Tenets of Faith

The Apostolic Christian Assembly Perambur Ministries firmly believes that the Holy Scriptures are the revealed will of God, the all-sufficient rule for faith and practice. In keeping with its full-gospel ministry, the Apostolic Christian Assembly Perambur Ministries adopts the Statement of Fundamental Truths based on God’s Word.

1.  The Scriptures Inspired

The Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, are verbally inspired of God and are the revelation of God to man, the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct  (2 Timothy 3:15-17 ; 1Thessalonians  2:13).

2.  The One True God

The one true God has revealed Himself as the eternally self-existent “I AM”, the Creator of Heaven and Earth and the Redeemer of mankind. He has further revealed Himself as embodying the principles of relationship and association as Father, Son and Holy Ghost. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 43:10,11; Matthew 28: 19 ; Luke 3:22).

3.  The Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ

The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. The Scriptures declare:

(a) His virgin birth (Matthew 1 :23; Luke 1: 31, 34, 35).

(b) His sinless life (Hebrew 7:26; 1 Peter 2:22).

(c) His miracles (Acts 2:22, 4:30, 10:38 ).

(d) His substitutionary work on the Cross.

(1 Corinthians 15: 3; II Corinthians 5:21).

(e)His bodily resurrection from the dead. (Matthew 28: 6; Luke 24: 6; 1 Corinthians 15:4).

(f) His exaltation to the right hand of God the Father (Acts 1 : 9,11; 2:33, Philippians 2: 9 – 11, Hebrews 1:3)

4.  The Fall of Man

Man was created good and upright; for God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” However, man by voluntary transgression, fell and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from God. (Genesis 1:26, 27; 2:17; 3: 6; Romans 5:12-19)

5. The Salvation of Man

(a) Conditions to Salvation

The grace of God, which bringeth salvation, hath appeared to all men, through the preaching of repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ; man is saved by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost, and being justified by grace through faith, he becomes an heir of God according to the hope of eternal life (Luke 24:47; John 3:3,15; Acts 4:12; Romans 10:8,9,10, 13-15,17; Ephesians 2:8; Titus 2:11; Titus 3: 5 -7 ).

(b) The Evidence of Salvation

The inward evidence to the believer’s salvation is the direct witness of the Spirit (Romans 8:16). The outward evidence to all men is a life of righteousness and true holiness (Ephesians 4:24; Titus 2:11, 12).

6.  The Ordinances of the Church

(a) Baptism in Water

The ordinance of baptism by immersion is commanded in the Scriptures. All who repent and believe on Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord are to be baptized. Thus they declare to the world that they have died with Christ and that they also have been raised with Him to walk in  the newness of life (Matthew 28:19, Mark 16:16, Acts 10:47,48, Romans 6:4).

b) Holy Communion.

The Lord’s Supper, consisting of the elements – bread and the fruit of the vine – is the symbolic expression of our sharing the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ (II Peter 1:4). It’s a memorial of His suffering and death and a prophecy of His second coming(1 Corinthians 11: 26) and is enjoined on all believers “till He comes” (John 6:53-56).

7.  The Baptism in the Holy Ghost

All believers are entitled to and should ardently expect and earnestly seek the promise of the Father, the baptism in the Holy Ghost and fire, according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ. This was the normal experience of all in the early Christian Church. With it comes the endowment of power for life and service, the bestowment of the gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry ( Luke 24:49, Acts 1: 4,5,8). This experience is distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the new birth (Acts 8:12-17;10:44-46;11:15,16;15:8). With the baptism in the Holy Ghost, comes such experiences as an overflowing fullness of the Spirit (John 7: 37-39; Acts 4:8), a deepened  reverence for God (Acts 2:43; Hebrews. 12:28), an intensified consecration to God and dedication to His work (Acts 2:42), and a more active love for Christ, for His Word and for the lost (Mark 16:20).

8.  The Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Ghost                                                                    

Baptism of believers in the Holy Ghost is witnessed by the initial physical evidence of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit of God gives them utterance (Acts 2:4). The speaking in tongues in this instance is the same  in essence as the gift of tongues (1 Corinthians 12:4-10, 28), but different in  purpose and use.

9.  Sanctification

Sanctification is an act of separation from that which is evil, and of dedication unto God (Romans. 12:1,2 ; 1Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 13:12). The Scriptures teach a life of “holiness without which no man shall see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14). By the power of the Holy Ghost, we are able to obey the command: “Be ye holy, for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:15, 16). Sanctification is realized in the believer by recognizing his identification with Christ in His death and resurrection, and by faith reckoning daily upon the fact of that union and by offering every faculty continually to the dominion of the Holy Spirit (Romans 6: 4, 13, 14; Romans 8:1, 2, 13; Galatians. 2:20; Philippians 2:12, 13).

10.  The Church and its Mission: The Church is the body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of His great commission. Each believer, born of the

Spirit, is an integral part of “the general assembly and the Church of the first­born, which are written in heaven” (Hebrews 12:23; Ephesians 1:22,23, Ephesians 2:22). Since God’s purpose concerning man is to seek and to save that which is lost,  to worship God, and to build a body of believers in the image of His Son, the prime purposes of this Church, functioning as the Apostolic Christian Assembly Perambur Ministries are:

a. To be an agency of God for evangelizing the world (Acts 1 :8; Matthew 28:19, 20; Mark 16:15).

b. To be a corporate body in which man may worship God (1 Corinthians 12:13).

c. To be a channel of God’s purpose to build a body of saints being perfected in the image of His Son (Ephesians 4:11-16; 1Corinthians 12:28; 1Corinthians  14:12).

