The Mission of the African Methodist Episcopal Church is to minister
to the spiritual, intellectual, physical, and emotional, and environmental needs of all people by spreading Christ's liberating gospel through word and deed. At every level of the Connection and in every local church, the African Methodist Episcopal Church shall engage in carrying out the spirit of the original Free African Society, out of which the A.M.E. Church evolved: that is, to seek out and save the lost, and serve the needy through a continuing program of :
(1) preaching the gospel,
(2) feeding the hungry,
(3) clothing the naked,
(4) housing the homeless,
(5) cheering the fallen,
(6) providing jobs for the jobless,
(7) administering to the need of those in prisons, hospitals, nursing homes, caring for the sick, the shut-in, the mentally and socially disturbed, and
(8) encouraging thrift and economic advancement.
1. Of Faith in the Holy Trinity. There is but one living and true God, everlasting, without body or parts, of infinite power, wisdom, and goodness; the Maker and Preserver of all things, both visible and invisible. And in unity of this God-head, there are three persons, of one substance, power and eternity - the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost.
2. Of the Word, or Son of God, who was made very man. The Son, who is the Word. If the father, the very eternal God, of one substance with the Father, took man's nature in the womb of the blessed Virgin's; so that two whole and perfect natures, that is to say, the God-headed and manhood, were joined together in one person, never to be divided; whereof is one Christ, very God and very Man, who truly suffered, was crucified dead, and buried to reconcile his Father to us, and to be sacrifice, not only for original guilt, but also for the actual sins of men.
3. Of the Resurrection of Christ. Christ did truly rise again from the dead , and took again his body with all things appertaining to the perfection of man's nature, wherewith he ascended into heaven, and there sitteth until he return to judge all men at the last day.
4. Of the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost, proceeding from the Father and the Son is of one substance, majesty, and glory with the father and the Son, very and eternal God.
5. Of the Sufficiency of the Holy Scriptures for Salvation. The Holy Scripture containeth all things necessary to salvation; so that whatever is not read therein, nor may be proved thereby, is not to be required of any man, that it should be believed as an article of faith, or be thought requisite or necessary to salvation. In the name of the Holy Scripture, we do understand those canonical books of the Old and New Testament, of whose authority was never any doubt in the church.
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