KCI Apostolic Network
The body of Christ is now experiencing around the world what is called the new apostolic reformation. This period began in the 1990's with the emphasis on the restoration of apostles and apostolic leadership. The first apostolic age describes the first 200 years of the church beginning in the book of Acts. We are now living in the New Apostolic Age.
There are now many apostolic networks around the world. These apostolic networks are groups of churches, ministries, and marketplace believers that relate to each other in committed relationship centered around a leading apostle or group of apostles. This is different from a denomination in that the networks are built on relationship with autonomous churches and ministers relating to one another.
The apostle's ministry is the highest ranking office in the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:28). This does not give apostles unlimited authority over any and all believers. Paul exercised his apostolic authority in the churches or places where he was responsible for planting and overseeing. Apostles have authority for increase, authority to bind and to loose, and authority over demons and sickness. The word 'proton' is the Greek word used in 1 Corinthians 12:28 translated first. In reference to the apostolic ministry it means first in time, order, or rank.
All of the churches in the book of Acts were apostolic in that they were founded by and established by apostles and apostolic teams. The apostolic dimension will cause the every believer to breakthrough into new realms of faith and power. Apostolic believers will do the works of Christ and greater works.
What is the ministry of an Apostle?
1. Apostles are foundational ministries. They plant churches and they also establish New Testament local churches on the sure foundation, Christ Jesus (1 Corinthians 3:9-16; Romans 16:20; 1 Corinthians 9; Ephesians 2:20-22).
2. Apostles are preachers and teachers of the Word of God. Apostolic preaching comes with more insight and illumination relative to the Scriptures (1 Timothy 2:7; 2 Timothy 1:11).
3. Apostles manifests signs and wonders, healing, deliverance, and miracles (2 Corinthians 12:12; Romans 11:13; 15:18,19; Acts 3:1-8; 9:36-43).
4. Apostles have the authority to ordain and appoint ministry gifts such as elders and deacons (Acts 6:1-6; 14:23; 1 Timothy 1:18; 4:14).
5. Apostles are gifted for impartation, especially for the fullness of the Holy Spirit (Acts 8:14-18;10:1-16;19:1-6).
6. Apostles choose leaders and send them to help churches or help believers in the marketplace (Philippians 2:19-25; Titus 3:12; 1 Thessalonians 3:1-2).
7. Apostles have authority to be involved in church judgments and disciplines (Acts 5:1-11; 13:11; 1 Corinthians 4:21; 5:1-13).
8. Apostles have vision for the whole body of Christ (Ephesians 3:1-9; 4:1-16). Local churches and believers may either accept or reject apostles to their gain or loss (Revelation 2:1-6).
9. Apostles will especially care for the churches they founded (2 Corinthians 11:28; 1 Corinthians 9:1-2; 7:17; 11:34).
10. Apostles are fathers and not just teachers (1 Corinthians 4:15). Fathers birth, protect, train, and provide.
11. Apostles have a kingdom message and emphasis (Matthew 10:7).
12. Apostles have been entrusted with the ministry of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18-22). They restore people to God's favor.
13. Apostles will perfect the Saints Movement in the last days (Ephesians 4:11,12; John 14:12). Saints will be activated to operate in preaching, teaching, healings, miracles, deliverance, and prophecy.
14. Apostles restore which was built by David (Acts 15:16). One of the major characteristics of this tabernacle is prophetic worship.
15. Apostles have a grace and an anointing for finances (Acts 4:34-37; Philippians 4:14-19).
16. Apostles upgrade and bring believers into present truth (Acts 19:1-9; 1 Peter 1:12).
17. Apostles protect the believers from grievous wolves and false teachers (Acts 20:28-30).