Ordination Study Guide

1) Scriptures Inspired
WE BELIEVE…The Scriptures are Inspired by God and declare His design and plan for mankind.

2 Timothy 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:21

2) The One True God
WE BELIEVE…There is only One True God-revealed in three persons…Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (commonly known as the Trinity).

Matthew 28:19; Luke 3:22

3) Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ
WE BELIEVE…In the Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ. As God’s son Jesus was both human and divine.

Acts 2:22; 1 Peter 2:22

4) The Fall of Man
WE BELIEVE…though originally good, Man Willingly Fell to Sin-ushering evil and death, both physical and spiritual, into the world.

Genesis 1:26; 3:6

5) The Salvation of Man
WE BELIEVE…Every Person Can Have Restored Fellowship with God Through ‘Salvation’ (trusting Christ, through faith and repentance, to be our personal Savior). [1 of 4 cardinal doctrines of the AG]

Ephesians 2:8; 4:24

6) Ordinances of the Church
WE BELIEVE…and practice two ordinances—(1) Water Baptism by Immersion after repenting of one’s sins and receiving Christ’s gift of salvation, and (2) Holy Communion (the Lord’s Supper) as a symbolic remembrance of Christ’s suffering and death for our salvation.

Romans 6:4; 2 Peter 1:4

7) Baptism in the Holy Spirit
WE BELIEVE…the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is a Special Experience Following Salvation that empowers believers for witnessing and effective service, just as it did in New Testament times. [1 of 4 cardinal doctrines of the AG]

Acts 1:4; Luke 24:49

8) Initial Physical Evidence
WE BELIEVE…The Initial Physical Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is ‘Speaking in Tongues,’ as experienced on the Day of Pentecost and referenced throughout Acts and the Epistles.

Acts 2:4; 1 Corinthians 12:28

9) Sanctification
WE BELIEVE…Sanctification Initially Occurs at Salvation and is not only a declaration that a believer is holy, but also a progressive lifelong process of separating from evil as believers continually draw closer to God and become more Christlike.

Romans 6:13; 8:13

10) Church and it’s Mission
WE BELIEVE…The Church has a Mission to seek and save all who are lost in sin. We believe ‘the Church’ is the Body of Christ and consists of the people who, throughout time, have accepted God’s offer of redemption (regardless of religious denomination) through the sacrificial death of His son Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 2:22; Acts 1:8

11) A Divinely Called and Scripturally Ordained Leadership Ministry Serves the Church
WE BELIEVE…A Divinely Called and Scripturally Ordained Leadership Ministry Serves the Church. The Bible teaches that each of us under leadership must commit ourselves to reach others for Christ, to worship Him with other believers, to build up or edify the body of believers-the Church and to Meet human need with ministries of love and compassion.

John 4:23; Ephesians 4:11

12) Divine Healing
WE BELIEVE…Divine Healing of the Sick is a Privilege for Christians Today and is provided for in Christ’s atonement (His sacrificial death on the cross for our sins). [1 of 4 cardinal doctrines of the AG]

Matthew 8:16; James 5:14-16

13) Blessed Hope
WE BELIEVE…in The Blessed Hope—When Jesus Raptures His Church Prior to His Return to Earth (the second coming). At this future moment in time all believers who have died will rise from their graves and will meet the Lord in the air, and Christians who are alive will be caught up with them, to be with the Lord forever. [1 of 4 cardinal doctrines of the AG]

Romans 8:23; Titus 2:13

14) Millennial Reign of Christ
WE BELIEVE…in The Millennial Reign of Christ when Jesus returns with His saints at His second coming and begins His benevolent rule over earth for 1,000 years. This millennial reign will bring the salvation of national Israel and the establishment of universal peace.

Matthew 24:27; Romans 11:27

15) FInal Judgement
WE BELIEVE…A Final Judgment Will Take Place for those who have rejected Christ. They will be judged for their sin and consigned to eternal punishment in a punishing lake of fire.

Revelation 19:20; 20:11

16) New Heavens and New Earth
WE BELIEVE…and look forward to the perfect New Heavens and a New Earth that Christ is preparing for all people, of all time, who have accepted Him. We will live and dwell with Him there forever following His millennial reign on Earth. ‘And so shall we forever be with the Lord!’

