The Pentecostal Church of Oakdale, Louisiana was born in the year of 1916, under a brush arbor, erected where the H.D.E. SawMill office is located. The evangelists were Revs. R.L. LaFleur, Buddy Baggett, and Bennie Baggett. In the first revival, a tremendous amount received the gift of the Holy Ghost and were baptized in Jesus Name. This mode of baptism was only accepted by the Louisiana work on January 1, 1916, at Elton, Louisiana.
The Pentecostal Church of Oakdale was organized by Rev. W.E. "Ed" Johnson, the first pastor, with the following members: Dad Bold, Mrs. Tol Thigpen (Sis. Alma Thigpen), Mr. & Mrs. Alfred Johnson, Mr. & Mrs. Davis (Parents of Sis. Dale Johnson), and Mr. & Mrs. Kenny Fruge.
Rev. W.E. Johnson served as pastor until March of 1918. During this time, the church purchased the lot where the present education building now stands.
In April of 1918, Rev. R.L. Lafleur was elected to the pastorate and served until early 1920. Under Bro. LaFleur's leadership, the congregation set about to build a large tabernacle and that summer after completion of the building, the second state Camp Meeting was held in the new tabernacle.
For many years, the church has prospered and God's blessings have continued. Our church continues to experience revival under the leadership of Pastor T. R. Kelley. The legacy of Pentecost in Oakdale continues! We are looking forward to making more history for the glory of God.
what we believe
a Book of Acts church
• We believe in one God, who is eternal in His existence, Sovereign and Absolute in His authority, and is manifest as Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
I Timothy 3:16, Ephesians 4:4 & Colossians 2:9
• We believe in the Father who is God Himself, Creator of the universe.
Gen 1:1; John 1:1
• We believe that Jesus is the Flesh of God. Col 2:9
• We believe that Jesus suffered, died, was buried, and rose from the dead for our total salvation.
Luke 3:21-22; Philippians 2:5-11
• We believe that Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Him.
John 3:36; John 3:31-32; John 14:6
• We believe in the Holy Spirit who is God indwelling, empowering and regenerating the believer. This Holy Spirit is called the Comforter. The Spirit of Truth.
John 14:17, 14:26
• We believe that the blood of Jesus Christ atones for our sins and iniquity.It is through His shed blood that we are saved, healed and set free from bondage and the forces of darkness.
Romans 5:9-11; Ephesians 1:7; Revelation 12:11
• We believe that every believer must have a personal and intimate relationship with Jesus Christ, for apart from Him we can do nothing. Each person has a ministry from God that no one else can fill. We are to instruct, teach, exhort, and admonish believers in the ways of God.
John 15:1-5; Hebrews 13:5-6
• We believe that the Bible is the true infallible Word of God, which cleanses our souls. It holds the words of eternal life and the keys of the Kingdom of God. The Bible shows us God's principles and standards for living; and it is the food that sustains us in all circumstances.
John 1:14; 2 Timothy 3: 16-17; 1 John 2:5-6
• We believe that we are to wash and renew our minds daily by the Word of God.
Titus 3:5 & Ephesians 5:26
• We must learn His ways and exchange our way of thinking for His. We are to be conformed to the Kingdom of God by the molding and shaping of His Hands.
Romans 12:1-2; Ephesians 4:23-29; Philippians 4:8
• We believe in justification by faith. We believe that salvation is free and apart from any work of man is a result of the sovereign grace of God.
Eph 2:8-9, Gal 5:5, Rom 5:1
• We believe in worshiping the Lord in spirit, song, dance and with the raising of our hands. We believe that we are to praise and worship Him with our whole being.
Psalms 150:1-6; John 4:24
• We believe that in Godly living and the pursuit of a holy life should be the goal of every believer. Heb 12:14, Phil 3:14
• We believe that believers should be water baptized by immersion in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ for the circumcision of our hearts. It is through baptism that we publicly identify with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Romans 6:3-6; Colossians 2:11-14; Acts 2:38
• We believe that all Christians need to partake of the communion elements which represent the Lord Jesus' body and blood. It is by participating in the Lord's Supper that we proclaim His death until His return. John 6:53-58; 1 Corinthians 11:23-30
• We believe in the Baptism of the Holy Spirit with the sign of speaking in other tongues. We believe that Christians must be filled daily by using the prayer language, but the evidence of the Holy Spirit's indwelling presence is a changed life. Acts 2:4; Ephesians 5:18-21
• We believe in the manifestation of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. He ministers to His people through tongues, interpretation of tongues, prophecy; words of knowledge and wisdom, discerning of spirits, faith, working of miracles, healing, helps and government." Mark 16:15-18; Acts 5:16; 2 Corinthians 12:1-11
• We believe that it is God's will to heal and deliver His people today as He did in the days of the first Apostles. It is by the stripes of Jesus that we are healed, delivered and made whole. We have authority over sickness, disease, demons, curses, and every circumstance in life. Luke 10:19; 2 Corinthians 10:4-5; 1 Peter 2:24
• "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature... And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons;they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover." Mark 16:15-18
HOW WE Worship
powerfully, purposely. joyfully.
