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The word apostle is very common in the New Testament of the Bible, though it is also used outside of a religious context. We will examine the meaning of the word apostle, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences.

Apostle means someone who is sent on a mission. Most often, the word apostle is used to refer to one of the twelve principle followers of Christ. Sometimes, the word apostle is used to mean the pioneering Christian evangelist of a country. In a non-religious context, apostle may be used to mean someone who vigorously supports an idea or advocates for a reform of some sort. Apostle is spelled with a lowercase a when used in a general or non-religious sense. When used in a  title, the word apostle is capitalized, as in the Twleve Apostles or Apostle to the Gentiles. The word apostle is derived from the Greek apostolos which means envoy or messenger.


Wright wanted to put people in the world that the apostle’s letters came from, in the same way Robert Harris’ series of novels about Cicero brought the ancient Roman statesman to life for him. (The Salt Lake Tribune)

An epitome of humility, Saint Paul calls himself “a slave of Christ” (Romans 1:1), “the least of the apostles” (1Corinthians 5:9), and “the very least of the holy ones” (Ephesians 3:8). (The Business Mirror)

A Russian prince, he converted at the age of 17, was ordained a priest and served for more than 40 years as the “Apostle of the Alleghenies.” (The National Catholic Register)

The last, Biglari, used it to turn around Steak n Shake after a prolonged slump in sales, and he remains an apostle—for better or worse. (The International Business Journal)