Services are held every Sunday at 10:30 AM
Location: Becknel Hall – 1381 Becknel Ave, Odenton, MD 21113
The mission of Open Heaven Apostolic Center (OHAC), Inc. is to continually promote and restore faith in our heavenly father, The Living God through: intense worship, fervent prayers, discipleship, receiving the Lordship of Jesus Christ and fellowship among believers. We will promote Love in our Region in an effort to reach our Region and the World for Jesus Christ. We strive to be a model biblical ministry, Sincere in our love, Apostolic and Prophetic in our preaching and teaching, Excellent in our service, Holy in our living, and Passionate and Reverent in our Worship.
TENETS OF FAITH
OHAC accepts the Holy Scriptures as the revealed will of God, the all sufficient rule for faith and practice, and for the purpose of maintaining general unity; it shall adopt the Statement of Fundamental Doctrines, namely:
1. The Scriptures Are The Inspired Word of God. The Bible consisting of the SIXTY SIX BOOKS is the inspired Word of God, a revelation from God to man, the infallible rule of faith and conduct, and is superior to conscience and reason, but not contrary to reason (Heb. 4:12; 2 Pet. 1:20-21; 2 Tim. 3:15-17).
2. The One True God. The One True God has revealed Himself as the eternally self-existent, self-revealed “I AM”, and has further revealed Himself as embodying the principles of relationship and association of the Trinity as Father, Son and Holy Ghost (Deut. 6:4; Is. 43:10-11; Matt. 28:19; Mark 12:29; Matt. 3:16-17; John. 14:16-17).
3. Man, His Fall and Redemption. Man was created well and upright, for God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness”. But man fell by voluntary 3 transgressions and his only hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ, the Son of God (Gen. 1:26-31; 3:1-7; Rom. 5;12- 21).
4. The Salvation of Men/Women and children. (a) Condition to Salvation. The Grace of God, which brings salvation, hath appeared to all men through the preaching of repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ; man is saved by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost, and being justified by grace through faith, he becomes as heir of God according to the hope of eternal life. (Luke 24:47; Rom. 10:13-15; Titus. 2:11; 3:5-7). (b) The Evidence of Salvation. The inward evidence to the believer of his salvation is the direct witness of the spirit. (Rom. 8;16). The outward evidence to all men is a life of righteousness and true holiness. (Rom. 6:22).
5. Baptism in Water. The ordinance of baptism (in the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost) signifying burial with Christ, shall be observed as commanded in the scriptures by all who have really repented and with their hearts have truly believed in Christ as Savior and Lord. In so doing they declare to the world that they have died with Jesus and have resurrected with Him to walk in newness of life. (Matt. 28:19; Acts. 10:47; Rom, 6:4).
6. The Lord’s Supper. The Lord’s Supper, consisting of the bread and the fruit of the wine, is a memorial of Christ’s suffering and death and a prophecy of His second coming and is entrusted on all believers “until He comes”. (Luke 22:17-20; 1 Cor. 10:16-17; 1 Cor. 11: 23-32).
7. The Promise of the Father. All believers are entitled to and should ardently expect and earnestly seek the promise the Father-the Baptism of the Holy Spirit according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ. This was the normal experience of all in the early Christian Church. With it came the bestowment of power for life and service and the endowment of the gifts and its use in the work of the ministry. (Luke. 24:49: Acts. 1:4-6; 1 Cor. 12:1-31). This wonderful experience is distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the new birth. (Acts. 2:38; 10:44-46; 11:14-16; 15:7-9; 19:2)
8. The Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Ghost. The full consummation of the Baptism of believers in the Holy Ghost is evidenced by the initial physical sign of speaking in other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance and by the subsequent manifestation of spiritual power in public testimony and service. (Acts. 1:8; 2:4, 42- 43; 10:44-46).
9. Entire Sanctification. The Scriptures teach a life of holiness and without it no man shall see God. By the power of the Holy Ghost we are able to obey the command, “Be ye holy, for I am holy”. Entire sanctification is the will of God for all believers and should be earnestly pursued by walking in obedience to the Word of God. (Rom. 8:3-4; 1 Thes. 5:23-24; 1 Peter 1:15;1 John. 2:6; 2 Cor.7:1).
10. The Church. The church is the body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of the Great Commission. Each believer born of the Spirit is an integral part of the General Assembly and Church of the firstborn which are written in heaven. (Eph. 1:22-23; 2:19-22; Heb. 12:23).
11. The Ministry and Evangelism. A divinely called and scripturally ordained ministry has been provided by our Lord for a twofold purpose: (1) for the evangelization of the world and (2) Discipleship for the edifying of the body of Christ. (Mark 16:15- 20; Eph. 4:11-13).
12. Divine Healing. Deliverance from sickness is provided for in the atonement and is the privilege of all believers. (Isa. 53:4; Matt. 8:16-17; Mark. 16:18-20; James. 5:14-16)
13. The Blessed Hope. The pre-millennial second coming of Jesus Christ, the resurrection of those who have fallen asleep in Christ and their transformation with those who are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord, is imminent and is the blessed hope of the Church. (Rom. 8:23; 1 Cor. 15:51-52; 1 Thes. 4:16-18; Tit. 2:13).
14. The Institution of Marriage. The institution of marriage is sacred in the mind of our heavenly Father as revealed in His Holy word as that being between a man and a woman. (Genesis 2:24; Proverbs 18:22;Ephesians 5:31).
15. The Gifts of the Spirit. We believe the Holy Ghost empowers us for ministry through the 9 Gifts of the Spirit, so that we are not ignorant concerning spiritual matters. (1 Corinthians 12:1-14) For the comfort, edification and strengthening of others.
16. The Fruit of the Spirit. We believe the Fruit of the Spirit is the visible expression of the power of the Holy Ghost in the lives of believers, working inwardly and invisibly, the character of Christ to be seen by all.
The ordinance of baptism by immersion in the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, the Lord’s Supper, the anointing of the sick with oil and laying on of hands for healing and deliverance, and the dedication of children shall be observed at stated times and whenever requested. (Matt. 19:13-15, 28:19, Acts, 2:38; 1Cor, 11:23-25; James. 5:14-16).