A.M.E. Church History (03:17)
The AME grew out of the Free African Society (FAS) which Richard Allen, Absalom Jones, and others established in Philadelphia in 1787. The Church was founded primarily on sociological concerns, but has a sound theological basis.
Creation of the A.M.E. in America (03:06)
The immediate cause of the organization of the A.M.E. Church was that in 1787, members of the St. George's Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia segregated its black members from its white communicants.
Methodist Aspect of the A.M.E. (01:48)
The Methodist aspect of the A.M.E. is that it is basically Wesleyan with a focus on accountable stewardship. Each person is accountable for each other. Wesley teaches two kinds of grace: works of piety and works of mercy.
Mission of the A.M.E. (03:21)
The mission of the A.M.E. is to minister to the spiritual, intellectual, physical, emotional, and environmental needs of all people by spreading Christ's liberating gospel through word and deed. The A.M.E. has nearly 2.5 members worldwide.
Core Beliefs of the A.M.E. (03:19)
The core beliefs are found in the Apostles Creed and "25 Articles of Our Faith." Reverend Daryl B. Ingram recites the Apostles Creed. Sin is the basic problem of humanity. The resolution for sin is the ransom of Jesus Christ.
Worship Service of the A.M.E. (02:41)
The Reverend Michael Broadnax, Sr., tours viewers through Greater Bethel A.M.E. Church and describes aspects of the worship experience. The main purpose of worship is "to come into the presence of God."
Nature of Sin (02:57)
Reverend Daryl B. Ingram discusses the nature of sin and mankind's "addiction" to sin. The A.M.E. helps people find an avenue to find answers about their place in God's plan through their relationship with God.
Mankind's Imperfections/God's Perfection (02:10)
Imperfect people try to imagine a perfect God, an impossibility according to Rev. Ingram. Nevertheless, mankind's attempts to imagine God are enhanced through loving God and loving others.
Issues of Faith and Biblical Reference (00:17)
The biggest challenge that faces Christian churches of all denominations today is that they must teach the basic doctrines of faith. Today, biblical illiteracy is rampant. Rev. Ingram explains what his faith means to him.
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