Two years after its founding, the AG established 16 doctrines as a standard to reach, preach and teach its people. These doctrines became our Statement of Fundamental Truths. Four of these truths are considered our core beliefs due to the key role they play in reaching the lost and building the believer and the church both now and for the future. The ‘Four Core Beliefs’ of the Assemblies of God: Salvation, Baptism in the Holy Spirit, Divine Healing and the Second Coming of Christ.
The doctrine of Salvation forms the core of our Christian faith by proclaiming God’s victory over sin in our lives. This truth results in deliverances, healings and restored lives. Whether a new member or a mature Christian, every believer should have a clear understanding of salvation and the difference this truth makes in our lives and churches. “Are there ever really any second chances in life? Surprisingly, the answer is yes. The Bible calls it Salvation. Salvation is God’s second chance for every one of us.”
Wherever Jesus went, He ministered with compassion and healed the sick. Christ’s example showed an interconnection with salvation as many believed following their healing. Our Lord continues to heal today and it is vital that the church preach, teach and practice this biblical truth. Scriptures command believers to pray in faith and trust God for the outcome.“Christ’s death on the cross not only provides for forgiveness of sin, but also healing for sickness. The One who gave you the gift of eternal life…is the same One who can heal your body.”
Baptism in the Holy Spirit
The doctrine of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is our distinctive. This truth explains the passion and power of our witness. Jesus promised His followers they would receive power from on high so that they would be His witnesses. We believe this truth is just as relevant today as our Fellowship continues to take the gospel message around the globe. “The baptism in the Holy Spirit provides the believer with an empowering for witness and to live a life pleasing to God.”
The Second Coming
With the world experiencing natural disasters, economic downturns and increasing uncertainties on many fronts, the doctrine of Christ’s Second Coming is more relevant than ever. Believers must rest in the certainty of the imminent return of our Lord and share this hope with others. “As followers of the risen Lord Jesus, we have the assurance of a wonderful hope…a reunion with our saved loved ones, and more importantly with our Savior. We call this ‘Our Blessed Hope!’”
Know About The Bible
Number of total Bibles Printed 6,001,500,000
The approximate number of languages spoken in the world today is 6,900
Number of translations into new languages currently in progress 1,300
Number of languages with a translation of the New Testament 1,185
Number of languages with a translation of the Bible (Protestant Canon) 451
Total Words in the King James Bible 788,258
Number of verses in the King James Bible 31,102
Total Chapters in the King James Bible 1,189
Total Books in the King James Bible 66
Total Number of Authors in the Bible 40
Years it took to write the Bible 1,600 Shortest Chapter Psalm 117 (2 verses)
Longest Chapter Psalm 119 Middle Chapter Psalm 117 (the 595th chapter)
Shortest Verse in the Bible John 11:35 – “Jesus wept.” Longest Verse in the Bible Esther 8:9
Longest Word in the Bible Mahershalalhashbaz (Isaiah 8:3)
The Doctrinal Statement of Herstelling Assembly of God Global Outreach Center
1. The Bible:
We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be the inspired Word of God, the final authority for faith and life, inerrant in the original writings, infallible and God-breathed (II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:20-21; Matthew 5:18; John 16:12-13).
We believe each scripture should be interpreted in light of its immediate context and should harmonize with the whole Bible (Matt19:4-8; I Timothy1:13-14; II Peter 2:5).
2. In God:
We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power, and having the same attributes and perfections (Deuteronomy 6:4; II Corinthians 13:14).
We believe God alone has all knowledge of all that actually is or is possible and God alone possesses all power to perform all things. A partial list of God's attributes includes the powers of Omniscience, Omnipotence, Omnipresence, Sovereignty, Infinity, Immutability. We believe that due to the very nature of God, an exhaustive list of His attributes is not possible (Acts 17:28; James 1:17; Psalms 139:7-12; Matt 11:21; Rom.. 11:33-36).
3. The Person and Work of Christ:
We believe the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became a man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man (John 1:1,14; Luke 1:35).
We believe the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His shed blood and death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice, and our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Romans 3:24-25; I Peter 2:24; Ephesians 1:7; I Peter 1:3-5).
We believe the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God, whereas our High Priest,
He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate (Acts 1:9-10; Hebrews 9:24, 7:25; Romans 8:34; I John 2:1-2).
4. The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit:
We believe the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. He is the supernatural agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ at the time of salvation, indwelling and sealing them at the moment of salvation unto the day of redemption (John 16:8-11; II Corinthians 3:6; I Corinthians 12:12-14; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 1:13-14).
We believe He is the divine Teacher who guides believers into all truth, and it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled with the Spirit (John 16:13; I John 2:20, 27; Ephesians 5:18).
5. The Total Depravity of Man:
We believe man was created in the image and likeness of God, but in Adam's sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God, and that man is totally depraved, and, of himself will not seek God, and is totally unable to remedy his lost condition (Genesis 1:26-27; John 6:44; Romans 3:22-23; 5:12; Ephesians 2:1-3,12).
We believe salvation is the gift of God, brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins (Ephesians 2:8-10; John 1:12; Ephesians 1:7; I Peter 1:17,19).
7. The Two Natures of the Believer:
We believe every saved person possesses two natures, with provision made for victory of the new nature over the old nature through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit, and all claims to the eradication of the old nature in this life are unscriptural (Romans 6:13; 8:12-13; Galatians 5:16-25; Ephesians. 4:22-24; Colossians 3:10; I Peter 1:14-16; I John 3:5-9).
