SermonsDiscover the Joy of Leaving Laodicea Behind
Acts 1:8 - “But you shall receive power (dúnamis) when (what) the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”Then, the first set of questions:
Has this mandate changed for the church? Does it still apply today? If so, how are we doing? Have you received the power Jesus promised? And how is that power being manifested in your life? Do you see that kind of power in the church today? If not, do you ever wonder why?
How would you answer these questions about the church? How would you answer the ones that are more personal in nature? The ones about you and the power, or lack of power, in your life? Do you see a disconnect between the account of the church in Acts and the place you worshipped last Sunday? Me too. But what are we going to do about it?
Ephesians 3:20-21 - Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works (where) in us, to Him be glory (where) in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.And yet, knowing this, we still struggle with trying to find the answer to the questions that trouble us the most.
Why can’t we keep our children involved in church? Why can’t our children hold to Biblical morals? Why can’t our children make Godly decisions? Why can’t the church make a noticeable difference in our nation, culture and family? Why can’t we get victory over our own sins? Why can’t we see Jesus move in our lives like He did in the past?Is there an answer to these questions? Is what we're experiencing in church, Sunday after Sunday, all there is? Or is there something missing? And if so, what is it? How do I find it? What can I do? If you want to know the answer to these important questions, then keep listening.
"For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7).Do you want to know more about having a heart that is pleasing to the Lord? Good. Then keep listening.
"The Baptism of, or with, the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God coming upon the Believer, taking possession of his faculties, imparting to him gifts not naturally his own, but which qualify him for the service to which God has called him."But this just raises more questions for us to ponder. For example:
What does it mean to be baptized in the Holy Spirit? Is it a command from God? Is it something we should actively seek? What does it look like? How is it obtained? And is it even Biblical?Want to know more? Then keep listening as we discover the truth about this controversial subject.
How does the Holy Spirit manifest or express Himself in the world today? Does the Holy Spirit give His gifts to everyone that belongs to Christ? Does that include you? What gift or gifts has He given you? And why did He give you His gifts? So He could express Himself to others through each of us.Do you realize the reason the Holy Spirit gives us His gifts is to manifest Himself to others through us? Let that sink in for a moment.