In 1964, Thomas F. Zimmerman Encouraged the Assemblies of God to Focus on Four Themes

zimmerman1This Week in AG History — January 5, 1964

By Glenn W. Gohr
Originally published on AG News, 3 January 2019

Fifty-five years ago, General Superintendent Thomas F. Zimmerman shared an encouraging word to the readers of the Pentecostal Evangel in anticipation of the 50th anniversary of the Assemblies of God. His article, “Our Fiftieth Year,” told of the significance of the Pentecostal revival which took place at the turn of the 20th century as well as the influence of the Azusa Street revival in Los Angeles, which greatly impacted the world.

In the article, Zimmerman made reference to the approximately 300 persons who met in Hot Springs, Arkansas, to organize the AG. He said, “The founding fathers of our Movement laid a foundation strong and sure.” He acknowledged that the AG has an illustrious history, but he tempered this by saying, “We must not glory too much in the past lest we forget our situation today and the work that is yet to be done.”

Zimmerman emphasized, “One of the factors in the growth of our Movement during its early years was the sense of urgency to evangelize the world. This same burden is needed for continued growth.” Although programs and procedures are helpful, he said, “The greatest need today is for men and women who will dedicate themselves to labor faithfully.” “Nothing short of a full mobilization under God, and an overflowing power of Holy Ghost power, will suffice,” declared Zimmerman.

Zimmerman listed four areas to focus on in the new year: 1) Pray for a renewed Pentecost in our personal lives; 2) Recognize the urgency of saving the lost; 3) Equip ourselves to win the lost through prayer, reading the Scriptures, and training; and 4) Be diligent to do the work of the Kingdom. These same principles apply today as we reflect on the now 105-year anniversary of the Assemblies of God.

Read “Our Fiftieth Year” on pages 3-4 of the Jan. 5, 1964, issue of the Pentecostal Evangel.

Also featured in this issue:

• “I Remember,” by Ernest S. Williams.

• “Miracle at Caracas,” by Mrs. Elmer C. Niles.

• “A Call to Prayer.”

And many more!

Click here to read this issue now.

Pentecostal Evangel archived editions courtesy of the Flower Pentecostal Heritage Center.

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