Posts Tagged 'Pentecost'

Pentecost: The Breath of God

Pentecost: The Breath of God Sermon Audio Here

1 Cor. 12:3-13

I recently heard an advertisement for hyperbaric oxygen chamber treatment: sit in a pressurized tank and breathe oxygen. Studies show mixed results… but what about a SPIRITUAL hyperbaric experience?

What Difference Did Pentecost Make?

We Are “Christ-Crafted” ~ 1 Cor. 12:3-6

  • v3 truth is truth, but spiritual truth is from the Spirit about Christ
  • v4 The Spirit gives as HE chooses, not us
  • v5 Lots of ways to serve the Lord; not all the same
  • v6 working=the effect of God’s energizing action in us; our outcomes won’t all look the same, but they’ll be spiritual, and they’ll point to Jesus in us
You Are Carefully Crafted By God; Remember Your Worth!

We Are “Air-Powered” ~ 1 Cor. 12:7-11

  • v7 2 things: EVERYONE is gifted; EVERYONE benefits
  • v8 wisdom: knows just what to say;
    • knowledge: insight from the Spirit down to us (God’s viewpoint)
  • v9 faith: trusting faith (by context, more than just saving faith);
    • gifts of healings: isolated incidents (not “the power to heal”, but the healings themselves)
      NOTE: these gifts are not RESIDENT SUPERPOWERS; more like sunlight reflecting from a mirror; the SPIRIT is at work, and uses US to make that work available;
      CHARISMATA =”the presence of that which is given”
  • v10 miraculous: ENERGEMATA=”the presence of the power that is sent”; WE don’t do miracles; GOD does miracles, and sometimes uses people;
    • prophecy helps us understand: a prophet receives a specific message from the Lord and delivers it;
    • a miracle worker receives a specific ability to do a task from the Lord and does it;
    • distinguishing: God gives the insight if something is HIS or not; varieties of speech (like Pentecost),
    • the ability to understand them tied to the presence of the Spirit, not the person through whom the language happens
  • v11 The Spirit chooses; we don’t (this means the Spirit isn’t some impersonal “force”
You Are Powered By the Spirit; Remember Your Charge!

We Are “Fire-Welded” ~ 1 Cor. 12:12-13

  • v12 Trinitarian nod; cf. Gen 1:1,2; Deut 6:4 God is ONE COMMUNITY; we belong together to God
  • v13 our origins are different, our circumstances are different, but our connection and destination are the same: we are ONE in the Spirit
You Are Connected to Christ; Remember Your Identity!
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Walking in Two Worlds: Birthday Presence

Walking in Two Worlds: Birthday Presence Sermon Audio Here


Ezekiel 37:24-28; Romans 8:22-27

Pentecost is often considered the Church’s birthday. And often, on birthdays, gifts are given. Two of the ways of determining if a gift is a good are 1) it significantly represents the giver; and 2) it meets the needs/wants of the receiver.

Every Christian Can Receive Two Gifts From God

The Promise of Presence
Ezek. 27:24-28

  • v24/25 God’s promise to exiled Israel: you WILL be together
  • v26 you WILL be at peace
  • v27/28 you WILL live with God

The Presence in Prayer
Rom. 8:22-27

  • v22/23 God’s promise to all of us: you WILL be redeemed
  • v24/25 you WILL have hope
  • v26/27 you WILL have help

How does this help us today? When we realize that God keeps His promises based on WHO HE IS, not who we are, they become anchor points in our lives. We don’t need to worry about what our future will hold; even if times get tough, we know that God will bring us through. We can also hold on to those benefits RIGHT NOW; our hope isn’t JUST about our eventual salvation; it’s about experiencing God’s presence and help every day, if we’ll just submit to the Spirit.


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