How Many Apostles Are Named In Scripture?

Jesus and the original twelve apostles are well known.  However, at least nine additional apostles are also named in scripture.

The following is a list of the twenty-two apostles which are specifically and clearly named in scripture.

First and foremost is Jesus ... the author and finisher of our faith.
1.  Jesus Christ of Nazareth, the only begotten Son of the Living God is named "Apostle and High Priest of our confession" according to Hebrews 3:1.  Of course, Jesus is first and foremost.  Jesus Christ is the name above every other name.  In no way does His mention in this list minimize the fact that every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord!
Secondly, are the original twelve apostles chosen by Jesus according to Mark 3:14-19.  Jesus plus the original twelve brings the total number of named apostles up to thirteen.

          2.    Simon (Peter)
          3.    James the son of Zebedee
          4.    John, Brother of James
          5.    Andrew
          6.    Philip
          7.    Bartholomew (Also known as Nathanael)
          8.    Matthew
          9.    Thomas
          10.  James, son of Alphaeus
          11.  Thaddaeus
          12.  Simon the Zealot
          13.  Judas Iscariot

Thirdly, is the replacement for Judas Iscariot, which brings the total named apostle count up to fourteen.

          14.  Matthias (Acts 1:25,26)

Additionally, are the following named apostles which brings the total to twenty.

          15.  Paul (Galatians 1:1, Romans 1:1, 1 Corinthians 1:1, 1 Timothy 2:7, 1 Corinthians 9:1-2)
          16.  Apollos (see 1 Corinthians 4:6-13)
          17.  James, the Lord’s brother (see Galatians 1:19)
          18.  Barnabas (see Acts 14:4,14; 1 Corinthians 9:5,6)
          19.  Timothy (see 1 Thessalonians 1:1; 2:6)
          20.  Silas, a.k.a. Silvanus (see 1 Thessalonians 1:1; 2:6)

Finally, the following two apostles are identified as "messengers" in most English Bible translations.  However, the Greek word for messenger in these instances is actually "apostolos" which is normally translated as "apostle."  These two complete the count of specifically and clearly named apostles at twenty two.

          21.  Epaphroditus (see Philippians 2:25; “messenger” is apostolos in the Greek)
          22.  Titus (see 2 Corinthians 8:23; “messenger” is apostolos in the Greek)

So, how many apostles are specifically and clearly named in scripture?  
Answer:  Twenty Two.

But wait, there's more ...  It is possible for four more individuals to be added to the list.

          *23.  Andronicus (see Romans 16:7)
          *24.  Junia (see Romans 16:7)
          *25.  An unnamed brother with Titus (see 2 Corinthians 8:18,23)
          *26.  Another unnamed brother with Titus (see 2 Corinthians 8:22,23)

However, these are not included in the count above for the following reasons.

*  Andronicus and Junia aren't clearly named as apostles.  The wording of the scripture doesn't confirm them as apostles as they could have simply been known by the apostles (see Romans 16:7).

*  The names of the brothers with Titus are unknown (see 2 Corinthians 8:18,23).

Also not included in the count above, also because their names are unknown, are the seventy that Jesus sent out "two by two" in Luke 10:1.

If these seventy were added to the possible number of twenty-six shown above ... the total possible number of apostles identified in scripture would equal ninety-six.

