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Anoited To Serve

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Anointed to serve

The History and Events that shaped and made the Assemblies of God the way it is today.

Summary of Pages read: This book was a very useful and insightful book. Let me break it down chapter by chapter.

Ch. 1 was the back ground chapter predating 1900. This chapter showed the years of social revolution. The people where satisfied and had no desire to seek God in prayer. There was extreme self-satisfaction and churches were "dead". There were also many false teachings that shook the nation. The worst was Kantian idealism from Germany and the publication of Darwin's The Origin of the Species in 1859. Not all was bad in America though. Out of this theological toss up came great strides for Christianity such as The Princeton theory and Fundamentalism. Also the Holiness movement was gaining strength. The holiness movement maybe one of the greatest attributers to The Assemblies Of God. Also important was the charismatic movements in the catholic church. And lastly in this chapter it brought forth the important fact that at least 11 people spoke in tongues and many were healed in early tent meetings.

Ch. 2 talks of Topeka revivals (1900-1901). On January 1, 1901 the charismatic revival broke loose. This chapter talks extensively about Charles F. Parham. The most important of which was the establishment of a "Faith Home" and the informational holiness paper "The Apostolic Faith". The "Faith Home" became Bethel Bible Collage and the frontlines for the speaking in tongues and other gifts of the Holy Spirit. This collage is where Miss Agnes N. Ozman spoke in tongues and sparked the Pentecostal movement. And this was the first time something of this nature survived the first waves of criticism.

Ch. 3 reports of the spreading revival to Los Angeles and elsewhere. In Galena Kansas Parham conducted meetings. "800 were converted and more than 1,000 were truly healed…" and many spoke in the Evidence. The first Pentecostal church ever was erected in Keelville, Kansas. The revival then headed to Texas. Parham went to Houston and a woman who was injured in a streetcar accident and extremely disabled was completely healed. This brought great positive public awareness of the movement. Later Parham erected and established another "faith" bible school in Houston. One of the students W. J. Seymour became very important, he was the link between Houston and Azusa street.
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