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Apostles Today

Why are so many Christians looking for ways to go back to the first century church? What do they see there, that they’re not seeing or experiencing in their own present “walk of faith”? Christians want to operate as the first century church because they seek to return to the purity of the faith that comes with apostolic government and desire to really know Christ and experience His presence and power in their lives, with the assurance that they are walking with and truly being led of the Spirit.
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They have grown weary of carrying the yoke of a stagnant faith and desire to partake of Christ and experience His fullness. We have all heard these messages: “The Lord is challenging the way we have church, challenging us to come into one faith, and to learn about spiritual government.” Many have responded to that challenge by simply inventing new ways to have church, new ways to try to touch God and activate Him to move, hoping He will give them the understanding they are seeking and explain their paradoxes of faith and their powerlessness over sin.
 
Others have dealt with the paradoxes and stagnation of faith by reinventing old faith models, simply trying to fill in the cracks of old crumbling foundations; but when these things did not work, believers remained frustrated and confused, “hitting the wall” as far as their Christian growth is concerned. Unable to achieve divine transformation through Jesus Christ and tired of “unrealized promises” they’ve been asking, “why is the power of God not the reality of what we are living” as we read in the Bible, “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God” (1Cor. 1:18).They are perplexed, asking, where is that power of God “unto us”? How do you transfer the promises of God from the pages of the Bible to reality?
 
This is why many are leaving the church; they are looking for the empowerment of the Spirit, and they desire to know Jesus Christ and understand and live by His expectations of faith. This is also why many Christians long for the manifestation and operation of apostles today.
 
This exciting course is divided into eleven (11) lessons, followed by Vocabulary Words and a Review that will lead you through a series of questions and answers and teacher feedback. You can use the review to help you get the most of your studies. I am confident that as you prayerfully study this course God will issue grace for your understanding and grant you an experience in Him for your spiritual growth. All scripture quotations are from the King James version of the Bible.


Lessons in the Apostles Today Study Course
  1. The Apostles of Jesus Teach the Church
    There are those who separate themselves from the institutional church and falsely think that they will study the Bible at home and learn of the Spirit and thus cleanse themselves of those things that defiled their faith; after all, Jesus said that when the Comforter comes, “he shall teach you all things” (John 14:26), but by their neglect to finish that verse, they show their lack o...
  2. The Function of an Apostle
    As stated, the primary function of the apostle is to teach the one true doctrine of Christ in its entirety, thus setting the foundation of truth within the heart of each believer. This is why apostles are called stewards of the mystery of Christ.   Apostles are stewards of the mystery of Christ Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the myste...
  3. Jesus Gave Himself for the Church
    Jesus gave Himself for the church; Jesus shed His blood upon the cross; “Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.” (Titus 2:14) How does Jesus purify to Himself a people who are zealous to serve Him? We know that Jesus redeemed us to God by the blood of His cross and that all who believe in ...
  4. A Time of Darkness for the Church
    The departure from Jesus’ headship and His covering catapulted the church into a time of darkness that is both seen and experienced most typically in the dysfunctional priesthood of the believer, how one labors with the flesh to produce the power and fruits of the Spirit and how faith remains under the influence of Satan’s illusion. This labor with an impaired faith is woven into th...
  5. A Return to True Apostolic Governance
    It is of utmost importance that the Body of Christ return to true Apostolic Governance  and come unto the knowledge of the truth, for truth prepares the heart to serve and worship God. This is the true church.   We all know John 4:23 and 24, that God is looking for them that will worship Him in spirit and in truth. We also now know that the Spirit will only testify of the trut...
  6. Jesus Set the Example
    Jesus demonstrated by example the pattern of spiritual government and our need for separation and cleansing by truth under His Apostolic Governance as He washed the feet of His apostles (John 13:1-17). Jesus was not setting an example of self-humility, but one of submission to His government for cleansing.   As the apostles submitted to Christ’s authority to wash their feet, ...
  7. Jesus Cleanses through His truth and His Spirit
    God uses both truth and Spirit to sanctify faith: “But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth” (2 Thessalonians 2:13). God uses truth to cleanse like soap and also uses the Spirit to cleanse as water. We use both soap and ...
  8. Apostes Prepare Believers for Their Priesthood
    By laying the foundation of truth within the heart Christians are prepared to serve God, as priests, at the altar of Christ.   You also as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 2:5)   But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar ...
  9. Disambiguation
    Although many today claim to be returning the church to the true pattern of the book of Acts through what is call the “5-Fold Ministry,” this faith model is not true Apostolic Governance. Let’s examine some key differences:   Faith Model #1: Transitioning the Church into Apostolic Governance One doctrine of ...
  10. Spiritual Covenant
    Jesus’ second covenant is reflected in the terms that bind believers to God by the work of the Spirit. Believers fulfill their responsible to please God and minister to one another in Christ’s system of truth to which each is accountable; they are bound together at the altar of Christ, by their priesthood labor of faith, and by the work of the Spirit. Each uphold the same integrity ...
  11. Discernment
    Now, let’s look at the difference between true apostles and false apostles: True apostles have the complete foundation of truth to set in the hearts of believers. They are not waiting for bits and pieces of truth to come together, while false apostles believe that truth is in part and progressive. False apostles lack the total vision of the pattern of Jesus Christ and consequently, they c...
  12. Vocabulary Words
    VOCABULARY WORDS: 1.    RECORD 2.    WITNESS 3.    PATTERN 4.    BLUEPRINT 5.    FRAMEWORK OF TRUTH 6.    ORDERED KNOWLEDGE 7.    HOLY KNOWLEDGE 8.    DOCTRINE OF CHRIST 9.    ANOINTING Apostolic Governance over the church is ab...
  13. Study Review
    1. Describe the condition of the church without the Headship of Christ. Without the headship of Christ in the church: • The people grows weary of carrying the yoke of a stagnant faith and will desire to partake of Christ and experience His fullness. • They will reinvent old faith models & try to fill in the cracks of old crumbling foundations & if it will not w...
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