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    Have you ever been asked these questions:

   
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What does it mean that the Church is to be apostolic?

     
What did the Lord Jesus Christ understand about Who
              He was and about His Mission?


      
What is the authentic faith Jesus Christ originally entrusted
              to His apostles and
revealed to us in the Scriptures?


    ●  What is apostolic ministry?

   What is Apostolic?
   
What does it mean that the Church is to be apostolic?
     It is based on the Greek word apostolos
                                                    (apo, "from," stello, to send");
    
the act of sending another forth on special appointment
         to represent  oneself. 

              "Apostolic
is a word of divine origin. It is Spirit breathed and inspired to refer
              to everything that pertains to Jesus Christ, the Anointed One, the Apostle,
              sent to earth to demonstrate God's absolute sovereignty and His inescapable
              Presence.  Thus, in Scripture, we see Him calling out men and sending them
              on divine mission as "Apostles of the Lamb" and the "first ascension-gifts of men"
              given to the Church.
              Ascension-gift appointments are assigned by the Lord Jesus Himself. 
              The 21st Century Church is being exponentially enlarged with these divine
              servants to facilitate training and equipping the saints of God
              for "the work of the ministry of the Kingdom."

     Jesus Christ was sent to the earth to accomplish the purposes
         of Father God. He and He alone is the One sent down from
         heaven from the Father. 
         No other religion can make this claim! 
        All other religions are created out of the hearts and minds of men.
     Jesus Christ succeeded in His mission!

       He is ruling today,
       >King of the Kingdom of God

       >The Apostle and
    >High Priest
of His Church.
 
     "
We will not understand true apostolic ministry today, or the
     fellowship of the apostles without understanding that all true
     apostolic ministry is part of the Lord Jesus Christ's apostolate,
     His ministry. "   
George Kouri

       
The Gospels and the Letters of the New Testament of the
          "eye-witness apostles and the "ascension-gift apostles"
           (i.e. Paul, Luke and John Mark) give us keys that explain
          who the Lord Jesus Christ is and why He came to earth...
          "the One sent by the Father of Heaven, the Father of physical
          and spiritual Light".
( James 1:17 Holy Bible)
  

   Apostolic Mission:
  
What did the Lord Jesus Christ understand about Who
       He was and about His Mission?

   Christ's mission to the world is now our commission
       The Church's ministry is to be a continuation of His. 
       What He came to do and teach, He commissioned us to continue. 
    
     There is much confusion about God's eternal plan for the Church evidenced
       by the existence of organizational sects, orthodox religions and
thousands
       of denominations
.  Confusion and lack of agreement concerning Christ's mission
       and purpose is seen in a variety of answers such as:
       
"Christ's purpose was to reveal the Father and His Kingdom"
        "Christ's mission on earth was to establish the Church," 
        "He came to fulfill the law and the prophets,"
        "He came to teach man how to live righteously,"
        "His came to reveal truth,
        "He came to seek the lost." (Those rebellious against God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob)
        "He came to preach the Gospel."
       
"He came to demonstrate life in the power of the Holy Spirit."
            
       Yes, all of these are purposes and goals of heaven, but, if we hold only to one
         or two of them, we miss the Father's Big Picture for sending His Son and then
         we cannot carry out our divine mission...
         for our mission is to be a continuation of the Lord Jesus Christ's.
        John 20:21-22 (AMP)
    
        Peace to you! [Just] as the Father has sent Me forth, so I am sending you.
      And having said this, He breathed on them and said to them, Receive the Holy Spirit! 

      The reason the contemporary Church of the 21st century holds to so many unscriptural
       notions about the Great Move of the Holy Spirit of God today is that it has generally
       limited Christ's mission to that of choosing a "church to attend.
       Much of the church has lost the mission message of salvation: 
        "You must be Born-Again through Christ by the Spirit!"
      AND please "do not" even try to restore the Gospel Message! Instead let's teach
      a humanistic, new age centered fuzzy, feel good story.  WRONG!
      Would you rather regain the Keys to the Mysteries of the Kingdom?
      What are the Mysteries of Christ?  For starters, they are no longer mysteries!
      Jesus declared and demonstrated them!

      John 3:1-8  (NKJV)

     
There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews.
      2 This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, "Rabbi, we know that You are
        a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do
        unless God is with him."
      3 Jesus answered and said to him, "Most assuredly, I say to you,
        unless one is born again,  
he cannot see the kingdom of God."
      4 Nicodemus said to Him, "How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter
        a second
time into his mother's womb and be born?"
      5 Jesus answered, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water
        and the Spirit,
he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
      6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
      7 Do not marvel that I said to you,
'You must be born again.'

      8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where
        it
comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit."

      When Christ came to earth He also declared that His mission was to fulfill the law
        and the prophets.

      Matthew 5:17 (AMP)

      Do not think that I have come to do away with or undo the Law or the Prophets;
      I have come not to do away with or undo but to complete and fulfill them.

