An Apostolic church - What’s that?
At Grace Bridge, identifying as an Apostolic church means that we believe that the pattern, power, and promises of the church as it was founded by the Apostles are meant for us today. The worship, doctrine, and fellowship practiced by the Book of Acts church are still relevant. The power of the Holy Spirit transforms lives today as it did on the Day of Pentecost. The promises of miracles for those who follow Jesus are available for those who believe.
The Bible is simply God’s Word. If we are to have relationship with Him on earth and spend eternity with Him in Heaven, then we must accept the Bible as the authority for salvation and Christian living. (II Timothy 3:15-17)
There is one God. He is our Father. He came to earth as Jesus Christ, both fully God and fully man. He is the Holy Spirit that will live inside anyone who receives Him. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Ephesians 4:4-6; Colossians 2:9; I Timothy 3:16)
Sin & Salvation
The saving gospel is the good news that Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and rose again. We obey the gospel (II Thessalonians 1:8; I Peter 4:17) by repentance (death to sin), water baptism in the name of Jesus Christ (burial), and the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the initial sign of speaking in tongues as the Spirit gives the utterance (resurrection). (I Corinthians 15:1-4; Acts 2:4, Acts 2:37-39; Romans 6:3-4)
As Christians we are to love God and love people. We should live a holy life inwardly and outwardly, and worship God joyfully. The supernatural gifts of the Spirit, including healing, that God gave the church in the beginning are still for the church today. (Mark 12:28-31; II Corinthians 7:1; Hebrews 12:14; I Corinthians 12:8-10)
Heaven is real. Jesus Christ will return to take all who have an obedient, loving relationship with Him to live eternally in Heaven. But Hell is real, too. Although Jesus wants no one to go there, those who refuse to have a relationship with Jesus will spend eternity there. (I Thessalonians 4:16-17; Revelation 20:11-15)