The empowering of Pentecost recap and application

Saturday, May 25, 2013 Here’s a recap of this week’s posts – the headlines. We considered: Heading into possible difficulty – boldly Expecting spiritual opposition – but finding joy in the partnership. Whether we are free to receive impartation through others? Knowing our need and asking for more. Being prepared to forge in the fire…

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2 Timothy 1:5-7 Friday, May 24, 2013 Sticking points (3 of 3) Paul wrote to Timothy: “I am reminded of your sincere faith… For this reason, fan [kindle] into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but…

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Ephesians 5: 18-21 Thursday, May 23, 2013 Sticking points (2 of 3) Ephesians 5:18b “…Be (being) filled with the Spirit…” Key teaching: It’s intended to be continuous. Our second sticking point is our need to be pro-active in keeping ourselves fresh and topped-up in spiritual terms. A focus on the original language in this passage brings…

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Acts 19:1-6 Wednesday, May 22, 2013 Sticking points (1 of 3) v.6 When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied. Key teaching: The experience and infilling of the Holy Spirit can be imparted by the laying on of hands. This is one example…

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Acts 13:44-52 Tuesday, May 21, 2013 When we hit opposition or difficulty Acts 13:52 NIV And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit. Key teaching: The Spirit-filled experience gives us a very real sense of partnership with God in His mission – and being teamed up with Jesus is a secure…

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Acts 4: 18-31 Monday, May 20, 2013 Filled again and emboldened Acts 4:31 NIV After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly. Key teaching: God wants to grow us – often through facing difficulty – and to be…

Pentecost: To think about and pray about

Saturday, May 18, 2013 Acts 1:8 “…But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Power to witness. In our own neighbourhood and beyond. “Receive power” and “Be My witnesses” sounds…