ABOUT THE BIBLE
The Bible is the infallible Word of God and the authority of salvation and Christian living. (See II Timothy 3:15-17.)
one God who has revealed Himself as our Father, in His Son Jesus Christ, and as the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ is God manifested
in the flesh. He is both God and man. (See Deuteronomy 6:4; Ephesians 4:4-6; Colossians 2:9; I Timothy 3:16.)
ABOUT SIN AND SALVATION
has sinned and needs salvation. Salvation comes by grace through faith based on the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ. (See
Romans 3:23-25; 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9.)
The saving gospel is the good news that Jesus died
for our sins, was buried, and rose again. We obey the gospel (II Thessalonians 1:8; I Peter 4:17) by repentance (death to
sin), water baptism in the name of Jesus Christ (burial), and the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the initial sign of speaking
in tongues as the Spirit gives the utterance (resurrection). (See I Corinthians 15:1-4; Acts 2:4; 37-39; Romans 6:3-4.)
ABOUT CHRISTIAN LIVING
Christians we are to love God and others. We should live a holy life inwardly and outwardly, and worship God joyfully. The
supernatural gifts of the Spirit, including healing, are for the church today. (See Mark 12:28-31; II Corinthians 7:1; Hebrews
12:14; I Corinthians 12:8-10.)
Jesus Christ is coming again to catch away His church.
In the end will be the final resurrection and the final judgement. The righteous will inheret eternal life, and the unrighteous
eternal death. (See I Thessalonians 4:16-17; Revelation 20:11-15.)
For many people "Pentecostal" is a new word. Although it has become much
more common in recent years, its roots go back to an ancient Jewish feast and, more recently, to the first outpouring of the
Holy Spirit on the earliest Christian believers. Because this initial outpouring of the Spirit took place on the day of Pentecost
(Acts chapter 2), those who experience a similar infilling of the Spirit are known as Pentecostals. They look to the book
of Acts as a guide for how to live out their Christian faith. Many of the key players in Acts were eyewitnesses of the life
and teachings of Jesus, and it follows that they would have the clearest insight into the way in which to worship Jesus.
distinctives include the following:
ON THE BIBLE
Pentecostals believe it is important to be led
of the Spirit. However, this desire to be led of the Spirit does not conflict with a high view of the Bible as a primary source
for truth. For our belief in an intelligent, loving Creator, we should expect God to reveal His message in writing, the historic
medium best suited for precision, preservation, and propagation, When we read, study, and listen to the Bible, we hear the
voice of the living Lord speaking to us today. We receive the message that can transform our lives and lead us to eternal
AN APPRECIATION OF GOD'S IDENTITY
The beautiful message of Scripture is that our Creator became our Savior. The God
against whom we sinned is the One who forgives us. God loves us so much that He came in flesh to save us. He gave of Himself;
He did not send someone else. Moreover, our Creator-Savior is also the indwelling Spirit who is ever-present to help us. God
told us how to live and then came to live among us. He showed us how to live in the flesh and laid down His human life to
purchase our salvation. Now He abides within us and enables us to live according to His will. Jesus Christ is the one God
incarnate, and in Him we have everything we need: healing, deliverance, victory, and salvation (Colossians 2:9-10). By recognizing
the almighty God in Jesus Christ, we restore correct biblical belief and experience apostolic power.
SALVATION AND A NEW LIFE
experience and doctrine should conform to the complete biblical pattern. As we respond to the gospel and believe on Jesus
Christ, we will repent of our sins, be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts
2,8,10,19). We do not reject those who have not received the complete New Testament experience, but we encourage them to receive
anything God has for them. Ultimately, each of us is accountable to God for our response of faith. The Bible is the sole authority
for salvation; the basis of salvation is Christ's death, burial, and resurrection; salvation comes only by grace through faith
in Jesus Christ; and the application of grace and the expression of faith come as a person obeys Acts 2:38, thereby receiving
the new birth promised by Jesus.
A HOLY RESPONSE
TO A HOLY GOD
Holiness is an integral part of the salvation
of the whole person from sin's power and effects. It is a joyful privilege; a part of abudnant life; a blessing from God's
grace; a glorious life of freedom and power. The life of holiness fulfills God's original intention and design for humanity.
For the Spirit-filled believer who loves God, holiness is the normal-indeed the only-way to live.
act of worship is the rule and not the exception in human existence. The question is not will humans worship, but rather who
and how will they worship. God calls people to worship Him passionately with every area of their lives, and all of our actions
and attitudes have the possibility to bring honor to God. Jesus wanted to draw all people, regardless of their backgrounds.
He still calls us to authentic worship today.
OF THE SPIRIT
God "is able to do exceedingly abundantly
above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us" (Ephesians 3:20). As Spirit-filled believers,
we can exercise simple faith to receive God's miraculous gifts and to stir up the gifts He has already placed in our midst.
Whenever special needs arise, we should believe that He can work through us. In this way, the gifts of the Spirit become vital
tools for strengthening the church.
day of Pentecost, Peter reminded his audience that God would pour out His spirit on all flesh. He promised that the Pentecostal
experience was for "all those afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call" (Acts 2:39). This life-changing
promise still holds true today. Around the world and across racial, ethnic, and socio-economic barriers, people are embracing
Pentecostalism. Or perhaps it would be more accurate to say that people are encountering the power of the Holy Spirit. Come
join us as we celebrate the experience of Pentecost!
Adapted from "On Being Pentecostal" by David K. Bernard and Robin Johnston. Click here for information about this resource.