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What is an Apostolic church?


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Answered 2013-07-13 20:10:53

An Apostolic church is people who are apostolic. Being an Apostolic is just a definition of what the "members" of the church are called because they believe as the Apostles in The Bible.

Apostolics believe:

  • The Bible is the inspired and infallible (unaltered) Word of God, written by holy men of old, as they were moved on by the Holy Ghost.
  • In the one God who is infinite in power, Holy in nature, attributes and purposes, as well as omniscient and omnipresent.
  • He was revealed to us as Father in creation, as Son in redemption and as Holy Spirit in His comforting grace that never leaves those who trust in Him.
  • That in Jesus, dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. For it pleases the Father that in Him should all the fullness dwell.
  • In the virgin birth. Jesus was both human and divine. He was God manifested in the flesh.
  • In the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. We believe He ascended on high and has sent His Spirit (Holy Spirit) which was poured out at Jerusalem over 1900 years ago; and it is the same Spirit that is filling the hearts of those who diligently seek Him today.
  • Believe in the baptism in water by immersion in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ for the remission of sins and the baptism of the Holy Ghost, speaking in other tongues as the Spirit give utterance. This constitutes the new birth.
  • In a holy and sanctified life. We believe in the divine healing, and communion. In the glorious catching away of the saints when Jesus returns in the cloud in glory to take His people to heaven with Him (The Rapture).
In CatholicismThe answers above define the Apostolic Church, but not an apostolic church. Many Christian denominations today accept the Nicene Creed, declaring the church to be one holy catholic apostolic church. (Apostolic meaning tracing its teachings, beliefs, and linage of leaders or elders back to the apostles, but not necessarily all the fundamental elements of the Apostolic Church).

In the catholic churches (Roman Catholic, Anglican, and orthodox) Apostolic means that all the priests have been ordained by a series of priests going back to the Apostles. The Apostles ordained priests, who ordained other priests. This succession continues to the present day. Every priest has been ordained by a priest who was ordained by a succession of priests who were ordained by one of Christ's Apostles.

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