Paul

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

Holy Communion: Meditations for the Lord’s Supper

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Preparing to commune at the Lord’s table? Want to know what the Lord says about Holy Communion? Here are a few Bible passages to meditate on. (Scriptures appear in the English Standard Version).

The Lord’s Supper
According to Matthew: Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” (Matthew 26:26-29)

According to Mark: And as they were eating, he took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.” And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, and they all drank of it. And he said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. Truly, I say to you, I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.” (Mark 14:22-25)  (more…)

Press toward the mark

Philippians 3:13-14
In verse 13, Paul told them to forget the past and to move forward. To move forward, you first must forget the past. You also must realize that you have to move forward with God.

2 Cor 10:9
Sometimes The Lord gives you some things and allows you to go through some things just to show you that it is not your doing. Paul was saying that God’s strength was made perfect when he is weak.
The Lord wants us to have a regimented life. He wants us to chase after Him.

In Phil 3:14, Paul said we have to press in. At the time when the weight is heaviest, thats when you’re getting stronger.
To be used by God, you have to be broken. You have to press into the presence of God, even in the midst of hurt and pain. But on the other side of pressing in is victory. Adversity is a bridge to a deeper relationship with God. We don’t pray sometimes until we face adversity.
God is waiting for us to forget the past, to press in, and to let Him work!

You must continue in the faith!

We have to guard our faith to make sure we don’t lose faith in God. The enemy wants us to lose our hope and faith in God. Paul encouraged the church in Colossians to continue in the faith. He received word that the church was doing well in the Lord. Paul begin to pray for them when he heard they were doing well in their walk with God. We still need prayer when things are going well! Paul wanted them to know even more about God.

We want God to continue with God, especially when so many today are leaving God and gravitating toward the world. The flesh will always continue to reach for things that will weaken your faith in God. Whatever you do, don’t give up the faith. Walking with God requires faith. (see Hebrews 11:6).  (more…)