of a New Testament prophet? How do apostolic or prophetic teams work? My ministry is in training the Church toward first century ecclesiology.
> Revealing Christ in all
Last, but certainly not least, is our evangelistic outreach toward the world. Our heart’s cry is for unbelievers, to see them turn from darkness to light. Our approach is uncompromising, but we reject an us versus them mentallity. Instead of self-righteously waving a finger, we call no man common nor unclean. But by love we lead unbelievers to faith in Christ, preaching the Gospel with signs and wonders.
What is our ultimate goal? Our vision for the future of this ministry is in seeing the Body of Christ come into her fulness. This means the complete restoration of the five-fold ministry (as in Eph 4:11; 1Cor 12:28). What does this involve? Apostles starting churches and ordaining elders. And prophets who establish the gifts of the Spirit in the churches.
I birthed this vision in my heart, as it has no link to any past or present group or ministry. Watchman Nee was one source of inspiration, but with two distinctions. I do not limit one church per location; and I do believe in Holy Spirit baptism, tongues, and the gifts.
Acknowledging God’s movement in other ministries, we’re neither sectarian nor elitist. This is simply the wineskin that God has chosen for me to pour our new wine into. As such, we do not go around putting down other ministries that follow a different methodology. That is their business. Our business is simply to assist those who are open to receive this vision, and work with us. To learn more about Vision 153, follow the link.
Thank you for your interest in our ministry, and I look forward to God working through us together.
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