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Much of the above listing is gleaned from the following Bible study by Rick Renner that identifies at least eighty-three apostles in scripture.  Here is a portion of the Rick Renner study.
Over the centuries, the question “Who is a true apostle?” has been something of a theological conundrum for many scholars. Some insist that only the original 12 were true apostles, whereas others argue that the apostolic ministry has continued since the death of Jesus’ original 12 apostles. But let me give you a concise way of looking at this subject. 
In Luke 6:13, Jesus called together His disciples and from among them, He chose 12 men whom He called apostles. They are listed by name in Matthew 10:2-4. In Luke 9:1-6, Jesus sent forth these 12 apostles to preach the Gospel, heal the sick, and cast out demons. But in the next chapter, Jesus appointed 70 more people and “…sent them (apostolos) two by two…” (Luke 10:1). 
When Judas died, Acts 1:25,26 tells us that Matthias was chosen to take his place among the original apostles. Paul was also an apostle, as he testifies of in multiple places throughout the New Testament. 
So the Greek word apostle is used to describe the original 12, another group of 70, plus Matthias and Paul — and then 11 others: 
  • Apollos (see 1 Corinthians 4:6-13)
  • Epaphroditus (see Philippians 2:25; “messenger” is apostolos in the Greek)
  • James, the Lord’s brother (see Galatians 1:19)
  • Barnabas (see Acts 14:4,14; 1 Corinthians 9:5,6)
  • Andronicus (see Romans 16:7)
  • Junia (see Romans 16:7)
  • Titus (see 2 Corinthians 8:23; “messenger” is apostolos in the Greek)
  • An unnamed brother with Titus (see 2 Corinthians 8:18,23)
  • Another unnamed brother with Titus (see 2 Corinthians 8:22,23)
  • Timothy (see 1 Thessalonians 1:1; 2:6)
  • Silas (see 1 Thessalonians 1:1; 2:6) 
If you were to take the entire list of those who were sent forth apostolically in the New Testament, there are at least 83 people in the New Testament who are called “apostles.” All of this makes it very clear that apostolic ministry has continued beyond the original 12 apostles. Just as prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers have continued for 2,000 years, the apostolic gift has also continued; it has simply been more or less unrecognized. 
You may wonder why this information is relevant to you personally and to the Church at large today. But consider it this way: If the Scriptures reveal that there was a multiplied increase in the apostolic ministry in the Early Church — from 12 to 83 — who were called apostles, how much more will Jesus Christ continue to give this gift to men for the purpose of building His Church?
In a similar fashion to the Renner Study shown above, author B. Mark Anderson provides a list of
named apostles in his book "Local Churches Global Apostles."  However, Mr. Anderson excludes the 70 and includes the fact that Jesus Christ is named in scripture as "Apostle and High Priest of our confession" according to Hebrews 3:1.

Granted, all of this may be confusing ... If we are only looking to agree upon a specific number of individual apostles.

However, the purpose of this study is to confirm a key truth according to the Word of God.  That key truth is the fact that apostles, prophets, teachers, miracles, healings, helps, governments, and diversities of tongues are all gifts of God according to 1 Corinthians 12:28-30 ... and that all of these gifts are still in operation and available today.

To say that some of these gifts ... for example "apostles" are no longer ... and at the same time to say that ... others ... for example "teachers" still remain ... is plain and simple error.

Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever ... Don't allow anyone to steal your faith in Jesus.

His word stands. Jesus is Lord!

Here is a similar video study by Karl Stein.  God bless you!



Links, notes, and further study...

What Is an Apostle?

The Historical Meaning of the Word ‘Apostle’

The Signs of a True Apostle

How Many Apostles Are Named in the New Testament?

Revelation 21:14 Commentary

Revelation 21:12 Commentary

Who Were The 12 Apostles?

What is a Christian?

Let's cut through the confusion.

First, notice that the question: "What is a Christian?" is quite different from the question: "What is a born again child of God?"

In this text, we are only attempting to answer the question ... "What is a Christian?"

According to the Bible, (Acts 11:19-26) it is recorded that the disciples of Jesus Christ were first called Christians in the community of Antioch.

Acts 11:26 NKJV says that: "it was that for a whole year they assembled with the church and taught a great many people. And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch."

The three key words here are "church, disciple, and Christian."

Here are those definitions from the Greek lookup on BibleHub:

church: an assembly, a (religious) congregation

disciple: a learner, pupil

Christian: follower of Christ.

The above definition of the word Christian in the context of Acts 11 should suffice as the answer.

However, in dealing with various individuals, it is good to remember that others do not necessarily understand or agree with the above definitions.

It is also good to realize that the understanding of the English word "Christian" has changed a bit over the years. In fact, the English language itself hasn't been around for a very long time. Grace is necessary to facilitate a productive conversation with so many variables.

