history of reaching, planting,
training, and touching people.
is what we do.
actions in compassionate ministries should be clearly enunciated as part of an
intentional theology and strategy.
is key term to formulate biblical principles of church missions that
seeks to obey all Christ's commands
of the Kingdom are seen clearly in Jesusí ministry
exemplary ministry and sacrifice on the cross is a summons to service for all His
of God plants signposts of the future in the present:
remains an eschatological fulfillment when the messianic salvation will be
perfectly accomplished in the age to come.
enter the Kingdom requires a
radical transformation in oneís life through
repentance and faith in the atoning work
of Jesus Christ.
blessings of life in the Kingdom come by Godís gift of grace alone.
Pentecostal narrative in Acts
connects the Kingdom of God and mission of Jesus.
empowerment of the Holy Spirit in Acts 2 and the eschatological hope in the
return of Jesus energized the early church.
Spirit empowered disciples to do all that Jesus began to do and teach.
demonstrates the rule of God
pushes followers to:
miracles, signs, wonders
continue compassionate responses to human need
break down humanly constructed social barriers
to proclaim the Gospel to all nations
enter the Kingdom is to come
under Godís rule and be incorporated into the
new order of life where love is normative.
imperatives such as love, mercy, peace, justice, respect of person are not
prescriptions of law, but what life looks
like under Godís rule.
is called to be Godís visible and corporate entity bearing
witness to his Kingdom in mission and
reconciliation between people.
ministry of the church is to all people because all people have been made in the
image of God.
earthly ministry demonstrated a deep concern for every aspect of human
follow Jesusí example, the church must do the same.
church models Jesusí lead:
to children provides dignity
marginalized, it provides self-worth and justice
sick, it provides healing
the return of the Lord makes demands on our life and service in the
for Jesusí return, but we are not passive.
promise of Christís return compels us to continue to proclaim the good news,
engage powers of darkness and show
compassion of Jesus to suffering people.
the gospel preached and demonstrated to all nations until the end.
Note: The above is a
powerpoint presentation by Byron Klaus. Klaus,
D.Min. (Fuller Theological Seminary), has served as president of
Assemblies of God Theological Seminary since 1999, following 20
years on the faculty and administration at Vanguard University of