by Ed Rowell

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Everybody Needs Somebody (2 of 5)
Ed Rowell
1 Corinthians 12:12-31
August 13, 2000

Introduction Vv12-13
This morning I want to continue our discussion regarding spiritual gifts, service, and what we call in our mission statement - Body-Life. Let's begin by looking at verses 12-13 (read I Corinthians 12-13).

Has another Christian ever asked you, "Have you been baptized by the Holy Spirit?" Some groups within the Christian faith teach that you receive salvation upon asking Christ to be your master and Savior, and that sometime later, you can pray and receive "a second blessing" or the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Pentecostal believers specifically associate spirit baptism with supernatural powers such as a healing, speaking in tongues, or exuberant emotion. Let's talk about terminology for a moment.

> Baptism of the Holy Spirit

John the Baptist first predicted this in Matthew 3:11: "11"I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me will come one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire."

Jesus spoke of this concept frequently, and it became reality in Acts 2: "Then the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

There were people in Jerusalem from all over the world that heard the Gospel proclaimed in their native language that day. Their response was so strong that the Bible says, "Those who believed what Peter said were baptized and added to the church - about three thousand in all."

The promise of God's spirit indwelling his people was fulfilled on the first day of Pentecost, and has continually been fulfilled ever s ...

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