So, here goes, with regard to the English definition...

The 1828 Webster's dictionary has a clearly understandable definition of the word "Christian." Depending on the source, the more modern definitions can be a bit confusing in my opinion. With that said, here's the definition from the 1828 Webster's dictionary...

--- BEGIN DEFINITION ---

Christian

CHRISTIAN, noun

1. A believer in the religion of Christ.

2. A professor of his belief in the religion of Christ.

3. A real disciple of Christ; one who believes in the truth of the christian religion, and studies to follow the example, and obey the precepts, of Christ; a believer in Christ who is characterized by real piety.

4. In a general sense, the word Christians includes all who are born in a christian country or of christian parents.

CHRISTIAN, adjective [See the Noun.]

1. Pertaining to Christ, taught by him, or received from him; as the christian religion; christian doctrines.

2. Professing the religion of Christ; as a christian friend.

3. Belonging to the religion of Christ; relating to Christ, or to his doctrines, precepts and example; as christian profession and practice.

4. Pertaining to the church; ecclesiastical; as courts christian

CHRISTIAN, verb transitive To baptize.

--- END DEFINITION ---

Conclusions:  According to the Bible, a Christian is a "follower of Christ."  According to the English language, a Christian can be many different things.  However, since the word of God has been around a lot longer than the English language, it is best to stick with the Bible definition.

A Christian is a "follower of Christ."

God bless you!

Leg Lengthening Fake or Real

Is leg lengthening fake or real?  What is the significance of this practice according to scripture?


Notice what the scripture says about the legs of the lame:  "THE LEGS OF THE LAME ARE NOT EQUAL ..." (Proverbs 26:7 KJV)

Remember that Jesus healed the lame ... and Jesus used the healing of the lame as one of His specific signs to declare who He was.

For example, consider the following exchange between Jesus Christ and John the Baptist.
"Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples, And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another? Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see: The blind receive their sight, and THE LAME WALK, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me."  (Matthew 11:2-6 KJV)
Not everyone in the body of Christ necessarily has the gift of healing or creative miracles (1 Corinthians 12:4-11) ... but some do ... and if some do ... then that is a demonstration of the truth of the reality of Jesus Christ for today ... just as in time past.
"If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; but if I do, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, that you may know and believe that the Father is in Me, and I in Him.”
~Jesus of Nazareth (John 10:37-39 NKJV)
Now, it hardly ever fails, when presenting this particular type of miracle ... there are doubters (as in most other situations of faith) ... some doubt (Matthew 28:17) ... this is understandable and reasonable.

The typical skeptic will say something like, "You know that's a parlor trick right?  And a bad one at that... Have you heard of a man called Derren Brown? I really hope that wasn't the best example..."

That was an actual comment from a skeptic after viewing the following video.  Please notice that in the following video, there is about a four-inch difference in the girl's legs that is miraculously corrected through prayer in the name of Jesus Christ.  HALLELUJAH!  Additionally, notice that the difference in this girls legs is even noticeable at the knee and she is wearing sandals.  Barring the use of CGI ... this video is clear documentation of a miracle.



The skeptic mentioned Derren Brown ... Below is Derren Brown's video exposing the charlatan way of mimicking this particular miracle.  However, please pay special note to the graphic above and to the video above when comparing the fake and the real.  Additionally notice, in the Derren Brown video, that before his demonstration of the fake ... there is a short video clip of the real ... and the difference is obvious if you know what you are looking for.



Also consider in the Derren Brown video that the person in the chair is acting as an accomplice to the deception.  If this person were in a real situation, they would feel and know that Derren Brown was manipulating their shoe and have opportunity to object.

Remember:  Demonstration of the fake does not disprove the real.

Below are additional testimonies of the real. 

Remember, Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8).



Notice that in the video above, the cuff of the young man's pants also moves ... quite different from the skeptic video.

The following testimony is from The Loft Church in Herrin Illinois...


