Just what exactly is an Apostolic church? Put simply, before there ever was a Protestant Reformation, or the Roman Catholic movement, there was the original church that began at Pentecost (Acts 2). We are simply a continuation of that church.
Jesus told his followers in Matthew 28:19 to baptize “in the name of the Father, and of the son, and of the Holy Ghost.” In another great commission scripture, Luke 24:47, He said, “and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.” The apostle Peter began the fulfillment of these scriptures when he stood up with the other eleven apostles on the Day of Pentecost and preached, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost” (Acts 2:38). This same scenario was repeated in Acts 8:16, Acts 10:48, and Acts 19:5. In fact, after the New Testament church began at Pentecost, there is no Biblical record of anyone ever being baptized any other way except in Jesus’ name!
We also teach (as the original church did), that we are to receive God’s Spirit, The Holy Ghost, into our hearts. The first evidence of this will be when we began to speak in a beautiful heavenly language (tongues), just like the first believers did (Mark 16:17, Acts 2:4, 10:46, 19:6). This sign will be followed by the development of the fruit of the Spirit in our lives.
God’s people have always been called to stand out in contrast to the darkness of this present world (I Peter 2:9). We still teach standards of holiness and separation from the world, not as a wall that prevents us from enjoyment, but rather as a barrier that can keep the ravages of sin out of our lives as well as the lives of our children.
Genuine Christians are genuinely happy, and we enjoy our salvation! We meet together for lively praise and worship, and the study of God’s Word. A hallmark of the early church was their fellowship, and we love to meet, eat, and stay connected with one another. This encourages all of us to keep growing in the Lord. We don’t believe in “Casual Christianity”.
Our young people are taught that their teenage years are not a time for rebellion, but rather a time to strive for excellence!
A warm welcome awaits you at F.C.T. Come and experience “Church the Way Church Began”.