What is pentecostalism?
A movement within Christianity that emphasizes the work of the Holy Spirit within individual believers.
The Pentecostal movement is named after the episode recorded in The first Chapter of Acts when the Holy Spirit descended on the Believers ( followers of Christ) who were gathered together 50 days after the resurrection of Christ just after the Jewish Passover.
Pentecost means 50 days.
When the Holy Spirit descended on the Believers it is recorded that they spoke in tongues and that Jewish adherents from all over the world heard them speaking in the languages that were understood.
Because of this speaking in tongues , words of prophecy , interpretation of tongues and other spiritual gifts are fundamental to the Pentecostal movement.
The emphasis on individual supernatural spiritual experience has been a hallmark of the Pentecostal movement. The movement has adherents in all major Christian denominations, including the Roman Catholic Church and mainstream protestant denominations.
The Pentecostal movement has also spawned new denominations such as the Four Square, Assembly of Gods, and other Pentecostal denominations. Non church groups such as the full gospel fellowship and Bible studies have also been formed as a result of the Pentecostal movement.