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Ang dating daan coordinating center singapore turf in The Old Path ; abbreviated as ADDthe title of its flagship radio and television program and currently the longest-running religious program in the Philippines  with Brother Eliseo Soriano as its "Overall Servant" Former title: Members Church of God International believes that the Almighty God, the Father sent his begotten Son, Jesus Christ, instrumental in the establishment of the "Church of God", first planted Ang dating daan coordinating center singapore turf Jerusalem and preached by the apostles.
They believe that Gentile nations, including the Philippinesare partakers of the promise of eternal life, through belief in Jesus Christ and the gospel and are not authorized by God to establish their own church, but mere members associated with the same "body" or the church written in the gospel by accepting it and executing the doctrines written by the apostles.
Mga Kaanib sa Iglesia ng Dios na Pandaigdig in line with the church's overseas expansion. For them, the church's primary objective, as commanded by Jesus Christ, is to the gospel unto all nations until the consummation of the ages, convert sinners to believe and glorify God and to make them qualify for the eternal life in heaven.
They believe in God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit but they adopt a nontrinitarianism orientation, rejecting the Trinitarian concept that there is "one God in three co-equal persons", which for them is against the Bible. They believe that the Father is greater than all, greater than Jesus Christ as declared by Christ himself.
They do not observe customs and traditions which they consider to have pagan origins incompatible with Christianity. MCGI members prefer themselves to be called and identified as plain "Christians". Since the year the church was established, church workers were being sent to the nearby provinces around Manila. Brother Nicolas Antiporda Perez, lead the church from until the time of his death in Maythe church was then a small group with less than hundred congregations.
After Perez's death inLevita Gugulan, the secretary-general of the church, succeeded as presiding minister; Soriano countered the authority of Gugulan. Inmissionary works started and was first done in the towns of Pampanga and then, the neighboring provinces of Bulacan, Rizal, Nueva Ecija, Bataan, and Metro Manila.
The program became popular in the Philippines because of its live question and answer portion. Inthe program kicked off its national television appearance through IBC Channel the church changed its name to "Members Church of God International".
InBible Expositions were conducted in the continent of Ang dating daan coordinating center singapore turf bringing forth the first congregation in Papua New Guinea. In the same year, congregations were established in Ghana, West Africa Ang dating daan coordinating center singapore turf a result of a series of Bible studies in Africa.
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It is composed of the Overall Servants Tagalog: Preaching of Biblical topic is done by the Overall Servants, either live or recorded, which is being aired in all MCGI local congregations. They also personally take time to resolve spiritual and personal problems of members every Thanksgiving gathering, during the consultation period.
Helpers of the Ministry supervise a church "Division" Tagalog: Dibisyon referring to a geographical region in the Philippines or group of countries in a continent such as Asia Oceania. Distrito referring to one Philippine province. Brethren can personally seek spiritual or personal advice from Workers, who were trained during ministerial classes, in giving Biblical advice and recommendations.
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As ofMembers Church of God International has established more than 1,  congregations in the Philippines and abroad, up from a total of 1, locales reported in MCGI keeps a formal number of members but does not openly reveal it. Inthe church gained more than 20, new members through regular mass baptisms.
They believe that an important duty and obligation of the of the church is to propagate the gospel on earth until the consummation of the ages. In the s he decided to use emerging media such as radio and television. is a free-to-air network and also carried by major cable networks and direct-to-home providers.
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Between andthe church reached the airwaves of IndiaUruguayArgentinaBolivia and Portugal by acquiring timeslots in local television channels. To further boost viewership, it acquired a minute slot in Fox Channel which is carried by 50 cable networks in Central America and South America. Inthe program was aired in Mexico via Gala TV. Inthe church joined the world wide web when Ang dating daan coordinating center singapore turf launched the www. Its English version www.
It has more than 4. The church distributes print and digital materials for free. Soriano's online blogs are also compiled and printed as "The Blog Magazine". The church has also been acknowledged by the Philippine Bible Society as a regular donor and major distribution partner of Tagalog Bibles.
