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Pentecost--History's Greatest Miracle
Series: Real Church, Real People, in the Real World
It was about 1966 when this first came to my attention. I was at a
Southern Baptist Convention, and a friend of mine said, "I have a
friend who says he's had an experience with the Holy Spirit, and he
wants you to come and be with some other friends. I had been
hearing about some different things, about tongues, and baptizing
in the Holy Spirit, and all of that--and I went with him. I went to an
office building in Miami. A couple of other men were there, and we
sat and talked for a while. They were wonderful men of God.
After awhile, they began to talk about the filling and baptism of the
Holy Spirit, and one of them said he was speaking in tongues. You
know, I couldn't remember meeting anybody who had spoken in
tongues before, and so they decided to pray and while they were
praying, one of them began to speak in tongues. And so, then the
other guy began to. Well, I didn't. I didn't speak in tongues; I just
listened and I didn't know what they were saying, and nobody
interpreted, which, of course, I found out later was out of order,
according to Paul. But that exposed me for the first time to what at
that time was a growing phenomenon in this country, and that was
the ministry and the work of the Holy Spirit. Some call it the
baptism of the Holy Spirit, and when you get the baptism of the
Holy Spirit, you get gifts, and particularly the gift of tongues. Some
talk about it as the filling of the Holy Spirit.
Well, this morning as we look in Acts, Chapter 2, and going back to
Chapter 1, I hope we can differentiate between the filling and the
baptism of the Holy Spirit. Going to Acts,
Chapter 1, Verse 5:
5. . . .For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will
be baptized with the Holy Spirit.
Chapter 2, Verse 4:
4. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to
speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
Let us pray.
Father, we thank You so much that Your Word is clear and when
You have given Your words, You give them to us for a very special
reason, that we would be understanding and the Word would be
clarified and we could know how to understand and know how to
know You and obey You and walk in the Spirit. I pray, Lord, as we
look at the Church and this blossoming time of Her life and Her
infancy that You will help us as the body of Christ two thousand
years later to be the kind of Church like that early Church. A real
Church with real people in a real world. Holy Spirit, I pray Your
anointing and Your filling on me and in me as I seek to share this
with our people. Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of
my heart be acceptable in Your sight, Oh Lord, my strength and my
Redeemer. Oh, Holy Spirit, You are welcome in this place. Have
your will and Your way in every heart, i ...
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