The following video is from Pete Cabrera Jr., Published on Nov 8, 2010

Pete Cabrera Jr's comments about this video...
"This was the first time I had ever seen this before in all my life.. This was 3 years ago and man would I have done this different. Please don't let my lack of maturity in this video push you away. I was new in this back in 2010.. I am learning to walk this out in humility. Forgive my Arrogance in this video I am a work in progress. Please don't blow off what God is doing in this video because of what seems like a lack of maturity. I am no longer this guy praise be to Jesus."



In Conclusion...

Just as there were magicians and fakes in the time of Moses and Pharoah (ref. Exodus 7:22) ... There also existed the real at that time.  Reference:  Forty-two Miracles by Moses (Ex 7:10)

Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8).

Don't allow the presence and possibility of fakes in the world to steal your faith today.

By knowing the real (Jesus Christ) you will be able to spot the fakes also.  God bless you!

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THE FATHER, THE SON, THE HOLY SPIRIT, AND YOU

"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them IN THE NAME of the FATHER and of the SON and of the HOLY SPIRIT,"
~ Jesus of Nazareth (Matthew 28:19 NKJV)

THE FATHER (OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN - THE FATHER OF JESUS)

"In this manner, therefore, pray: OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN, Hallowed be Your name."
~ Jesus of Nazareth (Matthew 6:9 NKJV)

THE SON (JESUS OF NAZARETH - OUR SAVIOR)

"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved."
~ Jesus of Nazereth (John 3:16-17 NKJV)

THE PROMISE OF ANOTHER HELPER (THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH - THE HOLY SPIRIT - JESUS IN YOU)

"And I will pray the Father, and He will give you ANOTHER HELPER, that He may abide with you forever—THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. “A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me.  Because I live, you will live also. At that day you will know that I AM IN MY FATHER, AND YOU IN ME, AND I IN YOU.
~ Jesus of Nazareth (John 14:16-20 NKJV)

FULFILLMENT OF THE PROMISE OF ANOTHER HELPER - THE SENDING AND RECEIVING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT - ALL WITH ONE ACCORD IN ONE PLACE - FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT

"When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. AND THEY WERE ALL FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance."
(Acts 2:1-4 NKJV)

THE MYSTERY WHICH HAS BEEN HIDDEN - NOW HAS BEEN REVEALED - CHRIST IN YOU, THE HOPE OF GLORY

"the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints. To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory."
(Colossians 1:26-27 NKJV)

IF INDEED THE SPIRIT OF GOD, THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST DWELLS IN YOU...

"But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you." (Romans 8:9-11 NKJV)

THE SPIRIT OF HIM WHO RAISED JESUS FROM THE DEAD - JESUS - THE NAME WHICH IS ABOVE EVERY NAME

"Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and  coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:5-11 NKJV)

BY THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST OF NAZARETH - WE MUST BE SAVED

"let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole. This is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.’ Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
(Acts 4:10-12 NKJV)

AS MANY AS RECEIVED HIM ... TO THEM HE GAVE ... THE RIGHT TO BECOME ...

But as many as received Him [Jesus], to them He gave the right to become CHILDREN OF GOD, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God."
(John 1:12-13 NKJV)

CHILDREN OF GOD - HOPE IN THEIR FATHER, PURIFY THEMSELVES, PRACTICE RIGHTEOUSNESS, AND LOVE ONE ANOTHER ... FOR HIS SEED REMAINS IN HIM

"Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called CHILDREN OF GOD! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are CHILDREN OF GOD; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. AND EVERYONE WHO HAS THIS HOPE IN HIM PURIFIES HIMSELF, just as He is pure. Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness. And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin. Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him. Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous. He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. Whoever has been born of God does not sin, FOR HIS SEED REMAINS IN HIM; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God. In this the CHILDREN OF GOD and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother. For this is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we should LOVE ONE ANOTHER, not as Cain who was of the wicked one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his works were evil and his brother’s righteous.
(1 John 3:1-12 NKJV)

THE PRAYER OF JESUS FOR YOU

Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: “Father,  the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. I have glorified You on the earth.  I have finished the work  which You have given Me to do. And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.

