The Good News Proclaimed: The Kerygma of Acts 10:36-43 and Other Proclamations
We believe the Gospel , or Good News, proclaimed by the Apostles, which is summarized as follows:
- This good news was prophesied in the Hebrew Scriptures, which are God’s words to His Church, as part of His eternal plan to bless the families of the earth through Abraham and the house of David, culminating in the New Covenant, in which is forgiveness of sin, sanctification in Christ, and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit who binds all disciples of the Messiah to God.
- This good news was fulfilled in Jesus of Nazareth, the Messiah, the only begotten Son of God, the seed of David, the King of Kings, born of the Spirit in the flesh.
- Jesus the Messiah was baptized by John, and with the power of the Holy Spirit, he went around doing good in and around the lands of Galilee and Jerusalem, breaking the power of the Evil One, and delivering the oppressed from the Evil One’s designs.
- Jesus lived a sinless life, yet we (humanity) crucified him by hanging him on a tree. Jesus took our curse of sin upon himself, yet God raised him from the dead on the third day, and was seen by many people. His resurrection allows us to have fellowship with God that was lost due to sin. (Deuteronomy 21:23, Galatians 3:13).
- The Messiah Jesus will come again to judge both the living and the dead. He will establish His kingdom once and for all which he shall rule without end. (2 Tim 4:1, Revelation 11:15)
- Those who hear this Good News, believe it, and follow the Messiah receive forgiveness of sin and are sealed with the Holy Spirit, who is the pledge of their inheritance, as they eagerly await the Savior’s return. These followers continue to do his work of the Kingdom of God through the work and ministry of the Holy Spirit today until Jesus’ return. (Galatians 1:1-5, 3:1-18, 1 Corinthians 15, Romans 1:1-7, 4:24-25, Ephesians 1:1-3:21, Colossians 1:9-10, 1 Timothy 3:16, 1 Peter 1:1-5)
We believe that there is only one message of Good News and that each person who places his trust in the faithfulness in the person and work of the Messiah alone for the forgiveness of sins is forgiven once and for all. Furthermore, he or she is made permanently a child of God and part of the Messiah’s Church, which is all a gift of God’s grace and mercy. (Ephesians 1:1-14, 2:1-10, Colossians 1:9-14, 1 Corinthians 12:12-13, 2 Corinthians 5:14-17, Romans 5, Romans 8)
We believe that the Church of Jesus the Messiah is made up those who are the elect and have accepted the message of the Good News of God’s favor. Those who have been accepted will be baptized, signifying their identification with Jesus and his believing community, the Church. (Matthew 28:19-20, Acts 10:44-48, Romans 6:1-11, 1 Corinthians 12:13)
We believe that once a disciple has been identified with the Messiah and his Church through baptism, special care should be exercised to see that they become mature and useful members of the local church (Matthew 28:19-20, Acts 10:44-48, 1 Corinthians 12:1-31)
We believe that each believer should celebrate the Eucharist regularly with the Church. In doing so, the believer not only remembers the work of the Messiah, but fellowships with the Messiah and His body, the Church over all time and space. (1 Corinthians 11:17-34)
The Teachings of Christ: The Didache
We believe that God revealed His plan for the Church in the epistles and that the Apostles expected the churches to follow their instructions. (Ephesians 3:1-13, 1 Thessalonians 4:1-2, 2 Thessalonians 2:15, 3:6, 1 Timothy 3:14-16, 2 Timothy 1:13-14, 2.2, 3:9-10, Jude 3, 17)
We believe that this teaching can be summarized as follows:
- Each new believer is instructed to lay aside his or her old life, renew his or her mind in this teaching, and conform his or her new life to the will of God. (Ephesians 4:22-24; Romans 12:1-2)
- A set of virtues imbued by the inward work of the Holy Spirit is to characterize each believer. (Galatians 5:22-33, Colossians 3:12, 1 Peter 1:1-11)
- Individual households must be ordered properly, consistent with God’s created design. (Ephesians 5:22-6:9, Colossians 3:18-4:1, 1 Peter 3:1-7)
- God’s household, the Church, must be properly ordered according to sound doctrine that was received from the Messiah through the Apostles. (1 Timothy 3:14-16, Titus 1:5-2:15, 2 Thessalonians 2:15, 3:6, Ephesians 3:1-13, Colossians 1:24-29)
- Each believer must be committed to do his or her part, in one-another ministry and specifically in the use of his or her gifts, in the building up of the Church. (Romans 12:3-16, 1 Corinthians 12:4-6)
- A pattern of relationships within the Church must be observed–characterized by love, brotherhood, mutual acceptance, and respect–in which each is to diligently pursue unity in the bond of peace. (Romans 12:9-15, 14:1-7, Philippians 1:27-2:4, Ephesians 4:1-6)
- A pattern of relationships in the world must be observed–characterized by respect for government, employees, and other authorities, and love and good deeds towards neighbors and those in need. (Romans 13:1-7, Titus 2:14, 3:1, 3:14, James 2:14-26)
- Individuals must lead responsible and sober lives–working hard, providing for their own, making the most of the time, helping those in need, and keeping on the alert for the Evil One and his strategies in their lives. (Ephesians 5:1-22, 6:10-18, 1 Thessalonians 4:9-12, 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15, 1 Peter 5:6-11)
We believe that all matters concerning the life and beliefs of the churches are to be settled by the Bible, the Word of God; and though the churches are to be guarded and protected by elders gifted as pastors and teachers, all are subject to the authority of the biblical text. (1 Timothy 4:1-16, 6:3-5, 2 Timothy 2:14-15, 3:16, 4:1-4, Titus 1:5-15, 2:1, 2:15, 2 Peter 3:14-18, Jude 3, 17)
The Church – The Pillar and Support of the Truth
We believe that the Church is at the center of God’s eternal purposes and that God is displaying His infinite and eternal wisdom to the entire universe through it. (Ephesians 3:1-13)
We believe that the Messiah’s mission is to build the Church that bears his mark and name; nothing will overcome his purposes, including the Evil One with all his hosts and servants. (Matthew 16:13-20)
We believe that the Church is the pillar and support of the truth. This truth has been delivered definitively once and for all through the Apostles and that the Church is the faithful only to the degree that it guards this truth in its beliefs and actions. (1 Thessalonians 3:15, 1 Timothy 3:14-16, 2 Timothy 1:13-14, 3:10-11, 3:14, 2 Peter 3:1-2, Jude 3, 17)
We believe that the Messiah’s strategy for building his Church is through the joyful, ever expanding, Spirit-empowered multiplication of self-supporting, self-propagating, self-governing communities of Christians maturing in Christ and furthering the Good News of Jesus the Messiah. (Matthew 28:19-20, Luke 24:44-49, Acts 1:8, 13:1-4, 14:19-23, 20:28-32, 1 Timothy 3:14-16, Titus 1:5-9)