2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21, 22

Church Membership
-Born Again
– Been/Seeking Baptism Holy Spirit
– Baptized in Water
– Believe in the inspiration of scriptures as the word of God with Final authority
– Members should set themselves apart as holy
– Abstain from Tobacco/Alchohol
– Seeking Christ’s return
– Subscribe to tenants of faith
– Cooperate in work of church
– 18 years old

General Council Nondiscrimination Policy
lose credentials by…
1. initiative of minister- lapse of resign
2. initiative of District- inactive or not renewed
3. Affiliated with another church organization

AG Purpose Distinctive
-Evangelism
-World Missions
-Baptism in the Holy Spirit
-Salvation
-Divine Healing
-Second Coming

Sin and Salvation
-Sin Separates us from God
– Salvation requires us to repent and turn from sin

Pre-millennialism
Jesus will return with raptured saints for 1000 year reign

Ministry Gifts
Ephesians 4:11
Apostles-lay foundation/guide church
Prophets- Speaks for God, visionary
Evangelists- Explains gospel and calls for decision
Pastors/Teachers- Guides and teaches

Trinity
God, Jesus, and Holy Spirit all exist as one

Prophesy
Message from God about current or future situations

Evangelism
Reaching out to people and sharing with them God’s love. This can take many forms but always features God’s words.

Hermeneutics
The Study of the Bible

Apocryphal Books
texts form Biblical times that were excluded from the Canon. AG does not recognize these books

Ecumenism
Greater cooperation among different religious denominations.

Can be good or bad. Unity to win world or water down beliefs, generally against.

Verbal Plenary Inspiration
God Inspired many men to write the Bible the exact way he wanted it despite differences

Justification
Declaration someone is just or righteous. Legal term for releasing one from sin

Holy Spirit Baptism and Gifts
Happened on day of pentecost. The Spirit was poured out and gave spiritual power and boldness.

Gifts- Wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing, miracles, prophesy, discernment, tongues, interpretation of tongues, administration, service

Christology
The study of Jesus Christ

Infallibility of Scripture
The Bible is the word of God and it is without error

Sanctification
Being made holy and set apart

Ecclesiology
The study of the church what and who it is. How we can develop and make an impact in the world for God

Discipleship
The process of teaching, training, and equipping the believers to serve God on a higher level.

Bible Versions
King James, NIV, NASB, Message, NKJV,
All are translations and have possible error

Inspiration
Man was divinely inspired to write the Bible

Rapture
The belief that Christians will be taken up before the Tribulation

Mission of the Church
To fulfill the Great Commission
Acts 1:8

Agnosticism
-The Idea of knowing/not knowing about God is impossible

-We can not be sure if God exists or not

Amillennialism
Rejection of the idea that Christ will reign for 1000 years
– The Millenium has begun, destruction of Jerusalem in 70AD
-When Christ returns its all done

Apostles, biblical and current roles
-Served as leaders and teachers of the early church
-Ground Breakers
– Missionaries/Church builders writers of N/T
– We don’t recognize them today, but recognize work is still done.

Atheism
Belief God doesnt exist

Homelitecs
Study of creation and delivery of sermons

Divine Revelation
-God sharing his word/will with man
– Through nature/text/miracles/people/etc

Inerrancy of Scripture
-The bible is free of error
– Infallible means there can be no errors

“Jesus Only” doctrine
-Does not believe in trinity
– It’s just Jesus
– Baptism in the name of Just Jesus

Millennium
Future 1000 year reign of Christ on earth after Armageddon

Polytheism
Belief in many gods

Ordinances of the Church
-Baptism in Water
– Holy Communion

Pentecost
-A Holy Day
-Giving Thanks to God
– Day Spirit was poured out

Calvinism
Can not chose to accept Christ
– Total Depravity
– Unconditional Election
– Limited Atonement
– Irresistible Grace
– Perseverance of Saints

Immutable
Unchangeable, remains the same

Vicarious Atonement
Jesus blood served as a sacrifice and payed for men’s sins

Canon of Scripture
– Set of books that are regarded as Holy and inspired
-Old and New Testament

Sacraments
A religious rite that provides saving graces

Transcendence
God is beyond and within this universe

Dichtomism
-Man is made up of two parts: body(material) soul spirit(non material)
– At death these two seperate
– Calvin believed this
-AG (Trichotomy) believes soul is mind spirit is eternal

Authority of Scripture
2 Timothy 3:16
All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness.

