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This week we start a new series by speaking about the Holy Spirit. Who is He? What does He do, and how does He do it?
What does it mean to be baptized in the Holy Spirit? What actually happens and what change takes place? What if you were to learn that everything changes and nothing will ever be the same.
In Acts 19 when Paul traveled to Ephesus, he asked the believers there if they had received the Holy Spirit when they believed. They said, "We have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit." Sadly, this is the case for too many believers! In this powerful message, Austin Lingerfelt speaks on the importance of being clothed with power from on high. To walk with God and to do all that God has called you to do being baptized with the Holy Spirit and with fire is a necessity.
- THIS WASN’T A NEW FIRE… BUT A REKINDLED FIRE - THE EMBERS OF PENTECOST ARE STILL GLOWING - THIS FIRE HAD TO BE FED Acts 28:1-10 1 And when they were escaped, then they knew that the island was called Melita. 2 And the barbarous people shewed us no little kindness: for they kindled a fire, and received us every one, because of the present rain, and because of the cold.
Rev. Ryan uses three short stories to examine and relate how the mystical Holy Spirit of Acts 2 is still involved in healing, preaching and creating in our lives.
In chapter 3 of Titus, Paul issues four directives to help believers live as models of good citizenship so that they may facilitate rather than hinder the evangelistic mission of the church and thus positively benefit their unbelieving neighbors (3:8). First, Paul exhorts Titus to remind the Cretan believers to remember the duties of good citizenship (3:1-2). The 7 civic duties Paul exhorts believers to live leads us to ask a vital question, namely, “How do believers love their unbelieving neighbors like this? How is it possible to live a life of godliness this way in society? What creates an outward focused life that seeks to love one’s neighbor through good works? Paul gives the answer in Titus 3:3-7 where he exhorts believers to remember the source of good citizenship. The first source for pursuing good citizenship is to remember one’s pre-conversion state of bondage (3:3). However, continually reminding believers of their pre-conversion state of bondage can result in crippling guilt—a poor motivator for godly living—if it is divorced from the gospel. Therefore, Paul reminds believers that the ultimate source for good citizenship is located in the saving work of the triune God (3:4-7). In Titus 3:4-7, Paul reminds believers of their post-conversion state of salvation. Paul shows us that love for one’s neighbor through good works (vv. 1-2) comes from the Triune God’s salvation (vv. 4-7). First, Paul reminds believers of the efficient cause of their salvation (i.e., the goodness and loving kindness of God the Father our Savior, vv. 4-5a). Second, Paul reminds believers of the basis of the believer’s salvation (i.e., not the believer's works but God the Father's mercy, vv. 5a-b). Third, Paul reminds believers of the means of salvation (vv. 5-6). God the Father’s merciful salvation is effected in the believer by means of the Holy Spirit’s saving work.
53 days after Jesus death more than 120 of Jesus followers were gathered together. Suddenly they heard a sound like a mighty wind and then saw what appeared to be tongues of fire on their heads as they were filled with the Holy Spirit. Upon being filled with the Holy Spirit they began speaking in different languages and told everyone in their own language about Jesus. The promise of salvation isn't just for us, it is for everyone. Jesus expects us to spread this good news.
What are spiritual senses? Well, whatever they are, they don't operate apart from our physical senses. It's a way of seeing, a way of hearing. In fact, I think Wesley is talking about letting the Holy Spirit train our physical senses, raise them to the next level, so that we can use them to help us tune into the reality of the spiritual, the presence of God. For me, that's what it means to be born again, to have God fill up my senses ("like a night in the forest, like a mountain in springtime, like a walk in the rain…")