From Disciple To Apostle
From Disciple To Apostle
From Disciple To Apostle
Now it came to pass in those days that He went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. And when it was day, He called His disciples to Himself; and from them He chose twelve whom He also named apostles:
I will never forget the moment i discerned that God had raised my level of anointing from Minister To Elder..
I was preaching a Sunday night service (at the end i realized my oil was flowing differently) and i believe others noticed it as well, but its taboo to talk about it.
Thats when i learned about spiritual levels
1 Cor 12:
There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all:
If we excluded every other Gospel for a moment and looked at the way this story line goes..
Chap 3 John the baptist: The voice of one crying in the wilderness.
When all the people were baptized, it came to pass that Jesus also was baptized; and while He prayed, the heaven was opened. And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven which said, “You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.”
When all the people were baptized, it came to pass that Jesus also was baptized; and while He prayed, the heaven was opened.
This public affirmation wasn’t for Jesus it was for the people to see that It was God who called him..
First John the baptist declares: Behold the lamb of God
Then God says your my son,
ii. Chapter 4 Jesus,
Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, being tempted for forty days by the devil. And in those days He ate nothing, and afterward, when they had ended, He was hungry.
Then Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and news of Him went out through all the surrounding region. And He taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all.
So Chapter 3 shows his introduction to Ministry and his affirmation from the Leader and From God
Chapter 4 he’s lead into the wilderness to be tempted , and he came out with Power…
Chapter 5 is when we are introduced for the first time to Simon Peter, James & John. While a multitude of peoples is following him. He still had not found his true leaders until then. He then runs into Levi tells him to stop hustling and follow him.
He goes into one of my favorite parables of new wine in new wine skins..
But chapter 6 he has run into all his potential leaders 7& commanded them to fellow him. along with the multitude..And it happens Jesus goes against custom...
he allow the disciples to pluck heads of corn and eat them on the sabbath.
he enters a synagogue and heals a mans right hand
11 But they were filled with rage, and discussed with one another what they might do to Jesus.
And while folks are scheming Jesus is praying....
Might i suggest that Pastor Steve
let them scheme you stay on your face!!!
Now it came to pass in those days that He went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.
When its time to choose who’s going to be on your team, it requires an all nighter..
I take pride in having a clean heart and clean hands, and i have had some close calls with folks connected to me messing that up.
In the church there are some messy messengers..
And when it was day, He called his disciples to himself; and from them He Chose twelve, He named them Apostles
Lets look at these key words
Called: to summon, to hail, to speak to, to address
Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy. Therefore go into the highways, and as many as you find, invite to the wedding.’ So those servants went out into the highways and gathered together all whom they found, both bad and good. And the wedding hall was filled with guests. “But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man there who did not have on a wedding garment. So he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. Then the king said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ “For many are called, but few are chosen.”
Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy.
See when your called you must be ready…
Disciple: a student who adheres to (and travels with) a teacher in a peda-gogical relationship, a follower, a pupil a learner. ( share with what a member is)
Chose: select someone for oneself, pick, Perfer, commission
Jesus answered them, “Did I not choose you, the twelve, and one of you is a devil?”
Philip answered Him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may have a little.”
If Jesus had a devil on his Team… I got news for you… The crazy thing is some times the devil don’t even realize they the devil.. Tell someone 1 out of 12..
Named Apostle: Apostle—a person sent by another; a messenger; envoy. This word is once used as a descriptive designation of Jesus Christ, the Sent of the Father (; ). It is, however, generally used as designating the body of disciples to whom he intrusted the organization of his church and the dissemination of his gospel, “the twelve,” as they are called (; ; ; ; ). We have four lists of the apostles, one by each of the synoptic evangelists (; ; ), and one in the Acts (1:13). No two of these lists, however, perfectly coincide.
