Moving from formula to formation in understanding the work of the Holy Spirit in Acts. I think this is a particularly important message for anyone who has been exhausted, disillusioned or biblically perplexed by the Charismatic/Pentecostal movements. This is probably my definitive discussion on the subject on how Acts is a description not a prescription on life in the Spirit.
“Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?”: Acts 18:18-28 & 19:1-12If someone doesn’t seem to know if they have the power and presence of the Holy Spirit in their life, it’s fair to assume that they don’t have it. If you have it, you should know it. “Give a man an electric shock, and I warrant you he will know it; but if he has the Holy Ghost, he will know it much more.” (Spurgeon) This isn’t something to hope about; we can know – one can know they are filled with the Holy Spirit.
Saints, Snakes & a Slave Girl: Discerning of Spirits, Tongues, & Interpretation. Acts 16:16-22 Sermon #13 ‘Ghost Stories: Uncovering the truth about the Presence & Power of the Holy Spirit.’Matters discussed:-What the gifts of Discerning of Spirits, Tongues, & Interpretation are. -5 guardrails for navigating spiritual direction and communications. -3 Differences between pagan and biblical communications. -How to discern truth from error in spiritual communications.
Prophetic Ministry: How prophecy, word of wisdom & word of knowledge display the power and presence of God in and through the Church. Part 12 in our series 'Ghost Stories: Uncovering the truth about the Presence & Power of the Holy Spirit.'
“Pursue love, yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.” 1 Corinthians 14:1
1. The Promise of Prophecy
2. The Priority of Prophecy
3. The Purposes of Prophecy
4. The Test of Prophecy
The Church is a gathered to be scattered community. Spirit empowered and anointed ministry to one another...produces fruitful mission to others. We are called to the community of Christ, the called out ones, who find our place and purpose within the building up of the body of Christ. The body of Christ is like a garden, the better the soil, place and elements that are within and about it, the healthier and more fruitful the harvest. The activation of the gifts, the healthy of each member is a sustaining, nourishing, spread out labor of Divine fruitfulness. Bad garden conditions leads to pitiful and pathetic harvests.
1 Corinthians 12 & Spiritual Gifts and the Continuous Flowing Oil of The Church. God has ushered in through Pentecost an outpouring of oil that is designed to empower the church in witness, worship and work. A continuous flow from the olive trees of heaven as the open vision of Zechariah reflects. The people of God, enveloped, empowered and engaged in Spirit activated ministry leads to fruitful mission.
The trials and triumphs of dreamers:Acts 2:17-18 ‘In the last days, God says “I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.”Dreaming the dreams of God is a process of transformation that almost always involve a journey from the receiving of the Divine plan, to proclamation, to the pit, to the prison and then to the palace and then onto a fuller understanding of the Divine purpose of the dream.
We continue our series: Ghost Stories: Uncovering the truth about the Presence & Power of the Holy Spirit. This message "Samson and the necessity of Spirit-Filled Youth" is an intense and prophetic appeal for God's people to see that in the last days the Spirit is poured out on "young men and young women". The Spirit anoints and indwells the young, the immature, the unexpected, as Samson perfectly represents. This message is not for the persnickety religious types but for those who have felt left out, too odd, too young or too wild for God, the church or even families.