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Apostolic Functions



The Apostolic is one of the New Testament that Jesus gave to the church to equip, shape and impart the Divine providence that is embedded in the Death and Resurrection of Jesus. What are those functions of  the Apostle

Apostolic Functions

Who is an Apostle 

(Gk. apostolos [ajpovstolo"]). Envoy, ambassador, or messenger commissioned to carry out the instructions of the commissioning a get.

Etymology and Usage of the Term Pre-Christian use of apostolos [ajpovstolo"] in the sense of messenger is rare. More common is the verb apostello, referring to the sending of a fleet or an embassy.

 Only in Herodotus (1.21; 5.38) is it used of a personal envoy. Josephus employs it once (Antiquities17.11.1) in the classical sense of an embassy. Epictetus(Discourse3.22) speaks of the ideal Cynic teacher as one "sent by Zeus" to be a messenger of the gods and an "overseer" of human affairs.

The Septuagint uses apostello [ajpostevllw] or exapostello [ejxapostevllw] some seven hundred times to translate the Hebrew salah  ("stretch out, " "send"). More than the act of sending, this word includes the idea of the authorization of a messenger. 

The noun apostolos [ajpovstolo"] is found only in 1ki 14:6, where the commissioning and empowering of the prophet are clearly in mind.

 Thus, the Septuagint uses the apostello [ajpostevllw] word-group to denote the authorization of an individual to fulfill a particular function, with emphasis on the one who sends, not on the one who is sent.http://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionary/apostle/

Leaders who are making the transition from a pastoral to an apostolic mode need to understand the functions of the apostolic ministry. Some apostolic anointing function differently from pastoral anointing(apostolic anointing that are different or that are in addition to Pastoral Anointing 


The duties of the Apostle that need to be executed and carried out are numerous.When leaders understand the various functions of this ministry, they will be able to fully move into this ministry,and there will be a grace to fulfill these functions and faithfully carry them out. 


Apostle Paul


The following are some of the functions of Apostles:
1.Apostles pioneer.

2.Apostles plant churches.

3.Apostles ordain elders.


4.Apostles reform and bring change.

5.Apostles teach, preach, and set doctrine.

6.Apostles release revelation concerning the plans and purposes of God

7.Apostles raise up and establish teams.

8.Apostles oversee churches.

9.Apostles confirm and strengthen local churches.

10.Apostles bring judgment and correction.

11.Apostles defend the faith.

12.Apostles gather.

13.Apostles establish.

14.Apostles lay foundation.

15.Apostles root out, tear down, throw down,destroy, build, and plant.

16.Apostles help perfect the saints.

17.Apostles release and activate.

18.Apostles bring strategies to the church.

19.Apostles operate in signs, wonders, and miracles.

20.Apostles declare and decree.

Apostles must operate in faith and know that they are anointed to carry out the different functions of this Ministry. This will cause them to expand and launch out into a broader and wider sphere of Ministry. 

More people will be influenced and blessed by the anointing that is released through an Apostolic Ministry. It is a stronger anointing that carries a greater degree of power and authority. As the Apostle steps into this Ministry by faith,there will be new dimensions of grace made available.

The gifts of God operate by faith. The more confidence and faith a person walks in, the more manifestations of the Spirit he/she will experience. Doubt and passivity will prevent you from walking in the fullness of your calling.

Most ministers live and die without entering into all the phases of their ministry. Instead of exceeding their boundaries, many never explore and possess their Godgiven perimeters. These gifts will be dormant until stirred up by faith (2 Timothy 1:6).

Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations:spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes;

For thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited.

Isaiah 54:2-3

This is a Prophetic word for this hour. It is time to enlarge the place of thy tent. Your tent represents yourarea of ministry. It is time to lengthen your cords and strengthen your stakes. God is calling you to a greater area of Ministry. The areas mentioned in this book must be strengthened in the local church. It is up to the leaders todo the enlarging.

To enlarge means to increase the capacity or scope of. Itmeans to expand. Too many leaders are confiningthemselves to the four walls of a local church. Many willdie within those walls if they do not enlarge. 


The move from the pastoral to the apostolic is an enlargement. It is an expansion that will result in a greater capacity to receive and handle all that God is releasing. Many Ministries are about to break forth on both sides. They will not be able to handle this breaking forth if they do not make room.

Our spirits must be enlarged. Our visions must increase. The Apostolic Anointing always enlarges and stretches the Vision of the Church. This office will challenge and stir leaders to do more.


 It will expand your borders and extend your line throughout the earth (Psalm 19:4). It will break the limitations of culture and tradition,and it will launch leaders beyond their present boundaries.

Unto him that has shall more be given; and unto him that hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he hath.
Mark 4:25

This is an exciting time to be alive! God is breaking the limitations off of our lives and releasing us into our destinies!  Let us rise up and embrace everything that our Lord died and shed His blood to purchase for us. We will bring pleasure to God and displeasure to the devil. May grace and peace be multiplied unto the Church of Jesus Christ.




References

Eckhardt, John. A Shift In Leadership.Chigaco. Crusaders Ministries. 2005

Cannastraci, David. Apostles and the Emerging ApostolicMovement. Ventura: Renew Books, 1996.

David, Jonathan. Apostolic Strategies Affecting Nations. Muar:Full Gospel Centre, 1999.

Eckhardt, John. Apostolic Ministry (A 50 Lesson Bible Course).Oak Park: Crusaders Ministries, 2005.

Moving in the Apostolic. Ventura: Renew Books, 1999.

The Ministry Anointing of the Apostle. Chicago: Crusaders Ministries, 1993.

Fifty Truths Concerning Apostolic Ministry. Chicago:Crusaders Ministries, 1998 The Apostolic Church. Chicago: Crusaders Ministries, 1996.

Sapp, Roger. The Last Apostles on Earth. Shippensburg:Companion Press, 1995.
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