Summary: The 1st in a series of message on the power of the Holy Spirit and when the Church of Jesus Christ actually began.

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Introduction: Over the next few weeks I’m going to be preaching a series of messages on the Power of the Holy Spirit in Believer’s lives. How do we get that power? How do we walk in it? What benefit is it to us individually and collectively? Are tongues for today - - - are they really real? When did it all start – which is my first message in this series today: “Where It All Began”. The title of this series is: “We’ve Got The Power”. Remember Robin Williams in that hilarious movie, "Mom Forever?"

What? Don’t remember that one? Well, that’s what they call it in Italy, anyway. We know it better as Mrs. Doubtfire.

Some American-made movies and TV shows end up with very different names by the time they reach foreign turf. Often, something gets lost in the translation.

For instance, Baywatch is known as "The Lifeguards of Malibu" in Germany. Meanwhile, Growing Pains is "Our Loud Home" in Germany and "Parents Wear Blue Jeans" in Italy. (Hip, huh?)

It’s funny how different words mean different things in other languages isn’t it? (tell story about Canfield in Peru) Have you ever met someone who spoke a different language and you tried to carry on a conversation with them? It’s impossible (expound) What do you suppose would happen if today each of us came into church today and each of us spoke different languages, and we tried to carry on a conversation with each other. It would be impossible wouldn’t it? In I Corinthians 14:6-8 it gives us an idea of what might take place. I like how the Living Bible says it. It says, “Dear friends, even if I myself should come to you talking in some language you don’t understand, how would that help you? But if I speak plainly what God has revealed to me, and tell you the things I know, and what is going to happen, and the great truths of God’s Word-- that is what you need; that is what will help you. Even musical instruments-- the flute, for instance, or the harp-- are examples of the need for speaking in plain, simple English rather than in unknown languages. For no one will recognize the tune the flute is playing unless each note is sounded clearly. And if the army bugler doesn’t play the right notes, how will the soldiers know that they are being called to battle?” (TLB) (expound – about mass confusion in the church back then)

But I’m jumping ahead here of what I want to talk about today. Where did all of this start? How did it all begin? Well, it all began with the beginning of the New Testament Church. Does it surprise anyone here today that various denominations have different opinions of when the New Testament Church began? (expound). The reason they struggle with this is because of the Baptism of/in the Holy Spirit – through the evidence of speaking in other tongues. So, today, I want to try to clear this up. I think it is extremely important for us to know exactly when the New Testament Church began. Why?

Well, that is my message today - - - “Where It All Began” (pray)

I. Many denominations teach today that the New Testament Church began on the day of Pentecost. Is this true of false? So, when did the New Testament Church begin? (keep an open mind here).

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