March 22, 2019
Friday Evening Bible Study
The Friday night Bible study was a combination of parts 3, 4, and 5 of the Highlighting Our Heritage series. Karen Barrett (pictured above) led the study, which focused on the three elements noted in the church's mission statement: Pray, Preach, and Publish. Sister Karen opened with Daniel 12:3, “And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever,” affirming that the “wise” can include anyone, and that everyone can turn many to righteousness. She went on to relate that in the year 2000, the church decided to create an official mission statement. It had to not only refer to the organization's past calling but also look ahead to the future, and it had to be appropriate for branch churches as well as the world headquarters. Eventually they settled on this statement, “The mission of the Apostolic Faith Church is to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We accomplish this as we: Pray, Preach, and Publish.”
As the presentation continued, Sister Karen went to give an in-depth description of Pray, Preach, and Publish, individually:
Prayer. Christians can pray anywhere at at all times--in church, at home, over prayer requests, as a congregation, and as individuals--and prayer is powerful. Sister Karen related some specific answers to prayer which had immense effects, not only on the lives of the individuals involved, but those around them and future generations of their families.
Preach. This church has its historical roots in the prayer meetings held in the house on Bonnie Brae Street and the Azusa Street Mission. The doctrines taught there are still taught in the Apostolic Faith Church today, not only from the pulpit but also through the testimonies shared during services.
Publish. There are a variety of ways one can publish the Gospel: in printed word, electronic media, the spoken word, and through personal lives. This last means is a method which any individual can act on, and Sister Karen noted the importance of living a godly testimony before the world.
In closing, Sister Karen read Psalm 16:6, “The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage,” and spoke of the wonderful heritage of the Apostolic Faith Church, but also warned that this privilege comes with responsibility. She encouraged everyone to consider what they want to leave behind for the future generations to come. She concluded with the challenge from 2 Timothy 3:14: “But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them.”
Watch the full session in the Media Center.