Assemblies of God license vocabulary

Antichrist
The adversary of Christ (or Christianity) mentioned in the New Testament
there are many antichrists but one that will appear at the end of this age and be the world dictator

Apocryphal books
The books written between Malachi and the birth of Jesus. Not included in the Jewish bible and are rejected as not inspired.

Apostles
Sent ones or ambassadors
Specifically, those chose by Jesus to be with Him and to be His witness

Atributes of God
Omnipotence
Omnipresent
Omniscient
goodness – moral attribute
holy – moral attribute

Autographs
These are the original handwritten books of the Bible by the original writers. None of these are known to be in existence today.

Bible versions
Translations of the Bible that are accurate and readable; a translation that would fall in between literal (word for word) and meaning (thought for thought)

Calvinism
Protestant sect. Emphasized a strong moral code and believed in predestination (the idea that God decided whether or not a person would be saved – pre determined).

Cannon of Scripture
The writings of Sacred Scripture that are approved by the Church as inspired by God

Christology
The branch of theology concerned with the person and attributes and deeds of Christ

Classification of spiritual gifts
There are three groups:
1. wisdom and knowledge for teaching and preaching
2. faith, healing, miraculous powers, prophecy and discernment between spirits for ministry
3. tongues and interpretation for worship

Deacon
‘Servant” “Helper” An office in the local church. A man or woman who is given the job by a local Christian assembly/church of looking after the practical needs of community – administration finances, food and welfare needs etc.

Discipleship
The diligent and intentional teaching and practices that promote a life long lifestyle of becoming more like Jesus and reproducing Christ’s life in others to become learners and students of Christ, leaving the past and surrendering every aspect of one’s life to the Jesus

Ecclesiology
The study of church doctrine
the branch of theology concerned with the nature and the constitution and the functions of the church

Ecumenism
Promotes cooperation and better understanding among different religious denominations: aimed at universal Christian unity

Elders
Elected out of the congregation and given the responsibility of seeing that preaching and teaching are done

Eschatology
A study of and teaching about the “last things” (death, judgment, heaven, hell, purgatory, the Second Coming of Christ, and the resurrection of the body).

Evangelism
Zealous (enthusiastic) preaching and dissemination (spreading) of the gospel

Illumination
A person reads the bible, the Holy Spirit is pleased to shed light on the truth of God’s word, making it ‘come alive’ to the reader in their heats and minds

Eschatological Error
1. restitution of all things
2. setting a date for the Lord’s return
3. post-trib rapture
4. amillenialism

The Great Commission
Matt 28:19 The command given by Jesus to “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”

Hermeneutics
Encompassing all forms of communication: written, verbal and nonverbal (similar to exegesis)

Exegesis
Textual criticism: is the investigation into the history and origins of the text (more limited then hermeneutics)

Holy Spirit baptism
An experience distinct from and subsequent o new birth, providing power for lives of service, power to witness

Imminent return of Christ
The date of Christ’s return is unknown, therefore we should be alert and on guard

Immutable
Not subject or susceptible to change or variation in form or quality or nature: unchangeable

Interpretation of tongues
The gift of the Holy Spirit by which the general meaning of something spoken in tongues is reported to the church

Gift of Discernment
Spiritual gift: the ability to distinguish between good and evil spirits

Gift of Prophecy
Spiritual gift: edifies, exhorts, and comforts (I Corinthians 14:3); helps us build up or strengthen; and should lead us to the Word of God. It is the ministry of the Holy Spirit to convict of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment to come (John 16:8-11).

is divinely inspired and anointed utterance; a supernatural proclamation in a known language. It is the manifestation of the Spirit of God – not of intellect (I Corinthians 12:7), and it may be possessed and operated by all who have the infilling of the Holy Spirit (I Corinthians 14:31)

Infallibility of Scripture
The divine source and authority of the Scriptures assures us that the Bible is also infallible; incapable of error or misleading, deceiving or disappointing us

Inspiration of Scripture
‘God-Breathed’ By divine power of the Holy Spirit moved the human authors of the Bible in such a way that it reflects the intentions of God.

