The Modern Day Ministry Title of Apostle   11 comments

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This is from the blog Sheepstrong:

The following notes have been adapted from an audio clip by Graham Cooke. They are a perfect and truthful response to the modern day apostolic movement. Nowadays, church leaders are quick to upgrade their titles to “apostles” because it’s trendy, higher up there, and it sounds more powerful.

If you are writing “apostle” on your business card, you have not been humbled and brought to a place of servanthood, stewardship, and slavery. You are trusting in self-promotion to advance yourself. You have not let God fully develop you. In Ephesians 4:11, “Apostle”, “Prophet”, “Evangelist”, “Pastor”, “Teacher” are not titles, they are job descriptions. You cannot put them before your name. That is not what they are there for. The real ministry titles are those of servant, steward, and slave.

In the Bible, preceding the part where Paul calls himself an apostle, he says:

“Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God” Romans 1:1

Apostle was his job description, but servant was his real spiritual designation and title.

Even Jesus called himself a servant and a slave.

“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45

Jesus said there were 3 things not to let anyone call you by: Rabbi, Father, or Teacher.

“[the scribes and pharisees love] greetings in the marketplaces and being called rabbi by others. 8 But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all brothers. 9 And call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven. 10 Neither be called instructors, for you have one instructor, the Christ. 11 The greatest among you shall be your servant.” Matthew 23:7-11

In Acts 16:17, the slave girl with a spirit of divination follows after Paul and Silas and she calls them servants and not apostles.

“She followed Paul and us, crying out, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to you the way of salvation.”

Notice that she did not say they were apostles of the most High God. She called them servants because that is their real title in the spiritual realm. Why is it that the demonic realm can understand something that the Church is slow to understand?

We must die to titles. Nowadays, there are more false apostles than real ones right now. They are not all false in the sense of being demonic, but they are ignorant of what real humble biblical ministry really is about.

We don’t need a title because we serve an audience of one and what God thinks about us is the most important thing in the world.

The Vision of Prophets

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Posted August 3, 2016 by Tim Shey in Uncategorized

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11 responses to “The Modern Day Ministry Title of Apostle

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  1. Excellent. Thanks.

    • Sometimes I think the Body of Christ has too many apostles and not enough servants.

      • Only looks that way on the surface because the unreal apostles are hogging everything. Paul said the real apostles were actually last and thus the greatest servants. By the way, I wrote part two of my current series before I saw your latest post. Looks like we’re tracking, Tim. You’ll see when I post it soon. Happy travels.

  2. Smith Wigglesworth said of those desiring to be used by God first they must be delivered from the need to be seen and heard.

  3. American Christianity continues to promote the cult of personality. I’ve unplugged from it. It’s a joke. Real ministry today is largely happening in homes outside the walls of our denominational expressions.

  4. Fantastic.
    “We don’t need a title because we serve an audience of one and what God thinks about us is the most important thing in the world.”
    I believe that if we know we serve the most almighty God, slave is an honorable title.

  5. Thanks for sharing this, Tim. John the Baptist understood what it meant to be a servant of Christ and strove to decrease that Christ might increase. He pointed his followers away from himself to Jesus and was very accusatory toward the religious establishment that did the opposite calling them snakes, vipers and hypocrites. Jesus even called them a brood of vipers. He also said that those who are His disciples (who became known as “apostles”) that they must take the lowest places among the saints of God.

    So Jesus called them and said to them, “You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:42-45, NRS)

    What a different heart these men had compared to those who garner to themselves high titles in the churches of today!

  6. Amen!!!

  7. It was a few years ago I was spending time in the Lord and I was asking why we were not seeing any Pauls’s arising and He spoke to me and said because He had no Ananias (Acts 9:10-11). With a ministry in the earth who so concerned for God’s glory they willing minister in such a way as to see others arise and are content to fade away. The ministry of selflessness is what it takes May God so work in our hearts to be such!

    Blessings
    Brian

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