8. The Assurance of Believers:
We believe it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation. However, the Scriptures clearly
forbid the use of Christian liberty as an occasion for the flesh (Romans 13:13-14; Galatians 5:13; Titus 2:11-15).
We believe the process of sanctification includes the disciplining hand of God to train the obedient and chasten the disobedient (Job 1-2; I Cor 11:28-30; Heb.. 12:5-7).
9. The Church:
We believe the church, which is pictured as the body and espoused bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again persons of this present age (Ephesians. 1:22-23; I Corinthians. 12:12-14; II Corinthians.11:2).
We believe the establishment and continuance of autonomous local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New TestamentScriptures (Acts 14:27; 20:17; 28:32; I Tim. 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11).
We believe the most effective method of world evangelism is the establishment of autonomous local churches (Acts 13 - 28). We believe that every believer should be a witness for Jesus.
and Ceremonies of the Church: We believe in the two church ordinances: Water Baptism by immersion for all believers, and the Lord's Supper (I Corinthians. 11:23-34; Acts 8:35-37; 10:47-48; I Corinthians.1:14; Acts 8:12).
We believe that there are two ceremonies of the church: the Legal marriage of a man and a woman and dedication of babies.
We believe all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord and that believers should separate from sinful practices, pleasures, or associations as commanded by God. They should mark and separate from religious apostasy, heresy or whatever form that evil takes in their lifetime (II Tim. 3:1-5; Romans. 12:1-2; 14:13; I John 2:15-17; II John vvs. 9-11; II Corinthians. 6:14; 7:1).
The Four Spiritual Laws
1. God loves you: "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life." (John 3:16). 2. Man is sinful and separated from God. "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God," (Rom. 3:23); "For the wages of sin is death," (Rom. 6:23); "But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God," (Isaiah 59:2). 3. Jesus Christ is God's only provision for man's sin. "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me" (John 14:6); "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." (Rom. 5:8). 4. We must individually receive Jesus as Savior and Lord. "But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name," (John 1:12); "if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved." (Rom. 10:9); "For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; . . . " (Eph. 2:8).
We believe it is the obligation of the saved to witness by life and by word to the truths of Holy Scripture and to seek to proclaim the Gospel to all mankind (Matt. 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8; II Corinthians. 5:19-20).
13. Spiritual Gifts:
We believe God is sovereign in the bestowment of all His gifts, and that the gifts of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers are necessary for the perfecting of the saints today. We believe that speaking in tongues and the operation of the gifts of the Spirit are necessary for personal and corporate strengthen and edification according to the New Testament Scriptures (I Cor. 12:4-11; I I Cor. 12:12; Eph. 4:7-12).
We believe God does hear and answer the prayer of faith, in accordance with His will, for the sick and afflicted (John 15:7; I John 5:14-15).
We believe in the dispensational view of Bible interpretation. (Matt. 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42; 18:8 I Corinthians. 11:23-26). We believe that God has a distinct program for the Nation of Israel and a distinct program for the church. We believe that the church benefits from many of the covenant blessings promised to Israel. However, close examination of God's word reveals that those promises were given specifically to the Nation of Israel (ie: a land forever, a throne forever, an earthly kingdom forever, a nation forever, none of which have been promised to the church saints). Many of the covenant promises and blessings concerning Israel have not yet been fulfilled (ie: Millenial Kingdom (literal - 1000 year Kingdom on Earth) with a
reigning King [Jesus Christ], Deliverance from all Israel's enemies, resulting in a permanent state of peace for Israel and Restoration to the promised land, etc.).
15. The Personality of Satan:
We believe Satan is a created being and the author of sin. He is the open and declared enemy of God and man and shall be eternally tormented and punished in the Lake of Fire (Job 1:6,7; Isaiah. 14;12-17; Mat. 4:2-11; 25:41; Rev. 20:10).
16. The Second Advent of Christ:
We believe in the "Blessed Hope", the personal, imminent, pre-tribulation and pre-millennial coming of the Lord Jesus
Christ for His redeemed ones, and in His subsequent return to the earth, with His saints, to establish His Millennial Kingdom (I Thessalonians. 4:13-18; Zechariah 14:4-11; Revelation 19:11-16; 20:1-6; I Thessalonians. 1:10; 5:9; Revelation 3:10).
17. The Eternal State:
We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment (Matthew 25:46; John 5:28-29; 11:25-26; Revelation 20:5-6,12,13).
We believe the souls of the redeemed are at death absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await the first resurrection, when spirit, soul, and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord (Luke 23:43; Revelation 20:4-6; II Corinthians. 5-8; Phil. 1:23; 3:21; I Thessalonians 4:16-17).
We believe the souls and spirits of unbelievers remain after death, in conscious misery until the second resurrection, when
with soul and body reunited they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment, and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting conscious punishment (Luke 16:19-26; Matthew 25:41-46; II Thessalonians. 1:7-9; Jude vvs 6,7; Mark 9:43-48; Revelation 20:11-15).
In Conclusion :
We understand the above statements do not by any means exhaust the content of our creed which is the whole Word of
God and they are not intended to set a limit beyond which faith cannot go within this Word; but we do believe that in so far as these statements extend, they are a true presentation of the sound doctrine taught in the Scriptures and, therefore, binding upon us as Christian Believers.