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Fall 2014

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The Greatest Work

As the Assemblies of God concludes its 100th year of ministry, a number of important issues and questions must be considered: What challenges and opportunities does the Assemblies of God face in the future? What cultural changes will help Pentecostals evangelize and disciple the next generation? What cultural changes will hinder Pentecostals from evangelizing and discipling the next generation? The Greatest Work… issue of Enrichment journal will answer these and other important questions.

 

 

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Theme Articles

Introduction

GEORGE PAUL WOOD

Fanning the Flame: Spirit Empowerment for the Next 100 Years

Fanning the Flame: Spirit Empowerment for the Next 100 Years

Interview with GEORGE O. WOOD AND GREG MUNDIS

After 100 years of Assemblies of God history, is it possible we have forgotten the importance of the connection between evangelism and Spirit baptism?

What Shall We Preach? A Biblical Understanding of the Gospel

Deborah M. Gill

How a biblical understanding of the gospel, focusing on God’s action and our response to it, will change how you preach.

The High Cost of Being Lost (And What We Can Do About It)

Alan R. Johnson

While contemplating eternal judgment is painful, the Church cannot jettison the idea because of its discomfort or because non-Christians scoff at such notions. Our response to the challenge of reaching the lost must start now.

Evangelizing Religious Nones

Joel and Rachel Triska

Stop being a church in the community, and start being a church for the community. Reaching religious nones takes a willingness to do things differently.

The Relational Pastor: Building Bridges, Not Barriers to the Unchurched

Dary Northrop

Here are some practical things you can do in your community to influence people toward that critical God decision.

Speaking the Truth in Love: Why Evangelism Isn’t Intolerant

Joseph Dimitrov

How can the Church carry on its God-given mandate in an atmosphere filled with spiritual indifference, at best, and militant opposition, at worst? In such a cynical environment, how can Christians effectively proclaim the gospel? And how do our perceptions of evangelism differ from those outside the faith?

The Indigenous Church: Advancing Our Missions Strategy for the Next 100 Years

John L. Easter

The Assemblies of God enters a new era of world missions service that will look and feel much different than the world of 1914. What valuable lessons can the AG learn by drawing on its missiological knowledge accumulated during our history?

Changing the World One Church at a Time

John W. Kennedy

Church planting is the building block of the kingdom of God and continues to be the most effective means of evangelizing unreached people. In this article-interview, three Assemblies of God church planters discuss how church planting is transforming lives and communities.

Keeping Compassion and Evangelism Together

Jerry Ireland

While we cannot lead people to Christ apart from sharing the gospel message, it is unlikely our message will receive serious consideration if our lives contradict what we proclaim. Here is how to keep evangelism and compassion together.

A Final Word

The Assemblies of God: Our Next 100 Years

STANLEY M. HORTON

 

 

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Features

In the Gap: What Happens When God’s People Stand Strong

Wilfredo De Jesús

Nehemiah worked hard to restore the city of Jerusalem. Quite often, though, God wants us to build a new culture and a new hope instead of city walls. What is God saying to you through Nehemiah’s story?

Discovering Your Divine Design in the Midst of Transition

Kent Ingle

Whether you are just starting out in ministry or making a transition, the journey can be difficult to navigate. Here are seven wise steps all ministry leaders can take that will guide them through the new phase they’re facing.

Pastoral Health: Four Behaviors to Discover

John Opalewski

When pastors find themselves confronted with depression or burnout, what can they do? Here is a practical pathway that will help leaders recover from depression and avoid a premature exit from their calling.

 

Column Articles

MANAGING THE MAYHEM OF MINISTRY

In What Part of Your Ministry Are You Failing?

Cal LeMon

ON PREACHING

Thou Shalt End Well

DOUG GREEN

THE KINGFOM NET: NETWORKING FOR PASTORS

Making the Most of the Assemblies of God

JOE CASTLEBERRY

IN CONTEXT

The Pharisees and the New Testament

Marc Turnage

DEALING WITH DOUBTERS

“My Genes Made Me Do It”: Is Ethics Based on Biological Evolution?

PAUL COPAN

MINISTRY & MEDICAL ETHICS

Gene Therapy: A Change of Heart

Christina M.H. Powell

Q&A FOR MINISTRY WIVES

Our Church Is Not Thriving

Gabriele Rienas

CLERGY, CHURCH & LAW

Armed Assailants on Church Property

Richard R. Hammar

 

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Money and Ministry

North American Christians live amidst historically unprecedented levels of affluence. However, in the past number of years the United States has experienced a deep recession and a slow recovery. With giving down even among Bible-believing Christians, it’s important for those who earn their living from preaching the gospel to manage church finances and personal finances wisely. In this issue of Enrichment, we will explore some time-tested biblical principles that will help guide Christian leaders during these turbulent and uncertain financial times. The issue will address such questions as: What does the Bible teach about wealth and stewardship? Will believing in Jesus Christ make you rich? In acquiring wealth, how should Christians use it? Why has giving decreased and what practical steps can Christian leaders take to help reverse this trend? In tight times, what are best practices for stretching ministry dollars? Because helping the poor is a core moral obligation for Christians and churches, what are some time-tested ways of helping the poor that do more good than harm?

 

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