CHURCH LEADERSHIP

                                                                         AS SET UP BY APOSTLES IN FIRST CENTURY CHURCH

                                                                                    ACCORDING TO "ACTS OF THE APOSTLES"

 

     TITLE

     SCRIPTURE

                  QUALIFICATIONS

                                      ACTIVITIES/DUTIES

Apostle

Acts 1:2,5,8

Men chosen by Jesus

To be Baptized with Holy Spirit

Apostle

1:15,16,21,22,26

1.  With them from John Baptist to Jesus' ascension.

2.  Witnesses of resurrection

To be a witness of Jesus' resurrection

Apostle

2:1,4,7,14,15

Only apostles.  "Another day."  Peter and other eleven.

Filled with Holy Spirit.  Spoke with tongues/foreign languages everyone understood.

Apostle

2:43

 

Performed miracles

Apostle

5:1-5

 

1.  Accepted gifts for benevolence

2.  Caused a believer to die for lying

Apostle

5:12

 

Performed miracles - signs and wonders

Deacon

(Server)

6:2,3,6-8

1.  Christian brothers

2.  Full of spirit and wisdom

To care for physical needs of believers

Performed miracles

Apostle

6:2,4

The Twelve

1.  Prayer

2.  Ministering (teaching) the word

Deacon

8:6

 

1.  Given power to perform miracles by Apostles

2.  Preached

Apostle

8:18

 

Give Holy Spirit separate from baptism

(See Matthew 28:18-20)

Apostle

9:40-42

 

Raised someone from death

Elder

11:28-30

 

Received gifts of benevolence for believers

Prophet

Teacher

13:1,3

(See 1 Corinthians 12:8-10)

Sent Paul and Barnabus on missionary journey

Apostle

13:6-11

 

1.  Condemned false teacher

2.  Made blind

Apostle

14:3

 

Did miraculous signs to confirm their message was from God

Elder

14:23

 

Appointed in every church (by apostle, but later just by a believer - Titus 1:5)

Apostle

Elder

15:5,6

 

Decided points of doctrine

Apostle

Elder

16:4

 

Decided points of doctrine

Apostle

19:6

 

Imparted Holy Spirit separately from baptism (see Matthew 28:19)

Apostle

19:11,12

 

Performed miracles

Apostle

20:9,10

 

Raised someone from death

Elder

20:17,28-31

 

1.  To be overseers over church

2.  To guard against those who distort the truth and draw people after themselves

Apostle

Elder

21:17-19

 

Missionaries reported to them

Apostle

28:8,9

 

Performed miracles

 

 

 

 

 

In left column, list other church leader titles we have begun having since then.  What do you think would happen among church leaders today if we insisted they have only the titles instituted by the apostles in the first-century church?