BIBLICAL APOSTOLIC PRINCIPLES

The Fellowship of Believers

Acts 2:42-47
42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
43 And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.
44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common;
45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.
46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,
47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.
The Biblical Apostolic model of Christianity is the most powerful model for church growth and fellowship and living the Christian life on the planet.
The principles of worship, fellowship, church government, evangelism and church growth were taught by Christ to the Apostles and they in turn put these practices into place resulting in the greatest Apostolic revival in the first century, it was said of them…they turned the world upside down.

 

Acts 17:6 And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also;

As an organization and charity, preaching the Word of God locally and online, we also want to follow the Apostolic model in all things pertaining to our personal Christian walk and sharing of the Gospel Of Christ.
Apostolic doctrine and principles along with the two greatest commandments that Jesus outlined in the book of Matthew…
 Matt.22:36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law? 37Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

 

are the basis for the Rev. D. L. McQuinn Memorial Foundation  Inc. and all our divisions within the Church and Charity.
These are our guiding principles and the model for revival as outlined by the Lord and the Apostles, so lets take a closer look at these
1) Loving God – “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.”
First of this is a commandment – that makes it easy, you don’t have to explain it, or defend it, you just have to obey it.
So a deep personal relation ship with the Lord is paramount – it starts with Biblical salvation and continues for eternity.
To be invited to spend eternity with the Almighty God is a powerful invitation, and we want to answer that call for ourselves as quickly as we can and then have the joy of leaning and spending time with the Lord, getting to know him through his Word, through the Spirit, through fellowshipping with him, through prayer and worship, learning to trust him and know his character throughout our life and circumstances.

 

2) Loving your neighbour – “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” Again this is not a choice, but a commandment – that makes it easy, you don’t have to explain it, or defend it, you just have to obey it. We will discover more on how to love your neighbour in our RBD lessons.
3) After salvation we then begin to implement Apostolic methods and principles into our lives…this will produce great joy, personal spiritual growth, positive fellowship opportunities, service opportunities resulting in church growth and the greatest end time revival the world has ever known.
Lets look at those principles in depth:
Acts 4
42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
1. Commitment – continued steadfastly
Commitment is the first order, if a person is not committed to the process of the Apostolic method and lifestyle all else will fail, Christian disciplines are important to be a true disciple of Christ

devoted themselves
προσκαρτεροῦντες (proskarterountes)
Verb – Present Participle Active – Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong’s Greek 4342: To persist, persevere in, continue steadfast in; I wait upon.

2. The Apostles’ Doctrine
Doctrine is super important – doctrine or what you believe determines your actions and way of life.

teaching
διδαχῇ (didachē)
Noun – Dative Feminine Singular
Strong’s Greek 1322: Teaching, doctrine, what is taught. From didasko; instruction.

As Apostolic  Christians we don’t want Hindu doctrine or  any other religion or worldly philosophies invading  and influencing our lives. We worship and follow Christ, he and he alone is our example, our teacher, our father, our High priest – it is his words and teaching that we want guiding our lives. Therefore the study of the Word, the study of Christ his teaching and following Christs teachings are extremely important to true Apostolic believers.

 

3. Fellowship – to fellowship with believers within the church setting, within our homes, on the street, in order to encourage and strengthen one another, this is also part of the Apostolic lifestyle and method. Coming together, to worship, to break bread, to love one another is critical in these end days.

fellowship,
κοινωνίᾳ (koinōnia)
Noun – Dative Feminine Singular
Strong’s Greek 2842: From koinonos; partnership, i.e. participation, or intercourse, or benefaction.

3. Breaking of Bread – to participate in communion to remember and show the Lord’s death, burial and resurrection, to be healed, physically, emotionally and spiritually, to be strengthened and encouraged, these are so important to the Lord and to the church.
To participate daily in the work of the death burial and resurrection – to die daily, to become a living sacrifice, to plead the blood, to do the work of a soldier of Christ – defeating Satan, death hell and the grave,  to walk victoriously being filled with the Spirit ready to do the work of Christ.
4. Prayer – communicating with the Lord – a constant, continuous, communication with the Lord, prayer along with fasting is a backbone of all true Apostolic principles and methods.
43 And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.
5. Miracles and Wonders – When Apostolic Principles are followed this is the result, a powerful ministry team with signs and wonders following. All believers have this ministry.

Mark 16:17And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 18They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common;
45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.
6. Ministering to the saints – caring physically for one another, making sure we are all clothed, fed and have the necessities of life, it comes under loving your neighbour, these principles were not just taught by the early church but greatly practised. It brought great joy.
46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,
7. Being in One Accord – Unity is the foundation for all Revivals.
8. Daily Devotion – Private and Public Worship – Daily connection in the temple for worship and prayer, as a church and organization we really haven’t encouraged this for local congregations but in this year, 2022 the Lighthouse is going to be adapting this, having a place to come and worship each day, a place for private prayer and reflection from the world. The church will be open for prayer each day from 6:00-8:00 pm in order to bring this Apostolic principle to our congregation.
For those who don’t have a local church online prayer rooms are available-  https://specialspace.ca/ladies-prayer-room/
8. Breaking of bread from house to house –  visitation and sharing your home, your table with others the results are fellowship with powerful joy!
 gladness
ἀγαλλιάσει (agalliasei)
Noun – Dative Feminine Singular
Strong’s Greek 20: Wild joy, ecstatic delight, exultation, exhilaration.
sincerity
ἀφελότητι (aphelotēti)
Noun – Dative Feminine Singular
Strong’s Greek 858: Simplicity, sincerity. From a compound of a and phellos; smoothness, i.e. simplici
47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.
9. Praising God – to testify of the goodness of the Lord – with joy share what the Lord has done for you, to evangelize and preach the Gospel

 Mark16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

The results are powerful! It is our goal, our destiny and our promise IF we follow the Apostolic principles and methods laid out by our Lord Jesus Christ and the Apostles. We too can have favour with all the people…and see the Lord add to the church daily such as should be saved.
The commitment- so commit today to following the Apostolic life and principles in your own life, your families lives and in your community to see this great end time revival.
Apostolic Daily Life Principles:
1. Maintain Your Personal Commitment – continue steadfastly
2. Study the Word – the Apostles’ doctrine – Bible study as well as Bible reading
3. Become a Living Sacrifice – remembering and participating in the death, burial and resurrection of Christ – participate in communion.
4. Practise Prayer – in church, in the community and at home.
5. Perform Miracles and Wonders – exercise your authority in Christ over sickness, demons, devils and even death.
6. Minister to the Saints – care for someone today
7. Promote Unity – be in one accord, exercise forgiveness, mercy and grace toward all believers and yourself, rejecting both shame and condemnation.
8. Maintain Daily Connections – to the Church for worship and prayer.
9. Praise – uplift the Lord through sharing your testimony, sharing the Word and preaching the Gospel.
10. Expect and Participate in Revival – always be ready, be available to pray, to deliver, to speak, to testify and to invite someone else to share the blessings of the Lord and to become part of the kingdom of God!

 

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