I Will Build My Church
The Power of the Holy Spirit
I. We have taught on believing in Christ.
A. But who do men say that I am?
- You are the Christ the son of the living God.
- Upon this rock, I will build My church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
II. We have taught on the New Covenant that Jesus purchased with His blood and the birth of the church.
A. Church is those who are called out of the world.
B. Church is Christ’s body with every member fitly joined together and supplying every need.
C. Every person in church is a minister and a priest.
D. Jesus is the mediator of a better covenant with better promises. Now Jesus mediates on the inside of us. The law of God is written on our hearts and in our minds.
III. Today I want to talk about the power of the Holy Spirit and how He works in us, the church.
A. Many people think that Jesus’ final words to the disciples were, “go therefore and make disciples of all nations teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19-20)
B. But really, Jesus’ final instruction was to wait.
C. Wait for the promise of the Father. (Acts1:4-5, 8-11)
IV. The Bible teaches three baptisms – two can’t be seen with the physical eye.
A. First baptism is the baptism of salvation: “For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body.” (I Corinthians 12:13)
- When we experience salvation we are baptized into one body which is the body of Christ.
- This is the baptism OF the Holy Spirit but it’s not the baptism IN the Holy Spirit.
B. Baptism of water is the second baptism. (Matthew 28:19)
- In obedience to Christ, after we have received salvation, we identify with His death, burial and resurrection in water baptism.
a. We go down into a liquid grave, dying to our old life. By going down we are buried with Him in His death.
b. By coming up out of the water we are resurrected with Him into a new life. (II Corinthians 5:17)
C. The third baptism is the baptism IN the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 3:11, Mark 1:8, Luke 3:16, John 1:33)
- We find four accounts in four books of the Bible stating Jesus is the baptizer in the Holy Spirit.
- Just as we see His death and resurrection in all four books and throughout the Bible. These are vital truths that believers need to understand.
- Scripture clearly shows us that Jesus is the one who performs this baptism, immersing us in the Holy Spirit.
- This baptism has been harmfully misrepresented and many Christians avoid it.
- How could Jesus baptizing us in the Holy Spirit possibly be a bad thing?
V. The promise of the baptism in the Holy Spirit came powerfully to the disciples in Acts chapter 2.
- Peter, with boldness, immediately delivers a sermon after the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost and 3,000 souls are saved.
- “When they heard Peter’s preaching they were cut to the heart and asked, what shall we do?” (Acts 2:37)
- Then Peter said to do three things. Repent – Be Baptized – Receive.
A. “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” (Acts 2:38)
B. Repent – Changing your mind concerning the direction of your life is the first step prior to the baptism of salvation into the body of Christ. (Romans 10:9-10, this is the first baptism)
C. Be baptized – Peter teaches now that we’re saved we are to follow the example of Jesus and be water baptized. (This is the second baptism)
D. Receive – Accept the gift of the Holy Spirit. This is the third baptism. Remember, you have to receive Him. He will not force Himself upon you, He must be received.
E. Listen to whom this promise is made. “For the promise is unto you and your children and to all that are a far off.” (Acts 2:39)
VI. Philip leads a revival in Samaria; people are saved, baptized in water, and delivered from demonic oppression.
A. “But when they believed Phillip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God in the name of Jesus, they were baptized both men and women.” (Acts 8:12)
- They believed and were baptized. First and second baptisms. Saved and water baptized.
- “When the apostles heard from Jerusalem they came and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Ghost.” (Acts 8:15-17)
- We see that when Peter and John came it wasn’t just to extend the right hand of fellowship and say they had everything they needed with the first and second baptisms.
- Many times today we say you’re fine with accepting Jesus and being water baptized. But could it be that we have done people an injustice by not teaching them all three baptisms?
VII. Comparison of the Three: “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the Water, and the Blood: and these three agree in one.” (I John 5:7-8 KJV)
A. Three witnesses in heaven: the Father, the Word (Jesus), Holy Ghost and these three are one.
B. Three witnesses in earth: Spirit baptism, water baptism, blood baptism and these three agree as one.
C. Each of these baptisms represent a distinct work of grace that God wants to do in our hearts and lives.
D. Many Christians are living lives of defeat, frustration and failure because of not receiving the promise of the Father.
“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you.” Acts 1:8