No one person can take this mantle by his or her own authority. The appointment and mandate of an apostle is given by a higher authority for the purpose of fulfilling that authority's purpose. The apostle is vested with powers and carries the mantle of authority of the one who sends them. In turn they are accountable to that authority in all areas. Apostles were and are given a delegated responsibility to enact and establish someone else's agenda. The term "apostle" is not just a New Testament term or idea, but one that has existed long before the first century. The apostolic concept is imbedded into the wisdom of the Old Testament literature.
with miraculous powers, ambassador, delegate
Commissioned directly by Jesus or other Apostles, normally someone who has been taught directly by Jesus and who is invested with the Authority to speak on his behalf.. messenger (with miraculous powers), ambassador, delegate
• Appointed by a higher authority,
• Given gifts of grace to function in this capacity,
• Trained and anointed for a specific mission,
• Sent to overthrow an existing culture; an opposing form of government, and establish a new one in its place.
When the northern portion of Israel was invaded and defeated by the Assyrians, the Israelites were removed and transplanted to other parts of the Assyrian empire. The Assyrians then took people from their own culture and transplanted them in the northern parts of Israel. Their purpose was to destroy an existing culture by creating a whole new one in its place. This was done by exchanging and mixing people groups together, thereby, distorting the traditions and practices of one culture. The Israelites would be forced to learn the ways of their conquerors. The Assyrians would ensure a change in culture by planting their own people in the northern parts of Israel. Over time any remaining Israelites left in the northern parts of Israel became the mixed people known as the Samaritans. It says in the book of 2 Kings:
The concept of conquering people and changing their culture and customs are evident in the literature of the Old Testament. These foreign kings had an apostolic mindset and strategy to increase their kingdom domain and to spread their influence over the entire world by transplanting or mixing people groups.
Likewise, Israel was called to be an apostolic nation that would bring God's light, wisdom, knowledge and the glory to the nations of the earth. As a people group they were to be a light to the Gentile nations. The prophet Jeremiah was given an apostolic call to:
• Tear down
This first part of Jeremiah's commissioning is negative in tone. The reason for this commissioning is that a worldly mindset settled within Israel and God wanted to confront it. Jeremiah was God's approved and anointed prophetic apostle to do just that, to change the mindsets and hearts of His own people and bring them back to God. The second part of Jeremiah's commissioning is positive in nature. God commissioned him to:
THE GREEK PARADIGM
THE GREEK PARADIGM
The Greeks were very familiar with the term "apostle." As the Greeks conquered new lands they would appoint and send an apostle to plant the Greek way of life, which included their language, customs, literature and form of government. Their goal was to spread Hellenism (the Greek way of life) around the world. Guess what? It has worked to a large extent. Today, we live under their influence and have gained a refined language because of their apostolic vision and mission.
One of the prominent Greeks was a young man who was later known in history as Alexander the Great. Although he was a military apostle, he took with him historians, scholars, and educators to influence and conform the people that he conquered to reflect the Greek culture. In the article Between the Testaments, the Hellenistic Period it states, "Alexander began his career as an apostle of Hellenism. Completely convinced that the Greek way of life was superior to any other, he began his crusade with a missionary zeal."
AN APOSTOLIC MISSION STATEMENT
AN APOSTOLIC MISSION STATEMENT
The purpose of Jesus' ministry on earth is found in . He was to:
• Preach good news to the poor. This statement unveiled a prevailing worldview or mindset of that day that kept people in bondage to poverty. Jesus came to set them free of this "poor man's" mentality.
• Proclaim freedom for the prisoners. Jesus came with a powerful message that convicted and freed the hardened captives.
• Proclaim recovery of sight for the blind. Jesus received and administered heavenly powers to reverse the curse of sickness, disease and human physical disabilities.
• Release the oppressed. Jesus invaded the realm of darkness and freed those who were oppressed and harassed by Satan and his hoard of demons.
• Proclaim the year of the Lord's favor. Jesus proclaimed a new revelation and ushered in a new dispensation; the fulfillment of the Old Testament Scriptures became a reality in the midst of Israel.