It is the presentation of Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit with the view that people will trust Jesus as Saviour and Lord and serve him in the fellowship of the Church. Evangelism is the responsibility of every Church member and Minister. It is the prime duty of every believer to share his/her faith after conversion.
Through cross-cultural, mission-oriented evangelism, Church members who travel to other countries preach Christ, plant Churches and call for Ministers to pastor same. Besides, as was the practice of the founder, Pastor James McKeown, we respond to calls to missions as led by the Holy Spirit.
Discipleship is teaching and training believers to be like Christ in character and to make responsible choices. The emphasis is on holiness, righteousness, faithfulness, honesty, sincerity, humility, prayerfulness and the leading of disciplined and responsible lives.
This is done at the level of individuals, where mature members take up the responsibility to disciple new converts. The Church plays a leading role by providing systematic teaching and practical training.
Such teaching emphasises the four-square gospel, which is Christ-centred: i.e. Jesus the Saviour, Healer, Baptiser and Soon-Coming King; the Tenets of the Church; Bible reading/study and scripture memorisation and application of the word to life situations.
We seek to honour God who gave His best (Christ Jesus as the Saviour) by maintaining a high standard of excellence in all our ministries and activities (Col. 3:23-24).
Some of the normal practices are regular prayer for the Holy Spirit baptism with the initial evidence of speaking in tongues. Emphasis is placed on the fruit and gifts of the Spirit in the life of the believer.
Prayers are said for healing and deliverance of the afflicted as part of the initial exercises for salvation.
Services are marked as truly Pentecostal with praise and worship, teaching, exercise of gifts, prayer, testimonies, etc.
Ministry of The Holy Spirit
We believe in the presence of the person of the Holy Spirit and that the Christian life can be led only by His enablement. The new birth is the work of the Holy Spirit, and then the baptism of the Holy Spirit for power to serve and the gifts of the Spirit for building the body of Christ.
The Holy Spirit helps the individual to develop a Christ-like character, manifested through bearing the fruit of the Spirit.
The leading of the Holy Spirit in all spheres of activity in the Church is paramount. Administrative structures and all other Church distinctiveness have been largely influenced by the leading of the Holy Spirit.
Leadership development is based on the apostolic foundation. Appointments and callings into leadership positions are based on character, charisma, and the leading of the Holy Spirit. Leadership development is from the grassroot level with members maturing to lead sub-groups, Ministries, Assemblies, Districts and Areas. Team spirit with talent development shapes team work. Ministry is by both clergy and laity.
The following distinctive attributes help identify The Church of Pentecost:
1. Self-supporting attitude
2. Faithfulness and integrity
3. Distinctiveness in prayer
4. Church discipline without fear or favour irrespective of position, race or colour of members.
5. Congregational worship is based on spirit and truth and not necessarily on location or structure.
6. Fellowship and generosity.
7. Respect for authority.
8. Mutual respect and sense of belonging for all members without discrimination based on colour, gender, tribe, race or nationality.
9. Sacrificial service to the Church without expecting pecuniary reward.
10. Neighbourhood Churches: small/medium-sized community-based Church policy promotes Church planting.
11. Home cell system of fellowship fosters the creation of avenues for effective discipleship and promotes both numerical and spiritual growth.
12. Total abstinence from alcohol, tobacco and other hard drugs.
13. Monogamous marriage is upheld as well as chastity before marriage.
14. Homosexuality, lesbianism and other perverse sexual practices are not permitted in the Church.
15. The Church upholds paternal inheritance.
16. Female visitors who attend Church services without a head-covering should be accepted as they are, without being either turned back or offered a “head covering”.
17. Women should fashion their hairstyles in a decent, modest and appropriate manner to the glory of God.
18. The wearing of seductive or sexually-provocative dresses should be discouraged in the Church.
19. Women must avoid the practice of cleavage (the partial exposure of breasts and other sensitive parts of the body) as that does not glorify the Lord.
20 Church Anniversaries can be celebrated only at the 10th, 25th, 50th, 75th etc, milestones.
Tithes and Offering
Faithfulness in giving offerings and paying tithes to enhance the ministry of the Church is emphasised. Periodic teaching on this subject is regarded as very important.The Church and members depend solely on God as the source of financial supply. Borrowing by the Church is not encouraged. Lending with interest among members is also discouraged
The Church believes in communal living with members supporting one another, and participating in communal work. The Church may also help the wider community by providing social needs such as health services, education, as well as donating to the needy in society.
Holiness of members and officers
The Church upholds holiness of members unto the Lord in all their endeavours (Rom. 12:1; Heb. 12:14).
Consistent Bible Teaching – (Acts 2:42a).
The Church upholds the teaching of sound biblical doctrine and does not tolerate the propagation of wrong/false doctrine. All types of prayer such as thanksgiving; worship (adoration); supplication; intercession (Eph. 6:18-19; 1 Tim. 2:1-2). Church Discipline - (2Tim. 3:16-17; Heb. 12:7-11)
1. Respect for and obedience to authority.
2. Submission to corrective measures and policies of the Church.
3. Regular fellowship of the saints – (Acts 2:42-47; Heb. 10:25).
Pentecost International Worship Center (PIWC),Tampa, FL, is a ministry of the Church of Pentecost Worldwide. As a multicultural church, we seek to disciple men and women of all nations through biblical teachings, fellowship, and the preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
We are a close-knitted family oriented church and as such we espouse strong family values, fellowship in love, and demonstrate true commitment to one another and the community at large.
