In May 1997 Pastor Terry & Jody Wakefield were sent out from the fellowship church in which they were discipled to Pioneer a new church in Austin. They first began holding Bible Studies from their home and in January 1998 leased a small store front facility on Rutland Drive. In 2003 they leased a larger facility on E. Yager Lane. After several years of growth, the church was able to move to Pond Springs Road in 2009 where the ministry was able to purchase its own property.
Pastor Terry & Jody have enjoyed investing in World Evangelism through giving as well as missionary trips to cities in such places as Mexico, Costa Rica, Botswana, South Africa, and China. They continue to press forward in the vision of the Potter’s House Christian Church: Evangelism, Discipleship, and Church Planting. They currently have three churches planted and are preparing more couples to send out.
There are three primary experiences of the Christian life:
- Salvation is initiated by a prayer of faith in Jesus and is completed by God’s grace.
- Salvation is maintained by a lifestyle of
- Biblical righteousness and demonstrated by works.
- Salvation is lost when we sin and do not repent.
- Salvation is necessary to enter Heaven in eternity.
- Water Baptism was shown by the example of Jesus Christ and is a public demonstration of our faith in Him.
- Water Baptism is not necessary to be saved, but is definitely an important Christian experience not to be negated.
- Water Baptism is executed in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.
HOLY SPIRIT BAPTISM
To Put To Practice Core Principles Of Our Church, As Outlined In The Holy Bible.
The Power of the Local Church
And Our Mission is to be the light unto our city, nation, and world that Christ has called His Church to be. To provide an atmosphere where one can hear and learn about the life-changing power of Jesus Christ. Where the power and presence of the Holy Spirit can be experience. Where there is room to serve and to get involved. And where edifying Christ-Centered relationships can be made and developed.
A Biblical Perspective on Pentecostalism
December 13, 2017
On this subject I will speak from the bases of what is made clear in the Bible, Some from my personal experience, and from practical logic.
From What Context Did the Term “Pentecostal” Emerge?
To answer this question and others in regards to this subject we need to begin with a verse of scripture from the Book of Acts
Acts 2:1-4 When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Greek Definition: pentēkostē; Pentecost:"the fiftieth day” - the second of the three great Jewish feasts, celebrated at Jerusalem yearly, the seventh week after the Passover, in grateful recognition of the completed harvest
The word pentecost is used three times in the New Testament with a first reference of the event being made in Old Testament (Leviticus 23:16) “Fifty Days after the Seventh Sabbath” of "Fifty days after the Passover.
As you read further along in Acts 2 you will see that there was present at Pentecost various people groups who spoke different languages.
Two things stand-out as being more than just symbolic as to why Christ would choose the time of this event to send the Holy Spirit.
#1. All along God has has been building a people unto Himself. The initial focus for doing that rested with Israel. A Nation God created. But after Christ came and died for the sins of the whole world, God’s focus for building a people unto Himself was shifting from being solely upon one nation, to being on all the nations of the world.
#2. Pentecost was about celebrating the completion of the agrarian harvest. And also involved sacrifices and worship. But one day the church will celebrate the completion of the harvesting of souls. Jesus commissioned the Church to go into all the world to make disciples of all nations then He Baptized the Church with the Power of the Holy Spirit, and He did this within a Multi-Cultural setting that was celebrating a harvest.
Our scripture says “they” were all with one accord, in one place. “They” = the original disciples of Christ. The very first gathering of New Testament Believers that had been led and pastored by the Incarnate Christ Himself. He was the Word that became flesh and dwelt amongst us (Refer to John 1).
How Big Was The First Church?
Acts 1:15 And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples (altogether the number of names was about a hundred and twenty),….
And why exactly was the first New Testament Church all gathered together at this one place during the celebration known as “Pentecost?”
Because Jesus had instructed them to do so for a final preparation before getting started in their new mission.
The Great Commission
Jesus had just fulfilled His earthly ministry of discipleship, the establishing of apostles, the gathering the first NT Church, and most importantly the completing of His redemptive work on Calvary’s Cross and Resurrecting from the dead.
In completion of all that work, before ascending back into heaven, He makes several appearances to His Disciples over the course of forty days. Within that context He provides what is to be the focus of the New Testament Church.
Matthew 28:18-20 18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
Mark 16:15-20 15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” 19 So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. 20 And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen.
These commands clearly state for how He wants, not only the first NT Church to be focused, but every Church that would ever exist within the New Testament period.
God works within dispensational periods of time. The Great Commission were not commands for just one church, or a certain number of churches. The Great Commission is Christ command for the New Testament Period. Which is the Dispensational Period of God's Grace.
Many say that these marching orders to the First Church, and signs for what would transpire while His Church carried out those orders was only applicable to that early period. In which I say is completely illogical! Why should we think that the Commands of Christ for the Church, which is also Clear Direction for the Church, was only provided for one phase of time within the over-all time period for the Church?