Initial physical evidence
The baptism of the Holy Spirit is witnessed by the initial physical evidence of speaking in tongues as the Spirit gives them utterances.

Inspiration
Means “to breathe upon.” It is a translation of the Greek theopneustos, which is rendered “God-breathed”. The idea is that “breath” represents “spirit,”

Justification
By faith in Jesus we have been restored to divine fellowship. We have been justified by the blood of Christ: the payment for our sins has been paid We are made or declared righteous

Gift of Faith
Spiritual gift: supernatural faith to believe in the extraordinary and the miraculous

Gift of Healing
Spiritual gift: to restore health by supernatural means.

Geneva Bible
First bible translated to English (brought to America)

Millennium
1,000 years of Earthly rule of Christ while Satan is bound

Ministry Gifts
-Faith
-Gifts of healings
-Miracles
-Prophecy
-(Discerning) Distinguishing of spirits

Mission of the Church
1. Evangelize the world
2 Ministry to God
3 To disciple and equip a body of saints being perfected in the image of Christ

Gift of Knowledge
Spiritual Gift: utterance that reveals knowledge about people, circumstances or Biblical truth

Gift of Wisdom
Spiritual Gift: utterance of wise revelation about a specific problem

Miraculous Power
Spiritual Gift: acts of supernatural owes to alter the normal course of nature

New Heaven and New Earth
Fundamental Truth #16
God will create when Satan and his demons have been cast into the final judgement and men will live with physical access to God

Ordinances of the church
1. Baptism by immersion (Matt 28:19)
2. Lord’s Supper (I Cor 11:20-34)
There is no saving power in the performance of these acts.

Pentecost
‘Fiftieth’ A name for the harvest feast.
Originally, a Jewish festival, fifty days after passover, celebrating the giving of the law to Moses at Sinai. Fifty days after Jesus’ resurrection, 120 believers were in the upper room and the Holy Spirit was manifested, given, and communicated to the Church, fulfilling the mission of Christ. This is the “birthday” of the church.

Post-Millenenialism
Refers to the teaching that the millennium is the church age or an extension of the church age, with Christ ruling but not personally present.

Pre-Millenalism
Teaches that Jesus will personally return at the end of the church age and will establish is kingdom on earth for a thousand years.

Prophecy
A word or revelation, given to a believer for another person, directly from God by the impulse of the Holy Spirit

Rapture
The snatching away of true believers to meet with Jesus in the air.

Redemption
To rescue someone by paying a ransom. Just as God redeemed Israel from the land of Egypt, so Jesus Christ redeems us from the slavery of sin and death by paying the ransom price of His lifeblood.

Regeneration
The Holy Spirit work of giving new life to the sinner who repents and believes in Jesus

Repentance
Greek ‘mentanoia’ a change of mind; turning away from sin and turning to God.

Revelation of Christ
The return of Christ n power and gory to destroy the forces of the antichrist and establish the millennial kingdom

Second Death
Eternal punishment in the Lake of FIre.

Sacraments
Certain prescribed rituals in which participants engage with the belief that special grace is bestowed

Reconciliation
The restoration of the sinner to fellowship with God through the work of Christ on the cross. Becomes effective for each person through his personal repentance and faith in Christ.

Saints
Believers. Those ‘set apart’ from sin in the world. “holy person” from the word Hagios.

Sanctification
The work of the Holy Spirit that separates believers from sin and evil and dedicates them to worship and service to God.

Security of the believer
Depends on a living relationship with Christ in view of the Bibles call to holiness; a man may have his part taken out of the tree of life and can fall away.

Septuagint
Original Greek Bible. This is the name given to the Greek translation of Hebrew Scriptures which were produced in the 3rd to 1st centuries B.C.

Righteous
Moral attribute of God: dependent upon to act with justice. It is His nature to be just and He is always true to His nature.

