Summary: John was baptizing and the people knew and understood that but what was this baptism with the Holy Spirit that Jesus was bringing?

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(This sermon is in an outline form so you may need to flesh it out a little)

Please open your Bibles to Mark 1:1-8 which we will read in a few minutes.

Last Sunday when we took a look at this passage of Scripture we talked about three things:

1. Mark was announcing Who Jesus is

2. Mark was immediately letting us know that Jesus was and is the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies

3. And that John the Baptist had also been foretold in the Old Testament and that John, himself, was declaring Jesus as the Savior and we should be doing so as well.

With that in mind let’s go ahead and read Mark 1:1-8

Today we will be looking at the last verse in this passage of Scripture where Mark gives us a glimpse of what is coming in the future …

Mark 1:8

“I baptize you with water but He (Jesus) will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

We as believers in Jesus the Nazarene love baptism.

We do not believe that the ritual of baptism saves the soul

Baptism is an honor; an honor to be identified as a follower of Jesus!

New thought … Baptism with the Holy Spirit.

The Jews were very familiar with the Holy Spirit but not Trinity.

The OT – Holy Spirit descends – specific events

What is this baptism in the Holy Spirit?

Function of Holy Spirit – administrator of Grace

Unmerited favor – too vague

Grace = God in action

Prevenient Grace is God wooing us

Convicting Grace is God revealing our sin

Saving Grace is God enabling us to respond salvation

Sanctifying Grace is transformational sinner-to-saint

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John Wesley – house analogy

Prevenient Grace

In our natural sinful state

We do not know the Lord

We may not even know that we do not know the Lord

Holy Spirit starts revealing a better way

Holy Spirit starts drawing – like the current in a river

We may

Move with the Holy Spirit

Resist the Holy Spirit

Prevenient Grace – activity of Holy Spirit alone but not Baptism in the Holy Spirit


Convicting Grace

We are still in our natural sinful state

Holy Spirit reveals our sinful nature to us

Uncomfortable condition

We may

Understand our sinful condition

Resist the Holy Spirit and deny our sinful condition

Convicting Grace – understanding sinful condition – activity of Holy Spirit alone but not Baptism in the Holy Spirit


Saving (Justifying) Grace

Holy Spirit reveals the need

Repent (turn away from sin)

Faith in Jesus Christ for salvation

Saving Grace –

Cooperative action

Holy Spirit enables human response

Person cooperates with Holy Spirit

Person rejects Holy Spirit’s help

Saving Grace – salvation is entered into – still not Baptism in the Holy Spirit


Sanctifying Grace – Baptism in the Holy Spirit – entire sanctification

It IS totally possible for Saving Grace and Sanct. Grace to be simultaneous

Seldom the case

How do you know if your saved but not entirely sanctified?

Still feeling divided allegiance between self desires and pleasing the Lord

Still feeling divided allegiance between pleasing self and pleasing others

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