What makes a church "Pentecostal"?

http://www.peerlessroadchurch.com/sermons.cfm

Bishop Timothy D Coalter, Senior Pastor of the Peerless Road Church in Cleveland, TN addresses this question profoundly, and biblically in his series "Handling Fire."

You can hear this marvelous series on the link posted.

Pastor Coalter has been a friend of mine for many years. He has been a shepherd of God's people for many, many years. He and his wife Kelli, are shepherding a congregation where I was a member for more than sixteen years.

Listen to the series, and then contact Pastor Coalter. He'll be delighted to hear from you.

2 comments:

Ryan Day said...

Phil,
What is the difference in the Church of GOd & the Church of God of Prophecy? Just wondering.

As to what makes a church Pentecostal... it is more that tongues! What did the people in the upper room do on the Day of Pentecost - they evangelized (Acts 2). Most Pentecostals think tongues are it, what they don't realize is that need to go out of the "upper room" and tell people about Jesus. Sadly most Pentecostals are satisfied with living in the confines of there churches. Getting "blessed" and recieving their word and they forget that the people the look down on are actually going to hell.

All I know is that I am so glad to be free of the legalism that was rampant in the independent Pentecostal church I grew up in.

I love the Pentecostal message, but it is more than tongues!!!

And, yes, the Bengals will win the Superbowl!!!

C. H. Green said...

Yes, it is SO much more than tongues. Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. And it's important what we have in our hearts in abundance. I agree that there is too much legalism in the Church and too much, will I dare say, ungodly judgment. Yes, we are to judge between righteous and unrighteous, holiness and evil, but I think it's a matter more of discernment so that we don't get led astray into something we shouldn't. I think where some Pentecostals miss the boat is becoming legalistic out of fear, but you can't MAKE someone do right and serve God. It has to be a heart thing. And if you get your heart right, then everything else will fall in line with God...maybe not in line with YOUR set of criteria, but with God.