Welcome Holy Spirit!

You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you Acts 1:8a

The promise of the Holy Spirit has been fulfilled. On the day of Pentecost, the Christian Church was born – filled from on high so that we would be empowered to fully share the good news of Jesus Christ with others – “…by word and deed, in the power of signs and wonders, in the power of the Spirit.” (Romans 15:19)

You see, Jesus’ promise to not leave us as orphans but to send  Holy Spirit to be with and in us (John 14:16-19) is both the “who” and “how” we are to be witnesses in our homes, our neighborhoods, communities, cities, states, nations and to the ends of the earth (see Acts 1:8).  Both telling and showing the good news of Jesus Christ necessarily involves the presence and power of Holy Spirit. The Spirit of Jesus in your life – is the work of God in you to will and work for His good pleasure and purpose (Philippians 2:13). The following is a list of some of the ways Holy Spirit transforms your life for the sake of others and the good pleasure and purposes of God:

  • (John 3:5-8, Ephesians 2:1-4, Romans 8:15)
  • (Acts 1:8, Romans 8:28-29, Galatians 5:22-23)
  • (John 14:9, 14:26, 16:14)

(1 Corinthians 2:10-12)

  • (Mark 10:45, 1 Thessalonians 5:23, Luke 2:52)
  • (Galatians 5:22-23, 1 Corinthians 12)
  • (Ephesians 6:10-19, 2 Corinthians 10:3-5) 
  • ’s love and power. (Acts 1:8, 3:1-8, 4:29-32)

Paul, in his encounters with the believers in Ephesus (Acts 19:1-7) asks a telling question: “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” and then in short order releases the Spirit into their lives.  As believers we often are unaware of the presence of Holy Spirit with and in our lives – and so this day may you once again awaken to Holy Spirit’s presence in your life, welcoming His power with and in you willing and working for God’s good pleasure and purpose!

Pastor Jon