Peter Wagner: Apostles: Why The Title
WHY THE TITLE? Numerous individuals have said words to me like this: “I agree that we need apostolic ministry in our churches today, but why use the title? As long as apostles are functioning as apostles, the title doesn’t matter.” Curiously, those who pose this question would not ordinarily use the same reasoning with the title “Pastor.” Most local churches would not be content if their leader said something like, “I can function as your pastor, but please don’t call me Pastor.” No! The title “Pastor,” or sometimes “Reverend,” implies a certain recognized job description within the congregation and a certain role in the community outside the congregation. The same is true of a seminary professor. Only an oddball would say, “I will function as a teacher, but please don’t give me the title of Doctor.” Continue reading
Apostles bring forth revelation which becomes the foundation upon which the Church is built. The gates of hell cannot prevail against the church that is built upon apostolic foundations. It should not be surprising that devils hate the anointing of the Apostle.
They desire to prevail against a spiritually weak church. Apostles bring strength into the Church through revelation that gives the saints the ability to overcome and defeat the powers of hell.
~ ~ I Believe! ~
— we find that apostles and prophets have the special ministry and commission of speaking directly from God. They speak His “rhema” word and REVELATIONS of the MYSTERIES OF CHRIST. They also reveal His will and purpose, which establishes the Church on God’s foundation and aligns the whole Church with Jesus Christ, the chief cornerstone of the building.
HOW IMPORTANT ARE APOSTLES?
By C. Peter Wagner
I expect that some for whom this idea of apostle is new will be saying, “The church has gotten along fine for many generations without recognizing the office of apostle. Why make such a big deal of it now at this late date?” That question deserves as careful an answer as possible.
My hypothesis is that the bride of Christ, the Church, has been maturing through a discernible process during the past few centuries in preparation for completing the task of the Great Commission. My starting point is the Protestant Reformation in which the theological underpinnings were firmly established: the authority of the Scripture, justification by faith and the priesthood of all believers. The Wesleyan movement then introduced the demand for personal and corporate holiness.
The Pentecostal movement later profiled the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit in a variety of power ministries. The office of intercessor was restored in the 1970s and the office of the prophet was restored in the 1980s. The final piece came into place in the 1990s with the recognition of the gift and office of apostle. Continue reading
Peter Wagner: What is an Apostle
My working definition is as follows: An apostle is a Christian leader gifted, taught, commissioned and sent by God with the authority to establish the foundational government of the church within an assigned sphere of ministry by hearing what the Spirit is saying to the churches and by setting things in order accordingly, for the expansion of the kingdom of God. The most common kind of an apostle is one who has been assigned by God to oversee a number of churches. They form apostolic networks and are frequently called “vertical apostles.” Continue reading