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About Pentecostal Churches
Local Pentecostal Churches are found throughout North America, and in most countries of the world. They share a common foundation of faith, and all trace their origins to the biblical Book of Acts, and to certain events from more recent history. Beyond these commonalities, local Pentecostal Churches vary widely in their specific theological beliefs, in their governmental structure, in the style of worship they embrace, and in the size of local congregations. Most local Pentecostal Churches consider themselves Protestant, while some prefer more specific terms such as Evangelical, Full Gospel, Charismatic, Four Square, or Apostolic. They all share the view that God makes spiritual power available to believers through the Holy Spirit. This power is believed to take different forms in local Pentecostal Churches, and there is a variety of spiritual manifestations associated with this power. Local Pentecostal Churches are not all part of the same denomination. Major denominations within Pentecostalism include the Assemblies of God, the Church of God, and the Church of God in Christ, the United Pentecostal Church International, and various Wesleyan-Holiness churches. A recent study found more than 10,000 different Pentecostal denominations in the world. The reason for so many is the lack of centralized control over local Pentecostal Churches. Their views on Scripture are generally consistent. All believe in the truth and sufficiency of the Bible, and the important ministry of the Holy Spirit. Subtle differences will be found in the application of these beliefs in the local Pentecostal Churches. It is important to investigate various local Pentecostal Churches before making a decision to become a part of one. Speaking to the pastors or church leaders will provide a greater understanding of each churchs perspectives and practices.
Abundant Life United Pentecostal Church
1441 Broadway, Haverhill, MA 01832(978) 521-4554 Write a review
New England Pentecostal Church Office
327 Gage Hill Rd, Pelham, NH 03076(603) 898-4637 Write a review
Iglesia Pentecostal Unidos En Santidad
200 Powell St, Lowell, MA 01851(978) 459-0699 Write a review
Greater Lawrence Council of Churches
95 E Haverhill St, Lawrence, MA 01841(978) 686-4012 Write a review
79 N. Main Street , Andover, MA 01810(978) 482-0838 Write a review
More on Pentecostal Churches
Local Pentecostal Churches make it part of their mission to spread Christianity throughout the world. The commitment to this goal means that today, one can find local Pentecostal Churches throughout the world, even in countries like Russia and China in which freedom of religion has not always been tolerated. Local Pentecostal Churches are places where individuals and families are finding the support they are looking for in the development of their faith. Most local Pentecostal Churches provide a wide range of meetings, services, and activities to meet the needs of their attendees. The worship service is the major focal point of the week in local Pentecostal Churches, which have always emphasized enthusiasm, quality and passionate music, strong Bible teaching, and an emphasis on the power of prayer. Most local Pentecostal Churches also place a priority on the expression of certain sign gifts such as speaking in tongues or healing. Beyond worship, educational classes stressing understanding of the Bible are provided for children and adults. These may take place before or after the worship service, or during the week. Benevolence services to those within the church, and in the greater community often characterize local Pentecostal Churches. Finally, sending missionaries to other parts of the world, on a long-term basis or for short periods of time, has always been a priority.