Jesus said in John chapter 10 verse 10 that He came to give us life and life in abundance. This means that God did not just want us to have eternal life, but also wants us to enjoy life. As such we need to realize that when God is saying no don’t do this or “I want you to do that” God is basically inviting us to enjoy life the way He intended life to be enjoyed in the first place. And that’s what we are all about. Equipping people to live life to the fullest.
To worship God
Because we are all about being equipped for life and enjoying life, it’s important for us to know what kind of lifestyle God wants us to live. That’s why it’s important for us that we should know God and not just know of Him, because worship is a lifestyle, it’s a reaction to who God is and what God does.
To follow Jesus
Jesus is the reason we are here in the first place. We find in the book of Acts that the followers of Jesus were called disciples. And to be a disciple means to live the way Jesus lived, to do life the way Jesus did.
To get to know each other
When we look at the picture seen in Acts chapter 2 of the early church we find a community of believers who were totally devoted to God and one another. These Christ followers loved each other with a radical kind of love; they removed their masks and shared their lives and resources with one another. They met together from house to house each week … eating, fellowshipping, praying and praising God. This is why it’s important for us to get to know each other.
To serve each other
Again when we look at Acts chapter 2 we find these Christ followers serving each other with their resources. We call this ministry. Some have the gift of working with children, some to work with youth, others have the gift of making joyous music. Whatever you can do we encourage people to use it to serve each other and so to add meaning to our community of believers.
To tell others about Jesus
Lastly we want to share the secret to enjoying life with everybody. And this means to share the Gospel. There is no greater message to be heard than that which we call the Gospel. But as important as that is, it is often given to massive distortions or over-simplifications. People think they’re preaching the Gospel to you when they tell you “you can have a purpose to your life”, or that “you can have meaning to your life”, or that “you can have a personal relationship with Jesus”. All of those things are true, and they’re all important, but they don’t get to the heart of the Gospel.
The Gospel is called the ‘good news’ because it addresses the most serious problem that you and I have as human beings, and that problem is simply this: God is holy and He is just, and I’m not. And at the end of my life, I’m going to stand before a just and holy God, and I’ll be judged. And I’ll be judged either on the basis of my own righteousness, or lack of it, or the righteousness of another. The good news of the Gospel is that Jesus lived a life of perfect righteousness, of perfect obedience to God, not for His own wellbeing but for His people. He has done for me what I couldn’t possibly do for myself. But not only has He lived that life of perfect obedience, He offered Himself as a perfect sacrifice to satisfy the justice and the righteousness of God.
The great misconception in our day is this: that God isn’t concerned to protect His own integrity. He’s a kind of wishy-washy deity, who just waves a wand of forgiveness over everybody. No. For God to forgive you is a very costly matter. It cost the sacrifice of His own Son. So valuable was that sacrifice that God pronounced it valuable by raising Him from the dead, so that Christ died for us and was raised for our justification. So the Gospel is something objective. It is the message of who Jesus is and what He did. And it also has a subjective dimension. How are the benefits of Jesus subjectively appropriated to us? How do I get it? The Bible makes it clear that we are justified not by our works, not by our efforts, not by our deeds, but by faith, and by faith alone. The only way you can receive the benefit of Christ’s life and death is by putting your trust in Him, and in Him alone. If you did that, you’re declared just by God, you’re adopted into His family, you’re forgiven of all of your sins, and you have begun your pilgrimage for eternity.
In the year 1909 George Bowie came to South Africa as a missionary sent from the Bethal Pentecostal Assembly in Newark in New Jersey. George Bowie started The Pentecostal Mission, which was later to become the Full Gospel Church of God, in April 1910.
The initial vision of George Bowie was to evangelize the indigenous inhabitants of South Africa. This vision never faded and the Church extended the preaching of the gospel to many areas in South and Southern Africa, as far as the Belgian Congo.
In 1951 under the guidance of the Lord, the Full Gospel Church amalgamated with the Church of God situated in Cleveland, U.S.A. Through its amalgamation with the Church of God, which is represented in 162 Countries, the Full Gospel Church of God in Southern Africa is an International Church, with our National Head Office situated in Irene, Centurion in Gauteng.