What We Believe:
The Apostles’ Doctrine is what we believe and teach. This is the same doctrine that was used to start the first Christian Church in the Bible (Acts Chapter 2). The Apostles taught their doctrine as they went about establishing churches in the Bible. They were obeying the commandment of the Lord Jesus to preach the Gospel to every creature (Mark 16). Jesus also prayed for these men we know as Apostles.
He said, “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth…Neither I pray for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word: (John 17: 17-20) As Jesus prayed for his disciples who became Apostles he also prayed for everyone to believe on him through their word. That is the reason we still believe the same teaching that the Apostle Peter taught to the first Christian Church ever founded.
Then Peter said unto them 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). Every New Testament Church in the Bible was established during the time frame of the Book of Acts. These Churches then received letters from some of the Men of God that helped to establish the New Testament Churches.
The letters they received were written after the Book of Acts and are called Epistles. Apostles and men taught by Apostles were establishing New Testament Churches in complete doctrinal agreement. They started churches for the Romans, Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Hebrews, and all the churches we find written to in the Bible.
The bottom line is all the churches in the New Testament were established during the Book of Acts and were founded with the exact same doc- trine. This doctrine is found throughout the Book of Acts. Notice what (Acts 8:14-16) says, “Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John: Who when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost: For as yet he was fallen on none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.”
They were baptized in the Name of the Lord Jesus, the same as the first believers in Acts 2. According to verse 17 they also received the Gift of the Holy Ghost. Apostle Peter taught the very same doctrine to some Gentile people in Acts 10. The entire household of Cornelius was baptized in the Name of the Lord after they had received the Holy Ghost. The Bible says, (Acts 10:45-47) “…that on the Gentiles also was poured out the Holy Ghost. For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God. Then answered Peter, Can any man forbid water that these should not be baptized, which received the Holy Ghost as well as we?” He was referring to the fact that they received the Holy Ghost the same way the Jews received it in Acts Chapter 2 and with the evidence of speaking in tongues.
We still receive the Holy Ghost the same way today, by speaking in tongues. The Apostles’ Doctrine has not changed. People have changed, just as some of the New Testament Churches did change. Paul said in (Galatians 1: 6-9), “I marvel that ye are so soon re- moved from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any [man] preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. Paul also taught the same Apostolic Doctrine of repentance, baptism in Jesus Name, and the infilling of the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in tongues. The Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ is a continuation of that same doctrine the Apostles taught. Why would anyone believe any other doctrine?