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Apostle in Original Context (Part 2)

///Apostle in Original Context (Part 2)

Apostle in Original Context (Part 2)

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Over the last 50 years, there has been an acceleration in the restoring of apostolic and prophetic leadership to the body of Messiah around the world. There are many spiritual principles we can glean from the original meaning of “apostle” which will clarify the role of apostles today. Yes, we all have been sent out from King Jesus, but not everyone has been given the grace and gifting to lead as an apostle (Eph. 4:11).

Jesus is the original Apostle who was sent from the Father in heaven to the “foreign territory” called earth, in order to transform the earth to be like heaven. Like Roman apostles being sent from Rome, and like Jesus sending His apostles from Jerusalem 2,000 years ago, so today God is still sending apostles out all over the earth to lead His Church in the mission of Kingdom advancement.

Five-Fold Team

The worldwide church is supposed to be led by apostles, who work with skilled team members of prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers. Together, they raise up many “colonies” (ekklesia – congregations), all of which have the same mission– to make earth like heaven! The apostle’s job description includes keeping his team unified and focused on the mission for which they were sent, without compromising the King’s commands and desires.

Apostles are to be connected with, and in mutual submission with other apostles. They cannot accomplish their mission alone. When the unique and diverse gifts of the prophet, evangelist, pastor and teacher are submitted to apostolic leadership, they become an unstoppable, Kingdom-advancing team that the gates of hell cannot prevail against (Matt 16:18).

The Prophet stays focused on being in regular communication with the “home government” (heaven!), and keeping the team updated on what he is hearing in the Spirit. The Evangelist stays focused on inviting everyone in the “foreign territory to embrace the Kingdom citizenship that is being freely offered. The Pastor stays focused on serving, feeding and unifying the citizens. The Teacher stays focused on teaching the constitution (Word of God) and culture of the Kingdom. The Apostle stays focused on the big picture and makes sure his team members, along with himself, are intentionally equipping citizens to carry on the work of “colonizing” the earth with the culture of Heaven.

Generationally Focused

Not only is the apostle focused on leading his team, but also on connecting the generations. At the core of every true apostle is the heart of a father (1 Cor 4:15). Multiplying himself and this Kingdom vision into the next generation is not put off for the latter years of his life, but is a lifestyle lived through the decades.

Jesus and the writers of the New Testament had no problem using the word apostle in their day, so, why do we?

By | 2017-06-29T15:12:14+00:00 June 29th, 2017|Biblical Teaching, Blog|1 Comment

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  1. Chavoux June 30, 2017 at 21:44

    Maybe one reason why we are hesitant to use the word “apostle” is because of Acts.1:21-22 where Peter says that an apostle should be a witness to the resurrection of Yeshua and because the New Testament Scriptures themselves were accepted as such only when they had been written by or from the direct teaching of an apostle. In this sense we cannot have apostles today. The second meaning of apostle as all the “sent ones” by the Lord is still largely unknown among many believers, I think. So is the Acts 13 pattern for the Holy Spirit sending apostles. Maybe a lack of teaching?

    Interestingly, this is now the second or third time I am reading about the importance of the full five-fold ministry in the past few days. I believe God is trying to tell me something.

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