“I have  manifested Your name to the men  whom You have given Me out of the world.  They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You. For I have given to them the words  which You have given Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that  You sent Me.

“I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. And all Mine are Yours, and  Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them. Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father,  keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are. While I was with them in the world,  I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves. I have given them Your word;  and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them by Your truth.  Your word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth.

"I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them,  that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me;  that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.

“Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.O righteous Father!  The world has not known You, but I have known You; and  these have known that You sent Me. And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”
(John 17:1-26 NKJV)

THE FATHER, THE SON, THE HOLY SPIRIT, AND YOU

Believers For Christ - Statement of Faith

[Editor’s Note: The following is adapted from Gospel Fellowships - Principles for the Gathering of Believers, Pages 370-377 (282-291 printed version)]

1. The Bible

We believe that all 66 Books of the Bible are God-breathed [2 Timothy 3:16]. They were inspired by God through the Holy Spirit to the prophets and Apostles who composed them [Hebrews 1:1, 1 Peter 1:10]. The Bible is complete and inerrant truth. It has the highest authority. Nobody is allowed to distort it in any way [Romans 3:4, Revelation 22:18-19].

The Bible clearly states God’s purpose of redemption of mankind [John 3:16, 2 Peter 3:9]. The Bible is the highest standard of our Christian life and ministry. We are against any denials of the Bible; we are against any teaching or theories that regard the Bible as out of date, or as erroneous; we are also against the practice of believing only in selected sections of the Scripture [Psalm 19:7–9, Acts 20:27]. We want to emphasize that the Scriptures must be interpreted in light of their historical context and within the overall context of scriptural teachings. While interpreting the Bible, one must seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the principle of interpreting the Scripture by the Scripture [1 John 2:27, 1 Corinthians 2:13]. The interpretation should be coherent and consistent, but not based on isolated verses. Biblical interpretation should take into account the orthodox faith that has been taken as the heritage of the Church down through history. We are against the interpretation of the Scripture merely according to one’s own will, or by subjective spiritualization [2 Peter 1:20].

2. Triune God

We believe in the only one true God [John 17:3, Ephesians 4:5], the eternally self-existing triune God who is the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit [Matthew 28:19, 2 Corinthians 13:14]. While sharing the same nature, the same honor and the same glory, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are distinct persons who have different functional roles in the work of redemption. The Father planned salvation; the Son fulfilled salvation; while the Holy Spirit applies the salvation [Ephesians 1:5]. However, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are not separate and independent of each other. They are one in unity. The Son reveals the Father [Luke 10:22]; the Holy Spirit reveals the Son [1 Corinthians 2:10, 1 Corinthians 12:3]; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are together worshipped and praised. We pray to the Father through the Holy Spirit in the Name of the Son [1 Corinthians 1:2].

We believe that God created the universe and all things, and He created man in His own image [Genesis 1:27]. God has all things in His own control and sustains all things [Hebrews 1:3]. He is the Lord of human history. The almighty God is a righteous, holy, faithful and loving God. He is omniscient [Psalms 147:5, Hebrews 4:13, Psalms 139:4], omnipresent [Acts 17:24, Jeremiah 23:23-24, Psalms 139:7-12] and omnipotent [Matthew 19:26, Jeremiah 32:27, Psalms 147:5]. He manifests His sovereignty throughout human history [Revelation 4:11, Proverbs 16:4]. The Son and the Holy Spirit are eternal: the Son has the relationship of Son to the Father, but is not created [John 1:1-3, Proverbs 30:4, Hebrews 1:3]; the Holy Spirit is sent by the Father and the Son.

God is spirit. He has no visible form or shape. Christians should worship Him in spirit and in truth [John 4:24]. Christians have no other object of worship apart from this triune God. We reject wrong explanations of the trinity, such as one body with three forms (like water, ice, and vapor), or one body with three identities (like the sun, light, and heat; or the son, the father and the husband).

