Our Place in Christian Circles

OUR PLACE IN CHRISTIAN CIRCLES:  

You may be wondering where our church and Fellowship fit in the larger picture of Christianity, or about our affiliations with other national and global religious organizations. Several descriptions help define us…

TRINITARIAN PROTESTANTS Like most christian groups we believe in one God who exists in three persons-the Father, Son(Jesus), and Holy Spirit. We believe all three are alive and active today. We also believe this God of three persons is the “one and only true God”(Matthew 28:19; Luke 3:21,22; 2 Corinthians 13:14). As a result of Christ’s death and resurrection, we believe everyone can have direct fellowship with God through His Son Jesus without any human intermediaries. This provides a personal and meaningful relationship with Him. While we are less formal in our worship to God than many Protestant denominations, we are very similar in faith, with the exception of our Pentecostal doctrine (Ephesians 2:18; Hebrews 6:20; 7:26-28).

EVANGELICAL We are notably classified as Evangelical. The church is distinguished as such because it places high priority on the inspiration of Scripture and its mission to win others and bring people into a saving knowledge and relationship with Jesus Christ.

PENTECOSTAL The most definitive identification of our church is Pentecostal-one where the fullness of the Holy Spirit is welcomed, nurtured, and taught. This includes speaking in tongues as the initial physical evidence of the infilling of the Holy Spirit. Other manifestations of the Holy Spirit embraced by the church include messages in tongues with interpretations, prophecies, word of knowledge, and the complete offering of the gifts and fruit of the Holy Spirit as indicated in the Bible. Among Pentecostal churches, our fellowship, the Assemblies of God, is the largest worldwide with over 63 million constituents.

AFFILIATIONS The Assemblies of God is a member of four national and international Christian organizations. These include the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE), the Pentecostal and Charismatic Churches of North America (PCCNA), the Pentecostal World Fellowship (PWF), and the World Assemblies of God Fellowship (WAGF). the church’s leadership also participates in many subgroups of these organizations. The Assemblies of God is not affiliated with either the World Council of Churches or the National Council of Churches.

(Our Church and Fellowship. Springfield, MO: Gospel Publishing House, 2010.)

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