Tithing principles
Should be used for support of the active ministry and for the propagation of the Gospel and work of the Lord.

Trinity
Father, Son, Holy Spirit. A united being (God) with three distinct persons. Each unique, having unique roles, personalities and actions but united in function and purpose Tri -une Godhead

Verbal plenary inspiration
Thus ‘sayeth the Lord’ in the Bible: the word spoken in fulness to the writers of the Bible: Jesus stated “Scripture cannot be broken.”
every (plenary) word (verbal) spoken directly by God

Vicarious Atonement
“In Place Of” when Jesus died for us, He took on the consequences of human sin

Water baptism
Symbolizes the believer’s spiritual death to the old life and his or her spiritual resurrection to a new life in Christ. immersion

Worldliness
Manifestations of extreme behavior, unbecoming speech or inappropriate appearance. Fascination or association which lessons one’s affection for Jesus

Adoption
At salvation the new believer is made part of the family of God and receives divine favor as His chid. It also includes future aspects: new bodies, rapture and the privileges of Christ’s throne

Amillennialism
The view that there will be no future reign of Christ on Earth.

Anglican
Belonging to the Church of England (Episcopal)

Annihilationism
The teaching that the wicked cease to exist at death or after a period in the Lake of Fire

Anointed
In the Old Testament refers to an act of dedication to God’s service by pouring oil on the person’s head.
In the New Testament it refers to an empowering or energizing by the Holy Spirit

Anti-supernatural
Denies the existence and reality of the supernatural. Attempts to explain things in term of the natural law.

Apostasy
A deliberate and total turning away from Christ and His teachings.

Apostolic Age
The period between Christ’s ascension and the death of the apostle John near the end f the first century A.D.

Ark of the Covenant
gold plated box that was the receptacle for the stone tablets inscribed with the Ten Commandments received on Mt. Sinai by Moses.

Armageddon
The mountain of Megiddo the site of the final battle between Christ and the Antichrist rev 16:16

Arminians
1560- 1609 taught that God chose to save all who will believe in Christ that it is possible to resist the grace of God and tat it is possible for true believers to fall away ad lose their salvation

Ascension
Christ’s bodily return to heaven forty days after His resurrection. Acts 1:3,9

Backsliding
A lessening of Christian commitment to do God’s will.

Barbarian
In the New Testament times this was a term used of anyone who cold not speak Greek.

Bishop
In the early church a term synonymous with elder. Now used as a title for chief pastor.

Book of Life
A book containing the names of those who are born again believers (Luke 10:20)

Born Again
‘Born from above’ a spiritual birth to a new life of obedience to Christ Jesus when a person puts faith in Him.

The Bridegroom
Jesus when He comes at the end of the age.

Calvary
According to the Gospels, a site immediately outside Jerusalem’s walls where Jesus was crucified.
In Aramaic Golgotha meaning ‘a skull’.

Camp meeting
On the American frontier thousands of people would itch tents around a clearing and have an open-air revival meeting.

Charismatic
Referring to or possessing powerful spiritual gifts.

Christ
Anointed One Used as a title for Jesus In Hebrew Messiah. Christos in Greek.

Church Age
Between Christ’s resurrection and His second coming.

Circumcision
Cutting of the foreskin of the penis. A sign of God’s covenant with Abraham.

Clergy
Those ordained by the Church to perform pastoral and teaching functions.

Collectivism
The theory of advocating collective control over production and distribution of goods and services.

Communions
Groups of Christians who share common belies and are in communion with Christ and with each other.

Conversion
The turning of a life from sin to serving Christ.

Conviction
The Holy Spirit’s work in convincing a person of being a sinner and needing Jesus as Savior.

Covenant
A solemn binding agreement.

Day of Atonement
The tenth day of the seventh month (our Sept-October) of the Old Testament year. On that day the High Priest offered sacrifices to make atonement for the sins d all the people of Israel.

Deity
Being God

Demons
Spirit beings sometimes called evil or unclean spirits, some believe they are fallen angels.

