MODULE 6 - THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
(Foundations of the Faith)
Welcome to week 6 class!
That the student-disciple gain the understanding that he or she must rely on the Holy Spirit to empower him or her to be a Godly and effective witness /servant in and for the Kingdom of God.
Things to Do on this Week:
-Review the correct answers to Week 5’s questions.
-Study this week’s definition.
-Reading Assignment: Matthew 3:10-12; Luke 11:13; John 4:5-14;John 7:37-39; Luke 24:46-51; Acts 1:1-15; Acts 2:1-21; Acts 8:5-8; Acts 8:14-17; Acts 10:34-46: Acts 19:1-6
-Watch this week’s video lecture: “ The Work of The Holy Spirit”.
-Review the summary of this week’s lesson.
-Answer this week’s questions: and submit the answers by 12 Noon, on Monday, April 26th, 2021
“Tongues”: (Greek) “ Glossa”- “ The language or dialect used by a particular people distinct from that of other languages.”[ Sandra Thomas Brown: Put simply, tongues are a supernatural manifestation of the Holy Ghost in which a person speaks forth a message or prayer in a language that he or she has not learned].
The Holy Spirit wears many hats. He persuades unbelievers that they need salvation through Christ. He brings forth the new birth experience in believers. Jesus told the woman at the well that the Holy Ghost ( or Holy Spirit) comes into the heart of the new believer in Christ to take up residence .His presence is like that of an everlasting reservoir or well of water from which believers can draw spiritual life that gives strength.
However, in John 7:37-39,Jesus said that the Spirit’s presence would be like “RIVERS of living water”; and the Bible says that Jesus was speaking of the work of His Spirit, which had not been given at that point. The use of the term “well” in John , chapter 4, but “rivers” in John , chapter 7, does not appear to be insignificant, nor by happenstance. It seems to highlight the difference in the amount of water given from these 2 sources, and paints a picture of how different the experience of receiving the Holy Spirit at salvation, and receiving the immersion and saturation of the Spirit in the Baptism of the Holy Ghost. Both John the Baptist and Jesus , Himself, spoke of this deluge and immersion of /in the Spirit of God.
This experience has not passed away, as some claim, but is to empower ALL Christians spiritually today, enabling them to walk in a deeper commitment to the Lord, as well as to be more effective in carrying forth kingdom service. Just as salvation through the new birth experience, water baptism, the love and faith walk, and all other tenets and ordinances of the New Testament are still effect, and will be throughout the “Church Age” in which we live, so is the Baptism of the Holy Spirit still in effect; and speaking with other tongues is still its initial evidence. As Jesus told us in Luke 11:13, all we as Christians have to do to receive this experience, is ask Him to baptize us with the Holy Spirit.
As you will see in this week’s reading in Acts chapters 2, 8, 10, and 19, some people receive the Baptism by the laying on of the hands of church leaders. Sometimes people receive with the aid of others in a prayer meeting/setting; but some receive by the Holy Spirit just falling upon them, as you saw in the second and tenth chapters of Acts. How you receive it isn’t important. Just that you receive it!