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APOSTOLIC
Definition of "Apostolic"

"My food," said Jesus, "is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work." John 4:34

"Therefore you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens of the saints and members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Jesus Himself as the cornerstone. I n Him the whole building is fitted together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord."
(Ephesians 2:19-21)

"But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. This is why it says:
“When he ascended on high, he took many captives and gave gifts to his people.” (What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions? He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.) So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work." (Ephesians 4)
"By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ."
(1 Corinthians 3:10,11)

Jesus is the head of His Church, globally, the foundation on which we build & the focus of our life in God's Kingdom. He is our Chief Apostle & He is building His Church (Matthew 16:18), using the people gifts He chooses, to equip & activate each member. The Father sent Him & He sends His Chosen ones. The Word apostle, "apostolos" in the Greek means "sent one". The Lord sends people with a mandate, specifically commissioned by Him, to accomplish a certain mission, a specific task. Each ministry gift is unique, equal in value but different in function & responsibility. The apostle is not a better gift, or a self appointed title, but a call & function given by God to specifically meets a need in the local & cooperate Church of Jesus; to bring growth & maturity in His Body, like all the other gifts of Ephesians 4:11.

The apostolic is not “bigger" churches, or itinerant, traveling ministers. This minister is not above all gifts but is called to serve a purpose, as all the other equipping ministry gifts.
Not all ministers are apostles, or prophets, evangelist, pastors or teachers, but only those whom the Lord calls to be. Each person with this equipping ministry,
whom we may call a 5fold minister, is a gift to the Body of Christ & has a gift from Jesus. Because we don't have all the equipping gifts in ourselves or in our local churches, we need the input of the other gifts from outside of ourselves. This can only come about when we are willing to actively build covenant relationship of love & trust with those who are called to function in a particular gift, in the grace & wisdom of God; only when we align our self with God's Spirit, to receive the Word, the impartation of grace & the transforming power & authority from each life changing ministry anointing.
Every minister is not an apostle, but every church can be apostolic, through relationships with apostles who carry this grace, by applying apostolic
teachings in their life & ministry, as apostolic people with an apostolic lifestyle. The same goes for prophets, evangelists, pastors & teachers. All who receive from each one of these equipping gifting, can function under the same spirit of the person with the gift & become, apostolic, prophetic, evangelistic, pastoral or a teacher.


In regards to church planting, apostles, prophets, evangelist, pastors, teacher may also plant churches, but not all church planters are apostles. As mentioned, by receiving from the one who is, they can become apostolic. In the same breath, prophets may prophesy, but not everyone who prophesy’s the office of a prophet.  The evangelist gift, pastor & teacher is a much used gift in the Church of Jesus. We need each gift Jesus gave to build His Church, including the gift of the apostle & prophet.
Repetition helps make a point that each ministry gift may also receive the impartation, the spirit flow of another gift through relationship with that particular minister & ministry function, to bring wholeness within his, her local church. This joining, knitting of the heart & spirit in covenant relationship with a minister & their ministry gifts, strengthens ones own gifts & anointing, to embrace the cooperate gifts & anointing of the Body of Christ, the Kingdom of God, both locally & globally.
The apostle works closely with the prophet to lay Christ as the foundation of the Church,
building with love & truth, together in harmony with the evangelist, the pastor & the teacher, as they equip the Saints for the ministry, bringing them to maturity in Christ. After equipping, room is made, a safe environment is created for  the student to function, for a demonstration of that which  was taught, caught & received. The apostolic church makes intentional analysis and observations of the trends followed by the cooperate Church, caring that its status of harmony is in line with apostolic teaching.

The basic cell in the Body of Christ is the local church. The New Testament speaks about its structure as a group of believers & elders, working together with a set leader. This appointed leader among leaders, may be gifted as a pastor, teacher, evangelist, apostle or prophet. It is necessary for this leader to know himself, the grace on his, her life, his God given abilities & spiritual deficiencies, ensuring that he makes room in his own heart or his local church, & is open to the input of other equipping gifts (Ephesians 4:11), to build into his church.  This can come from within his local church or outside, so that he & everyone in his group, could develop in all aspects of Christian maturity.


The apostle Paul planted churches & was apostle only to those church. He visited, prayed for, strengthened, supported etc., those churches. Both he & those churches were mutually committed to each other. He never once commanded accountability from churches that he had not planted.

In apostolic times, local churches were fully independent and autonomous. Relationships of love & trust was always present, regardless of differences.


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Pastor Sandra Malina has been doing apostolic ministry in Mauritius from 1992 till 2002. The Lord had sent her on eight journey's during a period of ten years, where she had received hands on training in the School of Holy Spirit. The same vision to pioneer, church plant, teach, train, build & equip the Body of Christ, as well as reach lost souls, has continued to burn ever so strong, throughout the years. The passion is still fresh & alive today, as when it first began; only now it's become deeper, even more solid, mature & much more. If the Lord places in your heart a desire, to invite her to your church, please feel free to contact. You may also partner with her in building God's Kingdom through your prayers and your finances, please click or copy & paste the following: Paypal.Me/sanmoma

"May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make his face to shine upon you,
and be gracious to you. May the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace."