Establishment and Representation
In Mathew 16:18-19, the Lord Jesus spoke to Peter, saying:
“…thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven”.
Hence, Jesus told Peter that He himself would build His church upon the revelation given to him about the identity of Christ, being the son of God, and gave him the keys of the kingdom of heaven. Accordingly, as clearly put in the Book of Acts chapter 2 in detail, Peter stood up and said the following (Verses 38 & 41):
“…Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost… they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls”
Peter thus revealed the mystery of the keys of the kingdom of heaven as led by the spirit of the Lord. The keys are “repentance”, “baptism in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins”, and “receiving the holy ghost”. Jesus Christ confirmed this by pouring out His holy ghost. Hence, the church is established on earth on that day.
Apostolic Church of Ethiopia (ACE) is member of Jesus’ church, established by him on the day of Pentecost, and is currently operating throughout the whole world beginning from Ethiopia. Its faith and doctrine is also not of a recent origin to Ethiopia. As it is written in the book of Acts chapter 8, an Ethiopian eunuch of great authority under Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, heard the message of the gospel preached by the Apostles from the evangelist Phillip and was baptized in Jesus name as was practiced on the day of Pentecost.
This gospel of salvation preached by the twelve apostles was fallen on the ground in the land of Ethiopia for the last many centuries, until it was revealed with the mercy of the Lord and taken up again, beginning from about the second half of the 20th century.
Apostolic Church of Ethiopia (ACE) was legally registered by the government of Ethiopia and started operation beginning from the year 1968 G.C. Its HQ is in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and has got thousands of local churches, distributed all over the country and thousands of ministers serving in those churches. Its ministry is not only limited within Ethiopia; rather, it involves in evangelizing the whole world to the extent that the Lord Jesus opens the door and also in the edification of saints.
ACE’s Constituency is in millions and growing by 40 – 50 thousand every year. While most of the members are in Ethiopia, the number of saints is growing in Africa, North America, Asia and other parts of the world as well. Its international ministry is also spreading in almost all continents, viz. Africa, North America, Canada, Europe, Asia, Middle East and Australia.
The ACE’s fundamental doctrine is rooted and anchored firmly with the first New Testament Church that was born on the day of Pentecost. It preaches and practices the same message of repentance, baptism in Jesus name for the remission of sins and the infilling of the Holy Ghost (Acts 2:37-38).