IN ORDER TO BE AN APOSTLE (OR A PROPHET) YOU HAD TO BE AN AUTHOR OF THE BIBLE
1. Is it in the Bible?
2. What do we believe it means?
The apostles (or the prophets) wrote the Bible and those functions and titles no longer exist in the church today since the writing of the Bible is accomplished.
3. What does it really mean?
This is a trick that is rather old, and can't fool people for too much longer. This idea worked well when the Bible was difficult to research in the past (to hinder and limit ministry). but today, with good Bible software, anyone can reveal how wrong this idea is.
do the search yourself--look you "apostle" or "prophet". Among others you will find Epaphroditus--someone Paul calls an apostle (although the King James version uses the word "messenger" the Greek is "apostollos")
You will also find the "prophets and teachers" named in Acts 13:1....
1 ¶ Now there were in the church that was at Antioch
certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was
called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been
brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.
2 As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.
3 And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.
4 ¶ So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus. (Acts 13:1-4)
We know the Bible does not contain a "book of Epaphroditus" or a letter by "Luscious" or "Manean", so there certainly are people called apostles or prophets in scripture who are not authors of scripture. (One of the things this misconception should help us realize is exactly how little we study ministry format he Bible!--When was the last time you heard a sermon on the methods of apostles?--Not likely when the "pastor" is the boss!)
On the other hand, we can find authors of scripture who are not given the "title" of apostle or prophet in the bible text. Luke was clearly not one of the 12, but a believer who lived after the time of Jesus. the bible only refers to him as the "beloved physician", yet God used him to write the book of Acts as well as the Gospel that bears his name. (Of course in our search to make ministry a college degree, some say that God trusted Luke because he was a "physician"--they ought to study history--Luke, as a doctor of that day probably would put a leech on you and bleed you if you had a sickness! A "physician" wasn't anything at all like what we have today!)
If we interpret the Bible by the understanding that jesus preached, we would have a much better time understanding it--and one another.....
MINISTRY IS NOT AUTHORITY OVER OTHERS WITHIN THE CHURCH!