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    After a tumultuous year, we are in a phase of discussion and self-reflection. Therefore, our website is currently quite small. Thank you for your understanding. May God bless you.

  • Our Primus inter Pares

    A new chapter need a new type of leadership.

    Father William Smith senior

    The Primus inter Pares

     

    The year 2021 were challenging for our community. Not only did we have to close forever the small but reputable Arnulf Seminary of Theology because of the pandemic. In February the Lord also called our Supreme Leader into His Eternal Kingdom, and in November our First Bishop also left this dimension.

     

    In the aftermath the Central Committee made the decision not to nominate new candidates for both offices, but to lead our Old Apostolic Christian and Messianic Jewish denominations as a team, with a Primus inter Pares (first among equals) as our symbolic Supreme Leader.

     

    William Smith, Sr. agreed to accept this burden to become Primus inter Pares of both our wings, the Old Apostolic Christian and the Messianic Jewish one.

  • Our Faith

    What be believe in.

    In the Name of God the One and Threefold

    We are Messianic Christians and Jews who believe in God the One and Threefold. As old-apostolic panentheists we also believe that we all are part of God. This is because God is all that exists and all that exists is God, while He is even far more than all he has ever created (including us). What's the consequence? We believe that we can feel what God "wants" through our intuitions and our emotions. So we believe that above all, even above any holy book, there is one thing that is more important than any religious law: Love. We are certain that God is love and love is God. Therefore, we apodictively believe in the Holy Bible, God the Father, Jesus Christ as the Messiah and the Holy Spirit as the matrix of reality: We consider the Messiah to have been a human "avatar" in which God the Father Himself incarnated to teach humanity. The “New Thought Movement” had also an important impact on our theology.

     

    As an old-apostolic cogregation, we do see ourselves as Christians, albeit in the form of a Messiah-believing branch of Judaism. So we are closer to Judaism than pretty much any other Christian church. We consider ourselves followers of those Jews who recognized the reality of Christ as the incarnation of God in His own creation. Therefore we believe in the already accomplished return of Jesus Christ. He already came again through the incarnation of God Himself into His creation in the body of Jesus Christ. So in every human being the essence of Christ shall come to birth. Thus, people do not need to expect a new coming of Christ, Christ wants to work and create through the people.

     

    A growing part of our members define old-apostolic as messianic jewish. As we don’t believe in labels we respect this movement in our Church. Messianic Jews believe like all Christians that Jesus is the messiah, and accept the Old Testaments as well as the Gospels of the New Testament. Salvation in Messianic Judaism is achieved only through acceptance of Jesus as one's savior. Believers of Messianic Judaism considers their faith as a jewish sect while some protestant scholars accept Messianic Judaism as a form of Christian Evangelical Protestantism. The belief in Jesus Christ as the Messiah is considered by all Jewish religious movements to be the most defining distinction between Christianity and Judaism, and as such most traditional Jews consider Messianic Judaism as a part of Christianity. The Supreme Court of Israel rejected the claim of messianic Jews as being part of the jewish world, and instead consider Messianic Judaism to be a form of Protestant Christianity.

     

    The “Jerusalem Church” is considered to be the first community of early Christianity. It was formed in the holy city after the crucifixion of Jesus. It proclaimed the resurrection of Jesus Christ, forgiveness of sins and Jesus' teachings to the Israelites and all other peoples. So this early church, a Messianic Jewish sect, consisted mainly of "disciples," men and women, whom Jesus of Nazareth had already called to be his followers in Galilee and who had accompanied Him on His way to Jerusalem. In addition, there were Jews, Greek-speaking proselytes, and later also " God-abiding Gentiles" (non-Jews sympathetic to Judaism), who were won over and baptized by the preaching of the early Christians which are identical with what is called Messianic Jews. It proclaimed the resurrection of Jesus Christ, forgiveness of sins and Jesus' teachings to the Israelites and all other peoples. The early church consisted mainly of "disciples," men and women whom Jesus of Nazareth had already called to be his followers in Galilee and who had accompanied him on his way to Jerusalem. In addition, there were Jews, Greek-speaking proselytes and, later, also "God-abiding Gentiles" (non-Jews who sympathized with Judaism), who were won over and baptized by the preaching of the early Christians/Messianic Jews. The transition from Messianic Judaism to Christianity is here - and it is precisely this community and time that is the most important point of reference for our theology as a Judeo-Christian denomination.

    Our History

    Founded by faithful people in Toronto, ON (Canada), Milwaukee (USA), and Frankfurt (Germany) the Christian Church International became one of the leading online churches on a global level. On Facebook alone it has almost 1.3 million followers. We are 24/7 at service for everybody, everywhere on planet Earth with home churches and Bible groups in more than 80 nations, offerering regular Sunday service, including Sunday schools for the next generation. Surprisingly our largest communities are, at the moment, in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Algeria and Kurdistan - regions where a Christian church is not the most likely option. So we sail with God in command and are willing to let Him surprise us. When you are at a place where we have a church or group you may visit our meetings or services. But you can also become a member of our church wherever you live via the internet. It will never cost you anything and you can leave our church at any time, even without further notice. We believe that one of the most important teachings of God is "freedom with responsibility". Our belief is that "the truth lies within yourself, that is within your soul". If you need a blessing for yourself or for your loved ones, just contact us. Our Pastors bless everybody who asks for a blessing. Just ask us or visit our 24/7 service on facebook .

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