- What is an "Apostolic Church"
An Apostolic Church is a church that follows the teaching of the Apostles as described in Acts 2:42 and throughout the New Testament.
42 They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. (NIV)
- What denomination is Cornerstone Chapel?
Cornerstone Chapel is a "non-denominal" church which means that we are a pastor led church. We are a Spirit-filled believers that knows that God delivers from sin those that seek him.
- What is Pentecost?
The Pentecostals can trace their roots to the day of Pentecost in Acts 2 when it states "And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place." It was on this day that God chose to "pour out His Spirit on all flesh" (Joel 2:28/Acts 2:17). God continues to pour out His Spirit today and according to a recent Washington Post article, "The movement, once relegated to the theological fringe, now claims up to 600 million followers worldwide and remains one of the fastest-growing segments of Christianity".
- What does the Bible say about salvation?
Jesus prophesied to Nicodemus in John 3:5, "Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." This prochecy was fulfilled when Peter was asked in Acts 2:37 "Men and brethren, what shall we do?" and Peter replied "Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins (born of the water), and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost (born of the Spirit)." This formula for salvation is repeated throughout the book of Acts and the New Testament. Acts 8:16 - 17, Acts 10:44 - 48, Acts 19:5 - 6, Romans 6:3 - 4
- Do you believe that God heals the sick?
Yes, the Gospels document many people healed by Jesus. The book of Acts records the continuation of these miracles through the church. Simply, God can and will heal today through the power of the Holy Ghost. The Bible states in James 5:14 - 16 "Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." Cornerstone Chapel is a church that believes in divine healing and we believe that God can heal you.
- Why baptize in Jesus name?
Simply, there is no other form of baptism in the New Testament church. It is well documented in the scripture that the apostles baptized in Jesus name. Those baptized in Jesus name include the Jews (Acts 2), the Samaritans (Acts 8), Cornelius and his house (Acts 10), the Phillipian jailer (Acts 16) and the disciples of John (Acts 19).
- Is speaking in tongues necessary for salvation?
Yes, the Old Testament prophesied "For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people" and Mark 16:17 states "And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues...". This prophesy was fulfilled in Acts 2 "And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance." In Acts 10, Peter knew that Cornelius and his household received the Holy Ghost because "While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,
Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days."