Pastor Wrinkles Corner: The Baptism Of Fire

Let’s review:

1. Name the God bargains from the Old Testament.

2. Why does God make bargains with mankind?

3. Why did God make the bargain of sending son, Jesus to die?

Three days after Jesus died he rose from the dead this is called the _____________. The  Bible tells us that after his resurrection, Jesus stayed on earth for ___________ days to teach and instruct the disciples as to what to do next.

Tell me what are some of the things Jesus instructed during that time?

At the end of the forty days Jesus gave a very specific ______________ to his disciples.

“On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with [fn] water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” So when they met together, they asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. 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.”” Acts 1:4-8

   These turned out to be the last words Jesus spoke. In the very next verse the Bible says he was levitated into the air and vanished from the _______________ sight.

How many of you think a person’s last words are important?

Jesus told them to ___________ until they were baptized in the Holy Spirit.

He also told them the ______________ in the Holy Spirit was necessary for power to be ____________.

The disciples waited ______________ days. The Bible says:

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues [fn] as the Spirit enabled them.” Acts 2:1-3

The disciples received the baptism of the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues ____________ they did not know. The Bible tells us that this baptism is for anyone today.

“Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.” Acts 2: 38,39

All you have to do is ask for the gift and ____________ for it.

Now in your groups:

1. What is a witness?

2. Is being a witness hard? Why do you think Jesus thought we needed power to be witnesses for Him?

3. How good a witness are you? Have you let the Holy Spirit baptize you so you could be a better witness?

4. How does the Holy Spirit help you to be a better witness?

5. Who would like to be filled with the Spirit?

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2 thoughts on “Pastor Wrinkles Corner: The Baptism Of Fire

  1. I was reading about this just today in my quiet time. It is God who baptizes us with the Holy Spirit – not ourselves. We are baptized when God has prepared us – His temple – to be able to receive it. I think sometimes we try to jump ahead wanting the Spirit without the preparation of being sanctified and washed by the Word.

    Incredible gift – the Spirit of God to dwell within us.

    Rachel

  2. I so agree Rachel. Being baptized in the Holy Spirit is God’s job. In “Old time Pentecost” we used to say “Jesus is the Savior, Baptizer, Healer, and Soon and Coming King!” We can no more baptize ourselves than we could save ourselves. That’s good news because it means our part is only to ask and wait. That is about what we can handle don’t you think?

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