Pentecostal History: The Assemblies Of God

Pentecostal history is rich which many occurrences in history. Many are familiar with the revivals that have taken place as well as some of the challenges that have faced the saints of this time. There are even moments that new denominations came forth from the desire to articulate the Gospel and just what was going on during that time in America where it was believed that the Spirit was moving among the people. One such denomination is the Assemblies of God. This denomination will be the focus. The purpose is to survey the major values that are considered absolutely essential to the faith. While there are many fundamental truths only four will be examined.
The doctrinal statement of the Assemblies of God emphasize things such as salvation,
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In other words the believer should, with much expectation, seek to receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. The idea for this comes from the passage in Joel and was considered the fulfillment. The idea for this passage both stated and defended as their theological bases comes from the verses that talk about how there would be an outpouring of the Spirit on all people. It would be hard not to mention the Holy Spirit without mentioning this key passage for Pentecostals. According to the Assemblies as well as other denominations the baptism is considered to be a normal experience for the believer. This conclusion is drawn from The book of the Acts in support for the idea. Acts can be a difficult book to interpret given the question as to whether or not it should be taken as prescriptive or descriptive. and one might ask what the case might be for this instance. Was it just for the Church in that era for that particular time or should believers expect this to be a normal experience for the Church? However one might feel about this passage it is important to note that based off of the letters of Paul as well as the text of Joel that there can be a case made for the baptism and the practice of tongues. For instance, Paul does imply in his message to one of the Churches that he was writing to that they can and are encouraged to put into practice the gifts of …show more content…
In pentecostal circles this has been a common inclusion and theme when trying to articulate the gospel and the works of grace. Often this has been reported to accompany many of the revivals and movements of the Spirit and it would be hard to ignore.
Based on James 5 the Assemblies hold to the responsibility that that the Church is to pray for anyone who is sick. Furthermore, the promise and often considered privilege of the believer to find healing is linked to the atonement through the passage of Isaiah 53. This is drawn from the verse that says, “by His stripes we are healed.” One might ask in what way that believers are healed. Does this passage speak to the rift of separation caused by the effects of sin through Adam in the book of Genesis, physical imperfections and decay that ravage the physical body, or could that of a more wholistic healing? From a more general view the Assemblies certainly believes in the healing of that relationship with the Lord at His coming but it is important to not that the belief in physical healing is there and that it is emphasized and encouraged. As mentioned before when talking about atonement and salvation, the Assemblies believes that God is sovereign and that to this day healings occur but whether or not these healings happen for the believer it is still encouraged

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