Apostolic Life in the 21st Century

By David K. Bernard

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A podcast dedicated to helping modern-day believers live out the teachings of the first century church. This podcast is part of the teaching ministry of Dr. David K. Bernard, the general superintendent of the United Pentecostal Church International.

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Is the COVID-19 Vaccine the Mark of the Beast?

In Revelation 13:16–18, the apostle John describes a vision of a prophetic event that has come to be known as the “mark of the Beast.” John wrote that, unless a person receives this mark, they will be unable to transact business. Over the centuries, scholars have debated what this mark might be and how it could be implemented. Recently, some have speculated that perhaps the COVID-19 vaccine might be the mark,  or at least a precursor to its arrival. 

In this episode, Dr. Bernard reviews what the Bible says about the Beast and his evil agenda. He also discusses whether it is biblically acceptable for Christians to receive a COVID-19 vaccination, and how technological developments could help usher in the reign of the Antichrist.

Jun 14, 2021
What Happens When We Die?

What happens to us when we die? Since death is a reality for everyone, it is a question all of us should consider. 

The Bible has much to say about what happens when we die. In Luke 16:19-31, Jesus told a story of a rich man and a poor beggar in which He indicated that, after death, the rich man was in hell while the beggar, Lazarus, was in a place of peace and rest. In 2 Corinthians 5:8, Paul stated that, for Christians, “to be absent from the body" is "to be present with the Lord.” However, in 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17, Paul wrote that dead believers are in a state of sleep, but they will be resurrected when Jesus returns. 

So what exactly happens when we die? Dr. Bernard explains how these and other Bible passages reveal the nature of life after death.

Jun 07, 2021
Should Apostolics Attend a Gay Wedding?

How should Apostolic believers respond when a close family member announces that they identify as a homosexual? Should Christians attend a gay marriage ceremony? Dr. David K. Bernard addresses these increasingly commonplace scenarios and discusses how Apostolic Pentecostals can demonstrate God's love to others while standing for biblical truth.

May 31, 2021
Why Do Churches Seem Split along Racial Lines?

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “It is appalling that the most segregated hour of Christian America is eleven o'clock on Sunday morning." If Christians, including Oneness Pentecostals, share a common set of beliefs, why are so many churches and religious organizations split along racial lines? Dr. David K. Bernard answers this critical question while exploring the interracial roots of Oneness Pentecostalism and explaining why we must recapture the racial unity of those early years.

May 24, 2021
Do All Christians Speak in Tongues?

In 1 Corinthians 12:30, the apostle Paul asked, "Do all speak with tongues?" Pentecostals teach that speaking in tongues is the initial evidence of the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Does this belief contradict Paul's teachings? Dr. David K. Bernard answers this question and explores the difference between the gift of tongues and tongues as the evidence of the baptism of the Holy Spirit. 

May 17, 2021
What Is the Correct Baptismal Formula?

According to the Scriptures, what words must be said at a baptism in order to make it valid? Dr. David K. Bernard reviews the New Testament examples of baptism and what the apostles taught about the subject.

May 10, 2021
Does Genesis 1:26 Refer to the Trinity?

Does God's statement in Genesis 1:26 ("Let us make man in our image, after our likeness) prove there is more than one person in the Godhead? Dr. David K. Bernard answers this commonly asked question while also addressing similar language in Genesis 11:7. Dr. Bernard explains how these verses fit a Oneness Pentecostal perspective.

May 03, 2021