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Why the Baptism in the Spirit should be an expected experience

It is now time for us to enter into the attitude of faith, the mindset, the certain expectation of what both God and the church wants to do in his church. There is a scriptural basis and mandate for us to anticipate a mighty move of the Holy Ghost.

  • God responds to prayer.
  • God honors faith.
  • Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.
  • Revivals happen in the context of rising expectations.

God’s plan is to pour His Spirit out on all flesh.

  • Joel 2:28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:
  • Isa 40:5 And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.
  • Isa 66:23 And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD.
  • Luke 3:6 And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.

The Holy Ghost is a gift of God.

  • Acts 2:38 …and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
  • Luke 11:13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?

God will give the Holy Ghost to any individual.

  • Jews Acts 2:1-4
  • Half-Jews Acts 8:17
  • Gentiles Acts 10:44
  • Foreigners Acts 19:6
  • Women Acts 1:14
  • Religious persons Acts 9:17

The outpouring of the Holy Ghost is a major part of God’s plan.

  • John 3:5-8
  • John 4:10, 24
  • John 16:7

Every individual is a potential vessel of the Holy Ghost.

John 7:37-39 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. 38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. 39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)

The Holy Ghost may be received in a variety of places:

  • In church
  • At home
  • In someone else’s home
  • With family, relatives and friends
  • In the city

An individual may receive the Holy Ghost by doing certain things:

  • Prayer and supplication
  • Getting into one accord with other seekers and worshippers
  • Believing
  • Having others pray for them and with them
  • Simultaneous with a miracle
  • Listening to preaching
  • Repentance
  • Prior to water baptism
  • After water baptism
  • Obedience

We can expect people to speak in tongues with the Holy Ghost infilling.

  • Acts 2:1-4
  • Acts 10:44-48
  • Acts 19:6
  • Acts 8:12-17
  • Acts 9:17; I Corinthians 14:18

What should the continual mission of the church be?

  • Prayer
  • Bible Study
  • Faith
  • Worship
  • Intercessory prayer
  • Sharing the Word

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