3. Christ 

We believe that Jesus is God’s unique Son, that He is the Word who became flesh and came to this world [John 1:14, John 3:16]. In His perfect humanity, He was tempted yet never sinned [Hebrews 4:15]. He gave Himself to the death on the cross and shed His blood to redeem everyone who has faith in Him from sin and death [Matthew 20:28, Galatians 3:13, 1 Peter 2:24]. He rose from death, ascended to heaven, was seated at the right hand of the Father, received Holy Spirit from the Father, and sent the Spirit to those who believe in Him [Acts 2:33]. At the end of the age, Jesus is going to come back to judge the world [2 Thessalonians 1:7-8].

Christians receive the status of sonship from God, but they remain human; they never become God [Romans 8:15].

Nobody knows the exact date of Jesus’ return, but we are confident that Jesus will return, and we can also know some of the signs of His return [Matthew 24-25].

We are against any teaching that says Jesus has come the second time in His incarnated form [2 Thessalonians 2:3]. We are opposed to anyone who claims himself to be Christ [Matthew 24:4-5]. Any teaching that claims Jesus has already returned is a heresy.

4. Redemption 

We believe if a person has confessed his sin and repented [Mark 1:14-15, Luke 13:3, Acts 2:38], if he has believed in Jesus as the Son of God who died for our sin on the cross and resurrected from death on the third day [1 Corinthians 15:4] to pardon our sins [Ephesians 1:7], and if he has received the Holy Spirit [Ephesians 1:13] that God has promised, then he is born again and saved [John 3:3]. It is by grace and through faith that we are saved [Ephesians 2:8]. By faith we are justified; by faith, we receive the Holy Spirit, and by faith, we become the sons of God.

We believe that God can keep His children completely in Jesus Christ [Jude 1:24, John 10:28], while the believers are obligated to hold on to their faith firmly till the end [Hebrews 3:14].

We believe that the indwelling of the Holy Spirit is an evidence of salvation and that the Spirit of God testifies with our spirits that we are children of God [Romans 8:16].

We are against the practice of taking any specific phenomenon or personal experiences as common criterions of salvation for all.

We are against any doctrine that teaches a saved person is allowed to freely sin under God’s grace [Romans 6:1-2, Titus 2:12]. We are against the teaching of multi-salvation (that one can lose but then gain back his salvation many times); we are also against salvation by keeping the law [Galatians 2:21].

5. The Holy Spirit 

We believe the Holy Spirit is the third person in the Godhead. He is the Spirit of God [2 Corinthians 3:17], the Spirit of Christ [Romans 8:9], the Spirit of truth [John 16:13], and the Spirit of holiness [Romans 1:4].

The illumination of the Holy Spirit convicts man of his sins brings him to the knowledge of the truth, leads him to faith in Christ and therefore to being born again and salvation. The Holy Spirit leads believers into the truth, teaches them to understand the truth, and guides them to submission to Christ as well as to the fruitfulness of the abundant life. The Holy Spirit bestows upon believers all kinds of power, and witnesses the powerful deeds of God with signs and wonders [Romans 15:19]. The Holy Spirit searches all things [1 Corinthians 2:10].

In Christ, God grants a diversity of gifts of the Holy Spirit to the Church so as to manifest the glory of Christ [1 Corinthians 12:14]. With faith and desire, Christians can experience the pouring down of the Holy Spirit on them and be filled with the Holy Spirit [Joel 2:28, Ephesians 5:18].

We deny any doctrine that teaches the cessation of signs and wonders or the termination of the gifts of the Holy Spirit after the age of the Apostles.

We don’t forbid the speaking of tongues [1 Corinthians 14:39], neither do we force people to speak in tongues, or insist that speaking in tongues is the evidence of salvation.

We refute the view that the Holy Spirit is merely a kind of inspiration instead of being a personal member of the Godhead.

6. The Church 

We believe that the Church is composed of all who are called by God in Jesus Christ [1 Corinthians 1:2].

Christ is the Head of the Church. The Church is the body of Christ [Colossians 1:18], the house of God, and the pillar and foundation of truth [1 Timothy 3:15].

