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Full Gospel Movement Evolution: 6 Key Events for Christian Denomination Since It Began

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The outpouring of the Holy Spirit that occurred in Minister Charles Fox Parham's Bethel Bible College in Topeka, Kansas at midnight on Jan. 1, 1901 — the moment the 20th century began — is generally accepted as the beginning of the great Pentecostal revival.
Full Gospel Movement Christians, which include Pentecostals and Charismatic Christians believe in baptism with water to bring salvation and with the Holy Spirit to bestow a more wonderful spiritual experience and greater power. The movement's characteristics feature the use of gifts of the Holy Spirit, which include spiritual healing and speaking in tongues.

According to the Pew Research Center, Pentecostalism is arguably the most important mass religious movement of the 20th century. About 279 million people worldwide share Full Gospel Movement beliefs as Pentecostals and about 314 million as Charismatic Christians.

Here are six key events in the evolution of the Full Gospel Movement:

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The Azusa Street Revival: A revival that began in 1906 in Los Angeles at a building on Azusa Street marked the second phase of the movement's origins. William Seymour, an African-American minister who had studied under Parham at Houston, Texas carried the message of Pentecostalism to Los Angeles, where he began a revival in one of the city's poorer sections. Three services a day were conducted seven days a week at the event, which lasted more than three years and is known to historians as the "Azusa Street Revival." That website said the revival “made a distinctive contribution to the historical evolution of religion in America by involving blacks, women and the poor at all levels of ministry, and it was the birthplace of two major Pentecostal denominations."

2. Defining Years: The early decades of the 20th century were defining years for denominations involved in the Full Gospel Movement. According to Talking Pentecostalism, "Dividing controversies arose over the nature of tongues, the nature and number of subsequent works of the Spirit and the practice of water-baptism. The resolution of these issues accelerated the formation of different Pentecostal denominations, each of which took different doctrinal stances."

3. Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International Begins: Demos Shakarian, a California dairy farmer of Armenian descent, founded Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship International in Los Angeles in 1952. The organization, based in Pentecostalism, is a fellowship of lay businessmen whose purpose is to bring interest to the Christian Gospel. The fellowship now has more than 7,000 chapters in 142 nations.

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4. The Charismatic Movement Begins: The Charismatic Movement, through which the Full Gospel Movement crossed denominational lines and barriers, began in 1960 in an Episcopalism Church in Van Nuys, California. The movement within a decade had spread to all the 150 major Protestant families of the world, says Oral Roberts University.

5. The Catholic Charismatic Renewal Begins: The Catholic Charismatic Renewal originated in 1967 at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and has grown to touch the lives of more than 70 million Roman Catholics in more than 120 nations.

6. The Third Wave of the Spirit: What is known as the "Third Wave" of the Spirit — after the early Pentecostal first wave and charismatic second wave — originated at Fuller Theological Seminary in 1981 under the classroom ministry of John Wimber. The Third Wave group, consisting of mainline Evangelicals who moved in signs and wonders but disdained labels such as "Charismatic" or "Pentecostal," grew within less than a decade to 33 million people worldwide.

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The outpouring of the Holy Spirit that occurred in Minister Charles Fox Parham's Bethel Bible College in Topeka, Kansas at midnight on Jan. 1, 1901 - the moment the 20th Century began - it's generally accepted as the beginning of the great Pentecostal revival.
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