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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...




Vantage Point: A Centennial Year Begins

By Ken Horn
Jan. 12, 2014

Denominations typically begin to falter before reaching the century mark. The majority of denominations today are on the decline. But the Assemblies of God turns 100 this year and remains vibrant and growing — in the U.S. and worldwide.

From the beginning, the term “cooperative fellowship” has been preferred to describe the AG. Because of local sovereignty and a broad reach, one can find an astounding variety of AG churches today.

And these differences do not easily translate into regions of the country. One city can be home to a variety of churches, all under the AG banner. But while techniques and styles may vary, doctrine does not. Every pastor and local church is part of the AG because they agree with its beliefs and have chosen to be affiliated.

Belief in the Trinity, salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone, the baptism in the Holy Spirit, the reliability of God’s Word ... these and other truths are held and taught in each AG church. For a complete list of our commonly held beliefs, go to ag.org and click on “Beliefs” at the top of the page.

“Believe” is the theme of the upcoming World AG Congress in Springfield, Mo., Aug. 5-10, when the 100th anniversary of the Movement’s birth will be celebrated. The World AG Congress brings together AG people from all over the world. For information on this and the first Global Church Planting Summit, visit the website at 100.ag.org.

Our early leaders would have been surprised if they knew the Fellowship would reach this milestone before the return of our Lord. He could still return at any moment. Should He continue to give us extra time, it will be good to gather as a worldwide Fellowship ... to celebrate ... and to plan to plant churches until the Lord returns.

Ken Horn
Editor

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