All Pentecostal Churches share the common belief of the spiritual gift of "speaking in tongues". The
origin of spiritual gifts can be traced back to the day of Pentecost, as recorded in the Biblical book
of Acts, when early Christians received the gifts of the Holy Spirit after the ascension of Jesus
Christ. Modern Pentecostalism began in the early 1900s when members of the Holiness Churches (see
Holiness Churches) received the gifts of tongues. In general Pentecostal Churches tend to be small
gatherings in homes or rented spaces. The worship services are very emotional and spiritually
powerful. The Pentecostal Church is perhaps the fastest growing church in North America with 1000s of
new members being added every year!
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