THE FOURSQUARE GOSPEL
"Foursquare" is a Biblical term used of the tabernacle in the Book of Exodus, of the Temple of the Lord in Ezekiel 40:47, and of Heaven, as described in the book of the Revelation. The term "Foursquare Gospel" was given in the inspiration of revival to the denomination's founder, Aimee Semple McPherson, during an evangelistic campaign in Oakland, Calif., in 1922. It represents that which is equally balanced on all sides, established and enduring. Such confidence in the power of the Gospel is also expressed by the verse, Hebrews 13:8, displayed in Foursquare churches proclaiming, "Jesus Christ the Same, Yesterday and Today and Forever."|
The name represents the four-fold ministries of Jesus...
Jesus Christ: The Savior|
"But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him..." –Isaiah 53:5 (Titus 2:14, Isaiah 55:7, Hebrews 7:25, Isaiah 1:18)
"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is
the gift of God:...But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometime were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ."
(Ephesians 2:8, 13; see also Romans
Jesus Christ: The Healer|
"He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses..." –Matthew 8:17 (Mark 16:17-18, Matthew 9:5-6, Acts 4:29-30)
Jesus Christ: |
The Baptizer with the Holy Spirit
"For John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit... you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." –Acts 1:5,8 (John 14:16-17, Acts 2:4, Acts 8:17, Acts 10:44-46, 1 Corinthians 3:16)
Jesus Christ: The Soon-Coming King|
"For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout... the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord." –1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 (Titus 2:12-13, Matthew 24:36-44, Hebrews 9:28, Luke 19:13, Luke 12:35-37.)
HISTORY of the |
SAN JOSE FIRST FOURSQUARE CHURCH
[Portions excerpted from the building dedication program (June 23, 1968)]
Rev. and Mrs. Floyd Brock came to San Jose in the Summer of 1940 and began a tent meeting. They were assisted in the opening of the meeting by Dr. Myron Sackett, Foursquare Field Supervisor, and Rev. Raymond Boatright. The tent was filled every night during the summer and, in early fall, the services were moved to the San Jose Women's Club building located at 75 South 11th Street. Prayer meetings were held in a house on South Fourth Street. The following Spring in 1941, the congregation moved their services to an upstairs hall on South First Street.
Fast forward to June of 1943, a building was purchased on North Seventh Street. Aimee Semple McPherson, founder of the Foursquare Gospel, was present at the dedication of the church in June of 1943.
In 1959, Rev. and Mrs. Clair Boreman became pastors of San Jose First Foursquare Church.
When circumstances about the safety of the church building became an issue and there was a need for expansion, a new property was sought, and in 1968, the new site of San Jose First Foursquare Church was dedicated at its present location at the corner of McKinley Avenue and St. Elizabeth Drive.
In 1977, Rev. and Mrs. Jerry Chapman became the new pastors after pastoring in Taft, California. In 1980, we saw the expansion of the church as we added a new building which would be called the Fellowship Hall, with modern amenities for large assemblies for dining and receptions.