Accordingly, we have updated our Privacy Policy and Terms and Conditions in order to comply with GDPR. It is a body of Christ. May ask what is the Church? Chapter 9. Their baptism had occurred. It is on the day of Pentecost that the Lord sends the Holy Spirit who is the guarantee of our future complete inheritance. The first was Passover. To the Jews, it was the name of one of their feasts. And again, I say it’s not something you feel. You can see Israel called a kingdom. Tongues that looked like fire. Same life. The fruit of it, however, is the work of the Spirit in us to control us for our good and God’s glory, and that’s something that we maintain by the means of grace and by our faithfulness. The crop is not yet fully in, but this anticipates a full harvest. Now this is Barnabas. The spirit comes from God as a gift from God. It is called a spiritual temple with Jesus and the apostles as the foundation. Right? Here at Grace to You Europe we take our data protection responsibilities very seriously and, as you would expect, have undertaken a significant programme of work to ensure that we are ready for this important legislative change. The next great event was the ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ as He went back into heaven to be crowned and seated at the Father’s right hand, having accomplished redemption. After the completion of the Old Testament, and that was the arrival of God incarnate, the Lord Jesus Christ, who came and was made flesh and dwelled among us. It doesn’t say that they tarried for the Holy Spirit to come. The sending of the Holy Spirit to bring the believers together and establish the church in which He takes up residence. So in verse 11, the end of the verse, He’s praying, and He says, “Keep them in your name, the name which you’ve given me that they may be one, even as we are.”  We all know those verses. This is not the baptism of fire of Matthew 3:11. If you’re in the church, this is you. Date written: October 24th, 2002 Scripture ref: Matthew 1:18-25. He prays for their unity. The sound surely gathered the massive crowd that shows up to which Peter preached. In chapter 2, they are empowered for their ministry. Now I want to say something else about this. Later on in Exodus 34, it’s called Chag h-Shavuot, the Feast of Weeks. It is important on God’s side for what he does as described here. In chapter 1, the disciples were equipped for their ministry. That is the phenomena that God designed to inaugurate the birth of the church. This is our story. Christmas Sermon: The Birth of Our Lord (Luke 2:1-7) Posted on November 29, 2010 by Brian Evans. Pentecost is sounds from Heaven, Pentecost is being Filled, and Pentecost is Hearing. This is our history. They don’t know what they’re talking about when they say that. We have the end of the Old Covenant and the birth of the Church under the New Covenant." The sprit was to come as the first fruit’s guarantee of our full inheritance, and that is exactly what Ephesians 1 says about the coming of the Holy Spirit. He was a good man and full of the Holy Spirit. We pray in Christ’s name, amen. This is the divine work of God.”, So when some well-meaning Pentecostal says things like this, here is a quote from one of their journals. And in the Book of Numbers, it’s called the day of first fruits. That is through the beginning of the second chapter of Book of Acts. We see the Holy Spirit moving and creating transformation in lives. You cannot be without the Holy Spirit. It takes its source from God. Thank you for the engagement ring of the Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee that you will love us all the way to the consummation at the wedding in heaven. The conversion of Paul. The next day. Registered User In Ephesians 5, be being kept filled with the Spirit, and the results are all laid out in Ephesians 5, “Speak to yourself in psalms, hymns, spiritual songs, sing and make melody, your heart with the Lord, being submissive husbands, wives, parents, children, slaves, masters, all the relationships. As you know, we are working our way rather slowly through the book of Acts, especially in the early chapters, because they’re so foundational. In chapter 1, the disciples were waiting for the coming of the Holy Spirit. This sermon marks the conclusion of our “Miraculous Births” sermon series. There was audible phenomena. People say, “You could feel the presence of God.”  Really? Thank you for giving us permanently the Holy Spirit, may we love Him and honor Him as we do you and the Father. And then in a moment, suddenly, they hear this hurricane like sound, but there’s no hurricane. There’s no motion in the air, and yet the sound was like a hurricane blast from heaven. He met with them, He spent time with them, and even in the ten days intervening, they had been told to go back to Jerusalem and stay together and wait for the coming of the Holy Spirit, and they did. I'm never nervous before I speak--I mean, I have too much ... No man should be alone when he opposes Satan. Immersed with the Holy Spirit, placed in union with the Holy Spirit. The Church was established or birthed on the Day of Pentecost. There’s no wind. However, Orthodox churches celebrate the birth of Jesus on January 6th or 7th 4. So on this occasion, for the first time ever in redemptive history, believing group who put their trust in the Savior are immersed in the Holy Spirit, drawn together in one body because they now possess the same spiritual life, the life of God through the Holy Spirit in them. We can get a picture of this, and I’m just going to do this in a general sense. Suddenly, the Holy Spirit arrives. This isn’t mystical. . Now you say, “Why would they connect this with the giving of the Mosaic law?”  