“So we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.” Romans 12:5
We are a diverse group of people who are dedicated to helping you identify and take your next step in the strength and freedom of community! Through worship services, groups, and outreach you can connect with others as you grow in your relationship with Christ.
“For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all, in all, and living through all.” (Ephesians 4:4–6 NLT).
“If we are living now by the Holy Spirit, let us follow the Holy Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. Let us not become conceited, or irritate one another, or be jealous of one another.” (Galatians 5:25-26 NLT)
“If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing.” (1 Corinthians 13:2 NLT)
REAL LOVE. REAL PEOPLE. REAL CHANGE.
We believe the Bible to be inspired of God, the infallible Word of God. “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.” (2 Timothy 3:16, NLT).
Although every human being has tremendous potential for good, we all are marred by our inborn sinful and selfish nature. All people will remain eternally separated from the source of life Himself outside of the reconciling work of Jesus, the Savior. (Ephesians 2:12; Galatians 2:15–16, 5:6; Romans 3:23–26, 6:23; Mark 16:16)
We believe in the absolute necessity of baptism through full immersion in water in the Name of Jesus Christ for remission of sins as was demonstrated in the early Church. (Acts 2:38, 8:16, 10:48, 19:5, 22:16) When we are baptized, we put on Christ and sin is destroyed. (Galatians 3:27, Romans 6:4-6)
We believe the people of God should earnestly and hopefully look forward to the soon appearing of Christ (1 Thessalonians 4:13–17; Acts 1:11, 3:19–21; 2 Thessalonians 2:1; 1 Corinthians 11:26, 15:51–54; Philippians 3:20–21; Revelation 22:20; Titus 2:13–14; Matthew 24). In the end, all the dead will be summoned before the Great White Throne for their final judgment (Matthew 25:41; Revelation 20:15, 21:8). The redeemed will live for all eternity in the presence of God (Revelation 21:2–4, 21:23–27, 22:3–5).
We believe in the one ever-living, eternal God: infinite in power; holy in nature, attributes, and purpose; and possessing absolute, indivisible deity. This one true God has revealed Himself as the Father in creation, through His Son in redemption, and as the Holy Spirit working in The Church (1 Corinthians 8:6; 2 Corinthians 5:19; Joel 2:28; Ephesians 4:6).
Salvation only comes by grace through faith in Jesus’ atoning sacrifice. (Romans 3:23-25) We must obey the Gospel through death of our will in repentance, burial of the old man through baptism, and resurrection through the infilling of the Holy Spirit. (I Corinthians 15:1-4; Acts 2:4, Acts 2:37-39; Romans 6:3-4)
We believe that Jesus thought differently and acted differently than the people around Him. This new way of thinking, a Jesus-way of thinking, should be the pursuit of every disciple of Jesus Christ. To that end, we teach the values, priorities, and behaviors of Jesus so that we all can see their beauty and power and be drawn into alignment with Him. (Romans 12:1-2, 2 Corinthians 6:17)
We believe that “in [Jesus] lives all the fullness of God in a human body.” (Colossians 2:9 NLT). Jesus is the Word made flesh, the Glory of the Father full of grace and truth. (John 1:1-18) Jesus is the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world. (John 1:29)
We believe the New Covenant was brought into fulfillment through the birth of the Church on the Day of Pentecost. The law of God is written in our hearts (Jeremiah 31:31-34) through the infilling of the Holy Ghost evidenced with speaking with tongues as was consistently demonstrated in the book of Acts. (Acts 2:4, 2:37-38, 10:44-46, 19:6)
Humanity was created for relationship and worship of God. Worship Jesus in lifestyle, conversation and body is essential to fulfilling the purpose that we were created for. Biblical worship is always from the heart and will be externally expressed. Worship is joyful and includes clapping our hands, singing, shouting, dancing, and playing of instruments. (Psalms 47, 91:4-6, 151, Ephesians 5:19)
SR. PASTOR STEVE HANSONUnder Pastor Steve’s leadership, Portland Pentecostals strives to be a growing and vibrant Body of Christ that reaches to the lost and brings them into a saving relationship with Jesus. Each week he communicates the Word of God in a passionate manner designed to bring hope, help, and healing. With a focus on life-application and practical teaching, he promotes personal accountability and spiritual growth.
Pastor Steve, his wife Yvonne, and their three children founded Portland Pentecostals in March of 1990. While working full-time, he began reaching neighbors and co-workers through Home Bible Studies. Transformed from addictions and brokenness, those men and women became the first congregation of Portland Pentecostals.