The gospel message of Pentecost was first declared in Jerusalem on the Jewish
Feast Day of Pentecost in 33 A.D. The first century church received the Holy
Ghost with the sign of speaking in tongues, and practiced water baptism in
the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. The name Pentecost denotes the day in
biblical history when people first received the Holy Ghost, and today on
Pentecost Sunday, Christians celebrate this biblical event as well as the
continuing experience in people's lives.
All over the World, Apostolic Churches will be inviting all believers to join
us on this Day of Pentecost to celebrate over 1960 years of people receiving
this great spiritual experience. Special revival services and crusades will
be conducted in many Apostolic churches. Many Apostolic congregations
throughout the world America will unite for services in churches, stadiums, coliseums,
and civic centers to witness a modern-day outpouring of the gift of the Holy
After His resurrection, Jesus told His disciples to return to Jerusalem and
remain there until they were "endued with power from on high." He told them,
"Ye shall receive the Holy Ghost not many days hence." With the outpouring of
the Spirit on the Day of Pentecost, the church began fulfilling the prophesies
of Isaiah, Joel, Jeremiah, Amos, and others. Jesus Christ Himself said, "I
will pray the Father, and he shall give you another comforter, that he may
abide with you for ever" John 14:16), and "I will not leave you comfortless:
I will come to you" John 14:18). Before His ascension He told them, "These
signs shall follow them that believe; In my name... they shall speak with
new tongues" (Mark 16:17).
The disciples continued with one accord in prayer until the day of
Pentecost was fully come, when the Holy Ghost descended upon them as "a
rushing, mighty wind", and they were all baptized in the Holy Ghost and
began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance."
"When this was noised aboard the multitude came together and were confounded,
because that every man heard them speak in his own language. And they were
all amazed and marveled, saying one to another, behold are not all those who
speak Galileans, and how hear we every man in our own tongue wherein we were
And they were in doubt, saying one to another, what meaneth this?
Others, mocking, said these men are full of new wine." "But Peter, standing up",
preached unto them Jesus Christ crucified, buried and resurrected. He laid
to their charge the guilt of his death, and "when they heard this, they
were pricked in their hearts, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the
apostles, men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them,
repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ,
for remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost."
And they that gladly received his word were baptized. And the same day
there were added unto them about three thousand souls. (Acts 2.).
The writer of Acts reported this Pentecostal experience happening later among Samaritans in
Samaria, among Gentiles in Caesarea, to Paul on the road to
Damascus, and to Jewish disciples of John the Baptist in Ephesus. Moreover,
the apostles defined these experiences to be the same as theirs: "The Holy
Ghost fell on them, as on us at the beginning" (Acts 11:l5). Later Jude
exhorted Christians to "earnestly contend for the faith which was once
delivered unto the saints" Jude 3).Because of the outpouring of the Holy Ghost on the Day of Pentecost and
subsequent Apostolic references identifying the same experience on other
dates and among different people, the Holy Ghost infilling has been referred
to as the "Pentecostal Experience."
The Christ Temple Church of the Apostolic Faith invites all who would like to
see people receive the Holy Ghost, or who may desire to receive the Holy
Ghost themselves, to attend the nearest Apostolic or Pentecostal Church and experience the celebration of Pentecost every Sunday.