An exciting new series starts today ..... An in-depth look at the Holy Spirit. But before that .....
Ps Hugh begins with announcements, notably that on this coming Saturday, 17 April, there will be a workshop held at Citicoast church, run by Dave Kenton. The title is "Dreamers of God". It will commence at 2:00 p.m. and is likely to end at 4:30 p.m. if you would like to attend please ring the Citicoast Office on 4153 2577.
He then moves quickly into Acts 19:1-5 after which he asks us all a question: "Who's ever heard stuff about the Holy Spirit, about speaking in tongues maybe - and it's been confusing - maybe it's even put you off thinking about or investigating the topic?" Several people put up their hands. Are you one of those people? Then this message today is certainly for you. Ps Hugh's message will un-confuse you and clarify many things about the Holy Spirit. There are many aspects of today's message and below are just a few ......
- The Holy Spirit is not a force, He is a person.
- Jesus spoke of Him and His future coming and the several roles that he would be here for.
- Jesus told the disciple to wait until the Holy Spirit eventually came upon them. We need to be prepared to wait, also.
- He points out that believing comes first and that can be followed by the coming of the Holy Spirit in each of our personal lives. That is, become saved, born again, a Christian, a believer, and then we will be ready to receive the Holy Spirit (often called the Baptism of the Holy Spirit). It is a 2nd experience.
- We will receive Power from the Holy Spirit so that we will have the courage and the ability to preach the gospel.
- And much more.
Numerous references are made to various chapters and verses in Acts, John, Jeremiah, Luke, and 1 Corinthians. This is an opportunity for you to make a great leap in your walk with Jesus. You will be transformed into a higher level of your Christian experience. You will benefit but it's also all those around you will benefit as well.