SS lesson. May 31
Today is Pentecost Sunday. So our lesson today is on the baptism in the Holy Spirit. We will take some quotes from today’s lesson.
(1) Gods will is that every believer in Christ be baptized in the Holy Spirit.
(2) As Pentecostals, we believe that the baptism in the Holy Spirit is a gift intended for every believer. Peter proclaimed on the day of Pentecost that the promised gift of the Holy Spirit “is for you and your children and for all that are far off- for all whom the Lord our God will call” (Acts 2:39, niv ).
(3) Key verse : Acts 11:16 Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost.
(4) Explain that the baptism in the Holy Spirit is a gift of empowerment for service that believers receive after salvation. This gift is intended for every Christian, no matter their background- whether they have been saved from an early age or just accepted Christ from a sinful, faithless lifestyle.
(5) Miracles can still accompany the preaching of the gospel today. When the prayers of Christians are linked with the moving of the Holy Spirit, lives can be changed. The response to the gospel in Samaria came about because the early church was a praying church that expected the supernatural. As believers today, we are to pray for such moves of God in our own communities. Prayer and dedication to God are key to seeing the lost respond to God. The power of God to touch the lost and bring them to repentance is no less present today than in the early church. God still confirms his word with signs and wonders today.
(6) God is not limited by our understanding of how he operates, or by our opinion of how he should operate. He knows the right time and place to do his work. We, as Christians, must be willing to be led by the Spirit even when it does not fit with our plans. Learning to trust Gods ways in all we do is vital to seeing him move in our lives.
(7) Paul laid hands on these believers and they were baptized in the Holy Spirit with the initial physical evidence of speaking in tongues. (Acts 19:6-7). Clearly, God began to move among them in a powerful way because they also prophesied.
(8) Every believer should seek the baptism in the Holy Spirit Because it forms an important part of the Christian life. One way God demonstrates his power to the world is through the lives of those who have been baptized in the Holy Spirit. This power is to be seen in their witness for Christ (Acts 1:8). Holy Spirit baptism empowers and emboldens believers, opening the door so God can bless his people and his church with the gifts that are necessary to impact society with the gospel.
(9) Many Christians today feel that salvation is the only experience with God that they want or need. While faith in Christ is the only requirement for salvation and eternal life, God desires more for his people. Holy Spirit baptism has been given by God to empower us for service and evangelism. We need to pray God will baptize us, and all Christians, in the Holy Spirit.