I have heard from many of my non-pentecostal friends that Pentecost or that which the early church experienced was just for that time, and has since ceased. It sounds scholarly, and rational, but it is a mistaken notion. Let me explain why.
Let's look at the growth of Pentecostal denominations around the world. The Assemblies of God alone has 58 million adherents, or people that consider their neighborhood Assembly of God to be their church. The work of the Spirit is not just for Pentecostal churches, but for every man, woman, boy and girl that would desire the gift of the Holy Spirit. If the work of the Holy Spirit has ceased why is it that even today in 2009 do we hear about people experiencing what the Early Church experienced? To those who would say that Pentecost is dead, I would say they are mistaken. But, let's not just talk about what is going on some foreign land. I would like to focus on what God is doing in our church in Eastern Washington.
We asked David Woods and his family to come and conduct a revival for our community. I first met David in Bible College about 20 years ago. David and I have reconnected in the last year, and I realized that the Lord was leading us to have a revival in our community. Let me tell you what God has done in the last three services.
We have seen people healed, delivered, and saved. My children (11 and 9) received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit in one of the services. My children are getting up early and reading their Bible. The people in our community have witnessed the tangible presence of the Holy Spirit. David is being used in the prophetic gifts. As a pastor I am amazed at the accuracy of the prophetic words that are given. I am amazed because I have not spoken to the evangelist or told him about the people in our church. There is a great deal of excitement in our town because of how the Holy Spirit is moving in our services. People are inviting people to come to church because they want them to experience what they have experienced.
So back to my initial question, is Pentecost dead? Not from where I stand.