The period of early Christianity during the lifetime of the apostles is called the Apostolic age.
During the first century AD, the apostles established throughout the territories of the Roman Empire. Additionally, churches throughout the Middle East, Africa, and India.
Jesus initially send the apostles out in pairs.
Their initial instructions were to heal the sick and to drive out demons.
Later, they were commissioned to preach the gospel to all nations, both Jew and Gentile.
The original material on Paul can be found in the Book of Acts, and the Pauline epistles.
Paul went on three great mission campaigns. (see the maps below).
The household of God was built om apostles and prophets, with Jesus being the cornerstone.
Paul accomplished the conversion of the Gentile world.
Simon, Andrew,James , and John were recruited by Jesus shortly after Jesus returned from being tempted by the devil.
Peter (Simon) and Andrew had been disciples of John the Baptist.
Jesus also recruited the two brothers, James and John. Both were fishermen.
He then added Matthew, Mark, and Judas, son of James.
Followed by Bartholomew, Thomas , and Judas Iscariot. (who became a traitor.)
Matthias replaced Judas Iscariot.
Matthias was chosen, by lot. between the ascension of Christ and Pentecost.
Paul ( a Jew named Saul of Tarsus) was commissioned by Christ on the road to Damascus. He was called by the resurrected Jesus, who converted Saul on the spot.
Paul, along with his mentor Barnabas and his doctor Luke, set out to convert the Gentiles, along with any Jews.
Christian tradition, handed down, states that all by John were martyred.
However, the early church believed that only Paul, Peter, and James were the only martyred ones.
The seventy disciples in Eastern Christian traditions were the early emissaries of Jesus. They were mentioned in Luke.
When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles: Simon (whom he named Peter), his brother Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Simon who was called the Zealot, Judas son of James, and Judas Iscariot.
A modern-day Apostle in the tradition of the Apostolic-Prophetic movement is one who is “called and sent by Christ to have the spiritual authority, character, gifts and abilities to successfully reach and establish people in Kingdom truth and order, especially through founding and overseeing local churches”.
While a disciple is a student, one who learns from a teacher, an apostle is sent to deliver those teachings to others. “Apostle” means messenger, he who is sent. An apostle is sent to deliver or spread those teachings to others. … We can say that all apostles were disciples but all disciples are not apostles.