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Assemblies of God,

a large group of churches comprising the second largest Pentecostal organization in the United States, founded at Hot Springs, Ark., in Apr., 1914. In doctrine the Assemblies of God affirm the basic teachings of PentecostalismPentecostalism,
worldwide 20th–21st-century Christian movement that emphasizes the experience of Spirit baptism, generally evidenced by speaking in tongues (glossolalia).
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 (i.e., baptism with the Holy Spirit as evidenced through glossolaliaglossolalia
[Gr.,=speaking in tongues], ecstatic utterances usually of unintelligible sounds made by individuals in a state of religious excitement. Religious revivals are often accompanied by manifestations of glossolalia, and various Pentecostal (see Pentecostalism) movements
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 and divine healing, and the daily presence of the charismatic gifts basic to the early church) and of fundamentalismfundamentalism.
1 In Protestantism, religious movement that arose among conservative members of various Protestant denominations early in the 20th cent., with the object of maintaining traditional interpretations of the Bible and of the doctrines of the Christian faith in
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, emphasizing the premillenarian belief in a return of Jesus and his saints to reign over a period of peace and righteousness. The U.S. membership, numbering nearly 2.5 million, is organized into over 10,750 local autonomous churches with a general council and a general presbytery formulating and administering policies, respectively. The churches actively engage in missionary work.

Bibliography

See W. W. Menzies, Anointed to Serve (1971).

Assemblies of God

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The Methodist Church has come to know many divisions over the years. William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, was originally a Methodist. Many of the socalled holiness denominations, chief among them being the Church of the Nazarene, were formed because it was thought Methodism had moved too far away from the message preached by its founder, Charles Wesley.

In 1906, at the Azusa Street Mission in Los Angeles, California, a Methodistsponsored revival of "Pentecostal Power" broke out. People claimed to have been "baptized by the Holy Spirit" in the manner evidenced on the birthday of the Church during the celebration of Pentecost in the time of the Apostles (Acts 2). People speaking in tongues and miracles of healing roused people to a spiritual frenzy. The people who attended those meetings spread their enthusiasm throughout the United States, and the Pentecostal movement began.

In 1914 the director of a Pentecostal publication called for a great meeting of "believers in the baptism of the Holy Spirit." Out of that meeting, the Assemblies of God was born.

Assemblies of God is now a worldwide Protestant denomination following Methodist Church polity but emphasizing the need to be both "born again" and "baptized by the Holy Spirit as evidenced by the gift of speaking in tongues." This experience is called "the second blessing" and usually happens after a person has been "saved" by accepting the Lord Jesus Christ as his or her personal savior. The second blessing is evidence of a "spiritual in-filling," and biblical evidence for the experience comes mostly from the book of Acts and from Paul's letters.

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But now the Assembly of God Mission is seeking outline planning permission to build a new church on land close to the community centre.
Assembly of God is an Evangelical and Pentecostal Church, which was founded in Arkansas, USA, in 1914.
At least one member of the Assembly of God church in Paisley is believed to have handed over cash to Baker.
And Pastor Richard Orrell, from the Battlefield Assembly of God adds: "There will be cultural backlash against Brad's decision to cross-dress, as some of his support will wane.
Shawntel Smith, Miss America 1996, remembers the encouragement she received at First Assembly of God in Muldrow, Oklahoma.
Pastor James Lilly of First Assembly of God has invited Brother Tommie to continue his mission of waking up the church and crying out to those who are hungry for God and address residents in Waterbury and surrounding cities in Connecticut next week.
A funeral service was held on Tuesday, March 26, in the First Assembly of God Church, 30 Tyler Prentice Road, Worcester.
She has been a member of the Goshen Assembly of God and the Goshen Grange for more than 40 years.
1 -- 2) Above, Pastor Randy Sugarman of the Lighthouse Assembly of God Church in Moorpark shows an area of the church parking lot that he claims was damaged by heavy equipment used to construct a water pipeline.
A former warehouse at 8702 Ditmas Avenue in Canarsie that was badly deteriorated has been purchased by the Restoration Temple Assembly of God, which will construct a church and school at the site.

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