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How do apostles and prophets work together?

The church is built on the foundations of the apostles and prophets (Ephesians 2:20). How do they work together?

Neil Cole says prophets see the destination; apostles develop the route to get there.

Prophets hear from God. They are visionaries who see what God is doing.  They often receive divine intelligence that informs the strategy and course of the church. God does nothing without revealing it to his servants, the prophets (Amos 3:7).


Apostles are pioneers. They "go where no man has gone before." They are groundbreakers, those who go out front. They are practical, strategic planners, foundation layers.

Map making

Both of these are gifts from Christ to the church (Ephesians 4:11). Gifts have no rights. They cannot say to the giver, "I don't want to go there." They are servants who willingly lay down their lives for those they are called to serve (1 Corinthians 9:19), equippers of Christ's body who help her to maturity (Ephesians 4:12-13). They are not dominant, insisting on their own way, but peoplel instinctively respond to the Holy Spirit within them.

Without these gifts, the church can be directionless and without strategy and foundation. 


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