The church rejects the traditional doctrine of trinity mainly on its concept that there is "one God in three co-equal persons", which for them, is against the Bible. They also consider the Father is greater than Jesus Christ, the head of Christ and greater than all. He is the only savior of mankind and the only way to the kingdom of God in heaven Acts They believe that Christ descended on earth from the bosom of the Father, suffered for the redemption of sin, died on the cross, resurrected after three days, ascended to heaven and sat on the right side of God.
The Holy Spirit is the "comforter" citing John Prayer is a basic doctrine in MCGI. All Ang dating daan coordinating center singapore turf gatherings, either spiritual or socio-civic, begin and end with prayers. The church believes that it a commandment of God to live a prayerful life based on 1 Thes 5: As a discipline, they refrain from showing the act of praying on their television broadcasts, either live Ang dating daan coordinating center singapore turf recorded, in public.
However, only the audio of the community prayer is being aired, to encourage non-brethren to join and participate in praying to God, without necessarily being seen publicly. MCGI believes that only the Bible or the Holy Scriptures, composed of 66 inspired books, teaches the full wisdom of God for the salvation of man and that no other books should be used as basis for serving God and Jesus Christ.
Members of the Church of God International believe that the church built by the Father through Jesus Christ is relevant to salvation.
Jesus Christ established the church Matt They believe that God is "calling" those people with determination to serve him, bringing them in his fold 1 Pet 1: MCGI teaches that Jesus Christ loved the church, sacrificed and gave himself for it, and he will save the church Eph 5: It is where the true religion and worship is being practiced. Members of the Church of God International believe that prophecies written in the Bible are being fulfilled in our days, and the spirit of prophecy is the testimony of Jesus Rev The people of God will offer incense, not a literal incense, but "prayers" Rev 5: They also believe that the prophecies written in Isa
Ang dating Prophet Isaiah mentioned about people giving glory to the Lord God of Israel in the "coastlands of the sea in the east" Revised Standard Version and "isles of the sea in the east" King James Version.
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They "will start from few", but God promised that "I will multiply them" and "they shall not be small". The MCGI says that aside from starting as a small group in the "east" direction, it is the only congregation in the "last days" that offers a weekly sacrifice of thanksgiving unto the "God of Israel". They believe that Gentile nations including the Philippinesare partakers of the promise of eternal life 1 John 2: They believe that only the church can teach the wisdom of God for the salvation of mankind citing Luke 8: They strongly believe that Christ came to the earth in many occasions already and his return will not be the "second" citing 1 Cor They believe that certain and specific "signs" written in the book of Matthew will happen before the return of Christ.
Those righteous who are still alive will be caught up together with the resurrected saints in the clouds, to meet Jesus Christ in the citing 2 Thes 4: The church believes that Jesus Christ will reign his saints for another one thousand 1, years citing Rev Satan will be imprisoned during this period.
The remaining people on earth who are still alive, those who were not caught up in the air to meet Christ, will be given a chance to salvation.
After the 1,year period, another resurrection will occur. God will then judge Ang dating daan coordinating center singapore turf people, the living and the dead, according to what they have done.
This will happen on God's appointed "day", the "judgment day" or the "last day" citing Acts Those who will not merit salvation will be thrown into the "lake of fire" Tagalog: After the judgment day will be the earth's destruction. Baptism is a key part in their doctrines. Membership is conferred through immersion baptism of adults. Indoctrination classes are required prior to joining the organization.
The classes are composed of nine lessons concerning church doctrines prepared by the Overall Servant, Eliseo Soriano. Indoctrinees must fully accept the doctrines taught during the indoctrination before they can be
Ang dating daan coordinating center singapore turf. The church rejects infant baptism. Members not living in accordance with the church's teachings may be excommunicated, or expelled, from the Church.
Members are required to be modest in dress and grooming. Women are prohibited from cutting their hair and wearing expensive jewelry and denim pantsand men are prohibited from having long hair. They are strictly prohibited from drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes, using drugs, and gambling. The congregation meets at least three sessions each week. Meetings are held at MCGI convention centers and monitoring centers, which are typically functional in character, and do not contain religious symbols except for the church logo and reminders for non-members that are prominently displayed.
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Meetings are devoted to the study of a Biblical topic, divided in portions, and will be continued in succeeding meetings.