OUR CHURCH HISTORY
Some Ghanaians were worshipping in a predominantly African Church in New York in the later part of the 1980’s and the early part of the 1990’s. The name of the church was United African Brotherhood (UAB.)
After some time several developments in the church produced unresolvable differences in the church which resulted in a split. A number of people left UAB and started a prayer group with the teachings of the Bible. This group of believers started conducting church services on Sundays. The key leaders and officers of the group were Elders David Owusu Asimeng, Philip Duah (no longer in the church), Mac Otchere, Elijah Addae, Pastor Edward Okyere (now with Miracle Church of Christ). The others were Deacon Nana Osei Tutu (now Elder), Deacon Dumfeh, Sisters Perpetual Acheampong, Juliana Kusi Dansoh and Constance Asiedu (now deaconesses). Several other people whose names shall be too many to list also contributed to the establishment of the fellowship
As the membership of the fellowship grew, it became necessary to formally establish a church and it was at this time that Elder Owusu Asimeng mentioned this to Apostle Peter Attah Antwi, the then President of The Apostolic Church of Ghana. After visiting the USA, Apostle Attah Antwi met with the National Council who then sent Apostle Ebenezer Abebrese, the then General Secretary of the Church and Apostle Victor Boafo, the then Area Apostle for Cape Coast and leader of the National Evangelical Team, to visit the USA in August 1993. Before their visit, some of the leaders of the new church fellowship were thinking of affiliating with the Assembly of God or adopting the name “Miracle Church of Christ.” The Lord used the visit of these two servants and the teamwork among the officers to convince the members to affiliate with The Apostolic Church of Ghana. Subsequently, the name “The Apostolic Church International” was chosen to refer to the churches that shall be established in North America on behalf of The Apostolic Church of Ghana.
In November 1993, The National Council, appointed Apostle Victor Boafo as the first missionary to shepherd the flock in New York. He arrived in New York in November 1993 and began the work in North America on behalf of the National Council as National Superintendent of North America.
RULES OF CONDUCT
1. Never come to the House of God without praying before coming. Matthew 6:7, Ephesians 6:18
2. Be in your seat at the commencement of the service. You will thus be a good example to those who are late and neglectful.
Genesis 22:3, Psalm 108:2, Proverbs 8:17, Song of Solomon 7:12
3. Bring your children with you to the House of God. Relatives and servants also have souls. It is your duty and privilege to take care of them. Matthew 11:14, Exodus 22:10, Acts 10:24, John 1:41,45, Genesis 18:19
4. Make your Pastor your personal friend. His sympathy, support and counsel are needed by you. Constantly pray for him. 1 Thessalonians 2:7, Joel 2:17, Malachi 2:7, Romans 15:30, 2 Corinthians 1:11, Ephesians 6:19, Hebrews 13:17
5. Make the Church your spiritual home. Acts 2:46-47, Psalm 133:1
6. When conversing never speak disrespectfully or criticizingly of God’s servants or their ministrations, in the presence of your children. If you sow to the wind, you may expect to reap the whirlwind. Galatians 6:7, Proverbs 22:8, Hosea 8:7.
7. Take your Bible with you to the House of God. Psalm 1:2, 119:16, 72, Romans 15:4, 2 Timothy 3:16-17
8. Enter reverently, pray fervently, listen attentively, give praise from a grateful heart and worship God in the beauty of holiness. Psalm 118:27-29, Ecclesiastes 5:1, Romans 12:11, James 1:19
1. The Unity of the God-head and the Trinity of the persons there-in. Genesis 1:1; Matt 3:16-17; 1 John 5:7
2. The utter depravity of human nature, the necessity for repentance and regeneration and the eternal doom of the finally impenitent (i.e. unrepentant). Gen 3:1-19; Isaiah 53:6; Acts 2:38; 17:30, John 5:28-29; Daniel 12:2; Romans 2:7, 6:23; 1 John 1:1-2
3. The Virgin Birth, Sinless Life, Atoning Death, Triumphant Resurrection, Ascension and Abiding intercession of Our Lord Jesus Christ. His second coming and millennial reign upon earth. John 8:46; 14:30; Col. 1:15; 2 Corinthians 5:19; Romans 3:25; Acts 2:36; Phil. 2:9-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; Rev. 22:20
4. Justification and sanctification of the believer through the finished work of Christ. Acts 2:38; Luke 15:7; Romans 4:25; 5:16; 1 Corinthians 1:30; 1 Thessalonians 4:30
5. The baptism of the Holy Ghost for believers with signs following. 1 Corinthians 12:8-11; Mark 16:17; Acts 2:4; and Galatians 5:22
6. The nine gifts of the Holy Ghost for the edification, exhortation and comfort of the Church, which is the body of Christ. 1 Corinthians 12:4-11
7. The sacraments of baptism by immersion and of the Lord’s Supper. Rom 6:4, 6:11, 6:13-14, Luke 3:21; Mark 16:16, Luke 2:22-24, 34; Mark 10:16, Luke 22:19-20; Matt. 26:21-29; Acts 20:7
8. The divine inspiration and authority of the Holy Scriptures. 2 Tim 3:16, 2 Peter 1:21
9. Church government by Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, Teachers, Elders and Deacons. Ephesians 4:11-13, 1 Corinthians 12:28
10. The possibility of falling from Grace. 1 Corinthians 10:12, 1 John 5:11, John 15:4, 1 John 5:12, Romans 5:1-2, John 8:51, 1 Timothy 4:1, 16; 2 Timothy 3:13-15, 1 Corinthians 15:1, Colossians 1:21-23
11. The obligatory nature of Tithes and Offerings. Malachi 3:10, Matthew 23:23, Hebrews 7:1-4; Luke 6:38; Acts 20:35