When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
I remember in college how charismatic Christians took on an air of superiority toward others because they “spoke in tongues” as evidence that they had the Holy Spirit. I knew that I was baptized according to the formula written in Matthew 28:19, “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,” and that I was “Born Again” (John 3:3) in high school as I came to know Jesus for myself. I pray that this Pentecost (Western Christians observed it last week) we will understand how we come to receive the Spirit of God and not focus so much on our doctrinal rituals and manifestations.
HOLY GHOST HEADQUARTERS
(Introduction) We tend to describe some churches as “Holy Ghost headquarters” because of their energetic style of worship
(Antithesis) If Paul is right about our bodies being the temple of the Holy Spirit (I Cor. 6:19), style of worship has nothing to do with whether or not the Spirit of God is with us
(Thesis) To receive the fullness of the Holy Spirit in our lives, we must be prepared in our practice of faith
(Relevant Question) How do we prepare to receive the fullness of the Holy Spirit
- Obedience The disciples stayed in Jerusalem as Jesus told them (Acts 1:4)
- Patience They stayed there for 50 days after Passover (Leviticus 23:16, Acts 2:1)
- Unity They were all together in place and purpose (Acts 2:1)
(Conclusion) A properly prepared church receives power to persuade others to come into the Kingdom of God.