Gate Community Summer - Day 8
READ - Acts 2:1-41
What an amazing passage of scripture. As a Christ-follower this is one of the most key passages in Scripture because it marks the Baptism in the Holy Spirit on Jesus’ disciples, and it opens the doors for all future Christ-followers to have the Holy Spirit fill them.
Prior to Acts 2, in Acts 1:4-5… Jesus promises the Baptism of the Holy Spirit to his disciples when he said:
“Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. 5 For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
The baptism and filling of the Holy Spirit have been a part of the Christian experience all through the history of the Church since the book of Acts in the passage that was just read to us. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is an important piece of our faith journey here at Heartland and is deeply rooted in our Alliance denominational history.
For some of us, this may be new material and territory that we are neither familiar nor comfortable with. That’s ok. At Heartland, we acknowledge that we are all on a spiritual journey. What is important is that we continually take the next step with God, going farther and deeper into the Kingdom so that day by day, we become more like Jesus.
At Heartland the baptism and filling of the Holy Spirit is not only important but absolutely vital in the journey for every one of us who calls Jesus our Lord and Savior. In fact, the truth of the matter is that that we cannot accomplish what God desires to do in our life, our family, our church or our world without it. To never experience the baptism and filling of the Spirit is to miss out on so much of the presence, power and effectiveness that is available and promised to every Christ-follower.
Let me ask you some questions for your consideration…
- In your heart, do you feel you can’t go on as you are? Is there something that you must experience from God in order to be satisfied?
- Are there levels of intimacy with Jesus you hear about but have never known personally? Or does the level of relationship with God you know you are called to seem beyond your grasp?
- Do you believe there is ministry for the Kingdom you should or could do but do not?
- Do you believe there is victory over sin you should or could have but do not?
- Do you feel that there should be more to your life as a Christ-follower than what you are experiencing?
If you answered ‘yes’ to one, some or all of these, then I encourage you to take a look a closer look at your relationship with the Holy Spirit.