Biblical History of Pentecost
Shortly after Jesus Christ was killed and had risen alive again, He instructed His followers to wait in Jerusalem for an act from God (Luke 24:49) that would change the future of all mankind.
On the day of the Jewish celebration of Pentecost these followers were gathered together when...
“...suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance." (Acts 2:2-4; English Standard Version)
These followers of Jesus had been born again of the Holy Spirit as Jesus had foretold (Please refer to John 3:1-8; Acts 1:8).
Who are the Pentecostals Today?
We call ourselves Pentecostals in honor of the day when Christ’s original followers were first filled with the Holy Spirit because we have also been given this same born again experience of being filled with God’s Holy Spirit. We firmly believe the word of God that says all men, women, and children are offered this very same life changing experience – that means you too! (Acts 2:38-39)
Jesus Talked About Being Filled with the Holy Spirit
The Apostle John wrote:
"In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.) " (John 7:37-39; KJV)