This would be like getting to the middle or tale-end of the NFL Season and seeing all the players enter onto the field in casual clothing to play checkers with the opposing team. Then when some asked whats going on we said well all that punting, kicking, passing, and tackling stuff was just for the beginning of the season.
So logically moving forward in answering the question why were they gathered together at Pentecost?
Luke 24:46-49 46 Then He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, 47 and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 And you are witnesses of these things. 49 Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.”
This passage in Luke 24 contextualizes some pertinent events I have been speaking of. Jesus is pointing out the order of events about to take place and is providing very next immediate steps for the First Church to take at that time.
He declares He will suffer (cross/crucifixion) but then resurrect three days later. Then afterwards it would be time for the Disciples to carry out the Great Commission which is continuing the spiritual work the Church had learned directly from Him.
But then Christ interjects a very critical factor that must transpire before beginning the Great Commission.
He says He must first send the “Promise of the Father” which will result in them being “Endued with Power from on High.”
Yes the First New Testament Church had received the most excellent training that any group of disciples could have ever received! Training directly from Jesus Himself!
But yet He says there was still something they needed. He says before you move forward in what I’ve called you to do, there is still something more you need!
Acts 1:8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
These are Jesus’ Disciples. They have faith, they are saved, they have been Baptized in water. They have been given Marching Orders. But Jesus says there is a second spiritual experience that they still need to have before going any further
Its a different kind of Baptism that they had not yet experienced.
This experience was declared by John the Baptist who also was the forerunner for Jesus and His ministry
Matthew 3:11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He (Jesus) will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
The Promise of the Father Arrives and The Disciples are Endued with Power from Upon High
Acts 2:1-18 1 When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. 5 And there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven. 6 And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and were confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language. 7 Then they were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another, “Look, are not all these who speak Galileans? 8 And how is it that we hear, each in our own language in which we were born? 9 Parthians and Medes and Elamites, those dwelling in Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya adjoining Cyrene, visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, 11 Cretans and Arabs—we hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.” 12 So they were all amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “Whatever could this mean?” 13 Others mocking said, “They are full of new wine.” 14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and said to them, “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and heed my words. 15 For these are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. 16 But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: 17 ‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams.18 And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; And they shall prophesy.
Note: If your familiar with the gospels you know that Peter had recently failed The Lord Jesus. Peter denied Jesus three times even after Jesus had worked directly with him for three years. But after what happened during the Jewish Feast of Pentecost where Peter became “Endued with Power from Upon High”, he now is, not only, no longer denying the Lord, but is Boldly and Emphatically standing up for the Lord Preaching the Gospel, as Commissioned to do, and with Great Authority & Power!
Continuing Further Along in this First Powerful Sermon From Peter. And Remember Right After Having Been Baptized in the Holy Spirit
Acts 2:32-42 32 This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses. 33 Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear. 34 “For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he says himself: ‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand, 35 Till I make Your enemies Your footstool.” ’36 “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.” 37 Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?”38 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.” 40 And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation.” 41 Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. 42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine (And so should every NT Church!) and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.
We have a reference made to the Baptism of The Holy Spirit at the launching Jesus' Earthly Ministry as well as at the end of it. This is no small thing but rather a very vital dimension to the Christian Faith.
The outpouring of the Holy Spirit in order to Endue the Church with Power is refereed to as a Baptism. And it is important to realize this because a baptism is a separate experience to Salvation itself. When a person repents of their sin in order to make Jesus Christ their personal Lord & Savior, that person receives the Holy Spirit simultaneously. Being Born Again is a work accomplished by the Holy Spirit (See John 3).
But then there is a second experience every believer can, and should have, where they become empowered to be a witness, to evangelize, and with other spiritual benefits to boot. And this experience is the Baptism of The Holy Spirit with Fire and it is Evidenced by Speaking in Tongues. Which is a humanly unknown divine language. And everyone who receives this baptism also receives their own unique Tongue.
This is One Gift that is for All Who Desire It
Acts 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Our scripture clarifies that they were “all” filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them what to say.
And we previously read that “all” equaled about 120. It doesn’t say a few of them spoke in tongues, or 1/2, or just the apostles, etc. But it says “all”. And through out scripture it is clear that the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is not just for some.
The Outpouring of The Holy Spirt During Pentecost Within The Book of Acts Marks the Birthing of What Should Be Known as Pentecostalism
I say this because some reference to more modern-day revivals and spiritual movements that have taking place as being the birthing of “Pentecostalism.”
I wonder why? Because as you can clearly see the New Testament Church itself was birthed and solidified in Baptism of the Holy Spirit Power.
Note: No where in the New Testament Scripture will you ever find a suggestion that the two should never go hand in hand!
We are never being more Biblical as the Church than what we are in being Pentecostal in terms of what we see laid out in the Scriptures!
