Word of the Day: APEST

09 May

APEST definition for world mission

Today we continue in our Word of the Day series with an acronym commonly used to describe the primary spiritual gifts given for the health, growth, and expansion of the Church.


acronym | ay-pest; A - P - E - S - T

  1. Not a nickname once used for a younger sibling, but an acronym that stands for: Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Shepherd, Teacher.
  2. A list of spiritual gifts (or offices) taken from Ephesians 4:11-13, in which Paul states that individuals holding these roles were given by Christ “to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.”
  3. Also referred to as the “five-fold gifts” or the “APEST typology”.

Example: A missionary on furlough visited Yorick’s church last week and gave a stirring sermon on the APEST typology.


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