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Apostle Paul referred to a group of believers, whether gathered in a single location or multiple locations within a particular city throughout the known world as "Assemblies of Christ" (Rom. 16:16 LITV). For example, believers located in Jerusalem were part of the Assembly (of Christ) of Jerusalem (Acts 8:1). Those in Antioch were part of the Assembly (of Christ) of Antioch (Acts 13:1).

Therefore, in an expression of absolute unity with the early church, we fully embrace the Apostolic designation used by Apostle Paul ~ "The Assemblies of Christ" ~ and welcome you to become a part of this unique movement. 

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Orthodox-Pentecostal

 

We are part of the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church founded by Jesus Christ and His apostles, yet, we are a Living, Vibrant, and Passionate Modern expression of the same. We have blended the beauty and richness of the Ancient Apostolic Faith with the powerful Charismatic gifts and ministries rediscovered by the Pentecostal and Charismatic renewal movements of the last century ~ all designed to draw believers into a living and life-giving relationship with the Triune God! As such, we consider ourselves Orthodox-Pentecostal.

The term "orthodox" in classical Christian usage refers to the set of doctrines that were believed by the early Church. These doctrines were formalized into creedal statements through a series of ecumenical councils held over a period of many centuries. In union with these councils, we fully embrace the Apostles, Nicene-Constantinopolitan, Athanasius, and  Chalcedonian Creeds.

The term "Pentecostal" comes from the Greek word pentēkostē ("fiftieth"), the Greek term for Feast of Weeks (Leviticus 23:15; Deuteronomy 16:9) which was a holiday that was celebrated by ancient Israel on the fiftieth day after the Passover-Sabbath. For Christians, the Day of Pentecost which was celebrated after the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ commemorates the moment when the Holy Spirit was first given as a distinct Gift to the first believers in Jerusalem.

This Promise and Sealing of the Father has always been recognized as a gift available to individual believers (usually) after baptism throughout every generation since Pentecost; being historically recognized as "Confirmation", "Chrismation" and/or "Sealing" of the Spirit; and is normally conferred through the laying on of hands (Acts 8:14–17, 9:17, 19:6, and Hebrews 6:2). Unfortunately, over the years, this action has become a mere ritual that assumes a correct truth without any correspondent experience. Through the renewal movement of Pentecostalism, the life of Christ has been brought back into the dead ritual. Now the receiving of the Gift of the Holy Spirit is being experienced by believers, in the same manner, they experienced Him in the early church - the Gift of His Divine Indwelling Presence is being manifested by the Scriptural evidence of the continuous ability to speak in languages that have never been learned.

We not only embrace the orthodox ecumenical creeds, but we also embrace the Pentecostal sealing of the Holy Spirit. We are Orthodox-Pentecostals!