Acts 1: 4-5,8, “And being assembled together with them, he commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the father, which, He said, you have heard from Me, for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Acts 2: 1-4, “ When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting, Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”
We know that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity. The New Testament told of John the Baptist baptizing people in the Jordan. He said there is coming One after me that is greater than I, He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. The Holy Spirit then led Jesus into the wilderness where He was tempted for 40 days. Jesus came out of the desert with the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus later told the disciples that it is needful for him to go away so the Holy Spirit can come. The Holy Spirit was with Jesus and the Father at the creation in Genesis, and although the Old Testament. Jesus knew the disciples could not do their job without the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus said you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you and you will be witnesses for Me. You will cover the earth with the Good News that a Savior has come. You will do miracles and signs and wonders shall you do in my Name. And you will gladly and bravely have the power to give your life for me. It began on the day of Pentecost as the disciples carried out God's plan by working with the Holy Spirit. As on that first Pentecost, so it is today. It has been over two thousand years and the Holy Spirit is still working. We are here today as brothers and sisters because of the work of the Holy Spirit. We can also receive that power.
Holy Spirit fill us afresh as you did that first Pentecost, we need you. We receive the gifts of the Spirit as you see fit. We walk in your Power and love in Jesus' name.
Pastor Paul and Sister Claudia