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Apostles Today

This Bible study course is written to aid a Christian to understand God’s plan for church government, how God planned for them to receive truth from the stewardship of the apostle’s office, and to understand that this truth is the one and only doctrine of Christ. For us to abide in the truth we must follow the pattern that God established: Jesus teaches His apostles, and His apostles teach the church.
 
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We will learn God’s divine order for church government, why God’s plan begins with apostles, what the Bible says about apostles, why faith needs knowledge to function correctly, and why knowledge follows the pattern God set in Jesus Christ.

This course will define what an apostle does and how an apostle functions. We will also spend a little time understanding the confusion that exists in the church today about church government and what that confusion produced.

We will study apostolic authority and answer questions such as, “Should an apostle hide his calling?” We will also look at what happens when apostles are not active in the church, how faith does not function as it should and gets complicated, how Christians are not unified in one faith, how knowledge does not reflect Christ, and faith does not have the substance it needs to please God.

It is safe to say that people fear what they do not understand and in many cases the fear of the new gets inflamed by Satan, which leads people to resist what they do not understand. We will take a look at why Satan is fighting so hard against apostles, and lay the necessary groundwork for you to take confidence in the will of God for apostles today. You will learn about the 3 fold cord of government, truth, and Spirit and how to keep this chain of your faith strong.

This exciting course is divided into eleven (11) lessons, followed by 3 additional Study Guides: Vocabulary Words, Getting a Fresh Start, and Summary Notes, all of which are packed full of information that will assist you in your faith. You can use the review questions at the end of each lesson to help you get the most of your studies. Even though several answer choices may be true, students must identify the choice which has the most support in the lesson.

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 Divine Order for Church Government
    God wants us to understand His divine order for church government. When was the last time you thought, “I wish I knew how to walk in God’s truth more powerfully?” Or, “There seems to be something missing from my faith.” These are common complaints voiced by many people today. What has been missing from your faith is truth. That is, the knowledge you need t...
  2. Knowledge Must Reflect Christ
    The need for knowledge for faith is the corner stone of faith. This is why Jesus identified Himself as truth (John 14:6) and why the apostles of Jesus identified Him as the cornerstone (Ephesians 2:20). Because knowledge is so important for faith, we know that Satan will fight against it. One of the things that Satan often says is that faith should not be complicated with knowledge, it shou...
  3. Knowledge Needs a Frame
    Where Christ is preached a tethering of knowledge takes place that carries the living expression of Jesus Christ. Why a tethering of knowledge? Because God has bound Himself to His Word, to carry all those of faith by this knowledge of Christ. Ours souls are renewed and refreshed by knowledge. God’s knowledge must not be as a pile of wood sitting on the ground. Otherwise, it will be o...
  4. Understanding Lack of Unity
    If we were to take a sample of Christians from all different denominations and assembly them in one room and ask them to explain basic questions about their faith: what grace is, what faith is, what truth is, what the Second Covenant is, which law works righteousness, is tongues for today, and what spiritual warfare is all about, you are sure to get a lot of different answers and heated debates...
  5. When Apostles Teach, Satan’s Lie is Exposed
    When we see the need for truth we will then understand God’s purpose for apostles. When apostles teach the church, Satan’s lie is exposed. This is what God wants. God wants you to have the knowledge of the truth that you may see the lie of Satan for what it is, and choose to stand in God’s knowledge. By giving us knowledge for faith, God is giving us the means to choose faith ...
  6. Doctrinal Cleansing
    What is doctrinal cleansing? When we are enlightened by truth and Satan’s lie is exposed and we then choose to embrace the truth, we are separating ourselves from the lie. What is happening is that the soul is being cleansed. Satan defiled the soul with his false knowledge and God is using truth, as soap, to remove false knowledge from the soul. This is doctrinal cleansing.   ...
  7. Spiritual Cleansing: Removing the Fruits of Iniquity From the Soul
    As stated, knowledge is for function. The Holy Spirit works with truth to birth the image of Christ in you every day. That’s what He does. The Holy Spirit will not confirm the philosophy of man nor will He work with the religious traditions of man to form Christ in you. He will only work with the record of Christ.    This is how it works: The truth of Jesus establish...
  8. Apostolic Authority
    Have you ever found yourself sitting with a group of Christians, arguing the scriptures? Everyone is using the same scripture to argue a different point of view and everyone is claiming the authority of the scriptures—what they believe the scriptures to say. This situation is very common. People want to know what they are to believe about Jesus Christ and how they are to defend the f...
  9. Should Apostles Hide Their Calling?
    Many believe that apostles should hide their calling. Is this true? Does Jesus want His apostles to hide the authority He gave them? Did Paul hide his calling? It is clear that Paul did not hide his talent (calling). He began every epistle stating his authority in Christ to teach the church. When he wrote, “Paul an apostle,” he was not being prideful, he was simply stating the autho...
  10. The Anointing of Truth
    T.A.D. means: Truth equals the anointing, which equals discernment. You will hear this preached often from Second 8th Week apostles and elders. You will learn what this means and how to define the anointing in this lesson, but first we are going to talk about what the anointing is not. Most are well aware that God is shaking the church to loosen a Christian’s grip on hurtful traditions of...
  11. Government, Truth, and Spirit
    The true chain of faith is made of 3 distinct links. The first link is church government. Many today want to isolate their faith from the government of God, but it is Jesus that joined your faith to His government. To establish His testimony of faith in us, God first established all points of identification through Jesus Christ. The Spirit reveals to us through Paul that we are to “seek t...
  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 about retu...
  13. Getting a Fresh Start
    Common words you read in the Bible now hold new meaning: “apostle”, “stewardship”, “government”, “teach”, “doctrine”, “authority”,  “anointing”, “knowledge”,  “life”, “peace”, “mind of Christ”,  "truth", these are words God uses to describe...
  14. Summary Notes
    1.    God wants us to understand His divine order for spiritual government. 2.    You have to build your faith with the right knowledge in order for your faith to function correctly. 3.    We express faith according to the knowledge we possess. 4.    It is of vital importance that the Body of Christ return to true Apostolic Gov...
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