We’ve witnessed countless transformations – people becoming secured in knowing their rightful place in God’s great kingdom. Our Bible Study classes, Praises and Worship, the Good Works, Shared Experiences, Time Spent in Prayer – all bring us closer to our highest calling.
Come expecting a community of believers that are genuinely excited to get to know you, your family and friends. Take the first step toward personal renewal – join us for services this weekend!
A great welcome awaits you!
The Dynamic Praise and Worship Team led by Deacon Ismael Wilson
The Evangelism & In-Touch Ministry led by Joseph Amoah
The Power House of Prayer led by Eld. Dr. Michael Eduful
We desire for all people everywhere to come to know the Lord Jesus Christ. We do this by equipping our members to be committed, Spirit-led Christians of character, who will then impact their communities through the proclamation of the gospel.
We demonstrate the love of God through the provision of social services – and we partner with like minded organizations. We are always looking for the opportunity to be of service to the least.
We want to build a Cross-cultural, Bible-based, Contemporary Church in accordance with the days of the Apostles. In the coming years, we want to help our youth grow in the faith and develop sound doctrine through the leading of the Spirit.
We believe in the divine inspiration and authority of the Holy Scriptures. That the Bible is infallible in its declaration, final in its authority, comprehensive and all-sufficient in its provisions (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20, 21)
The One True God
We believe in the existence of the One True God, Elohim, maker of the whole universe; indefinable, but revealed as Triune God- the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit (Genesis 1:1; Matthew 3:16-17; 28:19, 2 Corinthians 13:14; Genesis 1:26, one in nature, essence, and attributes- omnipotent (Deuteronomy 6:4; Job 42:2; Revelations 19:6; Isaiah 46:9,10); omnipresent (Psalm 139:7-12; 147:5); omniscient (Isaiah 46:9-10; Job 42:2; Acts 5:4, 5).
Man's Depraved Nature
We believe that all men have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23; Genesis 3:1-19; Isaiah 53:6), and are subject to eternal punishment (Romans 6:23; Matthew 13:41,42), and need repentance (Acts 2:38; 17:30; Matthew 4:17; Acts 20:21) and regeneration (John 3:3, 5; Titus 3:5)
We believe man's need of a Savior has been met in the person of Jesus Christ (Matthew 1:21; John 4:42; Ephesians 5:23; Philippians 2:6-11), because of His Deity (Acts 2:36; John 1:1; 20:28; Romans 9:5; Titus 2:13, 14; Isaiah 9:6), Virgin Birth (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18; Luke 1:25-26, Sinless life (John 8:46; Hebrews 4:15; 2 Corinthians 5:21), Atoning Death (Romans 3:25; Hebrews 9:22; 1 John 2:2), Resurrection (Acts 2:36; 10:39-40; Matthew 28:5-7; Acts 2:24; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4) and Ascension (Acts 1:9-11; 2:33-36); His abiding intercession (Hebrews 7:25; Romans 8:34) and His Second coming to judge the living and the dead (Revelations 22:12, 20; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18; 2 Timothy 4:1; Acts 1:11;10:42)
We believe that all men have to repent and confess their sins before God (Acts 2:38; 3:19; 17:30; Luke 15:7), and believe in the vicarious death of Jesus Christ before they can be justified before God (Romans 4:25; 5:1). We believe in the sanctification of the believer through the working of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 1:30; 6:11) and God's gift of eternal life to the believer (Romans 6:23b; John 17:2, 3; 10:27, 28; 1 John 5:11-13).
We believe in the sacrament of Baptism by immersion as a testimony of a convert who has attained a responsible age of 13 years (Matthew 3:16; Mark 1:9, 10; 16:16; Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38). Infants and children are not baptized, but are dedicated to the Lord (Luke 2:22-24, 34; Mark 10:13-16). We believe in the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper or Holy Communion, which should be partaken by all members who are in full fellowship (Luke 22:19-20; Matthew 26:21-29; Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 11:23-33).
The Holy Spirit
We believe in the Baptism of the Holy Spirit for believers with the initial evidence of speaking in tongues (Joel 2:28, 29; Acts 2:3, 4, 38-39; 10:44-46; 19:1-6); and in the operation of the gifts and fruit of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12: 8-11; 28-30; Romans 12:6-8 and Galatians 5:22, 23).
We believe in the Second Coming of Christ and the Resurrection of the dead, both the saved and the unsaved. They that are saved to the resurrection of life and the unsaved to the Resurrection of damnation (Acts 1:11; 10:42; Mark 13:26; John 5:28-29; Daniel 12:2; Romans 2:7-11; 6:23).
Tithes & Freewill Offerings
We believe in tithing and in the giving of freewill offerings towards the cause of carrying forward the Kingdom of God. We believe that God blesses a cheerful giver (Genesis 14:18-20; Malachi 3:6-10; Hebrews 7:1-4; Matthew 23:23; Acts 20:35; 2 Corinthians 16:1-2)
That the healing of sickness and disease is provided for God's people in the atonement (Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 8:7-13:16-17; James 5:14-16; Luke 13:10-16; Acts 10:38; Mark 16:17,18). However, the Church is not opposed to medication by qualified medical practitioners
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