Ephesians

The Pentecostal Experience: 7 key verses

The Pentecostal Experience: 3 key verses

ICYMI, these are the key scriptures from Bishop’s sermon on “The Pentecostal Experience,” for Pentecost Sunday.

1. I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. -Joel 2:28

2. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. -Acts 2:4

3. Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. -Acts 2:38

4. And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. -Acts 26:14

5. Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord. -Hebrews 12:14

6. Be filled with the Spirit; speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord. -Ephesians 5:18-19

7. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever -John 14:16

Guard Your Gift

Focus Text: Ephesians 2:8-10
We have to guard the gift that God has given us. Someone who guards has to be on alert and on watch. We have to be on watch for the enemy who seeks to destroy the people of God. We must be sober and watchful. Beware of the tricks of the devil. (see I Peter 5:8) Many times, the enemy wants to discourage you, talk to your mind and lead you away from God. When you become discouraged and distracted, start thinking about where God brought you from evaluate what God saved you from. Anything could have happened to you, but God! Because of God’s goodness, the enemy couldn’t destroy you.
Paul knew the enemy was trying to turn the people at Ephesus, so he reminded them where God brought them from and how God had mercy on them. When we look back on where God brought us from, we will develop a greater appreciation for Him. It was of the Lord’s mercy that we were not consumed. Great is His faithfulness! (see Lamentations 3:23)
You don’t want to lose what God has done for you. The enemy will do everything to keep you from walking with God, but hold on to what God gave you! Don’t just go through the motions; develop an authentic relationship with God. Guard your gift of salvation. Don’t move off of your post and stand.
While you are on guard for your own soul, don’t forget to watch for others too. Continue in the faith and and stay rooted and grounded. (see Ephesian 3:17) Don’t let the enemy cause you to lose your place in The Lord. Thank God that, against all odds, He came into your situation, saved you, took your broken pieces and made you whole! (see Colossians 2:13) It is your responsibility to protect your walk with God and to protect your soul! Don’t be moved from the hope of the Gospel. Save yourself. Make up your mind to stay with God! (See Psalms 1:3)

Bishop Leslie: ‘Thank God for Grace’

Grace Apostolic Church welcomed Bishop John T. Leslie, Jr., of Church of Jesus Christ, Inc., in D.C., and his flock, in honor of Bishop Pendleton’s pastoral anniversary. Follow the service as it happened.

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Elder Shaw: Let’s get back to being ‘real’ for God

Scriptures: Revelation 2: 1-7, Acts 19: 1-11
Elder Shaw describes how the church of Ephesus missed the mark, and left their first love.

Notes:  John the Apostle is the author of Revelation. Even in persecution John was held on the isle of Patmos and while he was there he did not forget his obligation. In Revelation 2, he wrote this letter to the church of Ephesus:

I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted. Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love (Revelation 2: 2-4).

Something was missing in the church of Ephesus. They had become so busy with works, programs and fighting heresies that their true love for God had been dismissed. This is a true condition that does not occur overnight, but like a cancer grows until it needs the attention of a surgeon.

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Open thread: What do you stand for, Bishop asks

PTL (Praise the Lord)!

This open thread is for you! Share random church-, faith- and Christianity-related curiosities with other blog readers. Need a topic? Here’s a clip from this week’s sermon to get you started.

Bishop Pendleton preached out of Ephesians 6, and reminded us to put on the whole armor of God, and then stand. But who and what, he asks, are you standing for.

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