In the past, I have written plenty of articles here at The Prodigal Thought defending the present-day ministry of apostle and considering what an apostle would look like in the world today. I have always looked to centre this theological belief in Jesus Himself. Why? Jesus was the greatest apostle to ever walk the earth, the great sent one from the Father. And, not only that, but Jesus sent the Spirit to continue His apostolic work and empower the whole body of Christ to be apostolic. Thus, according to Ephesians 4:11-16, one of the greatest gifts given by Jesus to help the church become apostolic is the ministry gift of apostle.
That’s a brief summary, and you could read more of my thoughts by doing a search for ‘apostles’ on my blog. But more than that, I provide an hour’s teaching video below entitled Jesus, the Apostle. A close friend and ministry partner of mine, Alan Scotland, specifically looks at what it means to be an apostle and does this by considering specific aspects of Jesus’ life. Christ is the great apostle, so it’s best to look at His life and apostolic ministry. I hope the video stirs you.
Cornerstone International Church, of which I am elder-pastor, works with the network of churches known as Lifelink International. Within our network of churches, we believe apostles and prophets still exist today, but are definitely to be connected to the initial apostolic foundation and faithful to the teaching of Scripture. I’m writing a series on this which starts here.
Below, I have provided an audio clip. In this sound byte, Mike Rimmer, who works with both Cross Rhythms and the BBC radio in the UK, spends some time interviewing Alan Scotland. Alan works apostolically amongst the Lifelink network of churches.
In this 30-minute interview, Alan shares his story from childhood to the present looking at what God has been doing for these past 60 years. For those who visit this blog and are part of the Lifelink network, I thought you might be interested in hearing the interview.
Also, as a proponent for apostles today, this might be interesting for others to listen to, as I believe Alan has an apostolic ministry today, but is very humble and balanced. This is somewhat contrary to many other self-proclaimed apostles.