Sunday, April 26, 2009

Why We Need a Pentecostal Encounter, Part 2

This morning, Pastor Doug continued the series on a pentecostal encounter. The lesson continues in the Book of Acts, today emphasizing chapter 4. This is a study of the trial of Peter and John before the Sanhedrin following the healing of a lame man at the temple gate.

Why we need a pentecostal encounter:
1) The believer's verbal message becomes Holy Spirit-filtered and empowered. (v.8)
See Luke 21:12 where Jesus predicted negative public reaction to the message. But, He tells us, don't plan what you will say, for "I will give you words and wisdom."

2) Faith and courage builds on itself. (vv. 9, 10)
Definition of "salvation:" healing, health, wholeness, oneness.

3) Human intellect and training only go so far. (v.13)
The Sanhedrin noted the courage (daring) of Peter and John, but they were not impressed. Rather, they were offended. They "could not deny" that the man was healed. But they didn't admit it, either. There was "nothing they could say." Except to tell the disciples to shut up.

4) Everything a believer does is a witness for the Lord. (v. 16)

5) The Holy Spirit fuels the believer with passion to fulfull his purposes. (v. 20)
"We cannot help but speak of what we have seen and heard."
A passionless Christian probably has a Holy Spirit issue.

The Holy Spirit wants not only to be among us, but to live in us.
He wants to empower us to live as witnesses for Christ.

As Christ-followers, we may expect the world to say we are crazy, out of our minds; but we'll be the ones who have our lives together.

1 comment:

Secondary Roads said...

Another excellent sermon.