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We are facing perilous times ahead and only the people of God who are properly positioned according to His Word
will fare well during this difficult season. That means you must be in a church family to survive and prosper. It is no
longer appropriate to say, "Oh well, just any church will do as long as I am in church." Only the churches established
on the Word of God will thrive and that is where you need to be. That is why this information page was developed, so
you can determine for yourself which church is right for you.
The term "apostolic church" does not refer to a particular local church or to a denomination of churches; it is a
description of the original, first century church that was created by Jesus and implemented through His apostles.
Almost any local church can be an apostolic church regardless of its name or affiliation if in fact it is designed and
structured properly and governed according to the Word of God.
Ask the following questions to see if the church you are considering is an apostolic church.
|Not "Just Any Church" Will Do!
Is the structure of the church consistent with the biblical model that was established by Jesus? The goal of an apostolic
church is to reproduce the genuine paradigm Jesus set in place for His Church. The First Century Church is our model for that
paradigm; therefore, we strive to emulate what we see in Scripture.
Are the five ministry offices functioning in the church? (either resident in the local church or intermittently applied to it) If
so, the church has the basis of being an apostolic church. The five offices working in unity comprise the leadership of the
church. Simplicity of the leadership structure characterizes an apostolic church. These spiritual leaders are called Elders.
Is the church within an apostolic sphere? The apostolic sphere is the spiritual realm of authority of an apostle. Churches
and ministries within an apostolic sphere are powerfully "covered" because of the anointing of the office of apostle and are
therefore positioned for Kingdom success.
Is there an individual who is the spiritual head of the church? This person may stand in the office of apostle or the office of
pastor. (either of these offices are governmental in nature and therefore anointed to operate in this capacity) This person is
the primary decision-maker as it relates to the fulfillment of the vision and the general direction of the Church. The Elders
(fivefold ministers) who operate over designated areas under his authority within the church are the primary decision-makers
in their particular areas of authority. The Elders working in harmony comprise the leadership of the church.
Who holds the purse strings? All monies received by the church are holy unto the Lord; therefore, only the head of an
apostolic church administers these holy sacrifices. How these sanctified offerings are spent is a sacred duty handled by the
head of the church. He is directly accountable to Jesus for his stewardship of these holy offerings.
Who has control? Does the congregation or a committee or board have control of the church? An apostolic church does not
have a hireling as pastor since that is a man-made concept and completely unscriptural. No person, group of persons, or
even the entire church family controls the one set in place by God as its head. Jesus leads His church through His servant..
Is the Word of God the manual for the church? The Bible is the only manual for the apostolic church because it alone is
Truth. The core doctrines of the Christian faith are emphasized. Core doctrines are defined as those fundamental to salvation
and to the Christian faith. Peripheral doctrines tend to divide the Body of Christ and are matters of individual faith.
Are there unscriptural practices or beliefs in the church? Jesus prescribed to His twelve apostles His design for His
church. He left no room for personal initiative or carnal ways in it; therefore, all that is done in the church must conform to
the Word of God. Man-made traditions and natural thinking give way to Truth in an apostolic church. It is simple and dynamic.
(See the illustrations on Jesus' Design For His Church.)
Can every member of the church easily access his/her pastor? The beauty of the apostolic church is that each and every
family member has direct and immediate access to the shepherd God has placed there. The model of an apostolic church is a
wheel, not a corporate pyramid. The pastor is the hub of the wheel and each spoke is the direct connection to the individual
member; whereas, in the organizational model there are tiers of authority that distance the folks at the bottom from the one at
the top. The apostolic church is therefore stronger and better positioned to truly disciple people.
Is the worship a celebration? An apostolic church is a place of freedom where the people of God can express their love and
adoration and ministry to God. There is singing, dancing, clapping of hands, joyful laughter, raising of hands, and spiritual
expressions of worship such as singing in the Spirit. Celebration characterizes an apostolic church.
Are there manifestations of the Holy Spirit? The apostolic church has been set free from religious bondages and is
therefore a spiritual environment in which the gifts of the Holy Spirit flow freely and other outward expressions of ministry to
God are commonplace. Order is always in place according to Scripture but spontaneity under the guidance of the Holy Spirit
is welcomed and frequently occurs.
Are the folks in the congregation equipped for Kingdom service? Trace the Kingdom efforts of the saints. (laity) The
apostolic church is a training center. The five ministry offices equip the saints for the work of ministry and service. Each body
part discovers his/her place in the body as well as embraces the assignment of evangelizing the lost. The church is therefore
a wonderful place of expectancy of growth as well as personal advancement.
Is the church built on prayer? The foundation of an apostolic church is prayer. Prayer is direct communication with God and
is necessary for worship, guidance, and personal empowerment and enrichment. Because a strong prophetic anointing is
upon an apostolic church prayer will be one of the primary emphases of any gathering.
Covenant Love Prevails
Is there a strong family atmosphere? The apostolic church is a spiritual family. Selflessness and generosity in the people
are the lubrication of the love that prevails in an apostolic church. Fellowship is strong thus making the church the central
focus of the lives of the members.
What is the overall tenor of the church family? An apostolic church is a covenant-based environment and is therefore a
place where love and unity prevails. Unscriptural church structures allow for strife and division whereas an apostolic church
is one in which each member of that body has a clear understanding of his/her role and joyfully fills that role.
Are the saints in the church prospering? One of the dominant characteristics of the First Century Church was the prosperity
that prevailed. The Bible says that no one among them lacked anything. This high-level of quality of life is possible only
through the consistent practice of the Covenant of God which is what an apostolic church is based upon.
Are there supernatural occurrences? The First Century Church experienced signs and wonders and miracles regularly, so
should the modern-day apostolic church. Because faith is strong and the Word of God is believed, the supernatural power of
God is demonstrated and enjoyed by the church family.
Unity Within The Body of Christ
Is the church strongly connected to the rest of the Body of Christ? The apostolic church is clearly a part of the universal
Church; it is not an isolated body of believers. Everyone is encouraged to connect with other believers in other churches
thus strengthening the Body of Christ. The leadership is also encouraged to connect with the leaders of others groups and
denominations in order to enhance the unity of the Church.
Does unity prevail in the church? Unity is at the heart of the Church that Jesus designed. We see this from His priestly
prayer in John 17. The church family in an apostolic church shares a common vision, they are of like-precious faith, there is a
kindred spirit that binds them together as one, and love prevails. Unity is the fundamental reason why the apostolic church is
successful and fruitful.
Is the church readily accepted by the community and does it have a good standing with those outside the church? Favor
was strong toward the Church that Jesus designed; so it will be in the church of today. Our community sees the love of Christ
and looks favorably on us. Even though the apostolic church differs greatly from traditional religion, the love-factor
outweighs this fact and the church is seen in a positive light by the people in the community.
Biblical references: Proverbs 14:12, Mark 7:1-13, Acts 2:40-47, Acts 4:32-37, II Corinthians 10:13-16, Ephesians 4:1-6, Ephesians 4:11-16