Apostolic Character

The church as a whole, is apostolic in nature. As such, the church must possess apostolic character. When we talk about the church we are talking about the ekkelsia, the people of God – citizens of the Kingdom of God.

According to Luke 17:20 the kingdom of God is in us. The Kingdom is perfect, holy, righteous, pure and just. Therefore that which is in us is perfect, holy, righteous, pure and just. However many times I find that our actions are not always aligned with Kingdom values. This is due to character flaws and requires education and deliverance.

What is character? Character is the action you take to carry out the values, ethics and morals that you believe it. It is the consistency between what you say you will do and what you actually do. Character is what defines, builds or in some cases tarnishes your reputation. It is doing what is right when it may cost more than you’re willing to pay. Finally character is who you are and what you do when no one is looking.

William Penn wrote “What is wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it. Right is still right, even if no one else is doing it.”

In the church we must examine character. Before we look at charisma we must look at character. Before we get excited by one’s gift we must examine character. Clearly, before we follow a leader the character of that leader must be examined closely.

One of the problems I see in the church and specifically apostolic ministry is that there is more of a focus on giftings and not enough focus on two critical things. 1) Sound Doctrine and 2) Character.

The Apostle Paul talks about this in 2 Tim3:10 ……. “But thou hast fully known my DOCTRINE, MANNER OF LIFE, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience,”

Paul was an apostle. Apostles and apostolic leaders must be known for their sound doctrine and character.

The term “manner of life” in the Greek speaks of one’s conduct, course of life and handling of oneself. Breakthrough believers need to conduct themselves in a manner that’s consistent with the kingdom of God. Additionally believers must be very careful that they do not follow leaders that are toxic and do not have VALID apostolic or prophetic ministry. No one should ever be confirmed or validated in apostolic and prophetic ministry without a character assessment.

Character deals with the behaviors of a person. The way you behave is far more important than what you say. God has high standards of excellence for his people. We cannot operate ministry (4-walls, marketplace or workplace) with a low standard of excellence. If we do not have excellence in ministry, our ministries will not excel.

“Character is conceived in the heart but birth out of the mind”. As a man thinketh…….So is he! If you don’t see yourself operating in life with kingdom standards then your character will not display kingdom values.

Character can be seen in how you handle time, money, and marriage. But more than anything it can be seen by the way you live. Live honorably and with kingdom values. Let your word be your bound and stick to your commitments. Breaking commitments, whether in business, meetings or marriage are all signs of poor character.

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