know about our heart
Here Is what we belive
Welcome and thank you for visiting the Bethuel Temple Churches of Christ Apostolic, Inc., USA and the United Churches of God, Ghana, Africa website.
We believe in ONE GOD, and that he is SPIRIT, manifested in the flesh. (Exodus 6:3; Isaiah 45:5,6: John 17:3); that HE IS ETERNAL (Genesis 1:1; Exodus 3:14; Psalm 90:2; 102:27; and that HE is to be worshipped as THE SON OF GOD in the earth but, in actuality, HE is very GOD. (1 Timothy 3:16; 1 Timothy 1:17; Revelations 1:7, 8; 4:11); infinite in WISDOM (Job 11:7-10; Psalms 145:3); GOODNESS (Psalms 36:6; 104:21; 145:9-16; Matthew 5:45; MERCY, LOVE and GRACE (Psalm 107:1; John 3:16; Luke 1:54; Romans 9:16; Ephesians 1:1-10; 2:4-9; Titus 2:11-14); POWER (Job 42:2; Matthew 19:26; Luke 1:37) that HE is Maker of Heaven and Earth (Genesis 1; John 1; 3; and that as GOD, HE is ONE, but HE IS REVEALED AS SON AND HOLY GHOST (Matthew 28:19; 1 Timothy 3:16; 1 John 5:7) and operates in these roles in order to orchestrate the redemption of mankind.
We believe that JESUS CHRIST IS GOD MANIFESTED IN THE FLESH. (St. John 1:1-5), (11-14) (14:13-18). We believe that JESUS was manifested in flesh like unto mankind, incarnated by the power of the HOLY GHOST (Luke 1:34-35) in the womb of the Virgin Mary (John 1:1-4).
We believe in the HOLY GHOST and that IT is the manifestation of Jesus Christ in the believer. We further believe that HE is ever present to lead and guide those who let him, unto all truth. We believe that the HOLY GHOST convicts and comforts. (John 14:16; 16:8; 14:17; 17:17) St. John 16:13; 1 Corinthians 2:14-15; St. John 14:5-11)
We believe that TRUE REPENTANCE is turning around and sincerely changing ones minds abut the lifestyle that one has been living that is contrary to the WORD OF GOD. We believe that anyone can believe that their life is conforming to the will of God; especially if they do not rightly divide the WORD OF TRUTH. To turn from SIN to SALVATION means forsaking SATAN’S INFLUENCES AND REPENTING WITHIN ones heart, becoming GODLY SORRY FOR YOUR SIN (that is the stigma of death placed on all mankind by Adam), and turning to RIGHTEOUSNESS, doing all that one knows to do that is right. We believe that God will reveal his TRUTH and guide the believer by revealing this wisdom.
We believe that JUSTIFICATION is God’s judicial work that is done willingly for mankind, and that renders mankind, who accepts the sacrifice, CLEAN and RIGHTEOUS before God through the BLOOD THAT HE SHED WHILE BEING MANIFESTED IN THE FLESH. (Acts 10:43; Romans 3:24-26; 5:1,2; 16-18)
We believe that REGENERATION IS THE Divine operation of God that transforms the heart of a repentant sinner and atunes the heart to the aspirations of the Will of God. It fosters a new desire, a new walk, a new talk and a totally new outlook on life. (Ephesians 4:23) We further believe that no accountable person may enter into the eternal presence of God without having this experience. (John 3:3-7; Romans 12:2; Ephesians 4:22-24; James 1:18; 1 Peter 1:23) We also believe that this TRANSFORMATION can only be manifested in VICTORY OVER A SINFUL LIFE IN THIS WORLD. (John 5:4,5); This can only be possible by daily conforming to the teaching found in the WORD OF GOD, from obeying the principals to continuing to perfection. (Hebrew 6:1,2; St. Matthew 7:16; Romans 6:14; 1 John 3:7-10) If regenerated, ones heart will be filled with Divine Love so that the believer will hate EVIL and LOVE good. (John 4:7,8; 5:1,2)
