Summary: Not every church represents the true church. That is very clear when we read about the different churches Jesus speaks about in Revelation and His pronouncements on each. The same applies today especially in these final days of the church age. The true
The Doctrine Of The Kingdom
Not every church represents the true church. That is very clear when we read about the different churches Jesus speaks about in Revelation and His pronouncements on each. The same applies today especially in these final days of the church age.
The true church is apostolic in nature and represents exactly what Christ intends for His bride. It is a church that is equipped, united, and mature and looks like Christ. The apostolic church is what the true church should look like. Not every Christian leader represents the truth of Christ and not every church is the true church. In the same way, the Bible speaks about two doctrines; the apostles’ doctrine and the doctrine of demons.
Acts 2:42 - And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.
The church needs to once again go back to the doctrine of the early church in order to test the foundations of their beliefs and that may mean going back to the basics like the doctrine of salvation, the baptism in the Holy spirit, holiness, etc.
1. The apostles’ doctrine is the truth
Mark 1:27 - Then they were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, "What is this? What new doctrine is this? For with authority He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey Him."
The apostles’ doctrine does not come from man but from God and comprises of all the principles and laws of heaven that Jesus taught when He preached the gospel of the Kingdom.
John 7:16 - Jesus answered them and said, "My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent Me.
2. The apostles’ doctrine applies to the church
A true Christian is one who believes in the church of Jesus Christ.
Although we need to be committed to Christ, we also need to be committed to the body of Christ. You cannot be committed to Christ unless you are committed to His church.
Ephesians 5:32 - This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church.
3. The apostles’ doctrine means taking swift action
Acts 2:39-41 - For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call." And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, "Be saved from this perverse generation." Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.
Immediately after receiving the power of God’s Spirit, the apostles organized themselves to reach others who needed to be saved.
The apostle’s doctrine means taking quick action. The most powerful pulpit you can have is your desk at the office or your work bench in the factory. God has placed you in the work place so that you can tell people that there is a Jesus that cares.
This promise is for everyone and extends into the future until Jesus returns.
God is waiting for those with an apostolic heart to look for people who are hurting and tormented. You are the answer because God has equipped every one of us for the task.
4. The apostle’s doctrine releases increase