BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT – Part 1
INTRO: Jesus instructed His disciples not to minister until they had received the baptism in [with] the Holy Spirit. Although they had been thoroughly trained by Jesus Himself, they weren’t fully ready for New Testament ministry. They needed the spiritual power, “power from on high,” to be the most effective in their ministry--and so do we today! Let’s look at the following biblical truths concerning this baptism.
I. What is the baptism in the Holy Spirit?
A. A gift from the Father (Acts 2:38-39)
B. The beginning of the fulfillment of God’s promise (Joel 2:28-29)
C. A baptism by Jesus (Matthew 3:11)
D. Being immersed in God
II. Why is the baptism in the Holy Spirit necessary for every believer?
A. It provides supernatural power to be a bold witness for Jesus (Acts 1:8; 4:33; 5:12-16).
B. It enables believers to speak supernatural languages (Acts 2:4; 10:45-47; 19:1-6).
C. It helps you in your personal prayer life with the Lord.
D. It builds you up spiritually (1 Corinthians 14:4; Jude 20).
III. How can believers receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit?
A. Believe what the Bible says about this baptism
B. Believe that it’s available for you (Joel 2:28-29; Acts 2:17)
C. Hunger and thirst for righteousness (Matthew 5:6)
D. Ask God to baptize you in the Holy Spirit (Luke 11:9-13; 1 John 5:14-15).
E. Respond in faith by speaking out or worshipping (Acts 2:4).
CONCLUSION: God the Father gave (poured out) the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost once and for all. Therefore, it’s not a matter of God giving you the Holy Spirit but, rather, you receiving what God has already given to you as a believer. In reality, we’re not waiting on Him, He’s waiting on us. God wants all of you. Surrender all--every area of your life to Him today. And once you are filled, continue being filled each day so that you might overflow onto others for the glory of God!