Summary: The Fire of the Holy Spirit was never meant to go out, but to be fanned and rekindled in our hearts.
Reading - Acts 1: 8; 12 - 14; 2: 1-4
After this, Peter, full of the H.S., addressed crowd with gospel message.
Reading - Acts 2: 37-38 and …. vs. 41
I. The Fire of H.S. Was Never Meant To Go Out.
In one community -- the Village atheist was not a bad man. He just didn’t believe. He wasn’t interested in church…and there was only 1 in the area. And this church was,-- well, mostly a social club. Heartlessly and spiritually dead—no conversions or decisions for Christ had been made for some time. One day the church building literally caught on fire, and everyone, the whole town ran toward to help extinguish the flames…including the village atheist! Someone noticed the village atheist and hollered out: “Hey, this is something, this is the first time we’ve ever seen you running to church!” The atheist replied, “This is the first time I’ve ever seen the church on fire!”
- I’m sure if LWBC were on fire, we’d also get a lot quick attention. But if our church were on fire spiritually, if we were all truly filled with Holy Spirit -- we’d be catching attention. We’d be drawing crowds of people from all around. Not only would we be attracting crowds, -- people would be getting saved.
- In Rev. 2: 5 Jesus threatened the church at Ephesus, saying, “Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.”
- I’ve heard stories about how it used to be years ago here at LWBC. But to recall the past -- is like trying to farm today -- like it was done in the 1940’s & 50’s. Any farmer still farming like that is no longer in business. Focusing on the past -- ruins the present, and destroys the future! We cannot go back, -- but must look at what God is doing today.
- Some say, what we need around here are few new converts, that’ll set the church on fire! Well, I believe that's all backwards. What we need -- is some Holy Spirit fire. Then souls will be saved.
- We need to get right with God.
- We need a revived passion for God.
- We need repentance, and the destruction of all our idols.
- Then the Holy Spirit will come upon us.
Then there will be new life, -- souls will be saved, -- the church filled. We’ve had nearly no new conversions, none I know of here this morning.
- However, my desire is -- that we see our past changed. My desire is that no one in our area will ever be able to say, they haven’t seen a church on fire (spiritually).
- I want to see God’s church aflame with the power of the Holy Spirit.
- I want to see the fire of the Holy Spirit alive in this place.
- I want to see us draw a crowd of amazed and perplexed people.
- I want to see people cut to heart, crying out saying “What shall we do?”
- I want to see people come to repentance and being baptized.
* But Where Does It All Begin?
II. A Fed Fire Keeps Blazing.
- Let’s look at what the first Church did. They prayed fervently together. Acts 1: 14 says, “They all joined together constantly in prayer. Jer. 29: 13, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”