Thank you for visiting the online home of Apostolic Faith Church in Gainesville, Virginia. We would like to cordially invite you to our services and give you the information you need to make the best choice possible in fulfilling your own personal and spiritual needs. We would also love for you to come and Experience the wonderful presence and power of the Holy Ghost with us, and Explore the Word of God to gain greater insight and revelation of His Word, and to Expect great things to happen by exercising your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. It doesn’t matter if you’re trying to find God for your first time or if you’re a seasoned saint, there’s always more of God to experience, more of His Word to explore, and so much more to expect from Him! We would love to share the love of Christ with you.
Experience. Explore. Expect. It’s what Apostolic Faith is all about!
The Bible does not give a quick answer when we search for a definition of evangelism. The word evangelism, in fact, is not in the Bible — but the words evangelist and evangelize are there, and from these, we learn what evangelism is. The Greek word euaggelizo means “to preach, to proclaim the good tidings, to tell the good news.” The angels evangelized. They brought “good tidings of great joy”(Luke 2:10). Jesus evangelized. He preached the “glad tidings of the kingdom of God” (Luke 8:1). Paul evangelized. He said, “I have preached to you the gospel” (2 Corinthians 11:7). Philip evangelized. He “preached unto him Jesus” (Acts 8:35). Evangelism in the Bible, then, was a ministry of the spoken word. Evangelism means “to make known the message of the gospel.”
Evangelism is not the mere testimony of a good, consistent life. The quiet, pervasive influence of the Christian life is necessary — but it is not evangelism. Being friendly, helpful, and neighborly may be a necessary preparation for evangelism, but it is no substitute for evangelism. Evangelism is the specific, articulate presentation of the message of the Gospel to a listening ear and an open heart. Evangelism is the presenting of Jesus Christ so that men will accept Him as their Savior from the guilt and power of sin, and declare Him Lord as they seek to follow Him in their daily lives.
We at Apostolic Faith Church like to think of evangelism as the simple practice of spreading the Word of God by openly communicating this message to the men and women in our surrounding community. It is just as important and necessary today as it was back in the Bible days.
Evangelism is a vital part of AF. It is our desire and earnest endeavor to spread this message to the multitudes. It would be a shame and a terrible tragedy to hide God’s wonderful treasures and many blessings from those around us.
We would love for you to come and experience what it’s like to be a modern-day evangelist!
The American Heritage Dictionary defines worship as “the reverent love and allegiance accorded a deity, idol, or sacred object.” The Greek words for worship combine the ideas of “falling down before,” “paying homage to,” and “serving.” From these definitions it is obvious that worship involves recognition of worth in God, and the offering of our honor, praise, and adoration to the One who is altogether worthy.
This definition leads us to consider the purpose of worship. This is important because it strikes at the very purpose of the church. The health of our personal and congregational worship reflects our personal and congregational relationship to God.
To worship genuinely is to know God. To know God genuinely is to be in a king/subject relationship with Him. In worship we acknowledge God’s kingship in our lives and His right to rule over us. Worship is for God’s benefit. He has the center stage. During worship we yield ourselves to God’s rule and dominion.
That’s why at Apostolic Faith Church, we put a very high emphasis on our worship services. Our Pentecostal worship services are very up-beat and contemporary, pointing all the glory and honor to the One in whom we worship, Jesus Christ. We do our best to provide an atmosphere that is conducive to praise and worship Him.
Worship is a very intricate part of having a real relationship with Jesus Christ.
Fellowship is that connection with other believers that encourages each other’s walk with the Lord. It is the love of Christ that can unite people from diverse backgrounds and with distinctive personalities so that they are able to call each other “brother” and “sister.”
“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4:2-3 (NIV)
Fellowship is an intricate part of the Christian’s growth process. Fellowship can help nurture Christian character, assist in developing personal ministry, gives a great sense of strength and peace, and allows for many great times of fun and experiences that last all throughout eternity! Being able to connect with your brothers and sisters in Christ is truly one of the great joys of being a part of Apostolic Faith Church.
Connecting with your friends at Apostolic Faith ranges widely from getting together at fun and engaging services, to outdoor excursions, to social events, to banquets, to having cake and coffee after a wonderful Bible study. You name the ministry, from outreach endeavors to planning sessions, and it’s likely to be followed by some great fellowship.
We would love for you to get on board the Fellow-Ship with us!