2009.05.03 Spiritual Warfare part 2

Randy will continue the discussion on spiritual warfare.

What works for one …

Last year I did the YMCA thing through the winter, and I really enjoyed it. I was planning on doing that again this year, but could not afford it.

Now I’ve joined an exercise initiative at work modeled on the TV program “the great race” (I’ve never seen the program and know nothing about it). At work you get 1 mile of “credit” for every 15 minutes of continuous exercise that raises your heart rate. So now I’m using the treadmill, walking, etc. to earn mileage points at work.

I don’t know why, but I need this kind of external motivation to get me to “do the thing”. Whatever works I guess.

2009.04.12 Easter

No meeting this day.

2009.04.05 Sacraments Part 4: Communion

Fourth discussion of the sacraments. In addition to studying and discussing communion we will probably celebrate communion this week.

2009.03.01 Being led by the Spirit

Being led by the Spirit (Randy)
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2009.02.08 The Damaged Soul

Moderator: Paula. We’ll be discussing ways in which the soul becomes damaged, and how it can be healed.

Jewish Holiday:
Tu B’Shevat, the 15th of Shevat on the Jewish calendar (February 9th on our calendar), is the day that marks the beginning of a “New Year for Trees.” This is the season in which the earliest-blooming trees in the Land of Israel emerge from their winter sleep and begin a new fruit-bearing cycle.

Legally, the “New Year for Trees” relates to the various tithes that must be separated from produce grown in the Holy Land. These tithes differ from year to year in the seven-year Shemittah cycle; the point at which a budding fruit is considered to belong to the next year of the cycle is the 15th of Shevat.

Jews mark the day of Tu B’Shevat by eating fruit, particularly from the kinds that are singled out by the Torah in its praise of the bounty of the Holy Land: grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives and dates. On this day Jews remember that “Man is a tree of the field” (Deuteronomy 20:19). Therefore we will be eating some of the fruits of the Holy Land with our lunch, just for something different.
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2009.02.15 No Meeting

There will be no meeting on this Sunday.
Paula and I spent the weekend at Matt and Erika’s, meeting our new grandson. It was a really good weekend.

2008.12.21 Star of Bethlehem at Oil City Branch

We shared breakfast and the movie “The Star of Bethlehem” with our church family at Oil City Branch. The movie didn’t project as well as I had hoped, but it was great fellowship nonetheless.

2009.04.19 How we deal with sin

How do we deal with sin in our lives? What does it mean to repent? How do we make sure we’re in right standing with God, ready to do His good will?

2009.03.29 Sacraments Part 3: Holy Spirit Baptism

Today’s meeting was lively and interesting. We had some different faces around the table, and the fellowship was rich. God was here and some really encouraging ministry took place.

Here are the notes:

Sacraments III: Baptism in the Holy Spirit

Action: laying on of hands by those who have received the Holy Spirit
Promise or expected Spiritual Result: spiritual power and authority as evidenced by the gifts of the Holy Spirit and the fruit of the Holy Spirit.
Described/Discussed (Note the scriptures that describe a distinct event)
Acts 8:14-17 Acts 15:8
Acts 9:17 Acts 19:1-6
Acts 10:44-47 1 Cor. 12:13
Acts 11:15-17 Rom. 8:15

Prophesied or forshadowed:
Exo. 28:3 Isaiah 44:3
Num. 11:16, 17, 25, 29 Isaiah 61:1-3
Jdg. 3:10 Eze 2:2
Jdg. 14:6 Eze 11:5
1 Sam. 10:5-7 Eze 11:19-20
2 Chron. 24:20 Eze 36:27
Isaiah 32:14-16 Joel 2:28-29

Commanded or ordained by Christ in word or action:

John 1:33-34 John 7:37-39
Luke 11:13 John 15:26
John 3:5 John 16:12-13
John 4:24 Acts 1:4-9

Promise or expected spiritual result: spiritual power and authority as evidenced by spiritual gifts and spiritual fruit
Result will be that the word will be preached/taught with authority that cannot be resisted, and signs and wonders will confirm that the word is from God. God will receive the glory that is His alone.
Acts 1:8 Rom 8:9, 13, 14, 26
Acts 2:4 Rom 15:19
Acts 2:17-18 1 Cor 2:4-5
Acts 2:33, 38 1 Cor 2:14
Acts 4:31 1 Cor 14:15
Acts 6:10 Gal 3:3, 5, 14
Acts 8:29, 39 Gal 4:6
Acts 11:28 Gal 5:5, 16, 22-25
Acts 13:2, 4 Eph 16:18
Acts 13:9-12 1 The 1:5-7
Acts 16:18 1 The 5:19-20
Acts 19:13-16 2 Tim 1:14
Rom 5:5 Tit 3:5

