Distinctive Doctrines of the Apostolic Church

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This lesson shows (from the Bible) the three main differences between Apostolic Pentecostals and most other Christian groups and denominations.

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Apostolic Pentecostal Church Distinctive Doctrines of the

A Broad Brush : 

A Broad Brush Numerous “Branches” There are MANY variations among those who may be classified as “Pentecostal” The common factor: A belief in the experience of Acts 2 “Apostolic” Pentecostals This lesson is NOT a discussion of other groups

Distinctive Doctrines : 

Distinctive Doctrines The Main Focus We will NOT spend time discussing areas of agreement The Differences A lack of adherence to “Traditional” Teachings Jesus warned against it (Mark 7:7-8) Christians often accept traditions as being truth Certain principles help distinguish between truth and tradition (or error) God’s Word is the ONLY source of ABSOLUTE truth (John 17:17; Romans 3:4)

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Distinctive Doctrines (continued) The Value of God’s Word We will be judged by it (John 12:48; Revelation 20:12-15) Jesus Christ IS the Word of God (John 1:1, 14) It alone gives the guidelines for determining truth and error The key is a comparison with original Apostolic teachings (1 John 4:6); Galatians 1:8-9) This first distinctive is the basis upon which the other distinctions rest.

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Distinctive Doctrines (continued) The Second Distinctive Doctrine Involves the Person of Jesus Christ Tradition teaches that Jesus is the “second person of the Trinity.” There is absolutely NO scriptural basis for this concept Jesus is never referred to as “Second” with regards to the Godhead (Revelation 1:11, 13, 17-18, 22:13, 16) In fact, Jesus is never referred to as being “IN” the Godhead! (Colossians 2:8-9)

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Distinctive Doctrines (continued) The Person of Jesus Christ (continued) Tradition teaches that God is a Trinity The Bible, however, consistently states that God is ONE (James 2:19; Deuteronomy 6:4) Tradition teaches that God is three Persons The Bible states that God is A Spirit (John 4:24) Tradition teaches that God has three names The Bible states that God has ONE name (Zechariah 14:9) The ONLY saving name is JESUS (Philippians 2:9-10; Ephesians 3:14-15; Acts 4:12) The name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost is Jesus! (John 5:43; Matthew 1:21; John 14:26)

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Distinctive Doctrines (continued) The Person of Jesus Christ (continued) Tradition teaches that the Father and Son are two separate, co-equal persons. The Bible states that He Who is Father is also Son (Isaiah 9:6; John 14:7-9; John 8:24, 27; John 10:30) The distinction lies in NATURE, not in PERSONS (Luke 1:35; Galatians 4:4; 2 Corinthians 5:19; 1 John 5:7-8) The Son, or Humanity, is NOT equal with the Father, or Divinity (John 14:28; Mark 13:32) The One True God is Jesus Christ (1 Timothy 3:16; Romans 9:5)

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Distinctive Doctrines (continued) The Third Distinctive Doctrine Involves the Method of Salvation Tradition teaches that a person must simply accept (or profess) Christ as their Savior Jesus said a person must be BORN AGAIN (John 3:3-5), which involves a birth of Water & Spirit! These remarks PRECEDED John 3:16 The two passages are partially rectified by John 7:38-39 Scriptural Belief SHOULD be accompanied by a Spiritual Experience!

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Distinctive Doctrines (continued) The Method of Salvation (continued) Scriptural Belief is based upon the teaching of the Apostles (John 17:20; Ephesians 2:20) Jesus told His Apostles EXACTLY what to teach (Luke 24:47-49) Repentance, remission of sins in Jesus’ name, and the Promise of the Father This was fulfilled in Acts 2:37-39 Notice that the traditional baptismal formula is also contrary to truth (Acts 2:38, 8:16, 10:48, 19:5, 22:16; Colossians 3:17) Notice that the “Promise of the Father” (the Holy Ghost) was to be accompanied by a consistent sound (John 3:8) That sound was ALWAYS “speaking in other tongues” (Acts 2:4, 10:45-46, 19:6)

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