The Baptism in the Holy Spirit

Here are the notes from the sermon Sunday, March 4, 2012.

I.  Acts 3:19 Repentance

A,  The first and primary form of repentance is to turn away from sin and towards God through faith in Jesus.  Our initial salvation, being born again, is where we need to start.

B.  As we grow in the Lord, God will reveal areas in our life that we need to change.  As the Holy Spirit reveals things to us, we should repent, and change our behavior.  This is an ongoing process of the Word of God, and the Spirit of God in our lives.

C.  There are times when we are serving God faithfully, but we need the strength of the Lord to renew us in our innermost beings. We turn away from the cares and concerns of the world and focus our eyes on Jesus.

All of these times of repentance can be wonderful times of refreshing and renewal.  If we are in need of additional strength and power to live out our Christian lives, there is another avenue available to us.

II.  Acts 1:4-8  The Baptism of the Holy Spirit

The disciples are promised that they would receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon them.  The purpose of the power is the proclamation of the gospel.

III.  Acts 2:1-4  The Initial Outpouring

On the day of Pentecost the Holy Spirit is poured out.  There is the sound of a rushing, mighty wind, cloven tongues of fire, and they all begin to speak in tongues as the Spirit gives them utterance.

IV.  Acts 2:5-11 A Sign to Unbelievers.

On the day of initial outpouring, some of the disciples are speaking in foreign human languages that are understood by those who are in the vicinity.  This is a powerful sign to unbelievers of the power of God.

V.  Acts 2:38-41  The Promise is to All

Peter preaches a message and over three thousand are saved. He mentions that the gift of the Holy Spirit is for all.

VI.  Additional Accounts

A.  Acts 10: 44-48:  As the gospel is preached by Peter to the Gentiles for the very first time, the Holy Spirit is poured out and they speak in tongues even as Peter is still speaking.

B.  Acts 19:1-6:  Twelve men speak in tongues and prophecy after Paul tells them about faith in Jesus, lays hands on them and prays.

In these accounts there is no mention of either wind, or tongues of fire.

VII.  I Corinthians 14:1-5  Comparison of Tongues and Prophecy

Our focus today is on the gift of tongues.  There are three distinct gifts of tongues.  One is when a person speaks in a human language that they do not know, but is known by the people who hear the message.  This is a sign to unbelievers.  The second is when a message is given in tongues, and then an interpretation is also given.  This is for the strengthening of the faith of believers.  The third and most common is when we use the gift of tongues as a prayer language.  We speak to God without the barrier of human language.  The Holy Spirit prays with us, and through us.  This form is for the strengthening of the individual. People who have received the Baptism in the Holy Spirit should use their prayer language regularly. It is given to us to use, for our benefit. So that we may be strengthened to serve.

VIII.  Luke 11:9-13  Our Confidence is in our Heavenly Father

If we ask God for the Holy Spirit, He will not give us something that is bad instead.  We can trust that the experience is real, and from God.

You do not have to have the Baptism of the Holy Spirit in order to be saved.  No one will make you ask God for this gift.  It is not a requirement, but an opportunity, that is presented to all believers.  If you desire to seek this gift, you can ask your heavenly Father.  People receive this gift in a number of ways.  The experience of individuals seeking the gift may vary.  It may happen quickly, or it may tarry, but if we are open to the power of God, we too, may receive this gift.

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4 Responses to “The Baptism in the Holy Spirit”

  1. stevenwwatkins Says:

    I appreciate your comments here. I have found some in the church where I currently attend who seem to place a much higher value on this gift than the others and that disturbs me.

    • Pastor Curt Says:

      Thank you for your comment. Tongues is primarily for personal edification. The other gifts are primarily for the edification of others. Both are important, but Paul clearly said that the edification of others is more important.

  2. Jonathan Stone Says:

    Thanks for this teaching. Very well done.

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