Beliefs of the Church of Pentecost; 11 Tenets of the Church in Simple Terms

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Tenets of the Church of Pentecost. The Church of Pentecost, which emerged from the Apostolic Church and has maintained its adherence to the classical Pentecostals—Pentecostal congregations that date back to the early twentieth century—over the years. There are, however, a few minor differences among these Pentecostal churches. It is not uncommon for older churches to lose or alter their fundamental doctrines as a result of the almost daily establishment of new churches and the constant emergence of new doctrines.

The church has 11 basic beliefs with some biblical basis. They believe that once you have these doctrines right, you will be able to grow in the Christian faith.

1. The Bible

The church firmly believes that the Holy Scripture is inspired by God and serves as an authoritative source of reference. “That the Bible is infallible in its declaration, final in its authority, comprehensive and all-sufficient in its provisions”. (2 Timothy 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 1:20-21).

2. The One True God

The church firmly believes in the existence of Elohim, the One True God who created the entire world and who has been revealed as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:26, Matthew 3:16, 17; 28:19)

3. The Depraved Nature of Humanity (man’s depraved nature)

Man’s depraved nature is that “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23) through the fall of man, and are subject to eternal damnation. However, there is the need to repent and be regenerated. (Romans 3:23, Acts 2:38; Matthew 4:17; Acts 20:21)

4. The Saviour

After the fall of man, humanity needs a Saviour to redeem us from the awaiting eternal damnation. That need for the Saviour has been met in the person of Jesus Christ. He qualifies to be the saviour based on: His deity, virgin birth, atoning death, resurrection and ascension, his abiding intercession and second coming to judge the living and the dead. (Matthew 1:21; John 4:42; Acts 2:36; Ephesians 5:23; Philippians 2:6-11)

5. Repentance, Justification and Sanctification

Everyone needs to turn from sin and admit it to God. Before one can be justified before God, he/she must trust in Jesus Christ’s vicarious death. The church also believes in the sanctification of the believer through the work of the Holy Spirit and God’s gift of everlasting life to the believer. (Luke 15:7; Acts 2:38; Acts 3:19; Acts 17:30)

6. The Ordinances of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper

The COP believes in the ordinance of Baptism by immersion as a witness of a convert who is 13 years and above. Infants and toddlers are not baptized. They are rather dedicated to the Lord. The Church also believes in the Holy Communion as Jesus Christ instructed the saint to do in remembrance of Him. The church holds communion services once every month, on the first Sunday of the month. (Matthew 3:16; Matthew 28:19, Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 11:23-33)

7. Baptism, Gifts and Fruit of the Holy Spirit

Moreso, the church strongly believes in the Holy Spirit’s Baptism for all believers, via the initial evidence of speaking in tongues, in addition to the operation of the gifts and fruit that the Holy Spirit gives. (Joel 2:28, Acts 10:44-46)

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8. Divine Healing

The COP holds that the atonement provides God’s people with the ability to be healed of diseases and ailments. However, the Church of Pentecost is not averse to medical professionals’ prescribing of medication, though. (Isaiah 53:4,5; Matthew 8:7-13, James 5:14-16)

9. Tithes and Offerings

The COP adheres to tithing and the provision of freewill offerings to advance the mission of God’s Kingdom. We believe that a cheerful giver is blessed by God. (Malachi 3:6-10, Matthew 23:23)

10. The Second Coming and the Next Life

The church believes in Christ’s second coming and the resurrection of all gone souls, both saved and unsaved. The redeemed are going to be raised to life, while those who are not saved will be raised to damnation. (Daniel 12:2; Mark 13:26)

11. Marriage and Family Life

The Pentecost church believes in the institution of marriage as a union established and ordained by God for the lifelong, intimate relationship between a man as husband and a woman as wife as biologically defined at birth. We believe that God instituted marriage primarily for mutual help, fellowship and comfort that one ought to have for the other and for the honourable procreation of children, and their training in love, obedience to the Lord and responsible citizenship. (Genesis 2:18, Genesis 21-25; Matthew 19:4-61 Corinthians 7:1-2)

These tenets of The Church of Pentecost have been expanded into a book titled “The Tenets Of The Church of Pentecost.”  

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