What We Believe...

Below listed are the tenants of faith that we hold as requisite for all members within our society to read, practice and deem as the doctrine of our Church.

The Decalogue:
(or Ten Commandments in common usage)

  1. I am the Lord thy God; Thou shalt have none other gods before me.
  2. Thou shalt not make to thyself any graven image, nor the likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or in the earth beneath, or in the water under the earth; thou shalt not bow down to them, nor worship them; For I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, and visit the sins of the fathers upon the children, unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; and show mercy unto thousands in them that love me and keep my commandments.
  3. Thou shalt not take the Name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless, that taketh his Name in vain.
  4. Remember that thou keep holy the Sabbath-day. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all that thou hast to do; but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God. In it thou shalt do no manner of work; thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, thy man-servant, and thy maid-servant, thy cattle, and the stranger that is within thy gates. For in six days the Lord mad heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day; wherefore the Lord blessed the seventh day, and hallowed it.
  5. Honour thy father and thy mother; that thy days may be long in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.
  6. Thou shalt do no murder.
  7. Thou shalt not commit adultery.
  8. Thou shalt not steal.
  9. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
  10. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife, nor his servant, noe his maid, nor his ox, noe his ass, nor any thing that is his.

 The Nicene Creed:

We believe in one God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, Very God of Very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father by whom all things were made; who for us men, and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary, and was made man, and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried, and the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures, and ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of the Father. And he shall come again with glory to judge both the quick and the dead, whose kingdom shall have no end.

And we believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life, who proceedeth from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified, who spoke by the prophets. And we believe one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins. And we look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen .

The Apostles' Creed:

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth:
And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord: Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, Born of the Virgin Mary: Suffered under Pontius Pilate, Was crucified, dead, and buried: He descended into hell; The third day he rose again from the dead: He ascended into heaven, And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty: From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost: The holy Catholic Church; The Communion of Saints: The forgiveness of sins: The Resurrection of the body: And the Life everlasting. AMEN .

DOCTRINAL BELIEFS

I. THE HOLY SCRIPTURES

We believe that the Holy Bible is the inspired, inerrant and infallible Word of God, the product of holy men of old who spoke and wrote as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Bible we accept as our infallible guide in all matters pertaining to conduct and doctrine. (II Tim 3:16; I Thess. 2:13)

II. THE GODHEAD

Our God is One, Holy, Living and True God, of everlasting and of infinite power, wisdom, and goodness, the Creator and Preserver of all things seen and unseen. Our God has revealed Himself to us through three Divine manifestations as The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit.
(Phil. 2:6; Matt. 3:15-17)

III. MAN, HIS FALL AND REDEMPTION

We believe that man is a created being, made in the image and likeness of God. Through Adam's transgression and fall, sin came into the world. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was made manifest to undo the works of the Devil. He gave His life and shed His blood to redeem and restore man to God. (Rom. 5:12; Rom 3:9-10; I John 3:8; Gal. 3:13-14)
We believe SALVATION is the gift of God to man and is separate from works and the law. Salvation is made operative by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, producing works acceptable to God. (Eph. 2:8)

IV. ETERNAL LIFE AND NEW BIRTH

We believe that the first step towards salvation is godly sorrow that works repentance. We believe that New Birth (being Born Again) is necessary to all men, and when fulfilled, produces eternal life. (II Cor. 7:10; I John 5:12; St. John 3:3-5)

V. WATER BAPTISM

We believe that Baptism in water is a direct command of our Lord Jesus and is for believers only. The ordinance is an outward and visible symbol of an inward invisible work. Water Baptism symbolizes the Christian's identification with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection. (Matt. 28:19; Acts 2:38; Rom. 6:4; Col. 2:12; Acts 8:36-39)

VI. BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe in the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. The Baptism in the Holy Spirit is a gift from God as promised by the Lord Jesus Christ to those who are believers in the Lord Jesus Christ. (Acts 1:8; Acts 2:4; Luke 24:49; Acts 1:5)

VII. SANCTIFICATION

We believe that the Bible clearly teaches that without holiness no man can see the Lord. We believe in the doctrine of sanctification as a definite, yet progressive work of grace, commencing at the time of regeneration and continuing until the consummation of salvation. (Heb. 12:14; I Thess. 5:23; II Pet. 3:18; II Cor. 3:18; Phil. 3:12-14)

VIII. DIVINE HEALING

Healing is for the spiritual, physical and emotional ills of the body and is wrought by the power of God through the prayer of faith, and by the laying on of hands and anointing with oil. It is the privilege of every member of the Church today. (Mark 16:18; James 5:14-20; I Pet. 2:24; Matt. 8:17; Isa. 53:4-6)

IX. RESURRECTION OF THE JUST AND THE RETURN OF OUR LORD

The angel said, "This same Jesus shall so come in like manner." His coming is imminent. When He comes, the dead in Christ shall rise to meet Him, and those believers who are physically alive shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet our Lord in the air. (Acts 1:11; I Thess. 4:1-17) He shall return to the earth as King of kings and Lord of lords, and together with His saints, He shall reign a thousand years. (Rev. 20:6)

X. HELL AND ETERNAL RETRIBUTION

The one who physically dies in his sins without Christ is hopelessly and eternally lost in the lake of fire and therefore has no further opportunity of hearing the Gospel or for repentance. The lake of fire is literal. The terms "eternal" and "everlasting," used in describing the duration of punishment of the damned in the lake of fire, carry the same thought and meaning of endless existance as used in describing the duration of joyand ecstasy of the saints in the presence of God. (Heb. 9:27; Rev. 19:20; Heb. 6:1-2)

XI. THE SACRAMENTS OF THE CHURCH

Holy Baptism: Baptism is the sacrament through which professing believers become members of the Living Body of Christ: the Church, and through which the stain of original sin is removed. The Abyssinian Apostolic Church does not baptize infants or children under the age of accountability. We believe that baptism is only and rightfully observed by individuals who can profess Christ as their Lord and Savior for themselves.

Holy Eucharist: The Eucharist (Lord's Supper, Holy Communion) is not only a memorial of our Lord's sufferings for us, but also the sacrament through which Christ presents Himself to the faithful and imparts indescribable grace, including life itself. We invite all baptized believers in the Lord to unite with us as we celebrate Christ's presence with us and in us and through us.

Confirmation: This sacrament if the acknowledgement by a Bishop that one has been received into the membership of the Church and has received the grace and gifts of the Holy Spirit – evidenced by the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and the display of the fruit of the Spirit.

Holy Matrimony: This sacrament is the blessing of the joining together of one man and one woman in bonds of Holy Matrimony, through which grace is received to live in the holy union of marital bliss as husband and wife.

Reconciliation: This sacrament also called “Penance”, is the sacrament through which we receive forgiveness of sins.

Anointing of the Sick: This sacrament, also known as “Extreme Unction” is the sacrament through which one receives healing and restoration, or prepares one to meet the Lord.

Holy Orders: This sacrament is the observance and recognition of those whom the Lord has called and chosen to serve His Church in the office and ministration of Deacons, Priests and Bishops. This is also known as “Ordination.”

 

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