16 Fundamental Truths
The founders of the Assemblies of God adopted 16 doctrines as a standard to preach, teach, and reach people.
These are essential tenets of faith that all Assemblies of God churches adhere to.
Four of the Fundamental Truths are considered core beliefs. They play key roles in reaching the lost and building the believer.
These beliefs weave in and through everything an Assemblies of God church does.
Salvation Through Jesus Christ
(Luke 24:47; John 3:3,16,17; Romans 8:16; Romans 10:13-15; Eph. 2:8,9; Eph. 4:24; Titus 2:11-12; Titus 3:5-7)
Salvation is deliverance from spiritual death and enslavement by sin. God provides salvation for all who believe and accept His free offer of forgiveness. Mankind’s only hope of redemption from the fallen sinful state is through the blood of Jesus Christ, God’s Son–blood that was shed as Jesus died on the cross.
Second Coming of Christ
(Romans 8:23; 1 Corinthians 15:51-52; 1 Thess. 4:16-17; Titus 2:13)
All Christians who have died will one day rise from their graves and will meet the Lord in the air. Christians who have not yet died will be raptured or caught up with them, to be with the Lord. Then Christians of all ages will live with God forever. The scriptural truth of the Lord’s soon return is “the blessed hope”.
Baptism in the Holy Spirit
(Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4,8; Acts 2:4; Acts 8:12-17; Acts 10:44-46; Acts 11:14-16; Acts 15:7-9; 1 Cor. 12:1-31)
All believers are entitled to receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit, and therefore should expect and seek the promise of the Father. With the experience comes the provision of power for victorious Christian living and productive service. It also provides believers with specific spiritual gifts for more effective ministry. The baptism of Christians in the Holy Spirit is accompanied by the initial physical sign of speaking in other tongues (unlearned languages) as the Spirit of God gives them audible expression.