Articles of Faith
ARTICLES OF FAITH
We believe the Bible to be inspired of God, the infallible Word of God. “All scriputre is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness”
(II Timothy 3:16, II Peter 1:20 & 21).
The Bible is the only God-given authority which man possesses; therefore, all doctrine, faith, hope and all instruction for New Life Apostolic Church must be based upon and harmonize with the Bible.
The basic and fundamental doctrine of this church shall be the Bible standard of salvation which is repentance, baptism in water by immersion in the name of Jesus Chrst for the remission of sins, and the baptism of the Holy Ghost with the initial sign of speaking in tongues as the Spirit gives the utterance (John 3:5, Mark 16:16, Acts 2:38).
We believe that Jesus was both man and God. As man Jesus was born of a woman and begotten of God (Matthew 1:21-23). “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God,” (John 1:1) Jesus as the Word of God became flesh and dwelt among us (John 1:14). We believe the fullness of the Godhead dwelt in the humanity of Christ (Colossians 2:9).
THE NAME OF GOD
There are many names used for God; God Almighty, Lord, Jehovah but we believe the New Testament name of God is Jesus taken from the Greek word Jehoshua. Jehoshua was taken from the Hebrew words meaning Jehovah saved. Matthew 1:21 informs us that his name shall be called Jesus. In verse 23, his name is Immanuel which being interpreted is God with us. Thus, we believe Jehovah under the Old Testament translates to Jesus under the New Testament.
Our lord Jesus Christ went about Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom and healing all manner of sickness and disease among the people (Matthew 4:23-24). James 5:14-16, “Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church, let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: and the prayer of faith shall saved the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have commited sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” Jesus said, “They shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover”.
We believe in following 1 Corinthians 11 in regards to the observance of communion and foot washing.
TRANSLATION OF SAINTS
We believe those alive and or dead in Christ will be caught away when Jesus comes for His Church
(1 Thessalonians 4, 1 Corinthians 15 and Philippians 3).
God has ordained marriage throughout His word as recorded in the King James Version of the Bible. New Life Apostolic Church defines “marriage” based upon the Bible, as the exclusive covenantal union of one man and one woman, as the sex they were initial born and recorded on their original birth certificate. Any sanctioned union will be recognized as a legititmate marriage by this church only to the extent it is consistent with marriage as defined by this church.
Since marriage is a divine institution, New Life Apostolic Church adopts the following statement of guidelines regarding weddings conducted on the premises of this assembly.
1. Church weddings are part of our worship service.
2. Only the Pastor or approved clergy, who hold to this assembly’s by-laws and articles of faith, shall officiate wedding ceremonies on the premises of New LIfe Apostolic Church.
3. Couples seeeking to be married
a. Shall be a man and a woman who are current and active members, holding and affirming, by signature, to New Life Apostolic Church’s by-laws and articles of faith.
4. Any function held on the premise of New Life Apostolic Church must be in accordance and harmony with this assembly’s by-laws and articles of faith. It is acknowledged that individuals attending these functions may not subscribe to this assembly’s by-laws and articles of faith. However, under no circumstances shall this assembly permit any events or functions that exhibit lifestyles and/or practices that are contrary to the definition of marriage as provided by the articles of faith.
God has established the sexes and sexuality in creation found in Genesis 2:21-24 and throughout the Bible. Scripture teaches sexual relations are to be exercised solely within marriage of a husband (male) and a wife (female). Matthew 19:4-9, Ephesians 5:22-28, and Hebrews 13:4 and throughout the Bible. In accordance with the scriptures, the Word of God, New Life Apostolic Church views illicit sexual relations to include adultery, prostitution, pedophilia, bestiality, lascivious conduct, sexalteration, and the view of pornography as sin and against the teaching of the Bible. While each person, regardless of belief and lifestyle is welcome to worship and attend all functions of this assembly, New Life Apostolic Church limits membership to those who hold and affirm by signature to its by-laws and articles of faith and who conducts themselves in a manner consistent therewith.
TITHES AND OFFERINGS
God has established tithes and offerings a financial support of His church and the Church’s Pastor, Ex. 30:14-16, Num. 18:24, Mal 3;8-12. tithes are considered 10% of one’s gross income and shall be given the first service available after receiving this compensation. The 1/2 shekel offerings and other types of offerings shall be given in a timely manner and shall be used in supporting this assembly.