has hardly been amended since the Fellowship was established. The 1991
National Conference added a clause on "Creation" but apart from that we
have not varied our beliefs since the 1930's. However, within a couple
of the Doctrinal positions of the Assemblies of God, there is some
for variations of emphasis.
The statement on
allows for either Pre, Mid, or Post Tribulational theories regarding
return of Christ.
We believe that
was by the specific immediate act of God and there is room for those
believe the Gap Theory of Genesis 1:1-2 and those who accept the "Young
that there are many groups today who believe that speaking in tongues
or may not accompany the Baptism with the Spirit, our Fellowship is
that the scriptural teaching is that speaking in tongues is the initial
evidence or consequence of receiving the Baptism with the Spirit. All
our State Executives are resolute in upholding this Biblical position
do not process credential applications by any candidate who is not
and is taken from Article 5 of the United Constitution: The Holy
known as the Bible are the inspired Word of God and our all-sufficient
rule for faith and practice.
of the Assemblies of God in Australia, grounded in these scriptures,
given as a basis for belief, fellowship and ministry "that we all
the same thing" (1 Corinthians 1:10). Let it be remembered, however,
this is not given as a summary of the complete revelation of biblical
only that it covers our present needs as to these fundamental
These are found in the United Constitution Article 5.
as the Bible are the inspired Word of God and our all-sufficient rule
faith and practice.
WE BELIEVE in the unity of the true and living God who is the eternal,
self-existent one, who has revealed himself as one being in three
- Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and who is the Creator and preserver of
things visible and invisible - Deuteronomy 6:4; Mark 12:29; Matthew
Genesis 1:1; Psalm 86:9-10; Isaiah 43:10-11; John 1:1-3.
JESUS CHRIST: WE
BELIEVE in the Lord Jesus Christ, the second person of the triune
who was and is the eternal Son of God; that he became incarnate by the
Holy Spirit and was born of the virgin Mary.
WE BELIEVE in
life, miraculous ministry, substitutionary atoning death, bodily
glorious ascension, and abiding intercession - Isaiah 7:14; Matthew
Hebrews 7:26; 1 Peter 2:22; Acts 2:22; 10:38; 2 Corinthians 5:21;
9:12; Luke 24:39; 1 Corinthians 15:4; Acts 1:9; Ephesians 4:8-10;
8:34; Hebrews 7:25.
BELIEVE in the Holy Spirit, the third person of the triune Godhead, who
proceeds from the Father and the Son, and is ever present and active in
the work of convicting and regenerating the sinner, and sanctifying and
guiding the believer into all truth - John 14:26; John 16:8-11; 1 Peter
1:2; Romans 8:14.
BELIEVE in the verbal, plenary inspiration of the Holy Scriptures,
the Old and New Testaments in their original writings. All scripture is
given by inspiration of God, and is infallible, inerrantly revealing
will of God concerning us all in all things necessary to our salvation,
and is absolutely supreme and sufficient in authority in all matters of
faith and conduct. The Bible does not simply contain the Word of God,
is, in reality, the complete revelation and very Word of God, inspired
by the Holy Spirit, so that whatever is not contained therein is not to
be enjoined as an article of faith - Matthew 5:17,18; 24:35; John 4:39;
2 Timothy 3:16,17; 2 Peter 1:19-21.
in the personality of the devil, who, by his influence, brought about
downfall of man, and now seeks to destroy the faith of every believer
the Lord Jesus Christ - Genesis 3:1-15; Matthew 4:1-11; Luke 4:1-13;
4:7; 1 Peter 5:8; John 13:2.
BELIEVE that man was created by God by specific immediate act and in
image and likeness, morally upright and perfect, but fell by voluntary
transgression. Consequently, all men are separated from original
being depraved and without spiritual life - Genesis 1:26-31, 3:1-7;
BELIEVE that God's answer to man's sinful state is in the death of his
Son, the Lord Jesus Christ upon the cross, whose sufferings and shed
have made full atonement for the sins of the whole world, both original
and actual, and that there is no other ground for salvation - 2
5:18-21; Galatians 1:4; Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 1:14; Hebrews 9:25,
1 Peter 1:19,20.
BELIEVE salvation is received through repentance toward God and faith
the Lord Jesus Christ. This experience is also known as the new birth
is an instantaneous and complete operation of the Holy Spirit whereupon
the believing sinner is regenerated, justified, and adopted into the
of God and becomes a new creation in Christ Jesus and heir of eternal
- Titus 2:11, 3:5-7; 1 Peter 1:23; 1 John 5:1.
