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HOW DO I FIND PENTECOSTAL CHURCHES NEAR ME?

If a question like Where do I find a Baptist church near me” is on your mind or your moving to a new area, and finding a new Baptist church is a priority, you’re definitely in the right place! For me as a Baptist, finding a good church that’s local and near enough to me was always a struggle.

After reading this article, I hope that this process becomes a little easier for you. You’ll read about the history of the Baptists and most importantly discover an answer to that question, “How do I find a Baptist church near me?”

THE BEGINNINGS OF PENTECOSTALISM AND HOW IT BECAME A CHURCH NEAR ME

Pentecostalism was born out of a charismatic campaign which made its way into American Protestantism during the 20th Century.

The Pentecostals’ core signifier, which distinguishes them from other denominations is their emphasis on the need for the converted to undergo a baptism of the Holy Spirit wherein spiritual gifts are embedded into the life of the believer.

This has roots in the story of Pentecost in the Scriptural book entitled Acts of the Apostles. During the Pentecostal narrative, the Holy Spirit descends on the people and miracles are experienced and witnessed all around, particularly the ability to interpret and indeed communicate in languages (referred to as tongues) completely foreign to the individual.

This is why a Baptism of the Holy Spirit is thought to be coupled with the spiritual gift of tongues, expressing itself in the form of glossolalia or xenoglossia.

On top of the gift of tongues, Pentecostals believe that a Baptism of the Holy Spirit would bring with it other Biblical spiritual gifts such as prophecy, divine healing, and the interpretation of tongues.

Pentecostalism is similar in belief to that of the Baptists and MethodistHoliness churches from which they were founded.

Pentecostals though, never officially established themselves as an independent organization, but rather individual faith communities brought together to form the mix of churches making up the modern Pentecostal movement. 

PENTECOSTALISM PIVOTS TOWARD POPULARITY

The pivotal moment for Pentecostalism occurred at the turn of the 20th Century in Kansas with Charles Fox Parham of Bethel Bible College.

Parham thought that the American church had become formalistic and complacent and needed to undergo a renewal of the Holy Spirit.

This led him to encourage his students to prepare for the Holy Spirit by way of fasting, praying, and studying the Bible. On the first day of the 20th Century, one of Parham’s students, Agnes Oxnam, was overcome by the Holy Spirit and began to speak in tongues.

This was closely followed by others experiencing similar events, which led Parham to believe this was a sign of Baptism of the Holy Spirit.

These events were interpreted by Parham and his students as eschatological prophecy signifying the beginning of the end times and it catalyzed them into missionary work. 

THE FIRST EVANGELISTIC ENDEAVOR

Their evangelistic endeavor was not well received at the beginning, receiving much ridicule and skepticism. It wasn’t until in 1903 that the Pentecostal movement gained traction as Parham began to perform faith healings.

This would become a distinguishing characteristic of the Pentecostal church to come. The popularity of these healings gave rise to a doctrine which believes that salvation brings with it healing of earthly illness should one have the required level of faith.

With an influx of fresh converts, Pentecostalism spread throughout Texas, Florida, and Alabama seeing 25,000 people converting to the Pentecostal tradition in the first two years.

Other places in the South and the Midwest such as Kansas and Missouri also saw a rapid rise in Pentecostal membership.

Pentecostalism broke out to the rest of the world largely due to the Azusa Street Revival led by William Seymour.

Today, the Assemblies of God represents the greatest Pentecostal collective in the world, boasting over 25 million members including organizations like Planet shakers and up until recently, Hillsong Church.

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SO HOW DO I ACTUALLY FIND A PENTECOSTAL CHURCH NEAR ME?

Now we get to the question which got us here in the first place: “How on earth do I find the right Pentecostal church near me?”

Now that you have a more holistic understanding of what the Pentecostal church is about, you can set your sights on exploring all of the Pentecostal churches near you.

For me, this page saved me hours of searching on Google and was user-friendly. Simply tell the search engine the area code of where you want to search, and it will bring up an extensive list of all the Pentecostal church locations near you.

If you find yourself thinking, “The Pentecostal church isn’t for me,” continue your search by looking at what other denominations have to offer.

A few extra’s

Whilst those cover the main distinctive doctrines, there are some additional one upheld by several Baps which include:

1 They believe that faith is a matter between God and the individual (religious freedom). To them it means the advocacy of absolute liberty of conscience.

2 Insistence on immersion as the only mode of baptism. They do not believe that baptism is necessary for salvation. Therefore, for them, baptism is an ordinance, not a sacrament, since, in their view, it imparts no saving grace.

3 The supremacy of the canonical Scriptures as a norm of faith and practice. For something to become a matter of faith and practice, it is not sufficient for it to be merely consistent with and not contrary to scriptural principles. It must be something explicitly ordained through command or example in the Bible. For instance, this is why they do not practice infant baptism — they say the Bible neither commands nor exemplifies infant baptism as a Christian practice. More than any other Baptist principle, this one when applied to infant baptism is said to separate them from other evangelical Christians.

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