Denominations
A group of churches with a particular name who are organized and work together on the basis of a set of beliefs and practices they accept.

Depravity
Moral and spiritual corruption.

Desecration
Treating something holy with contempt.

Devil
Satan.

Discipleship and submission movement
Teaches that a person should choose a man to be a ‘shepherd’ and submit to him. Sometimes called the shepherding movement.

Doctrine
Teaching/ belief concerning Biblical truths.

Dominion
Authority.

Edification
Building up and strengthening believers.

Empirical evidence
Received through the five physical senses.

Enduement
To be clothed. Used in reference to the power of the Holy Spirit.

Eternal Kingdom
The final state of the saved in the new heavens and new earth with the new Jerusalem as their home and headquarters.

Eternal punishment
Final endless sentence for the wicked in the Lake of Fire.

Faculty
Ability, power, capability to act or do. Natural aptitude.

Faith
Belief in God and Christ expressed in whole-hearted trust.

Fall of Man
Adam and Eve’s initial act of disobedience.

Fellowship
The sense o unity and partnership with God and Christ and with one another as Christians pray and work together in a spirit o mutual encouragement.

First fruits
In the Old Testament each year the first part of the crop was given to God. It required that men had faith for the second harvesting to come and that the weather would be good. It has come to include the meaning the ‘best’.

Folklore
Customs, stories, and sayings passed down fro previous generations by word of mouth.

Fundamentalist
Conservative evangelical who emphasizes the inerrancy and literal interpretation of the Bible.

Gnostic
Those who beginning in the second century A taught that salvation comes through special superior knowledge. Some taught physical matter is evil and most denied the humanity of Christ.

Godhead
The nature of God, existing as one God in three divine Persons.

Grace
God’s riches at Christ’s expense; His generosity to humanity.

Great Commission
Jesus’ command to spread the gospel to the whole world.

Great Tribulation
The period of the outpouring of God’s wrath as judgment on the ungodly world system at the end of the age.

The Great White Throne Judgement
The final pronouncement of judgement on the wicked. Rev 20:11-14

Heathen
Pagan, worshiping false gods.

Heresy
An opinion or way of thinking that contradicts the teaching of the Bible.

Hieroglyphics
Picture writing used in ancient Egypt.

Hierarchical
Referring to a system of church government that has several levels, the flow of authority coming from the top down.

Holiness
Separation from sin and dedication to the worship and service of the Lord.

Holiness Movement
Originating in the mid-ninteeth century that emphasizes John Wesley’s teaching on total sanctification and Christian perfection.

Holy
Separated from sin, God is supremely holy. People are holy to the extent they are like HIm.

Holy Ghost
Another term for Holy Spirit. Old English word ‘Ghost’ is the modern word Spirit.

Humanistic
Asserts human self-sufficiency while rejecting the supernatural. Secular humanism makes reason its god.

Idolatry
The worship of anything other than the true God.

Immersion
Baptism that submerges the individual in the water. Opposed to sprinkled where water is pour or applied on the head.

Imminent
About to happen.

Immortal
Not subject to death and decay. Living forever.

Impenitent
Refusing to repent or change one’s attitude towards sin and towards the gospel.

Imputed righteousness
Chris’s righteousness credited to the believers in Christ who accept His gift of salvation. God then teats the believer as though he or she had never sinned.

Incarnation
The act by which the eternal Son of God became a human being without give up His deity.

Intercession
Prayer on behalf of another person or persons.

Intuitively
Perceived or known directly without being reasoned out.

Irrationality
A way of thinking that distrusts human reason or that lacks clarity or coherence.

Itinerant
Traveling from place to place.

Judaism
The religion and culture that developed from Phariseeism among the Jews after the temple was destroyed in A.S. 70.

Justification
God’s act of declaring and accepting a person as righteous in His sight.

Kingdom of God
The reign, rule and royal power of God in h belie’s heats, in the Church, in the world, and eventually in in the millennial kingdom to be ruled o Earth by Christ.

