AOCI Statement of Faith & Values

We are a global interdenominational ministry designed to meet the needs of both Christian evangelical, Messianic Jewish, and Jewish clergy. For this reason, we all may vary about smaller issues such as the administration of communion; however, below is a summary of beliefs upon which all of our membership agrees.

Our purpose in providing this Statement of Faith is not to advocate doctrinal disputes or divisions, but to hold fast to essential Christian doctrine and to embrace, love and learn from our Jewish brethren and their distinctions as a community of faith. We realize that the body of Christ will always have diversity among theology and convictions until Jesus returns. This was evident by the first-century believers and will continue until our LORD Jesus returns. We hold to the reformers' position:

In essentials unity,
in non-essentials liberty;
in all things charity.


We believe that love is the greatest gift of them all and we are commanded to pursue it first. It's time for the body of Christ (particularly the Clergy) to stop disputing on non-essentials which keep unbelievers out of the kingdom of God. We believe these are the essentials of orthodox Biblical beliefs.

Because of the diversity of our members and various traditions, we allow differing opinions and understanding of Christian beliefs such as the amount of time in creation, various interpretations of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, etc. We also believe this freedom applies to this ministry.

Fundamental Christian Statement of Faith

Scripture
We believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God and that public revelation has ended and thus, the inspired texts are gathered into a complete and authoritative collection of books. We do not acknowledge Pseudepigrapha, Gnostic Gospels, The New World Translation of the Bible, or the Book of Mormon as being "inspired Scripture" (2 Timothy 3:16).

God
We believe that God is One, but reveals Himself in Scripture as having a triune nature in which God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit comprise the one God. (1 Corinthians 8:6; Romans 1:7; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1; Acts 5:3; Hebrews 9:14; John 4:24).

שמע ישראל יהוה אלהינו יהוה אחד׃

Sh'ma Yisra'el Adonai Eloheynu Adonai Echad:
Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is One!

We believe that God is the creator of all things, is all-powerful, all-knowing, and in control to do as He wills (Jeremiah 32:17; Ephesians 3:20; Psalm 139:1-4; 1 Samuel 2:6-9; Psalm 24:1).

Jesus Christ
We believe in the Deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, that He is the second Person of the Trinity, and that all Scriptures center around Him.

We believe He was literally conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin named Mary (Isaiah 7:14; Luke 1:26-33), lived a sinless life (1 Peter 2:22; 1 John 3:5), provided vicarious atonement on the cross, rose bodily from death on the third day, ascended to the right hand of the Father, and will return one day in power and glory (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).

Jesus is 100% God and 100% human. He is the God-man. He is not a created being and is eternal.

Holy Spirit
We believe in the Deity of the Holy Spirit, that He is the third Person of the Trinity (Acts 5:3-4), that He is an actual Person and not a force (John 14:16, 15:26) and that He enables the believer to live a godly life (John 14:26). We believe that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are for today and should be exercised with decency and in order. God is not the author of confusion but of peace (1 Corinthians 4:32-33, 40).

Judgment
We believe that all of humanity has fallen short of God's glory and is in need of salvation (John 14:6; Romans 3:23; 5:8; 6:23; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10).


Salvation
We believe that salvation is in none other than through the name, Person, work, and grace of Jesus Christ (John 3:16; 14:6; Romans 5:8; 1 Corinthians 6:11).

Baptism
We believe in the water baptism of believers in Christ as a profession of faith, but not as a requirement for salvation (Acts 2:38-41; 22:16).

Communion
We believe in the observance of Communion (the bread and the cup) as a means to remember our Lord (1 Corinthians 11:24).

Spiritual Unity
We believe in the spiritual unity of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ, that all are united to the risen and ascended Son of God, and are members of the Church, which is the Body and Bride of Christ and which began at Pentecost.

Its members are constituted as such, regardless of membership or non-membership in the organized churches of the Earth. We are NOT inclusivity (meaning those people outside the faith will be saved).

All clergy men and women who become members of AOCI should exercise grace, love, and unity with all members of AOCI as well as to the Body of Christ at large.

We believe marriage must be between one man and one woman.

We do NOT believe in the ordination of the sexually immoral (fornicators, adulterers, homosexuals) or any other person who knowingly and intentionally continues to practice sin.