We believe that SIN began with the disobedience of Adam, in the garden of Eden and that all men became sinners, which means separated from a RIGHTEOUS GOD. (Rom 3:9-24; 5:12-21; 6:20) We further believe that sinner are driven by the MIND OF THE DEVIL, which in scripture is known as “THE CARNAL MIND.” Because SIN is condemned in the flesh, the MIND is tutored by the influences of the devil and can not continually think rights. This sate of mind renders mankind unfit to live in the DIVINE PRESENCE OF GOD. (Romans 7:17; 8:6-8; Genesis 3:22-24; Romans 7:12-23) We therefore believe that only THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST CAN TAKE AWAY THE STAIN OF SIN from mankind. (Hebrews 9:14; 10:29; 13:12; 1 John 1:7) Now because man by nature is a child of wrath, and the penalty of death looms over mankind’s head, no man, human or originated from human origin could eradicate this terrible doom; BUT JESUS, WHO BECAME AS MAN AND THEREFORE NOW IS GOD MAN, decided to come down and die, revealing all who will accept him, forsaking all to follow him. (Romans 5:12; Ephesians 2:1-3; 1 John 3:16-19; 1 John 5:10-12)
We believe that SANCTIFICATION is the act of God’s cleansing through his Divine GRACE TOWARD ALL MANKIND. Mankind is freed from moral desecration and Original Sin and by believing and accepting the Work of God, through his fleshly manifestation, we have Life Eternal; but only if we deny ourselves and take up our cross and follow him. (John 17:15-17; Hebrews 10:14; 12:1-4; Titus 2:11,12;
1 Thessalonians 5:23)
We believe that JESUS CHRIST ROSE FROM THE DEAD, ASCENDED INTO HEAVEN and is NOW SITTING AT THE RIGHT HAND OF THE FATHER making intercession for us. (Acts 1:19; 7:56; Romans 8:34; Hebrews 1:3; 7:25) We further believe in the CATCHING AWAY OF THE SAINTS (True Believers) to meet the Lord Jesus when he comes in the clouds to take away (RAPTURE) the CHURCH. (Acts 1:10. 11; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18) We also believe that the WICKED DEAD will be RESURRECTED when Jesus Christ comes back to the earth to judge the Wicked Living and the Wicked Dead. (Matthew 25:26) Scriptures supporting the resurrection of the just and unjust. (Daniel 12:2; John 5:28, 29; Revelations 20:12,13; 1 Corinthians 15:52; Philippians 3:21,22).
We believe that there is three WATER BAPTISMS given under the dispensation of GRACE:
1. The baptism of the Children of Israel under the cloud by Moses.
(1 Corinthians 10:1-4)
2. The baptism of John in the river of Jordon. (John 3:6)
3. The baptism in the Name of Jesus Christ. (Acts 2:38)
We therefore believe that the same Peter, who Jesus told in St. Matthew 28:19 to “go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost;” is the same Peter who told the inquiring believers who were pricked in their hearts to “REPENT AND BE BAPTIZED EVERYONE OF YOU IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST FOR THE REMISSION OF SINS, AND YE SHALL RECEIVE THE GIFT OF THE HOLY GHOST.” (Colossians 3:17) “…whatsoever you do…; DO IT ALL IN THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS, GIVING THANKS UNTO GOD AND THE FATHER BY HIM.”
We believe in the GIFT OF THE HOLY GHOST, evidence of SPEAKING WITH TONGUES AS THE SPIRIT OF GOD GIVES THEM UTTERANCE.” (Acts 2:1-4 We believe that every TRUE BELIEVER MUST HAVE THIS EXPERIENCE AND IF THE WORD OF GOD IS OBEYED, THEY WILL EXPERIENCE IT. (Joel 2:28, 29) We believe that the indwelling spirit (THE HOLY GHOST), baptized about 120 Jews on the Day of Pentecost and the house of Cornelius because of the example of the Gentile Nations and always thereafter is referred to as ANNOITING, FEELING, AND AS A GIFT THAT IS TO BE RECEIVED BY THOSE THAT BELIEVE AND OBEY HIM.