Pastor Craig shared this recap of his message on Pentecost Sunday…
I have been trumpeting this truth: God is for you! He’s not looking for opportunities to blast you, but to bless you.
Yesterday we remembered Pentecost. In Jewish history, Pentecost is simply a celebration that took place fifty (pente) days after the Passover. But the first Pentecost celebration after Christ’s resurrection became the launching point for the Church. On this Pentecost, the followers of Jesus were baptized in the Holy Spirit. This baptism is primarily for two things:
- Christians are empowered to know more clearly that “God is for me.”
- Christians are empowered to tell others more persuasively that “God is for you.”
We only continue to grow in our understanding of God’s favor by believing what Jesus did for us on the Cross (2 Corinthians 5:21). The Holy Spirit helps us to know this—
Now we have not received the spirit that belongs to the world, but the Holy Spirit Who is from God, given to us that we might realize and comprehend and appreciate the gifts of divine favor and blessing so freely and lavishly bestowed on us by God.(1 Corinthians 2:12 AMP)
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(1) The baptism in the Holy Spirit empowers me to know more clearly that God is for me—For you are becoming progressively acquainted with and recognizing more strongly and clearly the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ—His kindness, His gracious generosity, His undeserved favor and spiritual blessing—in that though He was so very rich, yet for your sakes He became so very poor, in order that by His poverty you might become abundantly supplied(2 Corinthians 8:9 AMP).
(2) The baptism in the Holy Spirit empowers me to tell others more persuasively that God is for them—You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be My witnesses…(Acts 1:8). All this is from God, Who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to Himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And He has committed to us the message of reconciliation(2 Corinthians 5:18-19).
Because God is for you, He wants to baptize you in His Holy Spirit!
If you haven’t been baptized in the Holy Spirit, ask for that gift that God wants to give you. The more of the Holy Spirit there is in your life, the more you will recognize God’s favor and be equipped to be His witness.
We will be continuing to explore this topic of God’s favor on Sunday. I hope you can join me either in person or on Facebook Live.