 

Positional Statement of Faith
Regarding Our Jewish Clergy

  • Recognizing that the Jewish people are God's CHOSEN people, we renounce all anti-Semitic actions and words, regardless of the source.
  • We believe that Christians should bless the Jewish people because, according to the book of Genesis, God will bless those who bless Israel and curse those who curse Israel.
  • We recant and renounce the works, words, and anti-Semitic teachings of Martin Luther concerning the Jewish people.
  • We pray for the healing, blessing, peace, prosperity, and divine protection of the Jewish Nation. We pray for the peace of Jerusalem as commanded in holy writ.
  • With deep sorrow and regret, the AOCI openly and honestly asks the Jewish people for forgiveness for the harm that Martin Luther’s teachings have caused and any contribution to their harm
  • The Gospel is to the Jew first and then the Gentile. Gentiles (believers in Christ other than Jewish believers) have been grafted into the vine. Christians must realize that they do NOT HOLD UP the ROOT (Jews), but the ROOT SUPPORTS or HOLDS UP Christians (Romans 11:18). The oracles of God were committed to the Jew first (Romans 3:1-2).
  • The AOCI DOES NOT SUPPORT OR ENDORSE the dangerous doctrines of "Replacement Theology" as taught in many Churches around the world. The New Testament teaches that there is neither Jew nor Gentile, but the Lord's desire is that there be ONE new man. According to Ephesians 2:14-15 Yeshua HaMashiach has broken down the walls of separation.

Again, the AOCI blesses Israel and the Jewish people. We also offer prayers for the Middle East and for the salvation and peace of the Arab world. The goal of this Association is to be a platform where all Jewish and Christian Clergy can find "common ground" in which to respect one another, fellowship with like-minded servant leaders, pray for each other, teach and learn from one another, and worship the living God.

It is not the intent of the AOCI to convert any Jewish Clergy man or woman but to "unite under the banner of Adonai". This being said, the AOCI will maintain and claim the name of Yeshua HaMashiach as the Messiah of the world, and it is expected that our Jewish brothers and sisters offer the same mutual respect regarding this theological distinction between Jews and Christians.

May Adonai bring us all into the unity of the faith according to His Word.

Sincerely,
The AOCI Executive Board, Advisors, and Administrators

Values of Our Ministry
The following values represent the essence and personality of the Association of Clergy International (AOCI). They are the standards by which our unity is defended and maintained.

  • We value God's calling of both men and women to ordained ministry (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:17; Galatians 3:28).
  • We value the advancement of the Gospel of Jesus Christ for the establishment of salvation, forgiveness, and the perpetuation of Christianity (Matthew 28:18-20).
  • We value the pursuit of unity among brothers and sisters in the Christian and Jewish faiths (Ephesians 4:13).
  • We value the independence of ministers so that they may follow the leading of the Holy Spirit in the direction and government of their ministries (Acts 8:29; 10:19; 11:12; 13:2-4; 16:6-7; 20:22, 21:4).
  • We value leadership that duplicates our Lord's servant heart (Matthew 20:27; John 13:14).
  • We value fellowship among ministers, lay servants, rabbis, encouragement, edification, prayer, and support (Romans 14:19; 1 Thessalonians 5:11; Ephesians 2:21-22; Philippians 4:8).


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Comment by Dr. Henry, President of the AOCI on September 17, 2015 at 1:50pm

I am so very blessed and proud of all our AOCI members, ABTI Students and AOCI Credentialed members.  The LORD is so amazing and demonstrates his goodness, mercy, and holiness through the very membership base.  We are praying for all.  Blessings to you, your families, and your wonderful ministries!  shalom! 

Comment by frank michaels on September 17, 2015 at 1:24pm

The Holy Bible is the truth

Comment by Margaret Wright on August 28, 2014 at 7:51pm

I praise God for the privilege of sharing on this AOCI website based on TRUTH covering this Statement of Faith

Margaret Wright

Comment by Vsevolod Malakhov on August 28, 2014 at 4:38pm

Amen .I will walk the path you have shown me. God bless A. O. C. I. Love and peace.

Comment by Blessing OKPARA on January 23, 2014 at 9:00am
Thanking God for this well thought out statement of faith.
Comment by Pastor Edith Chima on November 2, 2013 at 4:19pm

C'est vrai Pasteur Bayiha. Je suis heureux de vous voir à ce rassemblement. Vous êtes les bienvenus dans le nom du Seigneur. Que Dieu vous bénisse.

Comment by Reverend BAYIHA Jean Colbert on November 2, 2013 at 2:04pm

Nous apprécions aussi l'appel des hommes et des femmes de Dieu pour le ministère ordonné (Matthieu 28:18-20; Actes 2:17; Galates 3.28). mais à cela il faut le maturité spirituelle Sans laquelle  il n’a y pas de leadership, pourtant les leaderships sont très nécessaire, seul pourront se tenir face au Diable sous la puissance de Jésus pour défendre l’œuvre de Dieu.

-   Briser le plan de l’ennemie contre l’implantation de quoi que ce soit de la part de notre Dieu au nom de Jésus-Christ

Comment by Dr. Henry, President of the AOCI on October 26, 2013 at 9:53am

Amen!  God bless everyone who took the time to comment.  Praise our LORD!

