What is Pentecostal?
Pentecost was the second great festival of the Jewish year. A celebration of harvest when the first fruits were presented to God. Acts chapter 2 starts with “When the day of Pentecost…” Similarly, Pentecost symbolizes for the church the beginning of God’s spiritual harvest of souls in the world.
The Pentecost of Acts chapter 2 is a dividing line between the past and the present. In the Old Testament, the Spirit of the Lord would on occasion, temporarily empower certain individuals. After Pentecost, the Lord’s presence and empowerment is available to all people who believe. That power is received in the form of the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
The Pentecostal Experience is the experience of the first church in the book of Acts. Consider how the first church operated.
They baptized believers in the name of Jesus Christ (Acts 2:38, 8:16, 10:48, 22:16)
They were filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:4, 10:44-45, 19:2)
They were devoted to the Apostle’s teaching (Acts 2:42)
They continued in fellowship and prayer (Acts 2:42)
As a Pentecostal Church, Branches Church practices, teaches and leads people to these same Biblical experiences.