Laity
Originally the people of God as whole. Later used as a term for Christians not ordained by the Church as ministers.

Lake of FIre
The place of final eternal punishment for Satan, his demons, and he wicked.

Layman
Someone who is not a clergyman or a professional person.

Liberalism
A movement that denies the supernatural and redefines Christian teachings and practices in terms of current human philosophies.

Lord
‘Master’, ‘owner’. A term used of God and representing the personal name of God (Yahweh) in the Old Testament and used of both God and Jesus in the New Testament.

Martin Luther
1483-1564 Leader of the German Reformation. Emphasized justification by faith alone rather than by works.

Manicheans
Followers of Mani (216-276) a Persian who taught here would be an ongoing struggle between the kingdom of light and kingdom of darkness for 1468 years. Emphasized the denial of bodily desires as a means of salvation.

Manuscript
A handwritten book. Before A.D. 100 these were scrolls or rolls. After this time they were bound books.

Marriage Supper of the Lamb
A great celebration of the union of Christ and the Church. It takes place just before Jesus comes in triumph to destroy the armies of the Antichrist and establish the millennial reign.

Materialism
Teaches that matter and its laws are the ultimate or only reality.

Mediator
One that goes between two parties in order to reconcile them. Jesus is the only Mediator between God and human beings. 1 Tim 2:5

Messiah
Anointed one.

Millennial reign.
The thousand year reign of Christ on earth.

Ministry
Service rendered to God or to others

Miracle
An act of divine intervention where God’s power is greater than and supersedes ay natural forces that are present.

Missionary
One who ministers to other cultures and communicates the gospel across cultural lines.

Modernism
Protestant theological liberalism with its critical approach to the Bible and a willingness to accept current scientific theories even when the appear to contradict the Bible.

Monarchians
A second and third century movement that stressed the unity and oneness of God. Some made Jesus just ma. Others taught that God appears sometimes as the Father, sometimes as the Son, and sometimes as the Holy Spirit.

Mount of Olives
The hill (2,723 feet elevation) east of Jerusalem’s temple area.

New Covenant
The covenant promised Jeremiah 31:31 and put into effect by the death of Jesus (Heb. 8-6; 9:15-7).

New age philosophies
A loosely tied group of teachings based on oriental philosophies with an emphasis on nature worship, often including a smattering of Christian terminology.

Normative
Having scriptural authority concerning what Christians are to believe and do.

Occult
The secret knowledge of supposed supernatural forces o agencies, especially in spiritism, forturne-telling, witchcraft and astrology.

Ontological
Related to being or existence.

Ordained
Publicly recognized by the Church as having a God-given ministry.

Ordinance
A practice commanded by Jesus and continued as a memorial in obedience to Him. Water baptism and communion.

Ordination
The public recognition by the Church of a God given ministry.

Orthodox
From the Greek orthos ‘upright’, ‘true’, ‘straight’, ‘correct’ and dokeo ‘think’, ‘believe’ . Correct Biblical teaching.

Overcomers
‘winners’, ‘victors’. All believers who maintain their faith in Christ rom 8:37

Pantheism
The belief that God and nature or the universe are identical.

Passover
The annual memorial ceremony by which the Jews remember deliverance from the death of the firstborn and the tenth plague God brought on Egypt in order to deliver them from Pharaoh. Exod. 12:1-32

Pentecostal
The movement that began in 1901 and emphasizes the restoration f the baptism in the Holy Spirit with evidence of speaking in other tongues and the restoration of the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Personal devotions
Private, personal worship and Bible study.

Postmillennial
Refers to the teaching that the millennium is the Church Age or an extension of the Church Age, with Christ ruling but not personally present.

Premillennialism
Teaches that Jesus will personally return at the end of the Church Age and will establish His kingdom on earth for a thousand years.

Probation
The teaching that our present life is preparation for the future life.

Prophet
In the Old Testament God used prophets to give Hiss message to His people and to the world. They were ‘forth-tellers’ rather than foretellers.

Providential
Involving God’s care and guidance.

