The Holy Spirit and the Congregation

Speaker: David Sebastian

September 19, 2021

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Acts 19:1-10 - While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There he found some disciples and asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?”  They answered, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”  So Paul asked, “Then what baptism did you receive?” “John’s baptism,” they replied.  Paul said, “John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus.”  On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied.  There were about twelve men in all. Paul entered the synagogue and spoke boldly there for three months, arguing persuasively about the kingdom of God.  But some of them became obstinate; they refused to believe and publicly maligned the Way. So Paul left them. He took the disciples with him and had discussions daily in the lecture hall of Tyrannus. This went on for two years, so that all the Jews and Greeks who lived in the province of Asia heard the word of the Lord.

One way to preclude the work of the Holy Spirit in times of transition is through ignorance.  

“Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” And they said, “No, we have never even heard that there is a Holy Spirit”

Another way to preclude the work of the Holy Spirit in times of transition is through human control.

“Paul said, “John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus. On hearing this, they were baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus. When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied.”

One last but equally important way we preclude the work of the Holy Spirit in times of transition is through pride.

“Paul entered the synagogue and spoke boldly there for three months, arguing persuasively about the Kingdom of God. But some of them became obstinate; they refused to believe; and publicly maligned the way.”

 “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, I am sending you and with that He breathed on them and said, receive the Holy Spirit.”

Since the Holy Spirit is God’s presence in us and with us, we must seek to be cognizant not ignorant, open not closed, humble not proud.

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