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We believe there is only one God, eternally existing in three persons; God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
 
We believe the only means of being cleansed from sin is through repentance and faith in the person of Christ and His Work upon the Cross and His resurrection from the dead.
 
We believe that the redemptive work of Christ on the Cross also provides physical healing for the human body in answer to the prayer of faith and according to the will of God.
 
We believe the the Baptism of the Holy Spirit with the initial evidence of speaking in tongues is operative today in the life of the believer who seeks it.
 
We believe that the miraculous Gifts of the Holy Spirit are still operative today and available to the Present day Church of Jesus Christ for healing, deliverance, and the service of the Gospel of Christ.
 
We believe in the blessed Hope and Glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.
 
We believe that Christ will appear personally and visibly and that the Church, the Bride of Christ, will be caught up to meet Him in the air.
 
We believe in the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling and continuous operation the believer is empowered to live free from the dominion and power of sin and to be victorious in the Christian life.
 
We believe that the proper attitude about finances is every Christian duty.
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Question: “What is the Apostolic Church, and what do Apostolic believe?”

 

Answer: There are several groups which call themselves “Apostolic.” Generally speaking, these churches all seek to uphold or return to the teachings and practices of the first church. Some of these churches hold to Pentecostal doctrine, while some do not. The largest groups are probably the Apostolic Church (or Apostolic Faith Church), which was born out of the Welsh revival of 1904-1905; and the New Apostolic Church International, which is traced back to the British revivals of the 1830s.

The Apostolic Church is a worldwide fellowship with about 6 million members. Each national church is led by a chief apostle and is self-governing. According to one of their early writers, the Apostolic Church stands for first-century Christianity in faith, practice, and government, “to make known world-wide the forgiveness of sins through the atoning death of Christ, the baptism in water by immersion; the baptism of the Holy Spirit with signs following; the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit; the five gifts of our Ascended Lord; and the vision called in the New Testament, the Church which is His body.” As intimated in that statement, the practice of signs and wonders is an integral part of their doctrine.logo-banner-lion-11

The doctrine of the Apostolic Church is similar to most evangelical churches. They believe in the unity of theGodhead and the distinctions between the members of the Trinity. Regarding salvation, they teach the need for conviction of sin, repentance, restitution, and confession for salvation. Like most churches within the Methodist tradition, they teach the possibility of a believer falling from grace. Where they differ from many evangelicals is in the Pentecostal teaching of tongues as a sign of Holy Spirit baptism and in their teaching that the ministry of apostles and prophets should never cease in the Church Age.

The New Apostolic Church International has more than 11 million members worldwide. The revival movement which spread through Great Britain in the 1830s led to many people praying for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit. By 1832, apostles had been ordained, and the Catholic Apostolic Church was formed. In 1863, the Hamburg Schism, a disagreement over individual interpretations of the Scripture and the appointment of new apostles, led to the formation of the New Apostolic Church. The first New Apostolic Church in America was founded by German immigrants in Chicago in 1872.

The doctrine of the New Apostolic Church also bears similarities to other evangelical churches. The virgin birth, sinless life, and atoning death of Jesus Christ, the need of personal repentance and confession for forgiveness of sins, and the literal return of Jesus Christ to earth are all held by this church. Regarding conversion, however, the water of baptism is an essential part of rebirth and entitles the believer to the sealing of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is given by the act and authority of an apostle, which makes the believer a child of God and incorporates him into the body of Christ. These doctrines mark a clear distinction from other evangelical churches.

Another group is the Apostolic Christian Church in America, which was formed in Lewis County, New York, in 1847. Its history is traced back to Samuel Froehlich’s work in Switzerland in the 1830s. Froehlich was influenced greatly by the Anabaptists

of the 16th century, and his church was known in Europe as Evangelical Baptist. Like their Anabaptist forebears, these believers hold to a literal reading of Scripture and use Scripture only as their basis of life and practice. There are about 90 congregations in North America and Japan.