Summary: We need to hear Jesus speak to us today as He says, "you shall be baptized.....and you shall receive power!"
BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT -- IT’S TIME
Pastor Bryan Strickland
Before Jesus left the earth, before He ascended bodily into the
heavens, Jesus instructed His disciples, He instructed the believers, to
tarry, or to wait in Jerusalem until they had been endued, with power.
Jesus said, "John truly baptized with water; but you shall be baptized in
the Holy Spirit not many days from now." What is Jesus talking about?
Verse 8 elaborates even further, READ VS. 8
Jesus wants , His church to seek after, to wait for, to receive the promise
of the Father, Which is the endowment of power, the baptism in the Holy Spirit.
The early Church would be facing a pagan world that would resist them and try to silence their witness and Jesus knew they needed the power of the Spirit. He knew the religious world of the Jews would persecute them and He wanted them to have the power to stand,
power to speak the truth in love, power to withstand the persecution that He knew they would face.
I’m preaching this message today because I believe that if the church ever needed a fresh touch of the real fire, a fresh anointing, a fresh endowment of power, it is the days in which we are currently living.
We need to hear Jesus speak to us today as He says, "you shall be
baptized.....and you shall receive power!"
I believe God still wants a church that still believes in the full
gospel, a church that is hungry for and longing for the move of the Holy
Spirit in the singing, the anointing in the preaching, the power at the altars.
I can’t speak for anyone else, but you are looking at one
pastor that does not lean on the flesh, I depend on the Holy Spirit to help
me stand and proclaim the Word. I depend on the Holy Spirit to pastor
and to worship and to witness. You are looking at one pastor who is not
ashamed to say I have been baptized with the Holy Spirit and with fire!
Make no mistake, I am a Pentecostal Preacher. I’m not ashamed,
I believe in the move and the manifestation of the Spirit in our services.
I believe in speaking in, praying in, praising in, and singing in a heavenly language that the Spirit gives us to utter as He fills our being with His presence.
We are a church that will yield to the move of the Spirit, a church that will let
the gifts of the Spirit flow, a church that bears the fruit of the
Spirit, a church that will come to altars and let the Spirit move up and
down the avenues of their souls. Oh! If we could just catch the
Pentecostal fire one more time before the return of Jesus, this place
would be packed out!
People are bored with dead dry formalistic, traditionalistic, and
legalistic religion. People are bored of coming to church dry and
leaving dry, of coming sick and leaving sick, of coming empty and
leaving empty. If we could only be what we claim to be, if we could
really be Pentecostal like the early church was Pentecostal, we’ll come
down out of the upper room, out and into the work-a-day world and turn
the city upside down.
I’m not talking about a denomination, as long as you are willing to let Pentecost be reborn in your Christian walk.