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
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William Seymour arrived in Los Angeles on February 22, 1906 and began to hold services at a store front church on Santa Fe Street. This church plant came out of the meeting at First and Bonnie Brae Street. It was at this meeting that many who attended experienced the speaking in tongues. There was shouting, dancing, and singing going on that lasted twenty four hours for three days. The crowds became so large that there was not enough room at the present location, so Seymour sought out a larger place for the meetings. A place was soon found to hold services at 312 Azusa Street. It was an abandoned two story building that was once a warehouse, stock yard, tombstone shop, and stable. Meetings began at 10 o’clock every morning and on April 18, 1906 as people gathered for the services, there was reports of those in attendance spoke in other tongues. There were movements back and forth in a nerve racking attitude of prayer and supplication. The services went on for three and a half years, and there was no end to the prayer meetings. A person could come to the place anytime of the day or night and observe crowds of persons in prayer, shouting, dancing, singing, and speaking in tongues. God used William Joseph Seymour to ignite the Pentecostal revival in America. “This revival on Azusa Street was in no way the only ministry or movement which both experienced and promulgated the baptism of the Holy Spirit, but none of the other movements had the

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