Church is the body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit,
with divine appointments for the fulfilment of her great commission.
believer, born of the Spirit, is an integral part of the general
and church of the first-born which are written in heaven - Ephesians
2:22; Hebrews 12:23.
WE BELIEVE that baptism, by single immersion, in the name of the
and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, is enjoined upon all who have
and have believed in Christ as Saviour and Lord, and that it is
of our identification with Christ in his death, burial and resurrection
- Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 10:47-48; 2:38-39; Romans 6:4-5; Colossians
BELIEVE the Lord's Supper, consisting of the elements of bread and the
fruit of the vine, is the symbol expressing our sharing the divine
of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:4); a memorial of his sufferings
death (1 Corinthians 11:26); and a prophecy of his second coming (1
11:26), and is enjoined upon all believers "until He comes" - Luke
Matthew 26:26-28; Acts 20:7.
is an act of separation from that which is evil, and of dedication unto
WE BELIEVE it is
provision for every believer in Christ to be made pure in heart and
sanctified, through the operation of the Holy Spirit, by the blood of
and the Word of God - John 17:15-19; Acts 15:8-9; 1 Thessalonians
Hebrews 2:11; 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24; Hebrews 10:16-19; Romans 12:1-2.
HOLY SPIRIT: WE BELIEVE that the baptism in the Holy Spirit is the
bestowing of the believer with power to be an effective witness for
This experience is distinct from, and subsequent to, the new birth; is
received by faith, and is accompanied by the manifestation of speaking
in tongues as the Spirit gives utterance, as the initial evidence -
24:49; Acts 1:4,5,8; 2:1-4; 8:15-19; 11:14-17; 19:1-7.
in the present day operation of the nine supernatural gifts of the Holy
Spirit, as recorded in 1 Corinthians 12. We also believe in the
gifts of Christ, as recorded in Ephesians 4:11- 13.
In accordance with the teachings of the Scriptures, we trust our
Father to protect and heal our bodies from sickness and disease. WE
that divine healing for the body, as with all redemptive blessings of
has been provided for us by the atoning death and victorious
of our Lord Jesus Christ; it is the privilege of all believers and it
appropriated by faith in our heavenly Father's unfailing promises -
15:26; Isaiah 53:4; Matthew 8:16,17; 1 Peter 2:24; Psalms 103:3; James
5:14-15; Mark 16:17-18.
OF CHRIST: WE BELIEVE in the premillennial, imminent and personal
of our Lord Jesus Christ to gather his people unto himself. Having this
glorious hope and earnest expectation, we purify ourselves, even as he
is pure, so that we may be ready to meet him when he comes - John
James 5:7-8; Titus 2:13; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17; 2 Thessalonians 2:1;
1 John 2:28; 3:2, 3.
BELIEVE in the return of the Lord Jesus Christ to set up his millennial
reign on this earth - Zechariah 14:5; Daniel 7:22; Revelation 5:9-10;
96:10-13; Psalms 11; Revelation 20:1-10.
THE WICKED: WE BELIEVE in the everlasting punishment of the wicked
(in the sense of eternal torment) who wilfully reject and despise the
of God manifested in the great sacrifice of his only Son upon the cross
for their salvation - Matthew 25:46; 13:49-50; Luke 12:47-48; 2
1:8-9; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:11-15. We believe that the devil and
his angels and whosoever is not found written in the book of life shall
be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake which burneth with
and brimstone, which is the second death - Revelation 19:20; Revelation
THE NEW EARTH: "We, according to his promise, look for new heavens
and a new earth wherein dwelleth righteousness" - 2 Peter 3:13;
Chapters 21 and 22.
that the heavens and earth and all original life-forms, including man,
were made by the specific immediate creative acts of God as described
the account of origins presented in Genesis, and that all biological
which have occurred since creation are limited to variation within each