Summary: Light a Fire under us! Church on fire. Christians on fire for God How?? Turn to Acts 2 :1-4 and here we see how the HS came to the Apostles. God used the apostles and He can use us today. We cant be apostles but we can have the same HS!!!
ILL>> “Somebody’s praying for you -- Soldiers - hard rain - mines // Soldiers white cloud
Last week “Passover” - today “Pentecost”
PEN´TECOST, ( OT ) that is, the fiftieth day (meaning fiftieth), or Harvest Feast, or Feast of Weeks // The Pentecost was the Jewish harvest-home, -- (LIKE OUR THANKSGIVING) -- and the people were especially exhorted to rejoice before Jehovah with their families. The great feature of the celebration was the presentation of the two loaves, made from the first-fruits of the wheat harvest. With the loaves two lambs were offered as a peace offering, and all were waved before Jehovah, and given to the priests; // Till the pentecostal loaves were offered, the produce of the harvest might not be eaten, nor could any other first-fruits be offered. The whole ceremony was the completion of that dedication of the harvest to God. The typical significance of the Pentecost is made clear from the events of the day recorded in the Acts of the Apostles. Acts 2. Just as the appearance of God on Sinai was the birthday of the Jewish nation, so was the Pentecost the birthday of the Christian Church.
We remember the Pilgrims at the first thanksgiving - the OT Jews remember the first giving of the law.
>>> The day God revealed Himself to Moses and gave the law was the birthday of the Jews -- This is what is celebrated at the feast and offerings of Pentecost
>>> In Acts 2 the day of Pentecost is the birthday of the church.
—Pentecost, which would have occurred on May 24, A.D. 33, is the starting point of the church age
APOSTOLIC AGE = that period of church history when the apostles were alive, beginning with the Day of Pentecost (about A.D. 30) and ending near the conclusion of the first century (about A.D. 100) with the death of the apostle John. During the apostolic age, all the books of the New Testament were written, including the four gospels, the Book of Acts, the letters of Paul, the general letters, and the Book of Revelation.
Light a Fire under us!
Church on fire. Christians on fire for God
How?? Turn to Acts 2 :1-4 and here we see how the HS came to the Apostles.
God used the apostles and He can use us today. We cant be apostles but we can have the same HS!!!
SATISFACTION = Yes we can be filled, controlled, to accomplish great things for God.
I. The Holy Spirit begins with a FLICKER
At the moment of salvation we are baptized into the HS
A. Who is He? -- names
1. The one promised called the Holy Spirit (ie God in the Spirit)
Acts 1:8“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
2. Spirit of Burning
Matthew 3:11-12 John is saying about Jesus -“I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 12“His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”
Isaiah 4:4 When the Lord has washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and purged the blood of Jerusalem from her midst, by the spirit of judgment and by the spirit of burning,
3. Spirit of Truth
.1 John 5:6, 7 ..And it is the Spirit who bears witness, because the Spirit is truth. 7For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one.
4. Spirit of Life, wisdom and knowledge, promise, God
B. What does He do in the life of a new believer?
1. He regenerates the believer - the baptism of the HS @ salvation
Regeneration = born again - dead to sin & alive to God thru the HS
John 3:3-5 Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” 4Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” 5Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6“That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7“Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’