Jesus Christ Apostolic Ministries International
Saturday, 12 August 2006
The Oldest Church
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Topic: The Pentecostal Apostolic

The Pentecostal Apostolic Faith is the Oldest in the world it was started by Jesus Christ around 33AD On the day of Pentecost, when the group were all assembled together with one accord in one place, there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind. It filled all the house where they were sitting. Cloven tongues that looked like fire were seen above each seeker. They were all filled with the Holy Ghost; words they had never learned came to their lips, inspired by the Holy Spirit of God. Acts 2:1-4, John 3:7-8, Matt. 3:11-12. Then a great crowd assembled from all parts of Jerusalem. They heard the Galileans speaking in languages that could be understood by all the great throng of people. As they questioned, Peter stood up. Inspired by the Holy Spirit of God, Peter preached a message of boldness and power. He explained how the wonderful scene was a fulfillment of Joel's prophecy of old time. He told the crowd how they had wickedly crucified and slain Jesus of Nazareth, whom God had sent to bless them. He declared God had raised Jesus from the dead, and had made Him Lord and Christ. Now the risen Christ had sent the promised Holy Ghost or the promised Comforter. Acts 2:5-36 and Joel 2:28-32. Conviction and remorse for sin seized many in the multitude. "Men and brethren, what shall we do?" they cried. Peter commanded them to repent, to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, and promised they should receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. He said the promise was for them, for their children, and for all that was a far off, even as many as God shall call. Acts 2:38-39. That same day, about three thousand people were baptized. They became witnesses of the risen Christ. A Church of prayer, praise and power was established. Miracles and signs were accomplished in the name of Jesus. From Jerusalem, the Gospel was carried by devoted men of God to different parts of the earth. Thank God for Pentecost! It was the Birthday of the First and True Church! The Church began at Jerusalem, upon the Day of Pentecost, when the Holy Ghost or the Holy Spirit came upon the group assembled in the upper room. That same day, about three thousand were added to them by baptism. The Lord added others to the Church as they were saved. Luke 24:49, Acts 1:4-8, Acts 2:1-4, 41, 47. Gentiles were included in the Church when the Holy Spirit fell upon Cornelius, his relatives, and near friends. The Jews recognized that God had given the Gentiles repentance unto life when they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God. Acts 10:44-48, 11:15-18, Rom. 26:3-4 and Mark 16:15. God's way of entering the Church is to repent, be baptized in Jesus' name, and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Luke 24:45-49, Acts 2:38-39 and I Cor. 12:13. This is God's Church, not man's. If you wish to enter, we will do it God's way or we won't enter into His Church. Jesus said, "I am the door." There is no other way. I don't care what you are taught, nor what you may believe. Jesus is the way, the only way and there is no other. Not long after Jesus uttered these words, he was unjustly tried by wicked men, was condemned, and died upon the cross. But the grave could not hold Him; He arose, and again appeared unto Mary and His disciples. Just before Jesus went back to heaven, He commanded His disciples to tarry at Jerusalem for the power from on high. He commanded them to carry the Gospel to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem, after first receiving the baptism of the Holy Ghost. Note especially Luke 24:46-49, "And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high." This same command is recorded in Acts 1:3-9. "And being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. When Jesus had gone back to heaven, two men in white appeared unto His disciples. They promised that some day Jesus would come back to earth as He had gone. Acts 1:10-11 "And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; which also said, ye men of Galilee, why stand you gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven." His disciples continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, with Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers. Acts 1:12-15 and Luke 24:49-53. Luke 21:12-19 In the meantime, God's people receive persecution. They are brought before church authorities, sent to prisons, taken before kings and magistrates. They give their testimony for Jesus, He gives them inspired words. They are betrayed by relatives and friends; some of Christ's people are put to death. They are hated of all men because they love the precious name of Jesus. Luke 21:20-27 Jesus speaks of Jerusalem encircled by armies. Desolation follows; vengeance falls upon the unbelieving Jews. Wrath and distress come to the sons of Abraham. They fall by the sword; the remnant are led captive to all nations. Jerusalem is trodden down by the Gentiles until the end of the Gentile age. Signs appear in the sun, moon, and stars, nations are in distress; men's mind are stricken with perplexity and grief. Thrones and kingdoms quiver and fall. The Son of man comes in a cloud with power and great glory. Luke 21: 28-33 Jesus exhorts His people to look up when these things begin to come to pass, for their redemption draws nigh. When the fig tree, a type of the Jewish nation, shoots forth, we know the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. When Jesus knew He would soon go to the cross, He desired to comfort His disciples. Even though He was to rise from the dead, He could only remain in person a short time. His followers would need special help. Jesus told His disciples of many mansions in His Father's house. He promised to go and prepare a place for them. He promised to come back and receive them unto himself. John 14:1 -3 Jesus promised that the Father would send another Comforter, the Spirit of Truth, to abide with them forever. The world could not receive the promise, the Spirit was only for believers. John 14:15-18. John 15:26-27 "But when the comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of Truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me, and ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning." Also John 16:7-13. Luke 21 gives a simple account of prophetic events by the great Teacher to some of His disciples. In this simple discourse, we gain a brief view of happenings from the time our Savior left this earth until His feet shall again touch mount Olivet. Luke 21:5-7 Jesus' disciples remind Him of the mighty and glorious Temple in Jerusalem. He replies that not one of the huge stones shall be left upon another. Luke 21:8-11 We learn of deceivers who come in Jesus' name. We are warned not to go after them. We hear of wars and commotions, yet are exhorted not to fear, these things must first come to pass. Nations and kingdoms go to battle against other countries, blood flows, desolation and misery follow. Great earthquakes come in divers places, famines and pestilences destroy multitudes; fearful sights are seen from heaven.

Written By Sister Betty Neal And Posted By Her Son Michael

 



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