The Baptism of the Holy Spirit

The Baptism of the Holy Spirit

Acts Church Statement of Faith on Baptism of Holy Spirit- We believe that the baptism of the Holy Spirit is an endowment of power subsequent to conversion, given by God to anoint the believer to be a witness for Jesus Christ. The supernatural charisma of the Holy Spirit is active within the Body of Christ until the coming of the Lord. Furthermore, we believe the development of the charismatic gifts ought to be encouraged under the guidance of local church authorities. (Acts 8:14-17, Acts 19:1-2, 1 Corinthians 12:4-7)
•    The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is a subsequent experience to salvation.  
•    Evidence of the empowerment of the Holy Spirit is demonstrated by speaking in tongues and boldness as recorded in the book of Acts.
•    The Holy Spirit within produces fruit for an internal work.  
•    The Holy Spirit upon us produces power for external work.  
•    The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is not a requirement of Salvation.  
•    We encourage you to ask Jesus to baptize you with the Holy Spirit.

Read Acts 1:8. Jesus tells the disciples that the Holy Spirit will come upon them in _______ and because of this the disciples will be His __________________ in all Judea, Samaria, and all the end of the earth.

We are “sealed within” by the Holy Spirit when we are saved, but the Holy Spirit wants to “come upon” us in power. This is called the Baptism of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:11, Luke 3:16, Acts 19:1-7) or “being continually filled” with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18). We need the baptism of the Holy Spirit so that we can do the works that Jesus did, even greater ones (Acts 1:4-8; John 14:12; Hebrews 2:4). The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is a personal encounter with God that draws us close to Him and empowers us to glorify Him on earth. (Read Luke 3:20-22; 4:1, 14, 18-19 to see the baptism of the Holy Spirit and its effects in Jesus’ life)

Gifts of the Spirit
The Holy Spirit gives us gifts to serve the church and increase the kingdom of God. These gifts are abilities that are supernaturally empowered by God. Every believer in Jesus is called to walk in the spiritual gifts to encourage the body of Christ. Read 1 Corinthians 12:4-11. 

Baptism of Holy Spirit story in Acts
•    Acts 1:4-8
•    Acts 2:1-4, 14
•    Acts 2:37-39
•    Acts 4:31
•    Acts 8:14-17
•    Acts 9:17-22
•    Acts 10:34-46
•    Acts 19:1-6

What do you see in these stories?  Read them with your disciple and ask them questions about what they see in these verses.  Don’t fill in all the blanks for them but allow them to share with you. 
How do these passages affect your belief about the Holy Spirit and His power?

What are some interesting things that stood out to you in these passages?

What gifts were present in these passages?

Receiving the Baptism of the Spirit
The person receiving the Baptism of the Spirit needs to ask the Father in prayer. (Luke 11:11-13) The person must believe in and receive the Holy Spirit. From the verses above, the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is accompanied by a manifestation of the Spirit. (Acts 19:6, 4:31, 2:1-13) According to Paul’s letter to the Ephesians we are told to be continually be filled with Holy Spirit. (Ephesians 5:18)

Things you can do with your disciple:
•    Ask them if they have been Baptized in Holy Spirit?
•    Ask them if they would like to have gifts of the Spirit?  Which ones?
•    Have them pray and ask God for them?
•    Lay hands on them and pray for them (Acts 8:17, 2 Tim 1:6)
•    Challenge them to continue to study scripture on this topic.
•    Challenge them to share this with someone else.

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