The Sign

Sermon Notes by Dr. Greg Sloop, Lead Pastor, from the August 7, 2016 Sunday AM Worship Service at the Kannapolis Church of God, Kannapolis, NC

 

Let’s Review…

Acts 2:1–4 (NKJV) 1 When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Matthew 3:11 (NKJV) I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

Acts 1:8 (NKJV) 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.”

This experience did bring power.
In Acts 3, Peter and John healed a lame man.
In Acts 5, disciples were miraculously released from prison.
In Acts 8, demons were cast out and the lame and paralyzed were healed, and Phillip was translated from the desert to Azotus.
In Acts 9, Saul was healed of his blindness and Dorcas (Tabitha) was raised from the dead.
In Acts 12, an angel delivered Peter from prison.
In Acts 14, Paul was stoned and left for dead, but rose up and continued on to the next city to preach.
In Acts 16, Paul and Silas were imprisoned after casting a demon out of a slave girl, but God sent an earthquake to open the prison doors, and a household was saved in prison!
In Acts 19, even clothes or napkins touched by Paul carried to the sick brought about their healing.

Over and over in the book of Acts, the power of God is working through Spirit-filled believers as they obeyed the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Joel 2:28 (NKJV) “And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions.

Acts 2:15–16 (NKJV) 15 For these are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. 16 But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:

Accounts of Holy Spirit Baptism in the Book of Acts

After Apostles’ Arrest

Acts 4:31 And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness. (NKJV)

IN JERUSALEM IN A MEETING

After Peter and John were arrested and released for healing the lame man, they went to a group of believers and testified, and prayed for boldness to preach and testify.

In Samaria

Acts 8:14 Now when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them, 15 who, when they had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit. 16 For as yet He had fallen upon none of them. They had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 17 Then they laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit. 18 And when Simon saw that through the laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Spirit was given, he offered them money, 19 saying, “Give me this power also, that anyone on whom I lay hands may receive the Holy Spirit.”20 But Peter said to him, “Your money perish with you, because you thought that the gift of God could be purchased with money!

IN SAMARIA AT A REVIVAL

Phillip preached a revival in Samaria, and Peter and John went down to visit. While they were there, they prayed that the new believers might receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit. This happened, and there was a discernible sign.

Saul (Paul)’s Conversion

Acts 9:17 And Ananias went his way and entered the house; and laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you came, has sent me that you may receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 Immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he received his sight at once; and he arose and was baptized.

IN DAMASCUS IN A HOME

1 Corinthians 14:18–19 (NKJV) 18 I thank my God I speak with tongues more than you all; 19 yet in the church I would rather speak five words with my understanding, that I may teach others also, than ten thousand words in a tongue.

Paul made it clear that he spoke in tongues often.

Cornelius’ Household

Acts 10:44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word. 45 And those of the circumcision who believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also. 46 For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God.

IN CAESAREA AT A GENTILE HOME

In a dream, God showed Peter that the Gentiles could receive

Ephesian Believers

Acts 19:1 And it happened, while Apollos was at Corinth, that Paul, having passed through the upper regions, came to Ephesus. And finding some disciples 2 he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” So they said to him, “We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit.” 3 And he said to them, “Into what then were you baptized?” So they said, “Into John’s baptism.”
4 Then Paul said, “John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who would come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.” 5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied. 7 Now the men were about twelve in all.

IN EPHESUS AMONG SOME DISCIPLES

This teaches subsequence to salvation and that the baptism is an additional blessing of God to the believer.

Takeaway Thought

The Baptism in the Holy Spirit:

Is for every believer
Is evidenced by speaking in other tongues
Can happen anywhere
Brings Power to the Life of the Believer

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