Acts 1:8 "But, you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses to Judea, Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." From a rural midwest revival, that headed to the west coast on Azuza Street, onto a small prayer meeting in Little Rock, AR, God was moving and impressing on individuals to seek His presence like never before. The Assemblies of God was birthed as a holiness movement and was established as a Fellowship of Believers in 1914. The Assemblies of God shares several similarities to other Pentecostal churches such as the Church of God, Four Square, and other Pentecostal churches. Some of the differences of these like-minded churches may include church administration, legalism, and tradition. The A.O.G. is not legalistic. However, we have not departed from the holiness by which we were established. For example, we do not condone the drinking of alcohol on any level. The A.O.G. differs from other churches, largely on the doctrine of the Holy Spirit. What some find unfamiliar, is the the initial physical evidence of speaking in tongues. However, when you look at scripture in the New Testament, through the Apostle Paul's teachings, its clear that God pours His Spirit out intentionally and obviously. Although this baptism of the Holy Spirit is not essential for salvation, the ones who submit completely to God in this act of worship, open themselves up to be used in a greater capacity with lasting fruit.
One of the greatest manifestations of God's blessing through the A.O.G. movement, is our missions focus. The Assemblies boasts in Lord a robust and driven missions program that sends missionaries all over the globe. We have 2 key programs - Speed the Light and Boys and Girls Missionary Challenge (BGMC). Speed the Light is largely responsible for purchasing modes of transportation and media equipment for missionaries. This program has also in recent years raised money for special projects such as disaster relief through Convoy of Hope, and building freshwater wells in remote areas of the world that has no access to clean water. BGMC has used the "buddy barrel" for many years, inspiring young kids to fill them with spare change. This advance is used to purchase literature and help missionaries in many facets. This missions movement is not just behind the glass, but is active in every local A.O.G. church, including Burlington First.