Comment by buyinza james on October 26, 2013 at 6:08am

i praise God that am counted one of the members in this ministry  your statement of faith is so unique. compared to orther statements i have seen God bless you

Comment by Reverend BAYIHA Jean Colbert on May 1, 2013 at 1:26pm

« Jésus, frémissant de nouveau en lui-même, se rendit au sépulcre. c’était une grotte, et une pierre était placée devant. Jésus dit : ôter la pierre. Marthe, La sœur du mort, lui dit : Seigneur, il  sent déjà, car il y a  quatre jours qu’il est là. Jésus lui dit : ne t’ai- je pas dit que, si tu crois, tu verras la gloire de Dieu ? Ils osèrent la pierre du lieu ou le mort était couché. Et Jésus leva les yeux en haut, et dit : père, je te rends grâce de ce que tu m’as exaucé. Pour moi, je savais que tu m’exauces toujours; mais j’ai parlé à cause de la foule qui m’entoure. Afin qu’ils croient que c’est toi qui m’as envoyé ? Ayant dit cela, il cria une voix forte : Lazare, sort ! Et le mort sortit, les pieds et les mains liés de bandes, et le visage enveloppé d’un linge. Jésus leur dit : déliez-le, et laissez-le aller.

alors la valeur de notre ministère est de passer à l'action pour prouver au monde que  Dieu est parmi nous et il agit toujours quoi que beaucoup parmi les serviteurs sont déjà affaiblis par les démarches actuelles enveloppées dans la perversité du dernier temps

malgré cela nous Nous apprécions l'avancement de l'Evangile de Jésus-Christ pour la mise en place du salut, le pardon et la perpétuation du christianisme (Matthieu 28:18-20). dont vous avez citez 

Gloire a Dieu !!!

Comment by Emmanuel O.T.Oguh on February 8, 2013 at 3:39am

Honestly, going through this statement of Faith has cemented our memebership with AOCI. we are proud to be members. God bless the executives and advisors of the AOCI.

Comment by Pastor Edith Chima on August 20, 2012 at 4:00pm

To God be the glory!

Comment by Pastor Sam Barr on August 20, 2012 at 9:37am

The blessings of the Lord/Adonai our God/Elohim YHWH, be with you all in the work of His service, in the power of His name and His Son's name Y'Shua ha mashiach/Jesus the Christ , amen

Comment by Rev.Anthony Ray Smith on August 20, 2012 at 8:47am

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord for His excellent greatness.

Comment by Marianne J. Cook on August 20, 2012 at 6:32am

Amen and amen!

Comment by Margaret Wright on August 20, 2012 at 5:47am

I thank God for the stand of TRUTH conveyed by A.O.C.i. and I thank God for fellowship at this site.

Praying for God's continued blessings on each and everyone as we seek to do His will and extend His Kingdom for His glory!

Comment by joseph nemlin YOUKOU on August 16, 2012 at 9:52am

amen GOD BLESS YOU

Comment by Apostolic Faith on February 21, 2012 at 12:11am

What a beautiful ground do we have to stand on and affirm our faith according to the Holy Bible. Yes I bless the Israel the root of blessings from my heart. I pray God spread this blessing all around the world.

No doubt, Association of Clergy International is Spirit-filled, God appointed and His Anointed Association for the end time. God bless A. O. C. I. beyond limits.

Comment by Dr. David Lion. on February 16, 2012 at 9:45pm

Someone once said "You get out of life what you put into it" and I believe the same applies to the opportunity which lies before you with the A.O.C.I. (Association Of Clergy International).   

The AOCI is a Worldwide Ministerial Association of divine networking which extends beyond a strictly internet-based social network. It is this a place to connect ministry leaders, make friends, network with others, study, and paint ones cultural or geographical perspectives into the Big Picture of what Christ is doing in the earth in these final hours. 

I would like to exhort you to consider joining "A.O.C.I." where "The World Awaits You" and "We Welcome You".

Comment by Janice Thornton on January 26, 2012 at 10:33pm

Giving honor to all maked it possible to have a wonderful website. To feel God's power and his present. To be able to encourage all that comes here.

God Bless each and everyone.

 

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The AOCI exists as a fellowship of Spirit-filled Evangelical and Jewish Clergy for the purpose of: 1) Exalting God 2) Fellowshiping and 3) Divine Networking.

We do NOT advise, nor do we seek, to bring members out of their current denomination or ministerial association. We seek to have a platform to UNITE the Clergy of the world in ways that can benefit not only the Kingdom of God, but also the men and women who faithfully serve their communities, one another, and God.

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