Sunday, 11 March 2012

Pentecostal Religion and Identity

I have decided to look at Pentecostalism as they have quite a lot of influence around America especially in the southern areas and it does seem quite interesting. I have also just looked at a Pentecostal Church in Florida.

Pentecostalism can be seen as a renewal movement within Christianity that places special emphasis on a direct personal experience of God through the baptism in the Holy Spirit. The term Pentecostal is derived from Pentecost, the Greek name for the Jewish Feast of Weeks. For Christians, this event honors the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the followers of Jesus Christ, as described in the second chapter of the Book of Acts. Pentecostals tend to see their movement as reflecting the same kind of spiritual power and teachings that were found in the Apostolic Age of the early church. For this reason, some Pentecostals also use the term Apostolic or full gospel to describe their movement.

The Mission of Pentecostal Church of God in Christ of the USA, Inc., is to equip individuals through biblical teaching, preaching, and demonstrating the life of Christ resulting in transformed lives being lived out in the Spirit of Excellence and their vision is to see transformed believers actively doing the work of Christ by reaching the lost, strengthening the weak, and encouraging the faithful. The group PCOGIC seems like quite an intense religious group as they have their church trademarked and incorporated which suggests that they make quite a lot of money from their organization; also they have a page on their website for members only which supports that view. They have 6 ministries all over Florida which suggest that they take their religious view very seriously and that they want to spread the word of God all around. They also have an official Logo which has been copyright protected and consists of a Lion and Fire. They have then provided reasons and scriptures from the Bible as to why they choose those 2 pictures.

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