Special Sub-Topic: Assemblies of God
|In 1900 this man asked his Bible school students to discover Biblical evidence for the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. Their conclusions led to the eventual establishment of the Assemblies of God. |
Charles Parham. For approximately nine years Charles Parham led religious revivals teaching that Baptism in the Holy Spirit was evidenced by "speaking in tongues". Believers were known as Pentecostals, named after the Day of Pentecost described in Acts 2. H. G. Rogers lead an independent Pentecostal movement that was merged with Eudorus Bell's group. Tolbert Fanning was a leader in the Church of Christ.
|What triggered the spread of Pentecostalism throughout the United States and launched the Assemblies of God denomination as a worldwide movement? |
Azusa Street Revival. This downtown Los Angeles revival was led by an African American preacher, William J. Seymour. Lasting three years (1906-1909) the revival not only crossed racial lines, but it promoted women in leadership roles - very unpopular opinions for the time. Because of the resulting proliferation of Pentecostal churches, leaders of the movement felt that some type of formal organization was needed to keep the momentum going.
|Who is credited with being the founder of the Assemblies of God movement?|
Eudorus N. Bell. In 1914, Eudorus Bell, pastor of a small Pentecostal church in Arkansas, assembled a group of Pentecostal leaders in Hot Springs to discuss issues including doctrinal unity and the chartering of churches under a common name. The establishment of The General Council of the Assemblies of God came out of this meeting. Joseph Smith was the founder of the Mormon church. Thomas Campbell founded the Church of Christ. Menno Simons was a founder of the Mennonite church.
|Which of the following people had or has a connection with the Assemblies of God?|
All of them (Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, John Ashcroft). Jerry Lee Lewis sang for the Ferriday First A/G church in Ferriday, LA. Elvis Presley sang in the choir of the First A/G church in Tupelo. Former Attorney General John Ashcroft's father was an Assemblies of God minister.
|Which is NOT one of the sixteen fundamental truths of the Assemblies of God?|
Baptism as a requirement for the forgiveness of sins. While the Church of Christ believes baptism is required for the forgiveness of sins, the Assemblies of God believes that water baptism is an outward sign of the forgiveness of sins.
|These publishers are an arm of the Assemblies of God church and are located in its headquarters city.|
Gospel Publishing House. Gospel Publishing House is located in Springfield, MO. A/G's website claims that its publishing company produces over sixteen tons of gospel literature each day.
|What is the primary focus of the Assemblies of God?|
Evangelism and Missions. A/G has always focused on evangelism and missions. They claim that this focus has allowed them to realize sustained growth to a current total of 12,100 churches in the U.S. and approximately 236,022 churches in 191 other nations. They also have six Bible colleges, two Bible institutes, two colleges, eight universities and one seminary in the U.S.
|Where are the headquarters of the Assemblies of God?|
Springfield, MO. The Southern Baptist Convention has its administrative organization in Nashville. The Mormon Church is headquartered in Salt Lake City. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is headquartered in Chicago.
|What is the approximate membership of the World Assemblies of God Fellowship?|
52.5 Million. As of 2005 A/G reported a worldwide membership of 52.5 million people. The Mormon Church's reported membership is around 12.5 million. Small potatoes when compared to the Roman Catholic church that reported 1.1 billion members at the end of 2004 - one in six of the world's population.
|"Glossolalia" is one of the four defining truths of the Assemblies of God. What is it? |
Speaking in unknown languages. In their Beliefs Statement, A/G affirms that "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 events of Pentecost are described in Acts 2.
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