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The Apostle Question: Exploring the Role of Apostles in the New Testament Church

The Apostle Question: Exploring the Role of Apostles in the New Testament Church

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The Apostle Question: Exploring the Role of Apostles in the New Testament Church

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Jan 13, 2011


The focus of this book is to bring clarity and understanding to the role of the apostle in the Church. Sound biblical answers to questions concerning the function of the apostle are answered. This information will help individuals to recognize the operations of this anointing in their lives and in the lives of others. It is our hope that believers will develop a greater respect and acceptance of the apostolic office and gift.

Jan 13, 2011

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Roderick Levi Evans is an author, bible lecturer, and Christian apologist. He is the founder of Abundant Truth International Ministries: a prophetic and a Christian apologetic ministry with the commission to defend, equip, and contend for Christ’s Kingdom. He is a prolific author, having written numerous books on topics such as Christian orthodoxy, leadership, worship, spiritual gifts, and other areas of Christian thought and practice; as well as, articles, blogs, sheet music, and poetry.He travels nationally and internationally proclaiming the message of the Christian faith, equipping the Body of Christ for service, and imparting prophetic revelation through seminars, conferences, revivals, and other sacred services. His desire is to see the Church perfected through the truth of God revealed in Jesus Christ. He and his family reside in Elizabeth City, NC.

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Written by: Roderick Levi Evans



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The Apostle Question

Exploring the Role of Apostles in the New Testament Church

Copyright ©2009 by Roderick L. Evans

ISBN 13: 978-1-60141-122-8

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1 – What is an Apostle?

Apostolic Ministry in the Old Testament

Apostolic Ministry in the New Testament

Chapter 2 – The Call of an Apostle

Acknowledging the Apostolic Call

Answering the Apostolic Call

Accepting the Apostolic Call

Chapter 3 – The Making of an Apostle

Marring of the Apostle

Love of the Apostle

Building of the Apostle

The Apostle’s Character

Chapter 4 – The Office of the Apostle

Apostles as Ambassadors

Apostles as Fathers

Nine Functions of the Apostle

Focus of Apostles

Chapter 5 – The Apostolic Person

The Apostolic Person is a Disciple

The Apostolic Person is a Son

The Apostolic Person is a Brother

The Apostolic Person’s Character

Recognizing the Apostolic Person

Flowing as an Apostolic Person

Chapter 6 – Apostles in Perspective

Apostles and the Church

Apostles and Pastors

Apostles versus Prophets


Chapter 7 – What is Apostleship?

The Apostolic Gift

The Apostolic Anointing

The Apostolic Spirit

Guidelines for Judging the Apostolic

Chapter 8 – False Apostles

Recognizing False Ministers

Recognizing False Apostles



Controversy over the gifts and ministries of the Spirit has abounded for centuries. Various scholars have taught that there was a cessation of the gifts and ministries. More specifically, they affirm that the ministry of the Apostle is no longer in operation nor valid. However, in recent years, a resurgence of the operation and demonstration of this ministry occurred. Traditional and Non-traditional churches, alike, have experienced the visitation of God through the Holy Spirit.

Since the emergence and acceptance of the ministries and gifts of the Holy Spirit, various authors have written concerning this phenomenon. In spite of this, many in the Church, presently, do not understand the functions and operations of, namely, the office of the Apostle. Even in organizations and denominations that consider this ministry valid today, comprehension is oftentimes elementary.

Where there is no clear understanding, individuals become vulnerable to deception and error. Since the apostolic office has authority and responsibility in the Kingdom of God, there are individuals in the Church who desire to function in this office. There are men and women who know they are not called to this office, yet they pursue it. They lust after the respect that men have for those in this office. If they cannot be recognized as an apostle, some want to be identified with the office. Therefore, individuals resort to saying that they have an apostolic anointing upon their lives, without having any knowledge or understanding of the office or the anointing associated with it.

In this book, we will bring clarity to the role of the apostle in the New Testament Church. In addition, we will explain with simplicity the apostolic anointing. It is our prayer that believers will recognize the operation of this anointing in their lives and in the lives of others. We can be confident that God is still using His people in these last days.


1 - What is an Apostle?

The first ministry to be on display in the New Testament Church was that of the apostle. The Book of Acts highlights the ministry of the apostles. Some biblical scholars have asserted that the only true apostles were the eleven disciples (excluding Judas Iscariot) with the exception of Paul. Others have stated that the ministry of the apostles is useless since we have the canon of scripture.

In addition, others promote that apostolic ministry ceased after the deaths of the first century apostles. As believers, we must understand that these teachings are erroneous. The ministry of the apostle is still vital and important to the advancement of the kingdom of God and the Church. Without this ministry, the Church cannot fulfill its mission in the earth.

And He set some in the Church, first apostles... (I Corinthians 12:28)

The word apostle originates from the Greek word apostolos, which means one who is sent forth. Apostles are sent from the presence of God with a divine message. They are sent forth for a specific task. Not all apostles will discharge their duty in the same manner; neither will they all have the same anointing.

Apostles’ ministries will vary in demonstration and execution. Though apostolic ministry seems exclusive to the New Testament, we discover from the scriptures that apostolic ministry was demonstrated in the Old Testament.

Apostolic Ministry in the Old Testament

The apostolic ministry is a foundational ministry (will be discussed later). The apostolic anointing is designed to bring people into the knowledge of God and Christ. In the Old Testament, some men seemed to have an apostolic grace upon their lives.

Two key biblical figures that exemplify this truth are Abraham and Moses. These two men were prophets, but from God’s interaction with them, we discover there was a type of apostolic anointing on their lives. They demonstrated three apostolic traits:

1) They reflect the character of God.

2) They established individuals in the faith of God.

3) They exercised great spiritual authority and power.

Abraham was sent to a foreign land by the command of God. Abraham received a commission as does an apostle.

Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I

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