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A passionate article...thanks Brother...the article would have been complete in all respects if there had been mention of the fact that power to witness was received not only by the Disciples' but also by 3000 who received Christ into their lives and thereby the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38). The decisive point which escapes the attention of many a Preacher on the subject of Pentecost is that the 3000 who repented, took baptism and received the Holy Spirit on that Day have represented the Church in the last 2000 years and NOT the 11 disciples. Their lives were victorious from Day one, their journey of faith would not be wavery like that of the Disciples till the Day of Pentecost. In other words, if victorious life began for Jesus Disciples only at Pentecost (after 3 years) for the 3000 it began from Day one. For every Christian too who has genuinely repented the victorious power to witness begins at the point of re-generation, though for usage in Five Ministries (Apostle, Prophet, Teacher, Pastor and Evangelist), he on sustaining his holy life (2Tim2:21) would be anointed (separate experience in itself) and used greatly later on.
Wow...That hit home...Thanks!
Thanks for the inspiration! I will not be copying and pasting your sermon for my own plageristic use. However, your sermon helped me to find the gospel which is always a struggle for me on "Special Days." Those sermons are too apt to stray from a vision of God that includes all of His grand Creation. I will be preaching from Gen. 1:26-28. The title will be Where Do Mom's Come From?"