Attributes of God
Traits of God that he revealed to man through bible

Illumination
Unveiling of revelation the word or prayer

Repentance
Turning from sin and changing lifestyle

Reconciliation
Act of restoring to fellowship settling difference

Deacons
-Serves the pastor
-Gives guidance
– Assists in church affairs
– Accountability for Pastor

Autographs
Word of God is authentic and inspired. We view the original autograph to be authentic, not man-made copies.

modalism
-One God that can manifest himself in 3 ways
– Tends to be Jesus-only or God the Father
-No trinity
-One God

Post-millennialism
False teaching that millenium is extension of Church age

Arianism
-Jesus did not always exist and God is greater then Jesus
-Created by Arius

Deism
-Deists believe God exists
-No religion is correct
-God created world and stepped aside
-No interaction or super natural

GC prerogatives
-Encourage and promote evangelization of the world, worship of God edification of believers
– Provide a basis of believers of like precious faith
– Respond to human need with ministers of compassion
– Establish and maintain department and instituions for the propagation of the world.
-To approve scriptural teaching and practices
-To dispose of property as needed for the prosecution of it’s work

IRS form 4361
Social security tax form

Ministry requirements for ordained minister
-23
-show divine call
-ministry licence 2 years
– active in ministry
– tithe $20 per month
-15 times preaching a year

Eschatology
study of future and endtime events

District council governance principles
Each church can make its own choices unless governed by the District

Civil Law
We are not above civil law. We should respect it and those that make it, unless we have to deny Christ in the process.

Annual Credential Renewal Process
-Credentials end at every year, fill new form with financial obligations.
-Ordained- $240, Licensed- $180, Certified-$90
-Tithe 85% to district

AG World Missions
-Process of evangelizing the world
-Missionaries, MAPS, mission trips, medical, convoy of hope, STL, BGMC, Light for the lost

AG US missions
-Process of evangelizing our country
– Chaplaincy, Chi Alpha, Church planting, US MAPS, Intercultural, Teen Challenge

Membership in secret orders
AG is against secret orders
-false ideas of salvation
-Time away from serving God
-Loyal to society not God
-Pastors not allowed, should discourage members

Ministerial discipline for offenses
-Discipline can be taken for certain actions (especially severe sins)
– 2 year suspension and rehab program to be reinstated

Conducting background screenings of workers
-process is mandatory
-we must take precautions to protect children and families
-pastor should not place church in that dangerous position

Social security taxes for ministers
-A minister can file a form so they do not have to pay SS Tax
-Have to be opposed on basis of religious convictions to public insurance benefits

Clergy-penitent privileges
Information is protected from court and can not be permitted if…
– in confidence
– to a minister
-Acting in professional capacity as a spiritual advisor

Confidentiality
A counselor/pastor can not share information provided to them in a session accept for child abuse

Local church governance
Process of how the local church is governed and run

District-affiliated church
Churches that have not yet grown to the point that they can self govern. They are supported and watched by the district

Financial obligation for ordained ministers to General/District council
-Ordained- $240, Licensed- $180, Certified-$90
-Tithe 85% to district

General Council affiliated churches
Churches that have reached the point where they can self govern and make their own choices

Housing allowance
-Ministers are allowed a non-taxable housing allowance by the government.
-Salary set aside in advance

General council governance principles
Churches can make their own choices as long as they agree with National and District constitution.

Divorce and Remarriage
Divorce should be avoided. Any pastor that had a divorce should have it before conversion for either individual in the marriage. Ok if former spouse is dead.

Voluntary cooperative fellowships
You join on your own, work together as group of churches

Performing marriage ceremonies
-No marriage for divorce unless oked by AG
-No Same sex
-Council the individuals looking for wedding

Privileged information
When you learn info in a confidential setting when being asked for advice

Non profit corporate law
-The church cannot turn a profit and keep the money
-Does not pay taxes

Call to ministry
-An individual or a couple feel God speaking to them about a greater plan
-God gives a very intentional call(ministry) to them
-They have no choice but to obey

Church governance documents
Bylaws- Rules that regulate a churches internal affairs
Constitution- Fundamental principals on which the church is governed
Budget- How much in/how much out

Dissolution clauses
All property of any kind should revert to the parent body. After debts are paid off, the GC will be able to use the proceeds to further the work of the AG

Ecclesiastical annulment
-A church annulment of a marriage
– A pastor goes though this if the divorce was because of fraud or deceit
-Never a valid marriage

Educational Requirements for AG ministers
-4 year degree, wait 2 years once licensed
-Global university/district school of ministry

General council credential committee
GC committee looks at the file from the district office and decides if the should grant approval

GC official board of directors
-Executive Presbytery is board of directors. 20 individuals
-Superintendent
-Assistant Sup
-Gen Sec
-Gen Treas
-Director AGWM
-Director AGUM
-14 others

GC Voting Constituency
-Licensed
-Ordained
-Accredited delegates from affiliated churches

Roberts Rules of order
List of rules used to be the parliamentarian authority in a meeting

Articles of Incorporation in a church
Primary rules governing management of a corporation(church)

Sabellianism
No separation between three divine persons