Apostles and the Local Church

Jesus calls his Apostles to be with him and commissions them to be sent out to minister in his name. He gives them his authoritative word to preach and his authoritative power to push back the kingdom of darkness.

As go the Apostles, so goes the church. The call to Apostleship is first a call to discipleship, to respond and follow after Jesus.

So much what we read in this passage applies to all followers of Jesus, all across time.

But how to we respond to the Apostles today? In what sense is the church to be considered ‘apostolic’? And is there a role for apostolically-gifted people today? How does Foundation Church Belfast listen to apostolic voices both ancient and contemporary?

Main Texts

Mark 3:13-19

Ephesians 4:11-13

1 Corinthians 12:28


David Varney, pastor Foundation Church Belfast