The Purpose of the Baptism

Scripture clearly indicates the purpose for the Holy Ghost being given. Acts 1:8 tells us, “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Spirit is come upon you; and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” That power was not provided for the disciples’ personal glorification, but for the benefit of others. It would enable them to be witnesses for Christ throughout all the world—to testify of Jesus’ resurrection. 

These 120 had been with the Lord since His crucifixion, and thus they were eyewitnesses to the fact that He had risen from the dead. The Great Commission instructed them to go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature. The known world at that point in history was not as big as it is now, but the disciples did not have the means of transportation we have today. When they heard the instruction to go into the entire world, they no doubt felt much the same as we would today: How are we going to do that? How are we going to let the whole world know that Jesus is alive? 

The infilling of the Holy Ghost was what met that need. Power from the Spirit of God provided courage, boldness, confidence, insight, ability, and authority.  

We have the same need today, and the same provision is available. People are still receiving power in their lives through the baptism of the Holy Ghost, and it is still power for service. The one who receives the Holy Ghost will have anointing and ability to witness or testify of Christ with greater power. 

The commission He gave to the disciples is the same commission given to us today. We have a responsibility to tell the world that we know Jesus has risen from the dead, that He has changed our lives, and that we have had an encounter with Him. The experience we have with Him is not to be kept to ourselves. The command is to be witnesses of what we have experienced and seen. We will need help from Heaven, so the Lord has promised to send the power we need—the baptism of the Holy Ghost.

(Excerpt taken from apostolicfaith .org)

 

 In the Know:

  1. HELP!!!!  Hey guys (Men) I’m looking for a few good men on Thursday May 31st , after Memorial Day to help me spread some mulch around our beautiful grounds. We have a tractor with a bucket, but I will need some guys to help spread mulch around…Starting at 9am.

 

  1. June 2nd Spring Clean day starting at 9am. We need MANY hands to help us do a deep cleaning. We’ll begin at 9am and be finished by 1pm. Any help will be appreciated.

 

  1. June 10th 5pm all workers meeting. If you are serving please plan to attend.

 

  1. What a blessing it has been to gather together on Wednesday nights at 6:30pm with our church family as we study together “I Dare You!” If you haven’t been with us for study, I extend a personal invitation. Come on out and get your mid-week spiritual fill up.

 

You are Loved,

Pastor Glenn & Donna