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Tracing Our Apostolic Pentecostal Roots





"The Churches of Christ of the Apostolic Faith" is the continuation of the great revival that began at Jerusalem on the Day of Pentecost, A.D. 33, and is founded upon the foundation of Apostoles and the Prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the Chief Corner Stone. Acts 2:1-42, Eph. 2:19-20. Although, of the true fellows, little has been known, yet from that time until now there has alwasy been earnest contenders "for the faith" which was once delivered unto the saints." See Jude 3:1, I Kings 19:18.

At various intervals, throughout the past centuries, the fellowers of the apostolic faith and doctrines have been prominent through great revivals that appeared in Great Britain, the United States and Canada.

In the days of Tertullian (A.D. 207), Chrysostom (4th century) Christians of the 13th century, the early Quarkers, Wesley, Whitfield and Irving, the gifts and manifestations of the apostolic church were much in evidence as the revival spirit swept over the country.

In Kanas in 1901, the revival broke forth and moved southward to Texas, being known locally only, but finally reaching Los Angeles, California about 1906, from whence it spread thoughout the whole earth, entering into nearby every nation under heaven, penetrating the heathen darkness of India, China, Africa, and the Isles of the sea, fulfilling the commission of our Lord, "Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature." Mark 16:15-20; Matt. 28:18-19; Luke 24:47-49; Acts 1:4-11, "And proclaiming the soon coming of the Lord."

So great was the awakening that in a few years in nearly every town of any size whatever, there were witnesses to the Pentecostal "outporing of the Spirit" Luke 24:48; Acts 1:8; and Acts 2:4, and soon there began to appear in different localities, places of worship wherin the gifts of the Spirit were manifested, designating themselves by such names as the Apostolic Faith Mission, Apostolic Faith Assembly, Full Gospel Assembly or Mission, Assembly of God, etc, their one common aim being to "earnestly contend for the faith which was one delieverd unto the saints "in the days of the Apostles, taking the Bible as their creed, discipline and rule of order and charter.

Our duty is to lift up the fallen, visit the sick, strengthen the weak,in Himself for us that works; that we should show forth the praises Him who hath called us out of darkness into His marvelous light; and that we may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God , without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom we shine as a light in the world, holding forth the Word of Life, to give to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide their feet into the way of peace."



***Taken directly from the preface of the 1926-1927 Minute Book of the Church of Christ of The Apostolic Faith written by Bishop R.C. Lawson***
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