If you never had the opportunity to be in a spirit filled service before you will discover that the oldest worship on earth is a brand new experience for you. Join in with us as we praise God together in spirit and in truth..
We pray together out loud
[Acts 4:24] “they lifted up their voice to God with one accord…”
We lift our hands in praise
[Psalm 134:2] “Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the Lord.”
We sing with all our hearts
[Psalm 98:4] “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.”
We play musical instruments
[II Samuel 6:5] “…and all the house of Israel played before the Lord on all manner of instruments…”
We clap and shout unto God
[Psalm 47:1] “…O clap your hands all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph.”
We dance in the spirit
[Psalm 150:4] “…Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.”
We testify publicly
[Psalm 22:22] “I will declare thy name unto my brethren; in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee.”
We anoint with oil for divine healing
[James 5:14] “Is there any sick amoung you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.”
We allow the operation of the spiritual gifts
[I Corinthians 14:26] “…when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation…”
Jesus shares some tremendous insight regarding how to pray to God in Matthew 6:5-13. And now about prayer. When you pray, don't be like the hypocrites who love to pray publicly on street corners and in the synagogues where everyone can see them. I assure you, that is all the reward they will ever get. But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father secretly. Then your Father, who knows all secrets, will reward you. When you
pray, don't babble on and on as people of other religions do. They think prayers are answered only by repeating words over and over again. Don't be like them, because your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him!
Pray like this: Our Father in heaven, may your name be honored. May your Kingdom come soon. May your
will be done here on earth, just as it is in heaven. Give us our food for today, and forgive us our sins, just as we have forgiven those who have sinned against us. And don't let us yield to temptation, but deliver us from the evil one?
In the verses below, Jesus shares how not to pray.
Verse 5: We are to pray in secret, not the way people did in His day -- praying out loud publicly, primarily to just be seen, and heard.
Verse 6: Jesus asks us to go to a private place since our Heavenly Father already knows what we are going to pray about.
Verse 7: Jesus tells us not to ramble on and on, as people of other religions do, or be repetitious with words. God, our heavenly Father, would have us be specific about our prayer.
Verse 8: Jesus reiterates that the believer is not to pray repetitiously like the heathen.
Next, Jesus, teaches us how to pray.
Verse 9: Jesus says we should give honor to God and His name.
Verse 10: We are to pray for His Kingdom to come, and for His will to be done, that there would be a heavenly or godly presence here on earth.
Verse 11: We are to pray for daily provision.
Verse 12: We are to pray and ask for forgiveness for our sins, and for others who have wronged us.
Verse 13: We are to pray and ask God to keep us from being tempted, and to deliver us from Satan and his power.
Other New Testament writers describe other ways to pray. Paul, in Philippians 4:6, says that we should pray for everything with thanksgiving. Paul, who wrote several books of the New Testament, often began and ended his letters in prayer for the saints. Specifically, Paul prays for God?s grace, peace, love, and faith among believers.
Peter, in 1 Peter 5:7, exhorts us to cast all our care upon God, because He cares about us. In verse 8, Peter warns us that Satan seeks to devour the believer.
James 1:5 says we can pray and ask God for wisdom, but this should be done in faith. James 4:1-4 says that when we pray, we often pray or ask out of our own selfish ambition. James 4:15 exhorts that we need to pray for God's will to be done in our lives.
In the Old Testament, Moses prayed to God almost constantly on behalf of the Israelites -- for God?s mercy and graciousness in dealing with their sins. Abraham prayed persistently for his relative Lot, who lived in Sodom, that God would spare Him. 2 Chronicles 14:11 says Asa cried out to the Lord. Prophet Jeremiah prayed for God?s guidance and correction of the Israelites (Jeremiah 10:23-24). David prayed for the peace of Jerusalem in Psalm 122:6.
The protocol on how to pray covers several ways of prayer. The primary focus of prayer is the intent. Does the prayer honor God and exalt His name? What is the purpose behind the prayer? Is it personal gain or ambition? Do you pray for others to be blessed and encouraged? Are your prayers done in secret and in humility? Are your prayers focused on obtaining godly wisdom, counsel, and direction? God is pleased with these prayers and answers them.
How often are we to pray? The Bible says pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17). What should we pray for? What if we do not know how to pray? The Bible says the Holy Spirit will help us pray (Romans 8:26-27).
How do we pray to God? Prayer is essentially putting your request, concern, or issue before the Lord, and trusting Him to answer them. Matthew 18:3 says we need to pray with the heart of little children, simple, reverent, specific, and trusting.