      But, this declaration does not in itself reveal the nature of His nature that fulfills
        the Old Testament prophecies concerning God's purpose in the world!  
        It is the Lord Jesus Himself that reveals the eternal plan of His Father:

        Luke 16:16-17... (AMP) 

     16 Until John came, there were the Law and the Prophets; since then the
      good news (the Gospel) of the kingdom of God is being preached, and everyone
      strives violently to go in [would force his own way rather than God's way into it].
      17 Yet it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one dot of the Law
      to fail and become void. 

     It is the establishment of the Kingdom of God...
     Kingdom of Heaven on earth that the Lord came
to proclaim! 
     The proclamation of the Kingdom of God is the central theme
     of the New
Testament!

     Christ did not go to the Cross to delay the Kingdom on earth
     to some future day,
but to establish it! 
        He declares it, teaches about it, and demonstrates it over 100 times
        in the Gospels!  He proclaims the Church, only twice.  


      
It is the message of the Kingdom that the Lord came preaching... 
     Mark 1:14-15  (AMP)
     Now after John was arrested and put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the
      good
news (the Gospel) of the kingdom of God,
    15 And saying, The [appointed period of] time is fulfilled (completed), and the kingdom
      of God
is at hand; repent ( have a change of mind which issues in regret for past sins
      and in change of conduct for the better) and believe (trust in, rely on, and adhere to)
      the good news (the Gospel).
      [note: "at hand' denotes "to come"... whereas "Now" is at this very moment & season]     
 
    
     Now we are faced with another major question...
      What is the Gospel?

 

    
What is the authentic apostolic faith Jesus Christ originally
    entrusted to the apostles and
revealed to us in the Scriptures?
   
1. The Gospel reveals the Apostles Understanding that the promise to David
           and the fatherís of Israel
concerning Messiahís Kingdom has already been
           fulfilled
in the resurrection of Jesus.
     
2. The Gospel reveals the Apostles Understanding of Kingdom Initiation...
          
the proper response
to the Gospel of the Apostles is to repent, be baptized,
           receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, and be added to the Lordís Church.

      3.
The Gospel reveals the Apostles' Understanding that the New Covenant in the Blood
           of Jesus Christ Is the
Promised Blessing or Mercies
of David.
     4.
The Gospel reveals the Apostles' Understanding that the church is Zion,
          the promised House of David.
     5.
The Gospel reveals the Apostles'  Understanding that the Jewish Age is behind
          the Church, not ahead of the Church.
     6.
The Gospel reveals the Apostles' Understanding of the Apostolic Government
           (the apostolate) is the basis of the church's Unity and the foundation or Key
           to the Church's Success.
     7.
The Gospel reveals the Apostles' Understanding that the nations are a vital part
          of the Church's Heritage. 


     What is apostolic ministry?
   
     We do not want to minimize the importance of the Church for through
     it the Gospel is preached and discipleship is centered.
 

     Let us note again, however, that God's ultimate purpose in history is not simply
       to establish the Church, but to establish His Kingdom. 
     The Lord Jesus Christ is crowned as King!  He is seated at the right hand of the Father
     on David's throne which was transferred and established in fulfillment of God's promise
      concerning the Messianic Kingdom to King David... 

       2 Sam 7:11-16 (AMP) 

     "so the Lord declares to you that He will make for you a house:
     12 And when your days are fulfilled and you sleep with your fathers,
      I will set up after you your offspring who shall be born to you, and I will establish
       his kingdom.
     13 He shall build a house for My Name [and My Presence], and I will establish
       the throne of his kingdom forever.
     14 I will be his Father, and he shall be My son. When he commits iniquity,
       I will chasten him with the rod of men and with the stripes of the sons of men.
     15 But My mercy and loving-kindness shall not depart from him, as I took [them]
       from Saul, whom I took away from before you.
     16 And your house and your kingdom shall be made sure forever before you;
       your throne
shall be established forever.


     Apostle Peter preaches the APOSTOLIC MESSAGE concerning the fulfillment
      of the promise of God made to David in Acts 2:22-36
      Peter is schooled in the scriptures and quotes from

     Psalm 16:9-11 and Psalm 110:1...
     About the ascension and enthronement on David's throne at the Father's right hand
      in Heaven...
"The Lord (God) says to my Lord (the Messiah), sit at My right hand,
      until I make the adversaries your footstool." (see Matt. 26:64; Acts 2:34; 1Cor. 15:25;
      Col. 3:1; Heb. 12:2)

     The Church is the Body of Christ and as such possess the feet of Christ which
      crush the serpent's head (the devil and demonic world.) 
      Through the Church the glory of the Lord fills every city and nation with the Kingdom
      of Righteousness, the Kingdom of Heaven...
     The Light of Christ's glory... Truth, Life and Spirit!

     The Church is in the Kingdom it is not the other way around. 
     The Church is not an institution or religious organization which is to be an end in itself. 
     The Church is the people, the "sons and daughters" of God called to GO FORTH
    
and proclaim The Kingdom of which they are citizens!

     
     
Do you desire to dig deeper
                               into understanding apostolic ministry?

     The proclamation of the Kingdom of God was the commission God gave to John
       the Baptist and Jesus Christ, who in turn commissioned the Apostles as well as the
       Church with the same apostolic mission.  
       The message of the Kingdom constituted the foundation of the Lord's teaching
        in the Sermon on the Mount and was the basis of all His parables.  He did not change
      this emphasis after the resurrection! He continued with His disciples for 40 days
        before His ascension to the throne...

