SERMONETTE: What happened to Apostolic?
By The Rev. Scott Munsen
The Apostolic Holiness Church started over 2,000 years ago. When the Lord Jesus was risen, he passed on apostolic to his apostles, who passed it on to us. All the apostles were killed (by unbelievers). That has not stopped the Apostolic Church (Matthew 16:18). It is still functioning all over the world today. The Spirit of God will spark our interest, and then we make a decision. Everyone will receive an opportunity (that has reached the age of accountability). When I met my wife in graduate school, she had to drag me to church. Eventually the Spirit of God opened my understanding.
Apostolic is a mystery that is hidden from the natural mind -- the Lord Jesus must open it up to us (via Revelation). Ephesians 3:9, "And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ."
Jesus is apostolic -- Hebrews 3:1, "Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus." Since the Lord God put the stars up there, the planets up there, He can save us by His eternal, creative Word. Before there was a "when" and a "where," God had an eternal plan of salvation for us (The Bible, Apostolic Holiness). It comes down to a desire for truth. A personal decision.
The preached Word of God is what opens up our minds to repentance -- to rethink, reconsider, to have another mind (Luke 24:47, Romans 10:17).
We had a Bible in our house when I was growing up, but had no desire to check truth out and ask what it said to do. Sports was what we focused on in our house, as my dad was a coach. So, naturally, our interests were reaching one's God-given ability in the sport you participated in (for example, cross country, football, basketball, track and field). Reaching your God-given ability in a sport (or anything in life) is about discipline, sacrifice, commitment. If you have a desire to make Heaven, you can make it.