The Bible says it. We believe it. But why? Not since E.S. Williams’ work in the 1950s has the Assemblies of God presented a systematic theology. Now, twenty of the finest Pentecostal educators have been brought together to present a fresh defense of the faith in Systematic Theology. More than just a collection of select Scriptures, this study takes a complete look at God’s Word, addressing various views and their strengths and weaknesses. All Bible believers will find this work a dependable resource for their understanding of the Christian faith.
“Ecclesiastical Authority. Ecclesiastical authority holds that the Church itself must be the final authority in all matters of faith and practice.” (Page 43)
“Theological Authority. The theological view of authority looks to the doctrinal confessions, or creeds, of the community at large as the source of faith and practice.” (Page 42)
“The seraphs (from the Hebrew saraph, ‘to burn’) are pictured in Isaiah’s inaugural vision (Isa. 6:1–3) as so radiating the glory and brilliant purity of God that they seem to be on fire. They declare God’s unique glory and supreme holiness.45 Like cherubs, seraphs guard God’s throne (Isa. 6:6–7).46 Some scholars believe the ‘living creatures’ (Rev. 4:6–9) to be synonymous with seraphs and cherubs; however, the cherubs in Ezekiel look alike and the ‘living creatures’ in Revelation are different from each other.” (Pages 191–192)
“Theology, simply defined, is a study of God and His relationship to all that He has created. We believe it must be derived from the revelation of God in the Bible, for in no other way could it be a reliable testimony to those who are searching after truth.” (Page 46)
“The goal of exegesis is to let the Scripture say what the Spirit intended it to mean in its original context.” (Page 53)