Promitheos 33 & Afroditis 12, 546 29, Thessaloniki, tel.: 2310 566362
The Free Apostolic Church of Pentecost is a doctrine recognized by the Greek state and operates as a church with the permission of the Ministry of National Education and Religions. We dogmatically accept all the articles of the Apostles’ Creed, as enacted by the 318 fathers, in order to distinguish heresies from the church that stands on the word of God. It has as its statute the New Testament, the Gospel of Jesus Christ and believes that all Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable (2 Timothy 3: 16). Its leader is our Savior Jesus Christ, and those who serve Him are considered His servants.
The meaning of the words of the acronym (name) is:
1. Free: As it is self-governing, i.e. it is not dependent – directly or indirectly – on any 3rd Greek or foreign organization.
2. Apostolic: As its purpose is, its operation and life to be identified with the first church of the apostles of Jesus Christ.
3. Church: As it wants to be part of the “body of Christ”.
4. Pentecost: As it believes that the believer should receive the Holy Spirit, and be clothed with power from on high, as the apostles received on the day of Pentecost, as well as all the Christians of the first Apostolic Church.
The FREE APOSTOLIC CHURCH OF PENTECOST believes and executes:
a) BAPTISM IN WATER, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Prerequisites for a person to be baptized in water are to have believed in Christ and His Gospel and to have repented of sin. (Mark 16: 16, Acts 2: 38-39). It is therefore for men and women who are able to believe and repent. (Acts 20: 36-39).
b) The HOLY COMMUNION, which is done exactly as our Lord Jesus Christ did (Luke 22: 14-21) and handed it over to the apostles (1 Corinthians 1: 23-27). We believe that wine and bread become spiritually body and blood of Christ, through faith. (1 Corinthians 11: 27-30). Only faithful Christians, who have repented of sin, take part in Holy Communion (1 Corinthians 1:28). Holy Communion takes place every Sunday (Acts 2: 47, 20: 7).
c) MARRIAGE, which must be honest according to the Gospel (Hebrews 30: 4), forbidden of divorce in any case, permissible when adultery occurs (Matthew 5:32) and not allowed for a second marriage (1 Corinthians 7:11). Only death can separate a husband and wife (1 Corinthians 7:39), which is why the Free Apostolic Church of Pentecost does not divorce.
d) ANOINTING OF THE SICK, which concerns patients and gives healing to the body. The pastor and the elders anoint the patient with oil, lay their hands on him, and pray, as the Word of God commands (James 5:14; Mark 6:13). Jesus Christ heals the sick.
e) The CONFESSION, made by the repentant sinner before all (Mark 1: 5; Acts 19:18), or privately (James 5:16), to receive forgiveness from the only Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ (Acts d: 12).
f) The RECEPTION OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, which recommends to the faithful, to ask our Savior Jesus Christ, who is the Only One who can anoint with His Holy Spirit (Matthew 3: 11). As a sign that a person has received and is truly anointed with the Holy Spirit, it is the sign of the foreign tongues given to the apostles and Christians of the first apostolic Church (Acts 2:4, 10:44-48, 19:6, 1 Corinthians 14:22).
g) The MINISTRIES, which are five and given by the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, Jesus Christ: “So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers. He ordains bishops, who are also called elders in every church (Acts 14:23), faithful brethren, who must be married, with children under their control, with good witness (1 Timothy 3: 1-8, Titus 1: 5-10).