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Apostles' Doctrine

The early church continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine. In other words, they continued to firmly adhere to what the apostles taught them. Just as the early church conducted themselves, so also should those of us who seek the Lord Jesus today.

The Bible lets us know that the foundation for the church was laid by the apostles and prophets. Those who strive to be successful in ministry and in the Lord must be committed to carrying on the work of the apostles, maintaining a thorough and wise perspective and understanding of the word of God. In today's church societies, many teachings are contradictory to this principle. As a result, many in today's churches, instead of dwelling in safety are actually in danger.

Remnant Christian Assembly is committed to earnestly contending for the faith (i.e., the doctrines and teachings) once delivered to the saints (i.e., the doctrines and teachings of the apostles — Jude 3). From a basic perspective, this includes the following principles of the doctrine:

  • Men should "repent and believe the gospel".

  • The gospel consists of the offering of Jesus Christ for our sins including the suffering, death, burial, resurrection, ascension and Lordship of Jesus. It has nothing to do with earthly riches, financial prosperity and self esteem. We must preach Jesus Christ and Him crucified, along with exhortations to submit to His Lordship.

  • Many teach today that baptism is not necessary. This teaching is erroneous. Those who trivialize the commands of the Lord Jesus, referring to them as optional or not necessary are foolish. The Bible teaches that those who believe are commanded to be baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ for the remission of their sins — buried with Him in baptism and arising to walk in the newness of life.

  • Baptism should be administered in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, just as the apostles did. Though "in the name of" refers to "authority", those performing the baptism should verbally acknowledge the Lord Jesus Christ when performing this action (as well as all others). Father, Son and Holy Ghost are positions/manifestations/offices, if you will. They are not names. Many fail to realize that Jesus, after giving the commandment in Matthew 28:19, taught the apostles for many days following the exhortation. Peter was full of the Holy Ghost and well informed when ministering in Acts 2. He was not suffering from delusion.

  • Many teach today that people receive the Holy Spirit immediately upon belief, without any signs or demonstration whatsoever. This is not scripturally accurate. Signs follow those that believe (Mark 16). The manifestation (Greek — miraculous working) of the Spirit is given to everyone who believes on the Lord Jesus (1 Corinthians 12). Acts 8 confirms that people do not receive the Holy Ghost immediately upon belief, stating that the Samaritans believed and had been baptized, but had not yet Every true believer can and will receive God's Spriit. If any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His (Romans 8:9).

  • While many teach "eternal security", telling people that their salvation is secure no matter what they do, the apostles did not teach this. Jesus instructed us to "strive to enter in at the strait gate". Peter exhorted us to "give diligence to make our calling and election sure". Paul admonished us to "labour to be accepted of Him...." (2 Corinthians 5).

The apostles' doctrines are emphatic and clear. As stated, Remnant Christian Assembly is determined to follow the examples left on record for us and bless the congregation and those whom we serve accordingly.

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