The Church is both regional and universal. It consists of all Churches of sound faith currently existing around the world, as well as the Churches of the saints down through history.

The Church should be governed according to Biblical principles. Its spiritual ministry should not be controlled or dominated by secular powers.

Brothers and sisters in the Church are members of one body, with each fulfilling its roles [Romans 12:4]. The body builds itself up in love and grows into Him who is the head. The universal Church should reach unity in the faith and in the Holy Spirit, and be united into one in Christ [Ephesians 4:13].

The purpose of the Church is to proclaim the Gospel, to teach and shepherd believers, to build and send missionaries, to denounce heresies and uphold truth, and to defend the Word. As Christians gather together in the Name of the Lord, the number of people meeting together or the location of the meeting should not be limited. Each believer is a priest [1 Peter 2:9], and each has the right and obligation to preach the Gospel to the ends of the earth [Mark 16:15].

We are against the alliance between the Church and politics, or any politics intermingled into the Church. We are against the Church’s dependence on foreign political powers for its growth.

We are against the Church’s participation in any activities that undermine the solidarity of national people groups or the unification of the state.

7. The Last Days 

We believe Christ will return, but no one except the Father knows the date of His return [Matthew 24:36]. On the day when Christ returns, He will come in glory and power on the clouds with the angels [Mark 13:26, Revelation 1:7]. On that day, the angels will blow the trumpet, and those who were dead in Christ will rise first. After that, all born again Christians who are still alive will also be transformed [1 Corinthians 15:51-53]. Their bodies will all be glorified, and they will all be caught up together in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air [1 Thessalonians 4:16-17].

The saints will then reign together with Christ for a thousand years [Revelation 20:4], during which Satan will be cast into the Abyss. When the thousand years are over, Satan will be released temporarily and will go out to deceive the nations until he is finally thrown into the lake of burning sulfur [Revelation 20:10]. After that, Christ will sit on the great white throne to judge men from each nation, tribe, and people. Everyone will rise from the dead and be judged before the throne. If anyone’s name is not found written in the Book of life, he will be thrown into the lake of fire. The former heaven and earth will be consumed by fire. Death and Hades will also be thrown into the fire [Revelation 20:11-15].

Those whose names are found written in the Book of life will enter into the new heaven and the new earth, living there with God forever [Revelation 21:1-3]. We believe that while waiting for the coming of the Lord, believers should serve the Lord with great diligence, preach the Word of life [2 Timothy 4:2], and bear abundant fruits in their words, actions, faith, love, and holiness. We also believe that those who do this shall receive all kinds of rewards [James 1:12, Revelation 22:12, Matthew 25:21].

As for whether the rapture happens before, during or after the great tribulation, we recognize that each denomination has its own conviction, and therefore there is no absolute conclusion in regard to this. The duty of each Christian is to be alert [1 Thessalonians 5:6] and prepare himself for the coming of the Lord [Matthew 25:1-13].

Concluding Exhortations 

We give our thanks and praise to our Almighty Heavenly Father who has led us to draft this Statement of Faith. Our desire is that the Holy Spirit will move brothers and sisters in more Churches to accept and identify themselves with this Statement and to read the Statement in the Churches so as to strengthen the faith of the believers in resisting heresies and cults so that together we can welcome the great revival of the Church.

May the Lord bless the Church in the world. May the Lord bless the peoples of all Nations. May praises and glory be unto our true and triune God. Amen!

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A printable PDF of the above text is available HERE.  God bless you!

TRUE APOSTLES

By Josh Adkins

The recent apostolic resurgence/movement is in many ways a godly thing. The Lord has always commissioned leaders to help advance His kingdom, and it’s wonderful to see many awakened to this previously overlooked calling. However, this generation really needs to get clear about a few things in regard to the apostolic:

If you are ACTUALLY called as an apostle (many who claim to be are not), it’s an invitation to die. Stop. Before you print up new business cards or change your Facebook profile, read that again: You are called to DEATH.