        "speaking of things pertaining to the Kingdom of God" (Acts 1:30)
      Thus, continued to be the message of the newly established Church.
      Acts 8:5-6  AMP

      Philip [the deacon, not the apostle] went down to the city of Samaria and proclaimed
        the
Christ (the Messiah) to them [the people];
      6 And great crowds of people with one accord listened to and heeded what was
        said by Philip,as they heard him and watched the miracles and wonders which he kept
        performing [from time to time].
      Acts 8:12   (AMP)

      But when they believed the good news (the Gospel) about the kingdom of God
        and the name of Jesus Christ (the Messiah) as Philip preached it, they were baptized,
        both men and women.


     The Kingdom of God is the proclamation on which the Book of Acts closes,
       documenting the foundation for all of Paul's teaching. (Acts 28:23; 30-31) 
       Apostolic ministry is the full message of all that pertains to the Kingdom of God...
     the Kingdom of Heaven.
     Throughout the New Testament it is the central focus of the preaching and teaching
       of the Church.  The Kingdom of God is the message of the work of the Holy Spirit
       from the conception of Christ through His resurrection, ascension and enthronement.
     He came back represented by the Holy Ghost to empower the spirit-born believers,
     proclaiming
the Good News of the Gospel! God the Light of Truth, Life and Spirit
     came to indwell believers, and lead and guide the administration of the Church...
 
       the Father, the Son and the Spirit are Persons but as such One God.
 
     For the comprehensive studies of One God...
     see: "Blessed Holy Trinity" and "Marvelous Wonders" web pages in Inner Chambers


    
Letís get some more understanding of apostolicÖ
     The sending actions of God to establish the Kingdom of Heaven over the whole earth
     through Christís ascension gifts to the church of apostles, prophets, evangelists,
     pastors, and teachers.
     These gifts of men set the House of the Lord (allotments or fellowships within a city)
     to build on the
divine order that was entrusted to the apostles and prophets of the
     1st century church to expand the Kingdom of God by bringing all nations under Christís
     reign.

 

     Through the apostolic-prophetic functions of the church, the Body receives access
     to supernatural power. Through this authority and power in action, the supernatural
     design and "works of the ministry" of the Church accomplishes the mission to establish
     the Father's One Holy Universal Church under the spiritual Headship of Christ, that
the
     glory of God fills the earth and
ushers in His return.

     Most churches and denominations have been guilty of limiting
        Christ's mission for expanding the Kingdom. As a consequence
        to shutting out the Holy Spirit and His divine work in the earth,
        they have limited and quenched the divine purposes of God.


    As long as the church keeps thinking in terms of establishing
    denominational or institutional structures, (now counting over
    40,000 religious variations, with their 'branded" doctrines and
    creeds) instead of proclaiming the Kingdom of God, operational
    in demonstration of the apostolic patterns and power of our King
    Jesus as entrusted to the 1st century apostles, the Universal
    One Holy Apostolic Church of Christ Jesus will be limited and
    quenched in each organization's designs and programs.
    There is not a single instance in the New Testament of a believer
    proclaiming anything other than the Kingdom message in power
    and demonstration! 

    

     
THE TRUE GOSPEL OF THE GOOD NEWS IS ABOUT THE WILL> PLAN>
       AND PURPOSE OF CHRIST'S ADVENT TO EARTH, HIS VICTORY OVER DEATH
       AND HIS ESTABLISHED PLACE OF ETERNAL SOVEREIGN RULE!
       THE CHURCH IS THE INSTRUMENTALITY OF HIS KINGDOM REIGN!
      
AND JESUS IS ON THE ETERNAL THRONE OF DAVID AS PROMISED
      BY FATHER GOD!
 
  
     
    
What question are we now to ask?!   It would again be:
    What is apostolic ministry?

 
    It is teaching the revelation of God.

     Apostolic teaching transmits the Light of Christ
        by the Holy Scriptures and Holy Spirit...
Hear the apostolic voice of the Holy Spirit!
     The mission of the Lord Jesus in the earth: to disclose, declare
        and transmit
God's  Kingdom culture of Righteousness.


     Apostolic teaching addresses righteousness and righteous living
    as it speaks to global cultures that have surrendered to modern
    philosophy and to new so-called Christian philosophies that rob
    the church
of the truth of the Bible that Jesus Christ entrusted to
    the 1st century apostles.


    Apostolic teaching reveals how you become a citizen of
the
      Kingdom of Christ and
a divine "light" in the earth when you enter

      by His order...
    His order is the divine order as was entrusted to His apostles.


   Apostolic teaching provides prophetic empowerment to identify
     the gifts and callings of God upon your life and enables you to walk
     in clarity of
placement and privileges in His Kingdom.

   Apostolic teaching brings strength and help to birth what God
     has given you that you may fulfill Divine Destiny filled with His Glory!


You are invited to participate in this dynamic ministry!
see:  "Go Forth" web page in Inner Chambers

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