History of The Apostolic Church
The Apostolic Church is a Pentecostal Christian denomination which can trace its origins back to the 1904-1905 Welsh Revival. Despite the relatively recent origin of the denomination, the church seeks to stand for first century Christianity in its faith, practices, and government.
The purpose of the denomination is summed up by one prominent Apostolic writer as:
“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 Ghost with signs following; the nine gifts of the Holy Ghost; the five gifts of our Ascended Lord; and the vision called in the New Testament, ‘the Church which is His Body.”
The worldwide vision of the church is evidenced by a strong missionary concern. The movement which commenced in Welsh-speaking villages of south Wales had, by the end of the 20th century, grown to over six million members in more than 70 nations. The largest national church is The Apostolic Church of Nigeria, with over 4.5 million members and a national convention centre that seats over 100,000.
Ablaze UK (formerly The International Apostolic Convention) has taken place annually over the first week in August since 1916. Until 2002 it was located at the village of Pen-y-groes, Carmarthenshire, and since then in the city of Swansea.
Pen-y-groes is the site of The Apostolic Church School of Ministry (founded as The Apostolic Church International Bible School in 1933) the oldest Pentecostal college in Great Britain.
The College is currently Closed but the facilities are being used by a Korean Church as a Bible College. The College was closed before and during that time was used as the first initial Rehab centre for Teen Challenge set up by John Macey. There are now also Bible Schools in eleven other countries.
The Apostolic Church Scriptural Beliefs
Rules of Belief
The following is expected of members of the Church:
- A personal testimony of your salvation in Christ (Acts 4:12), Rom. 10:9)
- Your acknowledgement of and obedience to the Order and Officers of the Church: Apostles, Elders, Deacons, and Deaconesses (Heb. 13:17; Eph. 4:11; I Cor. 12:23)
- Your presence in the meetings of the Church and abiding in full communion; that is, not to absent yourself more than three times from Communion without sufficient reason given for your absence (Heb.10:25)
- Your conformity with the Fundamental Doctrines of the Church as well as with the two ordinances, namely, Baptism by immersion and the Lordâ€™s Supper (II John1:9; Rom. 6:17; 6:4; Luke 22:19; I Cor. 11:24)
- That you contribute towards the support of the works of the Church as taught unto us in the word of God (Gen. 14:20; 28:22; Lev. 27:30; I Chro. 29:14; I Cor. 16:1-2, Matt. 23:23, Heb. 7:8-17)
- That you keep the counsel of the Church within the Church (Matt. 7:6)
- That you pray for and help every member, remembering that we are joint members in the Body of Christ (I Cor. 12:25-26, I Tim. 2:1, Gal. 6:2)
- Endeavoring to keep the Unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace (Eph. 4:3)
Rules of Conduct and Spiritual Guidance
- Pray before you come to the House of Worship (Matt. 6:6, Eph. 6:18)
- Be in your seat before the commencement of the service.
- You will be a good example to those who are late and neglectful (Gen. 22:3, Ps. 108:2, Prov. 8:17, Song of Solomon 7:12
- Bring your children with you to the House of God. Relatives and servants also have souls.
- It is your duty and privilege to take care of them (Matt. 19:14, Ex. 20:10, Acts 10:24, John 1:41-45, Gen. 18:19)
- Make the Pastor your spiritual friend. You need his sympathy, support, and counsel.
- Constantly pray for him (I Thess. 2:7, Joel 2:17, Matt. 2:7, Rom. 15:30, II Cor. 1:11, Eph. 6:19, Heb. 13:17)
- Make the house of worship your spiritual home (Acts 2:46-47)
When conversing in your home, at work, or in any public place, never gossip, never speak evil; never speak disrespectfully of Godâ€™s servant, the ministry of the Church, or any member of the Church.
- If you sow the wind, you may expect to reap the whirlwind (Gal 6:7, Prov. 22:8, Hosea 8:7, and James 3)
- Take your Bible with you to the House of God (Ps. 1:2; 119:16; 71, Rom. 15:4, II Tim. 3:16-17)
- Enter reverently, pray fervently; listen attentively; give praise from a grateful heart; and worship God in the beauty of holiness (Ps. 118:27-29, Eccl. 5:1, Rom. 12:11, James 1:19)
- â€œEnter into His gates with thanksgiving and into His court with praise; be thankful unto Him and bless His Name (Ps. 100:4)
We believe in:
The Unity of the God-head and the Trinity of the persons there-in. Genesis 1:1;
Mat 3:16-17; 1 John 5:7
The utter depravity of human nature, the necessity for repentance and regeneration and the eternal doom of the finally impenitent (i.e. unrepentant). Gen 3:1-19; Isaiah 53:6; Acts 2:38; 17:30, John 5:28-29; Daniel 12:2; Romans 2:7, 6:23; 1
- The Virgin Birth, Sinless Life, Atoning Death, Triumphant Resurrection, Ascension and Abiding intercession of Our Lord Jesus Christ. His second coming and millennial reign upon earth. John 8:46; 14:30; Col. 1:15; 2 Corinthians 5:19; Romans 3:25; Acts 2:36; Phil. 2:9-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; Rev. 22:20
- Justification and sanctification of the believer through the finished work of Christ. Acts 2:38; Luke 15:7; Romans 4:25; 5:16; 1 Corinthians 1:30; 1 Thessalonians 4:30
- The baptism of the Holy Ghost for believers with signs following. 1 Corinthians 12:8-11; Mark 16:17; Acts 2:4; and Galatians 5:22
- The nine gifts of the Holy Ghost for the edification, exhortation and comfort of the Church, which is the body of Christ. 1 Corinthians 12:4-11
- The sacraments of baptism by immersion and of the Lord’s Supper. Rom 6:4, 6:11, 6:13-14, Luke 3:21; Mark 16:16, Luke 2:22-24, 34; Mark 10:16, Luke 22:19-20; Mat 26:21-29; Acts 20:7
- The divine inspiration and authority of the Holy Scriptures. 2 Tim 3:16, 2 Peter 1:21
- Church government by Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, Teachers, Elders and Deacons. Ephesians 4:11-13, 1 Corinthians 12:28
- The possibility of falling from Grace. 1 Corinthians 10:12, 1 John 5:11, John 15:4, 1 John 5:12, Romans 5:1-2, John 8:51, 1 Timothy 4:1, 16; 2 Timothy 3:13-15, 1 Corinthians 15:1, Colossians 1:21-23
- The obligatory nature of Tithes and Offerings. Malachi 3:10, Matthew 23:23, Hebrews 7:1-4; Luke 6:38; Acts 20:35
We are committed to providing Biblically based spiritual education and holistic Arts and Science education to all our children.
We encourage all members of the Church to be committed to Biblically based spiritual foundation and to prepare themselves adequately for opportunities in business, education and scientific fields of interest and to utilize their God-given knowledge and resources for the well-being of the Church and for the propagation of the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.