The Gift of the Spirit Part 3

 When Jesus commissioned the Church, He didn’t expect His followers to minister to the world and deal with the tactics of Satan without His powerful help. 

 So the Holy Spirit gave gifts to the Church to empower believers to reign in life! 

But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.    -1 Corinthians 12:7 

Praise the Lord Saints, I am so thankful for another opportunity to share the Word of God with you.  This is a very important subject, and it is very important that we get a good understanding about the Gifts of the Holy Spirit and its purpose in the Church. 

Last week I spent some time discussing some of the gifts that should be in manifestation in the ministry of the evangelist.  We used the ministry of Phillip as our example as recorded in the Book of Acts.  So let’s go ahead and look at this opening of Scripture.

 

Acts 8:5-7

5 Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them.

6 And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Phillip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did.

7 For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them: and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed. 

So, because Phillip is our New Testament example, a true evangelist should have miracles and the gifts of healings following his ministry. 

Much of the time, what we call an “evangelist” is not an evangelist.  We have some folks who sing and just exhort people to be saved.  And in Romans 12:8, the Bible talks about the ministry of exhortation.  Although it isn’t a ministry office, it is a bonafide ministry, and we need to thank God for it.  But exhorters are not true New Testament evangelist. 

I didn’t know a thing in the world about the gifts of the Spirit until after I was baptized in the Holy Ghost and spake with other tongues as a catholic young man on September 20, 1971, in Newark New Jersey. 

Two months after was filled with the Holy Ghost, that was November 19, 1971, I was drafted into the United States Army.  After I completed my training and so forth, I was sent to Germany in June 1972. 

For the first six months or so while in Germany I attended the post chapel services and a German Baptist Church.  But somehow or another, the Holy Ghost prompted me to have a Bible Study in my home on Friday nights, I called it “coffee house”.  There was a great hunger in my heart to learn the Word of God. 

During these studies I began to see that when a person is filled with the Holy Ghost they speak in tongues, but I still didn’t know a thing in the world about the gifts of the Spirit.  I read about it in First Corinthians.  But for the most part, they were all foreign to me. 

As I continue to study and teach in my home about the Holy Spirit and His gifts it blessed my family.  In 1975 my mother who was an Episcopalian came to visit me in Germany.  During one of our Bible study time, suddenly she blurted out, “Steve I want you to baptize me today”, it was February in the middle of the winter.  I baptized her in my bath tub and the Lord filled her with the Holy Ghost and healed her vision at the same time.  Glory to God!

 

Well I am out of time, I will continue this subject next week.

  

Your Pastor

 

Word for Today:  "When You Ask" 

Don’t ask amiss; James 4:3 “Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.” When we try to tell God how to do it we are trying to consume our answer upon our own lust.  Our part is to ask in faith and let God answer His way, He knows how to get the answer to us and all glory goes to him.  Remember we never tell God how to do it, we will hinder the answer ever time.