There are some characteristics of apostles which flow over into apostolic churches. Studying the life of apostle Paul and others reveal the inner configurations of a sent one, but try applying these to an apostolic comany of people in a local church and you will see amazing results in the lives of your members. These are some of apostle Andre's notes from past conferences.Apostolic Character
''And see, now I go bound in the spirit to Jerusalem, not knowing the things that will happen to me there,
Except that the Holy Spirit testifies in every city, saying that chains and tribulations awaits me.
But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God''
Paul is saying, 'I have decoded scripture, I know there is something that we have to do there. You are trying to protect my life, but I do not count my life dearly, someone needs to go, I am going and nothing will stop me'.
You should have a certain attitude in the spirit so that you cannot be tossed to and fro - because you are apostolic. You must come to a place where you know beyond a shadow of agreement: that means, if no one believes me, I will still know. There is a dimension where you must be sure, that what you carry, is truth in the light of all opposition, or you cannot impart it. The gospel is not suggestive - it is something that you decree.
1 Cor 9:26
“Therefore I ran thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air.”
Again, this is Paul defending his call. He is using the analogy of boxing to describe his anointing. Apostles have the 'bounce back' ability.
The principles of the inner configurations of an apostle.
He is locked into fulfilling the Word of God, the love of people don’t stop him. Nothing defers him from doing the will of God.
He has a different value system: what people count dearly, he says is rubbish. He measures the value system through a different timetable. He does not count dearly what other Christians count as dearly. You cannot just send anyone out under this anointing. The configuration of this anointing has great authority.
He carries a different relationship with the Godhead. I call it the high-5 relationship. They talk all day; they have a prayerful life. A lifestyle that is intertwined with this mentality all day long. This is somebody that is more aware of the spiritual than what they are about the natural. They live in the spirit and pierce the natural. This is an adult relationship, when you begin to inherit. You are supposed to start ministry when you have crossed the Jordan of inheritance. When Jesus reached the Jordan God opened the heavens and it never closed. Jesus ministered with open heavens. He never needed to break through anything. The heavens were open because in the practical things of life, He has pleased the Father - before He had a ministry. You do not start your ministry until the heavens are opened to you. This relationship is called the mature relationship, the Sonship. You are a son in theory, but you cannot inherit until you are of age in the Spirit.
He is totally concerned with completing the mission and not with his own personal gain. He is locked into finishing. He is vision-orientated. He is not interested in religious politics.
He has a different value-system in building relationships. Relationships in Paul's life were based on completing the course. If your heart does not beat with mine, I have no time to meet with you. Networking is not an association of people who have nothing to do. Networking is something you discover because you are made of the same quality.
He has a strong mindset concerning the danger but yet is full of joy. He is facing death with joy. Joy is the conviction that God will never let you down. It is a force that controls every circumstance in your life. Joy transcends happiness and sadness. People who operate in joy do not have ups and downs, the are the same every day.
God is redefining humanity. Church is a quality of existence, not a meeting on Sunday.
Paul defending his apostleship to the Corinthian church
Corinthians speaks about the broken relationship between the church and the apostle. Paul is defending his apostleship, because the Corinthians have decided to accept some other men who call themselves apostles. What he uses to defend his ministry is not what we call an apostle. By looking at what Paul used to defend his apostleship, we can have a foundation to recognize apostolic ministry by, so that we can build further on that.
Miracles as a sign of apostleship
2 Corinthians 12:12
'Truly the signs of an apostle were accomplished among you with all perseverance, in signs and wonders and mighty deeds.'
But you shall receive power...and you shall be witnesses...'
'Deeds'; 'power' = dunamis (Gk.) 'witnesses' = martus (Gk.)
Implication: it is the power to face death. It is the same word used in both: the power to be able to be a martyr.
So, see that miracles here are not pertaining to entertainment. The power that Paul describes as a sign in his ministry was the power to face death and still come out alive. He does not mean the working of miracles as the evangelist does in a crusade, like I explained earlier. The power displayed in the ministry of the apostle may or may not include that, but it always has to do with a breakthrough anointing, with going through new territories, e.g. territories of knowledge. Miracles here are always related to breaking into new territories. I am talking about breaking culturistic spirits that prevent the advance of the Kingdom. For this you need to penetrate.
'Signs and wonders'. What sign? There was no healing or miracle. So what was the sign? Walking out alive in a death situation! That is the sign that accompanies an apostle. It is called grace. If you do not have the grace, you cannot do it. The apostolic grace gets you out alive: it gives you the boldness to go in, but also to come out.
Matthew 4:23; Mark 9:6; Acts 13:1, these are all occasions where God is sending people out, and in the context in which He sends them, you see miracle-working power. The miracles in the original conditions of God’s configuration are for you to breakthrough into different realms; whether natural realms, spiritual realms, realms of knowledge or realms of revelation. Miracles in a sent context are what God intended miracles for. It is something that qualifies what you are doing in the region.
Living in dangerous zones
1 Cor 4
'For I think that God has displayed us, the apostles, last, as men condemned to death; for we have been made a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men.'
Danger zones = spiritual anguish, frequent opposition and physical hardship.
Why does he here say 'last'? In those days they had a sport with the gladiators where after the sportsmen had killed all the animals, they would pull out a prisoner and bring him out for sports to watch the animals destroy his body. So when he said that God has placed them to come out last, everybody knew what he was talking about. It was a statement everybody understood.
The spiritual context: In other words, everything that happened up to now was only leading up to the event of bringing the apostles in. Miracles, faith, holiness, prophecy, laughter - it was all leading up to the main event of restoring the apostolic. The different moves of the Holy Spiri