If you’ve ever wondered, “What’s up with Pentecostals? What is they believe that they’re so fired up about? Is there really a difference in them and the rest of us who are in church every Sunday, besides the way they worship and the way they look?”
Here’s a little overview of what we believe about salvation:
1) Jesus’ teachings and ministry are recorded in the 4 gospels, where he laid the foundation for the church that would not start until after his death, burial and resurrection, saying “Except a man be born of water and spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” (John 3:5)
2) The men Jesus taught and trained to carry out his plans for the church got it right when they obeyed the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20, Mark 16:15-18, Luke 24:45-49) by preaching one gospel message: “repent, be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins (birth of water) and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost (birth of Spirit)”, and the accounts of people being told how to be saved and obeying the gospel are recorded in the book of Acts (2:37-42, 8:14-17,10:44-49,19:1-7, among others).
3). The letters to the churches written after the book of Acts were addressed to people who had already obeyed the gospel, and were not intended to be the place to find out how to get saved (because the people they were written to had already done that), but they support the message preached in Acts, saying “If any man preach any other gospel let let him be accursed.”(Gal.1:6-9)
If the church started on the Day of Pentecost, are you part of a church that’s still preaching the gospel message preached that day?
Don’t settle for a “no-name” gospel (many churches only repeat Jesus words in Matt. 28:19 in baptism, rather than obeying them by using the name of Jesus as the Apostles always did when they baptized).
(There are many other scriptures that could be given, but these were used for the sake of being brief. )