Puritans
A sixteenth-century movement in England that attempts to purify the English Church by introducing more Calvinistic reforms, along with a simplicity of worship.

Reconciliation
The bringing of people to God in a restored fellowship.

Relativism
Teaches that any concept, meaning or truth changes when the situation changes or changes from one group of people to another. Often denies that there is any absolute truth.

Revival
The work of the Holy Spirit in renewing the spiritual vitality of individuals and the churches. true revival makes evangelism easier.

Ritualistic
Dependent on prescribed forms of words and ceremonies

Sabellians
Taught that God is one Person who revealed himself in three forms, modes or manifestations in succession. THird Century A.D.

Sacramental
Refers to the belief that grace is dispensed through religious rites called sacraments.

Sanctify
To make holy.

Sanctuary
Holy place.

Scythian
Warlike Ido-Ayan tribes who moved from Central Asia and made several invasions of the Middle East beginning in the eighth century B.C. By 100 B.C. they had settled in the Crimea, near the Black Sea.

Seal
A mark or impression stamped on something by a signet ring or a small cylinder with an engraved end. It was used to authenticate or identify a document or object. Spiritually it identifies a person belonging to Christ.

Secularism
A life and thought that ignores God and religion.

Seminary
An institution of higher education for training of ministers and missionaries.

Septuagint
The translation of the Old Testament from Hebrew to Greek made during the two hundred years before Christ. A later tradition said it was done by seventy-two men. As a consequence it is ofter referred to by the Roman numerals for seventy LXX.

Shekel
Orginally a weight of about ten grams. Later a coin of that weight.

Sovereign
Having supreme authority and rule.

Speaking in tongues
Speaking in a language given by the Holy Spirit.

Spiritualized
Given a spiritual meaning not in the literal or actual sense of the word or teaching.

Spiritual manifestation
Gifts distributed by the Holy Spirit and exercised by those receiving the gifts.

Tabernacle
The tent made by Israel in the wilderness as a place for God to manifest His presence in the midst of His people.

Teleological
The argument from design or purpose for the existence of God.

Testament
Covenant or will. Used also to designate the two major portions of the Bible.

Theology of Hope
Theodore Moltmann’s construction of theology in terms of the future hope.

Totalitarianism
The theory that the centralized authority of the state should have total control over the individual citizen.

Transcendental mediation
Hindu religious practice of meditation with the intent of securing happiness.

Transfiguration
The experience of Jesus on top of one of the mountains in Galilee during which His inner glory shown out like lightning flashes.

Transgression
Translates the Hebrew pesha; ‘rebellion’ and the Greek parabasis, ‘overstepping’, ‘violation’. Describing sin that refuses to conform to the limits or standards set by God.

Translation of persons
The taking of persons into heaven without dying.

Tribulation
Greek thlipsis ‘pressure’ ‘oppression’ ‘affliction’ ‘distress caused by circumstances’. Also used of the time at the end of the age just proceeding Christ’s return in glory.

Typology
The study of the Old Testament persons or events that foreshadow o anticipate New Testament truth, especially as relating to Jesus.

Unregenerated
Not born again; without spiritual life.

Version
Translation of the Bible.

Virgin Birth
The birth of Jesus Christ brought about by God’s creative act though the Holy Spirit so that Mary became His mother without His having a human father.

Virtue
In the KJV this is another translation of the Greek dunamis, ‘power’. Mark5:30 and the Greek ‘moral excellence’ 2 Peter 1:3.

Vision
Sometimes another word for a dream. Sometimes used of a supernatural appearance that brings divine revelation.

Vocation
The call of God to a life of faith and obedience ad to particular ministries.

Witnesses
Those who testify concerning their experiences and knowledge of the truth of the gospel, especially with the intent of turning others to Jesus.

Zoroastrians
Followers of the Persian Zarathustra (6th century) who taught that there are two gods, one good and one evil, that keep the world in a constant struggle between light and darkness. THe good god Ahura Mazda demands good works.