The church we are apart of began on the day of Pentecost. Thats right, it did not begin 25, 50, or even 100 years ago. Some have a limited view of Pentecost and feel they can only trace their Pentecostal roots as far back as Azusa Street in Los Angels CA. The church did not begin on Azusa street. It began in Jerusalem as prophesied on the day of Pentecost. Pentecost is not a denomination nor an organization. It is an experience. We are Pentecostal because we have experienced the Pentecostal outpour of the Holy Ghost which filled us within just like it did on the day of Pentecost. We are Apostolic in doctrine. We believe and teach exactly what the Apostles taught from the day of Pentecost and this same doctrine is taught and believed today by thousands. Ephesians 2:20 says “And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone.” Our heritage is biblical, sound, and unwavering. I can say without a shadow of a doubt I am proud to be an Apostolic Pentecostal and you should be proud too. Never shy away from your belief. Never be ashamed. We are a part of the original church. Below you will find 10 reasons why I am a Pentecostal as taught by Pastor Johnny Godair Sunday morning 12/11/2011. Yall know I take plenty of notes in church and love reporting back to the Saints everything I learn. Be blessed in Jesus Name.
1. I AM PENTECOSTAL BECAUSE THE OLD TESTAMENT CLEARLY SPEAKS OF PENTECOST.
Did you know that even Jewish people, yes Jewish people in the Old testament observed Pentecost. There were 7 major feast that were observed. Passover which was a celebration of the Children of Israel exodus out of egypt. Pentecost which was 50 days after passover. It was a celebration full of jubilation. Feast of Trumpets. Trumpets blow to call God’s people unto repentance, awake from sin and rest. Feast of Tabernacles was to give thanks at harvest time. Feast of dedication was to commemorate the reconstruction of the temple. Feast of Purim was to celebrate the deliverance of the Jews from Haman and finally the feast of new Moons was to celebrate peace and give God a burnt offering. Now that you have a Jewish Old Testament summary of all the different feast, we can clearly see that Pentecost always signified joy. Something how the Holy Ghost is given on this day in the New Testament and with the Holy Ghost you and I both know power and joy unspeakable comes with it.
2. I M PENTECOSTAL BECAUSE THE PROPHETS FORETOLD ABOUT THE DAY OF PENTECOST.
Isaiah 28:11-12 “For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.” Stammering lips refer to speaking in tongues. The word “this” refers to the Holy Ghost and how the Holy Ghost gives rest to the weary and it is refreshing.
Joel 2:28 “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:” Holy Ghost is foretold by the prophet Joel and this came to past on the day of Pentecost.
Ezekiel 36:27 “And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.” Promise foretold by Ezekiel that the Spirit will be put WITHIN you (referring to the Holy Ghost).
Isiah 2:3 “And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.” Isaiah tells us th word of the lord would come from Jerusalem. This is the exact place were Pentecost took place. Jerusalem. To confirm this, go to Luke 24:47 where Luke tells us that it will all begin at Jerusalem. John 14:17 tells us that the Spirit of Truth will be IN YOU.
So we have Isaiah, Joel, and Ezekiel who are all Old Testament prophets which point us to Pentecost.
3. I AM PENTECOSTAL BECAUSE JESUS SPOKE OF IT.
John 14:17-18 ”Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.” I think we can stop right there. Jesus himself foretold to us the day of Pentecost. The Spirit did not dwell within the believers until Pentecost.
4. I AM PENTECOSTAL BECAUSE THE APOSTLES EXPERIENCED PENTECOST FIRSTHAND.
Acts 1:13 “And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room, where abode both Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James.”
Acts 2:1-4 “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”
All of this took place as a fulfillment of Gods plan thus the birthday of the Church.
5. I AM PENTECOSTAL BECAUSE MARY THE MOTHER OF JESUS WAS PENTECOSTAL.
Acts 1:14-15 “These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren. And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples, and said, (the number of names together were about an hundred and twenty,)”
Isnt it something how the Catholic Church revere Mary the Mother of Jesus, pray to her, but dont even want the same Pentecostal experience she had. How in the world can you pray to Mary and not experience what Mary herself experienced????? If we are going to honor Mary in any way, it should be because she yielded her will to God’s will and thus SHE experienced Pentecost just like the other 120 in the upper room. If if was good enough for Mary, then it should be goo enough for YOU TOO.
6. I AM PENTECOSTAL BECAUSE THE WHOLE FIRST CENTURY CHURCH WAS PENTECOSTAL.
Acts 2:4 “And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” (This was the 120 in the upper room which were a part of the first century church).
Acts 10:44 “While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.” (This was the Holy Ghost being poured out on the Gentiles, now a part of the first century church).
Acts 19:6 “And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.” These were the disciples at Ephesus now part of the first century church.
Acts 8:14-18 “Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John: Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost: (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.) Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.” The Samaritans are now a part of the First Century church to when they received the Holy Ghost.
7. I AM PENTECOSTAL BECAUSE THE HOLY GHOST CHANGES YOUR LIFE.
2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
8. I AM PENTECOSTAL BECAUSE IT GIVES YOU PEACE OF MIND.
Romans 15:13 “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.”
9. I AM PENTECOSTAL BECAUSE THE HOLY GHOST WILL GIVE YOU JOY.
1 Thessalonians 1:6 “And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost” Holy Ghost joy was given on the day of Pentecost. Jubilation, shouting are all associated with Pentecost.
10. I AM PENTECOSTAL BECAUSE OF ITS KEEPING POWER.
Galatians 5:16 “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.”
I pray that you enjoyed my sermon notes from morning worship. My Pastor preaches so intense I can feel the smoke coming from my hands as I rush to write down every golden nugget of truth (and dont tell me to just buy the CD, I love taking notes lol lol lol). Seriously, I really pray you enjoyed this powerful message.
Bless you and enjoy your week as we speed ahead to Christmas and New Years. WOW, another year come and gone. WOW!!!!