Qualifications of an Apostle
- An apostle as defined strictly by the New Testament, no longer exists today, since these three conditions had to be met:
- The person had to have been an eyewitness to Jesus after his resurrection (1 Corinthians 9:1);
- Had to have been chosen by the Holy Spirit (Acts 9:15);
- Had to have ministered with miraculous signs and wonders (Acts 2:43; 2 Corinthians 12:12).
A modern-day apostle would typically function as a church planter—one who is sent out by the body of Christ to spread the gospel and establish new communities of believers.
Editorial for 2019: The following opinion is from the webmaster of the Painful Truth…
All churches will eventually die. That’s a given. Most think they must and will survive. A church might be hanging on physically, but is dead spiritually. The following questions give a good indication of your church’s health, if it is growing or dying out.