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The Assemblies of GodGodly Love and the Revitalization of American Pentecostalism$
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Margaret M. Poloma and John C. Green

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780814767832

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814767832.001.0001

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Covenants, Contracts, and Godly Love

Covenants, Contracts, and Godly Love

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The Assemblies of God

Matthew T. Lee

NYU Press

This concluding chapter provides a synthesis of the book's arguments and looks to the future. The study suggests that the key to understanding revitalization in the Assemblies of God (AG) lies in the tension between the primitive and the pragmatic forces found in its judicatory and in its congregations. The chapter assesses the pragmatic forces in terms of contract, a system of lived-out legal agreements basic to modern organization as found in the AG judicatory, while primal forces are discussed in terms of covenant, relationships that are rooted in promises and interpersonal relationships commonly believed to be divinely empowered, which are the lifeblood of congregations. These concepts are used as sociological “ideal types”—that is, as heuristic devices to describe a world that does not exist in its pure form, but which serves to demonstrate the rich diversity found in the AG.

Keywords:   Assemblies of God, Pentecostalism, pentecostals, pragmatic forces, primal forces, congregations, judicatory

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