WHAT IS “FOURSQUARE”?

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EZEKIEL 1:10: “As for the likeness of their faces, each had the face of a man; each of the four had the face of a lion on the right side, each of the four had the face of an ox on the left side, and each of the four had the face of an eagle.”

OBSERVATION: What is “Foursquare”? I am often asked this question when people hear about The Fellowship at Weatherford. In the Old King James Bible the term “foursquare” was common. It was used throughout the book of Ezekiel and also in Revelation to refer to the Temple and the worship of The Lord. However, the meaning as used by our church and those who are a part of the Foursquare Family throughout the world came out of a revival meeting in 1922 as Aimee Semple Mcpherson preached from this text to a crowd of over 8000 in Oakland, California. This is what she said…

“In the face of the Man we beheld that of the man of sorrows and acquainted with grief, dying on the tree. In the face of the Lion we beheld that of the mighty Baptizer with the Holy Ghost and fire. The face of the Ox typified the Great Burden-bearer, who Himself took our infirmities and carried our sickness, who in His boundless love and divine provision had met our every need. In the face of the Eagle we saw reflected soul-enrapturing visions of the Coming King Who would come to catch His beloved bride away……….As the wonder- the power —the majesty of it enveloped my very being, I stood there still and listened, gripping the pulpit, shaking with the wonder of it all, then I exclaimed, ‘Why, why, it’s the Foursquare Gospel!Instantly the Spirit bore witness, and praise rocked the audience.”Thus, the name “Foursquare Gospel” came into being.” (Introducing The Foursquare Gospel, The Foursquare Church)

The four symbols represented in the Foursquare emblem are:
* The CROSS……….Jesus Christ our Savior
* The DOVE…………Jesus Christ our Baptizer in the Holy Spirit
* The CUP……………Jesus Christ our Healer
* The CROWN………Jesus Christ our soon coming King

What a wonderful picture of the completed work of Jesus Christ! We are saved, filled, healed, and delivered by His death and resurrection. We have the promise of abundant life now, and the promise of full redemption and eternal life with Him in the New Kingdom when He returns!

So, the term “foursquare” may not be one that is commonly used today, but it is a term that speaks volumes about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is the “Full Gospel”, the “Blessed Gospel”, the “Foursquare Gospel”! In Jesus Name!

About Kirk's Devotional Journal

Kirk L. Zehnder is the Founder of Resurrection Christian Outreach. RCO is a ministry that promotes the growth and vitality of the local church through speaking engagements, seminars, various media tools, and written curriculum and books. This ministry was started over 35 years ago by Kirk as a means to strengthen the church that he was pastoring. It grew as Kirk began to share these tools with other churches. Today many of the materials are being used by local churches both nationally and internationally. Kirk's Devotional Journal is a result of struggling with Bible reading programs that never seemed to work. Kirk feels the Lord helped him discover an easy to follow program to Read, Reflect, Pray, and Journal through the Bible in one year. This program is called L.I.F.E. Unlike other programs there are no dates to follow. You can miss a day and still complete your reading. You never feel like the dates and verses you missed are chasing you. You are free to enjoy your daily Biblical journey and listen to the voice of The Lord. For more information on the L.I.F.E. plan, send an email to rcoutreach@aol.com. Kirk is also available for speaking engagements, seminars, and retreats. With over 40 years of professional business and pastoral ministry experience, Kirk brings a unique combination of practical wisdom, humor, and Biblical insight. If you would like Kirk to speak at your church, school, or ministry, please send an email to rcoutreach@aol.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible to discuss your opportunity.
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