WE ARE “ASSEMBLIES OF GOD” THROUGH MISSIONS INVOLVEMENT
Historically, Assemblies of God is about MISSIONS.
“A primary reason the General Council was formed in 1914 was to create cooperation in Pentecostal missionary work. Missions have remained a central focus of the denomination since that time.” – Wikipedia, General Council of the Assemblies of God.
Locally and internationally, the Assemblies of God is about MISSIONS.
“..the World Assemblies of God Fellowship, is the world’s largest Pentecostal body.”
This is because of its continuing emphasis on missions, and because of its being Pentecostals:
Thomas Trask Interview: What is the relationship between missions and Pentecost?
“You can be missions minded without being Pentecostal, and many worldwide evangelical organizations are making a significant missions impact. But you cannot be Pentecostal without being missions minded. Missions is the result of Pentecost. That’s why Pentecost was given–so the Church would become a missions-driven body. Yet, a significant number of churches are Pentecostal in doctrine and practice but are not missions minded. They have missed the purpose for why God gave the infilling of the Holy Spirit to the Church.”
So the question really is: “Why do we exist as Assemblies of God?”
Here’s what Our Constitution and By-Laws say:
ARTICLE II, Statement Of Purpose…“That the priority reason-for-being of the Philippines General Council of the Assemblies of God, Inc. (PGCAG) is to be an agency of God for evangelizing the world, to be a corporate body in which man may worship God, and to be channel of God’s purpose to build a body of saints being perfected in the image of His Son.
“That the Philippines General Council of the Assemblies of God, Inc. (PGCAG) exists expressly to give continuing emphasis to this reason-for-being in the New Testament apostolic pattern by teaching and encouraging believers to be baptized in the Holy Spirit with accompanying supernatural signs, adding necessary dimension to worshipful relationship with God, and enabling them to respond to the full working of the Holy Spirit in expression of fruit and gifts and ministries as in New Testament times for the edifying of the Body of Christ.“
ARTICLE IV, Prerogatives. 1. To encourage and promote the worship of the one true God.
2. To encourage and promote the edification of the believers. 3. To encourage and promote the evangelization of the Philippines and the world. 4. To approve all Scriptural teachings, methods and conduct; and to disapprove un-Scriptural teachings, methods and conduct. 5. To provide a basis of fellowship among Christians of like precious faith. 6. To establish and maintain such departments and institutions as may be necessary for the propagation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the work of this Pentecostal fellowship.
SUMMARY: To be Assemblies of God is to be Pentecostals doing Missions together.
Let us be Challenged by Saturation Challenge!