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.”
-- Jim Bradford, general secretary
Resources in Scripture: Matthew 27; Mark 15; Luke 23; Acts 4:12; Acts 8:26-39; John 3; John 19; Romans 5:8-11; Romans 6:23; Romans 8:16; Romans 10:9-13; Ephesians 2:8,9; Titus 2:11,12
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.”
-- Doug Clay, general treasurer
Resources in Scripture: Isaiah 53:4, 5; Isaiah 61:1; Matthew 4:23, 24; Matthew 9:35; Matthew 18:16, 17; Mark 1:34; Luke 4:18, 19; Luke 6:19; Luke 9:6, 11; John 5:1-9; John 5:14; James 5:14-16; Hebrews 4:5
Holy Spirit Baptism
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.”
-- Alton Garrison, assistant general superintendent
Resources in Scripture: Acts 1:4; Acts 2:4; Acts 8:12-17; Acts 10:44-46; Acts 11:14-16; Acts 15:7-9; Luke 24:49; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31
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.
16 Fundamental Truths
This "Statement of Fundamental Truths" contains the 16 doctrines of the Assemblies of God. These are non-negotiable tenets of faith that all Assemblies of God churches adhere to. Four of these, Salvation, the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, Divine Healing, and the Second Coming of Christ are considered Cardinal Doctrines which are essential to the church's core mission of reaching the world for Christ. For more information on the Assemblies of God visit their website at http://www.ag.org/top/beliefs/statement_of_fundamental_truths/sft_full.cfm
“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!’”
-- George O. Wood, general superintendent
Resources in Scripture: Matthew 24:30, 31; Mark 13:26, 27; Luke 21:34-36; Romans 8:2; 1 Corinthians 15:51-52; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; Titus 2:13; James 5:8; 2 Peter 3:10-13; Revelation 1:7