When one says they are Pentecostal that should simply mean they believe in the Power that Jesus Endued the First New Testament Church with during the Celebration of the Completion of the Harvest (Pentecost)
If I was the Devil
If I was the Devil I would do everything I could to distort peoples view of Pentecostalism. I would do all I could to taint every terminology associated with the Baptism of The Holy Spirit!
I would do anything I could to make people doubt that they could ever be empowered by Him.
And obviously the Devil has done a pretty good job in accomplishing that with many. And he has done that in large part by misrepresentations and distortions of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.
Some of these distortions or representation have been featured as TBN Prosperity Preachers and other so called Pentecostal Churches throughout the world. At the end of the day your just witnessing hucksters and charlatans masquerading as Christians misleading naive, emotionally based souls.
Their gatherings are often about nothing more than getting everyone worked-up into an emotional frenzy while promoting bizarre behavior. They make ridiculous claims such as; “The Holy Spirit just came upon me and I lost all control”
If thats all you have every witnessed in the name of being Pentecostal I wouldn’t blame you for wanting to run for your life! I feel the same way. Nonsense is Self-Evident!
I wont even go into the whole backwoods snake-handling thing, or even the legalistic versions of Pentecostalism such as those who do not permit women to wear pants, cut their hair, or put on make-up.
It is very unfortunate that some of the most bizarre, and unappealing representations of Christianity have emerged from these so-called forms of Pentecostalism.
But once again, just coming from a commonsensical perspective, If I were the Devil this is exactly the kind of stuff I would orchestrate to happen. And folks who are unconcerned for having a Biblical foundation and just exercising commonsensical logic, would fall for it all just as we see them do!
What else should we expect if there was, and there is, a Genuine Type of Pentecostalism?
The only reason for counterfeit money to exist is because their is genuine money. False representations of something does not disprove that something, but rather clarifies that somewhere the real thing exist!
Christianity in Purest Biblical Form
I was raised in a “Powerless” Denominational Church. During my whole upbringing, and until I reached 23yrs of age, I attended various types of denominational and non-denominational churches. Although this might have helped me for developing some level of reverence for God, and having a mental persuasion of Jesus, I still remained in bondage to various sins and was a religious sinner at best.
But after becoming very desperate and crying out to God for deliverance and salvation from a genuine state of surrender, The Holy Spirit came into my life and I truly became Born Again.
I experienced a radical transformation. Then shortly thereafter I prayed to receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. I desired to have this second experience that the Bible speaks about. I was filled and began to Speak in an unknown Tongue as the Spirit gave me the utterances to voice.
Its 27yrs later now and testify to you that I am still as on Fire for God today, if not more, than what I was the day I first got saved!
For me to be Pentecostal simply means you believe in, and hunger for the Power of The Holy Spirit made available to the New Testament Church in order to be Effective in what we have been Commissioned it to do for Christ as Christians!
At this point I could not imagine going through my Christian life without the Power that comes by way of being Baptized by The Holy Spirit!
Some Further Biblical Clarification
Acts 19:1-6 1 And it happened, while Apollos was at Corinth, that Paul, having passed through the upper regions, came to Ephesus. And finding some disciples (“disciples” they are Saved) 2 he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” (Have you had this 2nd experience to Salvation?) So they said to him, “We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit.”3 And he said to them, “Into what then were you baptized?” (Again talking about a Baptism, a 2nd experience to Salvation) So they said, “Into John's baptism.”4 Then Paul said, “John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who would come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.”5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied.
Note: Evidence is not always recorded in the scriptures as to what happens when believers are Baptized in the Holy Spirit. But every place evidence is recorded its always the same thing, Speaking in Tongues
Speaking in Tongues is a Divine Prayer Language and it is an Outward Sign of an Inward Work
Consider some of Paul’s writings to the Church at Corinth in Chapter 14 of Corinthians. He spends a great deal of time distinguishing the difference between Speaking in Tongues that are directed towards God, and then when Speaking in Tongues is directed towards the congregation. Long in short he clarifies that when Speaking in Tongues is directed towards God it is a beautiful activity that edifies the individual. But if/when a Speaking in Tongues is directed towards the Congregation, there should be others that are prayed-up and ready to be used by the Holy Spirit to provide an interpretation.
We do not understand this heavenly language but like everything else the Holy Spirit does in and through our lives we experience the beneficiary results. And the results are always awesome!
So no need for interpretation if Tongues are directed towards God such as when we are Praising and Worshiping God. But if towards people then someone should obey the prompting of the Holy Spirit in order to provide an interpretation.
And take note that within the context of all the teachings Paul puts forth in regards to the Baptism of The Holy Spirit he highly promotes Speaking in Tongues
1 Corinthians 14:17-18 17 For you indeed give thanks well, but the other is not edified. (Because no interpretation) 18 I thank my God I speak with tongues more than you all; (Referring to Speaking in Tongues directed towards God where no interpretation is necessary) (And this is just Paul’s way of say you should Speak in Tongues more!)
For Holy Spirit Revival in Austin,
Pastor Terry Wakefield