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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. ...

Our Message

It’s why we go.

The Spirit compels us to proclaim Christ’s message to everyone. If Jesus is the only way of salvation, then everyone must be told. It’s as simple as that.

The purpose of our mission is “so all can hear.” And the message everyone must hear is both clear and unchanging.

The only symbol on the Assemblies of God logo is a Bible. Our founding leaders placed the doctrine concerning the Bible first in our statement of truths because God’s Word is foundational to everything we believe, preach and practice. We believe the Scriptures are “verbally inspired of God and are the revelation of God to man, the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct.”

Man cannot come to know God merely by seeking Him. Because God’s judgments are unsearchable and His ways unfathomable,1 we can only know God as He has chosen to reveal himself to us. His Word reveals the truth about God’s nature and character to us. Praying to the Father, Jesus said, “Your word is truth.”2

Though heaven and earth will pass away, God’s Word will live forever — the unchanging instrument of the Holy Spirit and our infallible guide for living.  It is the seed of the world harvest, bread for the spiritually hungry, and the light that proclaims God’s grace and deliverance to a world that is lost in spiritual darkness.

The Holy Spirit imparts spiritual gifts and abilities to God’s messengers. And the same Holy Spirit who inspired God’s written Word illumines the minds of hearers to the truth and activates faith in their hearts to respond to the message.

Because of daunting challenges to the message of Christ, some believe they have no alternative but to compromise the Scriptures to reach certain people groups. As Pentecostals, we have confident faith that the Holy Spirit’s power can penetrate any mental barrier with the truth and bring a person to faith in Jesus as God’s Son and our Savior.

The apostle Paul said, “My message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power.”3

Like Paul, we totally rely on the Holy Spirit to give life to the message we preach and cause growth from the seed of the gospel. The Spirit convinces of sin, brings assurance of sins forgiven, and imparts peace that passes understanding and guides into all truth. We depend on the Holy Spirit to empower our message to produce the results God has promised.

The apostle Paul wrote, “‘Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? … So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.”4

The early Christians succinctly symbolized their faith in Jesus with a fish, and this depiction is often seen on Christians’ cars today. The Greek word for “fish” — ichthus — is comprised of five Greek letters that form an acronym to represent “Jesus Christ God’s Son Savior.”

The focus of the Pentecostal message is Jesus — God the Son who became man to show us the character of our Heavenly Father and redeem lost humanity. He is the Savior of the whole world. After a sinless life, He conquered death so that whoever believes on Him can have peace with God and everlasting life. He is preparing a place for us and has promised to come again so we can be with Him for eternity.

If Jesus is “the way, and the truth, and the life”5 and “there is no other name under heaven … by which we must be saved,”6 then everyone must have the opportunity to hear this message.

Whether in massive cities of Asia, near the end of a South American river, in a remote African jungle village, or on the most isolated island of the Pacific, everyone deserves to hear the gospel, believe in Jesus, and call on His name to be saved. The purpose of our mission is to take the saving message of Jesus to the whole world ... so all can hear.

1. Romans 11:33, NASB
2. John 17:17
3. 1 Corinthians 2:4
4. Romans 10:13,14,17
5. John 14:6
6. Acts 4:12

RANDY HURST is communications director for Assemblies of God World Missions.

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