The birth day of the Torah. We need to be united. Shepherds saw the light, ran to meet Jesus, then shared the news with a dark and lonely world. And suddenly, there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. So this is not an experience you seek. God gave us that new birth into a living hope through Christ’s resurrection. And it is the very presence of the Holy Spirit in us as individuals and in all of us as believers that binds us together in common life, common love, common ministry and fellowship. So you have in the first feast, Passover, a picture of the Passover sacrifice of Christ. So here, we meet the bride of Christ, the church. It reaches the earth all the way from heaven. It is also called a body, and in fact, it is the body of Christ. The next great event is this one in chapter 2 of the Book of Acts. 1. Well, that’s what happened in the opening three and a half verses. Everyone is placed into the body of Christ by Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. That celebrated the resurrection of Christ, and so there was no leaven because in Christ, there’s no sin. You have heard a myriad of sermons through the years from preachers who are saying, “Folks, you know, we really need to help Jesus have his prayer answered because it’s not working out that way. This is a new dimension, and the with you and in you distinguishes the body concept, which isn’t in the Old Testament in which we’re united in some way uniquely in a common shared life. All believers baptized into one body constitute the one body of Christ. We are the church. “Ananias departed, entered the house. In chapter 2, He arrives. Verse 20, “I don’t ask on behalf of these, but for those who believe in me that they may all be one, even as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they may be in us so that the world may believe.”  And He says it again in verse 22. We are in union with Him. This is the proper origin. Here, the Holy Spirit comes down, and it looks like small tongues, and something like flames resting on the head of the disciples, symbolizing the descent of the Holy Spirit and the baptism that Jesus had promised. As you may be aware, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into full effect on 25th May 2018. Help Grace to You bring important resources like this to people in your community and beyond, free of charge. The statement found approval with the whole congregation, and they chose Steven, a man full of faith, full of faith, and the Holy Spirit. Hasn’t the Holy Spirit been around before?”  Of course, but Jesus said there’s a distinction. The prayer is answered. Fresh sermon illustrations and updates on new sermons, preaching articles and much more! Baptism is positional. All together, we assume that’s all 120 of them staying together as the Lord told them until the Spirit would come. There came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind. “He that is joined to the Lord is one spirit.”  If you’re joined to the Lord and I’m joined to the Lord, we’re one with each other. Go back to John 17. You’re not your own. The Holy Spirit is their life. It is called a family of sons by adoption. By the time you get to Acts 2, Jesus has ascended. Sermons on the Birth of Jesus. The birth of the Christian Church was ushered in by the promised gift of the Holy Spirit through whom our lives will transform and empower us to transform the world The Gift of the Spirit and the Birth of the Church In the old traditional culture, the word of God was passed on to the next generation from parents to children through the telling of stories. It’s why you love what you love and hate what you hate. And so not fulfill the lust of the flesh. And you must be continually being kept filled with the Holy Spirit by allowing Him to control your life, move you along in obedience and accord to divine truth. It’s not a question of whether he’s there or not. “When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. Forty days after that, the next great event. Sermon on the Birth of Jesus – Sermon outline by Kevin Cauley titled “Lessons From The Birth of Jesus” on scriptural lessons found from the biblical account of the birth of Christ. Completely under His control. Sample Dialogue for A Children’s Church Lesson – Birth of Baby Jesus. After his resurrection, Jesus appeared to his disciples and instructed them for 40 days, after which he ascended to heaven. That’s why 1 Corinthians 6:17, I go back to that verse a lot. It is the very blast of God’s breath. First Corinthians 12, 12 and 13, gives us a very important explanation at this point. Tongues sort of moving like they were flames, distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them. The best way to understand that is to compare Galatians 3 with Ephesians 5. And by the way, do you remember that when the Holy Spirit came at the baptism of Jesus to empower Jesus for His ministry that the Holy Spirit came down on Him in some form that appeared as if it were what? After the exile, it became the traditional celebration to remember the giving of the mosaic law. Because if you’re yielding to the Holy Spirit, then you know you possess joy, gratitude, peace, and all the fruit of the Spirit. The church is born, and the church is a kind of first fruits of the full harvest of all the redeemed. Wind makes a loud noise. It shows in verse 8 again that he was full of grace and power. It is why you’re here, why you worship, why you want to obey, why you sing songs, why you give testimony, why you desire to honor God. At that point, the Holy Spirit literally took over and controlled him as he spoke. We sent you an email. A Birth Announcement brings excitement and Joy. What does that have to do with Christ? Saul, also known as Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, fixes his gaze on Elymas, the magician, sorcerer. “We believe that the baptism of the Holy Spirit according to Acts 2 is given to believers who ask for it,” they are way off. What did leaven represent? The rest we’ll leave for next time, and maybe the time after that. This is a picture of Christ’s resurrection, which came immediately after his death, and 1 Corinthians 15:20 says, “Christ is the first fruits of those who sleep.”. The instruction of Ephesians 5:18. We have the same life. 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