Azusa Street Revival

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LIBERTY UNIVERSITY

THE BEGINNING OF THE PENTECOSTAL CHURCH IN AMERICA

A PAPER SUBMITTED TO DR. CARL J. DIEMER JR.
IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR
CHHI 525

LIBERTY BAPTIST THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY

BY
SYLVAN MOYER

LYNCHBURG, VIRGINIA
THURSDAY, APRIL 10, 2012

TABLE OF CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------2 ORIGINS OF THE PENTECOSTAL CHURCH IN AMERICA--------------------------------------2 THE MAJOR FIGURES OF THE MOVEMENT------------------------------------------------------- 4 THE RESULTS OF THE AZUSA MISSION------------------------------------------------------------6 GROWTH OF THE PENTECOSTAL CHURCH FROM THE AZUSA STREET MISSION----8 CONCLUSION--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -11 BIBLIORGRAPHY---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -12

INTRODUCTION
The Azusa Street Revival was the cornerstone of influence and catalyst of growth for the Pentecostal Church in America. This paper will show the beginning history of the Pentecostal Church in America. It will give the origins of Pentecostalism and the major pioneers that influenced the growth of the Church. “The Pentecostal movement began in the United States, but much of its basic theology was rooted in earlier British perfectionist and charismatic movements.” (Synan, The century of the Holy Spirit 2001) Some could even say the Holiness movement that came out of Methodism during the 19th century has an influence on Pentecostalism in America. According to Vinson Synan he suggested that “Wesley Pentecostals inherited the idea of a crisis “second blessing” subsequent to salvation. The experience he variously called “entire sanctification,” “perfect love,” “Christian perfection,” or “heart purity.” Wesley’s colleague John Flectchor was the first to call this a “baptism in the Holy Spirit”, an experience that brought spiritual power to the recipient as well as inner cleansing. ORIGINS OF THE PENTECOSTAL CHURCH IN AMERICA

It was John Wesley who offered his Methodist followers a “second blessing “and in the 19th century radical Wesleyans broke from the Methodist church and joined the Holiness Movement, and often called this “second blessing” a baptism in the Holy Spirit.

It has been stated by Synan; John Wesley was also the spiritual and intellectual father of the modern holiness and Pentecostal movements which arose from Methodism in the 18th century. Coming from this Holiness group, they called themselves Pentecostals. They looked back to the day of Pentecost recorded in Acts 2:1-4. And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place, and suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the spirit gave them utterance. One of the most influential proponents of the baptism in the Holy Spirit in America was Dwight L. Moody. It was said that in 1871 in a prayer meeting he testified of his baptism in the Holy Spirit. After his experience he went on to hold annual conferences in Massachusetts and established a bible school that still bears his name today. After Moody’s passing the baptism in the Holy Spirit was beginning to be well accepted in mainstream America. We see the ground work of Pentecostalism taking shape in America before the twentieth century with its roots branching from widely accepted theologian John Wesley regarded by some as the spiritual and intellectual father of the modern holiness and Pentecostal movements; and bible scholar and preacher Dwight L....
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