The Apostolic Christian Assembly Perambur Ministries exists expressly to give continuing emphasis to this reason for being in the New Testament apostolic pattern by teaching and encouraging believers to be baptized in the Holy Spirit. This experience enables us for the following:

a. To evangelize in the power of the Spirit with  supernatural signs following

      (Mark 16: 20; Acts 4:29-31; Hebrews  2:3, 4).

b. Adds a necessary dimension to worshipful relationship with God (1Corinthians  2:10-16).

c.  Enables them to respond to the full working of the Holy Spirit in expression of fruit and gifts and ministries as in New Testament times for the edification of the body of Christ (1Corinthians  12:28, 1Corinthians 14:12, Galatians 5:22-26, Ephesians  4:11,12, Colossians 1 :29).

11.  The Ministry

A divinely called and scripturally ordained ministry has been provided by our Lord for the threefold purposes of leading the Church in:

(1) Evangelization of the world (Mark 16:15,20).

(2) Worship of God (John 4: 23, 24).

(3) Building a body of saints to be perfected in the image of His Son (Ephesians  4:11-16).

12.  Divine Healing

Divine healing is an integral part of the gospel. Deliverance from sickness is provided for in the atonement and is the privilege of all believers.

( lsaiah 53: 4, 5; Matthew 8:16,17; James 5:14-16; 1 Peter 2:24).

13.  The Blessed Hope

The resurrection of those who have fallen asleep in Christ and their translation, together with those who are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord is the imminent and blessed hope of the Church. (Romans8:23;1Corinthians15:51,52;1Thess- alonians 4:16, 17; Titus 2: 13) .

14.  The Millennial Reign of Christ

The second coming of Christ includes the rapture of the saints, which is our blessed hope, followed by the visible return of Christ with His saints to reign on the Earth for one thousand years (Zechariah 14:5; Matthew 24:27, 30; Revelation 1 :7; 19: 11-14; 20: 1-6). This millennial reign will bring  salvation to the nation of Israel (Ezekiel 37:21, 22; Zephaniah 3: 19, 20; Romans 11 : 26, 27) and the establishment of universal peace (Psalm 72:3-8; Isaiah 11:6-9; Micah 4: 3, 4).

15.  The Final Judgment

There will be a final judgment in which the wicked dead will be raised and judged according to their works. Whosoever’s name is not found written in the Book of Life, together with the devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophet, will be consigned to the everlasting punishment in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone which is the second death. (Matthew 24:6, Mark 9:43-48; Revelation. 19: 20; 20: 11-15; 21 : 8).

16.  The New Heavens and the New Earth

We, “according to His promise, look for the  New Heavens and a New Earth wherein dwelleth righteousness” (II Peter 3:13; Revelation 21:1,2).

“And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward [is] with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.

He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus” (Revelation 22:12, 20).

PRINCIPLES OF THE CHURCH

1. Your consecrated personal testimony of your salvation in Christ  (Acts 4:12; Romans 10 : 9,10 ).

2. Your co-operation and obedience to the spiritual authority. (Jeremiah 3:15;1Corinthians 12:28; Hebrews 13:17 ).

3. Your continual and prayerful presence in all our Church services representing your full commitment and fellowship by not absenting yourself from communion, without sufficient reason (Hebrews 10:25 ).

4. Your conformity with the fundamental doctrines of the Church and the divine ordinances namely,  Baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper ( Luke 22:19; Romans 6:4, 17; 1 Corinthians 11:24, 25; II John  9).

5. Your contribution towards the support of the cause through tithes and offerings as taught unto us in the Word of God (Genesis 14:20; 28:22; Leviticus 27: 30; 1 Chronicles 29:14; Malachi 3:10; Matthew 23:23; I Corinthians 16:2;  Hebrews 7:8).

6. Your commitment in keeping the counsels of the Church within the Church ( Matthew 7: 6 ).

7. Your  constant spiritual and moral support to every member, remembering that we are joint members in the body of Christ (1Corinthians 12:25,26; Galatians 4:2;1Timothy 2:1;Hebrews 6:10; 10:24).

8. Your concord to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. ( Psalms 133; Ephesians 4: 3).

EXPECTATIONS OF THE CHURCH

1. Prayerfully  come to the House of God, with real preparedness of heart ( Matthew 6:7; Ephesians 6:18 ).

2. Be present before the commencement of the service in order to be a good example to those who are late and neglectful. ( Genesis 22: 3; Psalm 108: 2; Proverbs 8:17; Song of Solomon 7:12 ).

3. Bring your children along with you to the House of God. Relatives and servants also have souls. It is your duty and privilege to take care of them. (Exodus 20:10; John 1: 41, 45; Acts 10: 24).

4. The Pastor is your under-shepherd. You need his care, counsel and prayers. Constantly pray for him.

(Joel 2:17;Malachi 2:7;Romans15:30;II Corinthians 1:11; Ephesians 6:19; 1Thessalonians 2: 7; Hebrews 13:17 ).

5. Make your Church a spiritual home. ( Psalm  133:1; Acts 2: 46, 47).

6. Never speak disrespectfully  about  God’s servants or their ministrations. (Numbers 12:1,2,7; Psalm 105:14,15).

7. Bring your Bible along with you to the House of God. (Psalm 1: 2; 119: 16, 72; Romans 15: 4; II Timo thy 3:16, 17 ).

8. Enter reverently, pray fervently, listen attentively,  thank gratefully ,praise joyfully, and worship God in the beauty of Holiness. ( Psalm  29:2; Psalm 118: 27-29; Ecclesiastes 5: 1, 2 ; Romans 12:1,11; James 1:19).

“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise; be thankful unto  Him and bless His Name”

( Psalm 100 : 4 )