For some that literally means martyrdom. For others, it will mean laying down your livelihood for the body of Christ. You will be persecuted more than most in your pioneering. You may be poor while others made rich. You may experience struggle and suffering while others comfort. Yet, you are called to love even more deeply!

Before all of this, you will likely be tested and tried by fire - not because of sin, but to fulfill all righteousness (not the salvation kind, but sanctification). You may be rejected by many. What you do in these seasons will determine if God can entrust you with governing His people.

The Lord may endue you with great wisdom and supernatural power, but not to flaunt - to serve. To be a true “sent one” is to be on the front lines, often taking the greatest blows to protect those you lead. This is your call. I’m not saying the Lord may not bless you with some wonderful things along the way, but as a whole, imitating Christ is your destiny!

Now, here’s what being an apostle of God SHOULD NOT look like: wearing fancier clothes, nicer shoes, or driving a nicer car than anyone in your community as a reward for being called. It doesn’t look like saying the word “apostle” or “apostolic” every time you talk to someone about your ministry or on social media broadcasts. It’s not demanding people address you by title, as if your name changed. Your name didn’t change; His grace came.

Also, you’re not automatically more spiritual than others. You may be spiritual or you may not be. That depends on your life in the secret place with God, not as a result of a title. You’re not allowed to lord over people, even in “steering the ship.” Condescension is not the way of the kingdom of God.

True apostles have authority, but to be floors, foundations, and trampolines for others to be launched into their destinies. In that authority, God will affirm you, but He will also correct you more strictly! You are to go lower, be kinder, serve longer, and work harder than anyone, so that those you plant, raise up and send out will flourish in Christ Jesus!

For Scriptural references, read the New Testament again. Not desiring to be mean, but we leaders really need to grow up and stop receiving validation by fleshly means. Our worth should come from the Father, in merely being His son or daughter.

I hope this helps someone take down their Facebook title and instead serve in love today!

[P.S. Basically the same goes for true prophets.]

Editor's note:  The above text was originally posted HERE on 2/9/2019.  God bless you!

Sackcloth and Ashes

“Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes."
~Jesus of Nazareth (Luke 10:13 NKJV)

What mighty work was done in Chorazin and Bethsaida?

Answer: The Bible does not specifically record the works which were done in Chorazin. However, in Bethsaida, it is specifically recorded that Jesus opened the eyes of at least one blind man (read Mark 8:22-26).

In this land, in the United States of America, have you ever seen a mighty work of God?

Here is a specific testimony ... one of many which are available ... of blind eyes opened in the name of Jesus Christ in the United States. This is the exact kind of mighty work that Jesus did in Bethsaida ... and He is still doing today.

Testimony link: https://youtu.be/8myl-bbiKgw



Many mighty works have been done in this land!

Yet, in this land, have you ever seen anyone truly repent?

What does true repentance look like?

Would you say that this land better or worse than Chorazin and Bethsaida?

The words of Jesus: "Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida!"

What can I do personally to change the nature of this land?

Can I make a Blog post about repentance -or- can I truly repent and believe and live the Gospel of Jesus Christ -or- can I do both?

What is the Gospel of Jesus Christ?

Answer: http://www.believersforchrist.com/2018/08/gospel.html

What are sackcloth and ashes?

Answer: https://www.gotquestions.org/sackcloth-and-ashes.html

What do sackcloth and ashes look like in 2019 U.S. America?

I've heard many preach about repentance. Many will tell you what they think repentance is -or- they will tell you how it should look to satisfy their eyes. "Oh look: He's really repenting." But the truth is, repentance seems to be more of a mystery and point of debate than a real and true way of life. Many preach repentance as a work in itself ... missing the point of the Gospel of Jesus Christ entirely ...

Repentance is the proper response to the mighty works of God being present in the land.

Look again at Luke 10:13: Repentance is what Jesus expects as a result of His mighty works.

Repentance is the proper response to the presence of God.

The mighty works are present. I've seen them.

But where is the example of repentance that satisfies God?

I need that example in my life.

I need to be that example.

That example is the outflow of the true heart towards God.

Prayer: God, make my heart pure in Your sight.

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