TOPIC: Apostle’s Ministry
MEMORY VERSE: Ephesians 4:11 – And he gave some Apostles, and some prophets and some evangelists , and some pastors and teachers.
FIRE SCRIPTURE: Galatians 4:7-13
MFM Daily Devotional for 18th October 2021 OUTLINE:
The Greek word “apostolos” means messenger or sent. For example, Paul said he was the apostle or sent one to the gentiles. An apostle is a pioneer who establishes churches and lays foundational truth in people’s lives (Ephesians 2:20). Apostles could be called “spiritual builders” (1Corinthians 3:10).
They have oversight of the body (1Corinthians 4:15). The ministry of an apostle is the most neglected of the ﬁve-fold ministries in the Church today. There are many pastors, teachers and evangelists, a few prophets, but very few apostles. One reason behind this is that apostles do not ﬁt into denominational hierarchy.
They cannot freely function within the structure of committees, elected leadership and denominational red tape. The ministry of apostleship is an area much in need for restoration to the Church by the Holy Spirit. Few people are familiar with the ministry of the apostle. In fact, most people think that the original twelve disciples are the only real apostles.
Although they hold a special place as the original apostles, the Bible mentions many other apostles, including Matthias (Acts 1:26), Paul (Acts 14:1, 4,14), Titus (2 Corinthians 8:23), Epaphroditus (Philippians 2:25), Silas and Timothy (1 Thessalonians 1:1, 2:6).
Also Andronicus and Junia, listed in Romans 16:7 were possibly Apostles. This shows that there were apostles after the original twelve. The ﬁrst and foremost apostle is Jesus Christ (Hebrews 3:1). He was sent forth from heaven on a divine mission for the Father. Jesus chose the original apostles (Luke 6:12-13), trained them (Mark 3:14-15) and commissioned them (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:18).
The book of Acts reveals how the apostolic ministry functioned in the early Church. As the apostles traveled and evangelized, they saw a need for permanent leadership in the churches they established. As a result, they ordained men to be elders, pastors and overseers in each ﬁve-fold ministry, including apostles. The Bible does not teach that apostleship was to cease.
Rather, the word teaches that apostles are much needed in the body of Christ. Apostles are leaders and visionaries. They bring direction to the church. They have the courage and ability to keep the Church moving forward, growing and building in new directions. Apostles are also fathers, able to nurture and disciple the other ministry areas.
Beloved, let us pray to God to send His apostles to the Church today.
If you are not called you will be curbed.
I decree every assignment will against your divine assignment receive double frustration in Jesus name
HYMN: Hark, the voice of Jesus calling
1. Hark, the voice of Jesus calling,
“Who will go and work today?
Fields are white, and harvest waiting,
Who will bear the sheaves away?”
Loud and long the Master calleth,
Rich reward He offers free;
Who will answer, gladly saying,
“Here am I, send me, send me?”
2. If you cannot cross the ocean
And the heathen lands explore,
You can find the needy nearer,
You can help those at your door;
If you cannot give the thousands,
You can give the widow’s mite,
And the least you do for Jesus
Will be precious in His sight.
3. If you cannot sing like angels,
If you cannot preach like Paul,
You can tell the love of Jesus,
You can say He died for all;
If you cannot rouse the wicked
, With the judgement’s dread alarms,
You can lead the little children
To the Savior’s waiting arms.
1. Lord, strengthen me with Your might and by Your spirit strengthen my inner man, in the name of Jesus.
2. Lord Jesus, dwell in my heart, in the name of Jesus
3. Lord, give unto me the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Yourself, in the name of Jesus.
4. Lord, give me the e y e s of understanding to know the hope of my calling, in the name of Jesus
5. Lord, show me the exceeding greatness of Your power, in the name of Jesus
6. Lord, show me the exceeding riches of your grace and glory, in the name of Jesus
7. Lord, let me be a partaker of Your promise in glory, in the name of Jesus.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR
MFM Daily Devotional for 18th October 2021 Message. The Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM) is a Pentecostal denomination founded in Yaba, Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria in 1989, now with churches in several countries. It was founded by Daniel Kolawole Olukoya.