“All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues” (Acts 2:4): Glossolalia as a Defining Characteristic of Zimbabwean Pentecostalism

  • Francis Machingura


This chapter analyses the context of glossolalia in Acts 2:4 and the role that glossolalia plays in Pentecostal Christianity. It looks at how Pentecostal Churches take glossolalia (Acts 2:4) as an important sign of possessing the gifts of the Holy Spirit. It also seeks to show how glossolalia is used as an important tool of ministry. The findings are based on fifty questionnaires that were distributed to Christians from various Pentecostal denominations (ZAOGA, AFM in Zimbabwe, UFI, Heartfelt International Ministries, Spirit Embassy, Faith World Ministries) to establish their perception on the important role of glossolalia in the lives of Christians.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Francis Machingura
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  1. 1.Faculty of Education, Department of Curriculum and Arts EducationUniversity of ZimbabweHarareZimbabwe

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