by Ernest Easley

Have You Received the Holy Spirit?
Series: Back to the Basics
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
Acts 19:1-7
October 19, 2008

Have you received the Holy Spirit? And if so, when? And how do you know you have received the Holy Spirit? Is there evidence in your life that you have received the Holy Spirit? Is it possible to tell who has received the Holy Spirit and who has not?
And what about your baptism? Have you been baptized? If so .. why were you baptized? If not .. should you be baptized?
Well .. that's what we're thinking about today as we continue our series of messages from the book of Acts under the heading: BACK TO THE BASICS.
Take God's word and turn with me to Acts 19.
The Apostle Paul is now on his 3rd missionary journey and has arrived back in Ephesus. Ephesus was about as corrupt as Corinth. It was a refuge for criminal. The great Temple to Diana was there which served as the center of pagan worship. For three years Paul remained there teaching the Word of God.
Acts 20.31, "Therefore watch, and remember that for three years I did not cease to warn everyone night and day with tears."
Paul had shed tears for the souls of the Ephesians. His burden for souls was not only in his talk .. but in his tears. I wonder sometimes about our burden for souls. Hey folks .. the day we lose our burden for souls is the day we lose His blessing. Our burden and His blessing as Siamese twins. They always go together.
It's a burden for souls that motivates us to give sacrificially to missions. It's a burden for souls that motivates us to give through our church budget every week. It's a burden for souls that keeps us enrolling new people in our Sunday School. God help us never to grow complacent over souls.
Well .. when Paul arrived back to Ephesus .. he met some disciples and sensed something was missing in their life. Something was lacking. He could see it on their faces. He could sense it in their fellowship. Something was missing in the li ...

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