The Protestant Church

History: The Assemblies of God (USA), one of the largest Pentecostal denominations in the United States, was organized in 1914 by a broad coalition of ministers who desired to work together to fulfill common objectives. They were formed in the midst of a Pentecostal revival and quickly took root in other countries. The Assemblies of God is a constituent member of the World Assemblies of God Fellowship, which is one of the largest Pentecostal Fellowships in the world. The founding fathers and mothers of the Assemblies of God met in Hot Springs, Arkansas from April 2 to April 12, 1914. These founders constituted the first General Council and elected two officers: Eudorus N. Bell as chairman and J. Roswell Flower as secretary. The title of chairman would later be changed to general superintendent. Immediately leaders were faced with dispute on whether to abandon certain Trinitarian theology in favor of more monarchical view called “The New Issue”.

Churches Membership: The Assemblies of God claimed a constituency in the United States of 3,146,741 adherents; 12,849 churches; and 36,884 ministers. There are approximately 67.9 million members throughout the world.

Theology : Listed Below are some of the beliefs of the Assemblies of God

The Assemblies of God believe The Scriptures are Inspired by God and declare His design and plan for mankind.

The Assemblies of God believe There is only One True God–revealed in three persons...Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (commonly known as the Trinity).

The Assemblies of God believe in the Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ. As God's son Jesus was both human and divine.

The Assemblies of God believe though originally good, Man Willingly Fell to Sin–ushering evil and death, both physical and spiritual, into the world.

The Assemblies of God believe Every Person Can Have Restored Fellowship with God Through 'Salvation' (trusting Christ, through faith and repentance, to be our personal Savior)The Assemblies of God believe and practice two ordinances—(1) Water Baptism by Immersion after repenting of one's sins and receiving Christ's gift of salvation, and (2) Holy Communion as a symbolic remembrance of Christ's suffering and death for our salvation.

The Assemblies of God believe the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is a Special Experience Following Salvation that empowers believers for witnessing and effective service, just as it did in New Testament times.

The Assemblies of God believe the Initial Physical Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is ‘Speaking in Tongues,’ as experienced on the Day of Pentecost and referenced throughout Acts and the Epistles.

The Assemblies of God believe Sanctification Initially Occurs at Salvation and is not only a declaration that a believer is holy, but also a progressive lifelong process of separating from evil as believers continually draw closer to God and become more Christlike.

The Assemblies of God believe the Church has a Mission to seek and save all who are lost in sin. They believe 'the Church' is the Body of Christ and consists of the people who, throughout time, have accepted God's offer of redemption (regardless of religious denomination) through the sacrificial death of His son Jesus Christ.

The Assemblies of God believe A Divinely Called and Scripturally Ordained Leadership Ministry Serves the Church. The Bible teaches that each of us under leadership must commit ourselves to reach others for Christ, to worship Him with other believers, to build up or edify the body of believers–the Church and to Meet human need with ministries of love and compassion.

The Assemblies of God believe Divine Healing of the Sick is a Privilege for Christians Today and is provided for in Christ's atonement (His sacrificial death on the cross for our sins).

The Assemblies of God believe in The Blessed Hope—When Jesus Raptures His Church Prior to His Return to Earth (the second coming). At this future moment in time all believers who have died will rise from their graves and will meet the Lord in the air, and Christians who are alive will be caught up with them, to be with the Lord forever.

The Assemblies of God believe in The Millennial Reign of Christ when Jesus returns with His saints at His second coming and begins His benevolent rule over earth for 1,000 years. This millennial reign will bring the salvation of national Israel and the establishment of universal peace.

The Assemblies of God believe a Final Judgment Will Take Place for those who have rejected Christ. They will be judged for their sin and consigned to eternal punishment in a punishing lake of fire.

The Assemblies of God believe and look forward to the perfect New Heavens and a New Earth that Christ is preparing for all people, of all time, who have accepted Him. They will live and dwell with Him there forever following His millennial reign on Earth.

The Core Doctrines of the Assemblies of God are; Salvation, Divine Healing, Baptism in the Holy Spirit, The Second Coming, and they worship through paintings. What sets them apart from larger denominations of the Christian faith is their use of technology. They have many blogs and are spreading from their increasing social media presence.

Social action: The Assemblies of God have a mission to reach out to the spiritually lost with the message of Jesus Christ. The Assemblies of God plant churches in 255 countries, territories, and provinces. They train leaders throughout the world to proclaim the message of Jesus Christ to their new people and other nations. They serve the poor and suffering people with the compassion of Christ and invite them to become His followers.

Any congregations nearby: The nearest Assembly of God church is by my house in Huntington. There are over 376 Assembly of God churches in New York alone. There are several churches around Long Island, and there are 2 Assembly of God churches near Chaminade High School.

Types of Sacraments: the sacraments of The Assemblies of God are The Sixteen, Fundamentals, The Bible is Inspired, One True God, The Lord Jesus Christ is Fully God, The Fall of Mankind, The Salvation of Mankind, The Ordinances of the Church, The Baptism in the Holy Spirit, Initial Physical Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, Sanctification, The Church and Its Mission, The Ministry, Divine Healing, The Blessed Hope, The Millennial Reign of Christ, The Final Judgment, The New Heavens and the New Earth.

Leadership: Protestant churches don't accept that their is a separate class of religious people called “Priests”. The Roman Catholic sacrament of Holy Orders bestows an authority on the priest to confer God's grace to the believer through the sacraments, and this authority is not extended to the laity. Most Protestant churches have a senior pastor or clergy member who has been ordained.

Global connections: Protestant missionaries spread their faith throughout the world. They have groups that are set in most countries. There are about 800 million Protestants in the world.

Symbols of the church: The empty cross is one of the symbols of the Protestant church. It tells the church the story of Jesus’ suffering. The crucifix is also a symbol. It signifies the death of Jesus and also his suffering.

Relationship with the Catholic Church:Assemblies of God is a denomination of Pentecostalism. The first religious service took place in 1906, and spiritual experience was generally recognized as the beginning of Pentecostalism. Assemblies of God remains independent from the Catholic Church. There is no hostility between the Assemblies of God and the Catholic Church, but there have been challenges among Assemblies of God and other denominations under Pentecostalism, such as Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada.

Interesting Facts:

The Assemblies of God the believe that Jesus will have thousand-year-long, physical reign on the earth.

The Assemblies of God believe it is possible for demons to possess people.

The Assemblies of God totally disapprove of alcohol, divorce, homosexuality, and gambling.

The Assemblies of God allow women to be ordained as priests and pastors.

Websites:

Assemblies of God (USA) Official Web Site

http://ag.org/top/search.cfm

EWTN.com

https://www.ewtn.com/library/CHISTORY/cathpent.htm

Assemblies of God Wikipedia

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assemblies_of_God_USA

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