How does the Bible refer to Holy Spirit Baptism?
One way: Being “born of the Spirit”
Joh 3:1 And there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews.
Joh 3:2 He came to Jesus by night and said to Him, Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God; for no man can do these miracles which you do unless God is with him.
Joh 3:3 Jesus answered and said to him, Truly, truly, I say to you, Unless a man is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Joh 3:4 Nicodemus said to Him, How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb and be born?
Joh 3:5 Jesus answered, Truly, truly, I say to you, Unless a man is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

Does the Bible call this baptism, as if it were a second type of baptism? Yes.
Act 1:4 And having met with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to await the promise of the Father which you heard from Me.
Act 1:5 For John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized in the Holy Spirit not many days from now.

Act 11:16 And I remembered the Word of the Lord, how He said, John indeed baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit.

1Co 12:13 For also by one Spirit we are all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether bond or free, even all were made to drink into one Spirit.

Does the Bible separate this experience from repentance and salvation? Yes.
Act 9:17 And Ananias went and entered into the house. And putting his hands on him, he said, Brother Saul, the Lord, Jesus, who appeared to you in the way in which you came, has sent me to you that you might see and be filled with the Holy Spirit.

Act 10:44 As Peter was yet speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell on all those hearing the Word.
Act 10:45 And the faithful of the circumcision were amazed, as many as came with Peter, because the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out on the nations also.

Act 19:1 And it happened, in the time Apollos was in Corinth, Paul was passing through the higher parts to come to Ephesus. And finding some disciples,
Act 19:2 he said to them, Believing, did you receive the Holy Spirit? And they said to him, We did not even hear whether the Holy Spirit is.
Act 19:3 And he said to them, Then to what were you baptized? And they said, To the baptism of John.
Act 19:4 And Paul said, John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe into the One coming after him, that is, into the Christ, Jesus.
Act 19:5 And hearing, they were baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus.
Act 19:6 And Paul laying hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in languages and prophesied.

Was this a special gift given to the original 12 disciples only? No.
Act 2:4 And they were all filled of the Holy Spirit, and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Act 15:8 And God, who knows the hearts, bore them witness, giving them the Holy Spirit even as to us.

Act 2:17 “And it shall be in the last days, says God, I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh. And your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.

Was it a special gift that only the original 12 disciples could dispense? No.
Act 9:17 And Ananias went and entered into the house. And putting his hands on him, he said, Brother Saul, the Lord, Jesus, who appeared to you in the way in which you came, has sent me to you that you might see and be filled with the Holy Spirit.
(Ananias not mentioned among the 12 nor is he mentioned again in the NT)

Act 19:2 he said to them, Believing, did you receive the Holy Spirit? And they said to him, We did not even hear whether the Holy Spirit is.
(The implication is clearly that Paul assumed these people may have received the Holy Spirit, even though he clearly knew that no apostles had visited them before.)

Was it an expected part of the total Christian Experience? Yes. (See scripture above).
What Happens when someone is baptized in the Holy Ghost?
1. They speak in other tongues
2. They prophecy
3. They receive a witness in their spirit that gives them spiritual authority
4. They serve the kingdom of God with specific spiritual gifts as enumerated in 1Cor. 12.

What is the risk of not receiving, or of denying, the Baptism of the Holy Ghost?
Mat 26:41 Watch and pray that you enter not into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
Rom 8:5 For they who are according to the flesh mind the things of flesh, but they who are according to the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
Rom 8:9 But you are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone has not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His.
Read entire book of Jude

Summarized: Hear the word, be saved through faith, and receive the Holy Spirit:
Eph 1:13 in whom also you, hearing the Word of Truth, the gospel of our salvation, in whom also believing, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise,
Eph 1:14 who is the earnest of our inheritance, to the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory..

And again:
1Jn 5:7 For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit, and these three are one.
1Jn 5:8 And there are three that bear witness on the earth: the Spirit, and the water, and the blood; and the three are into the one.

And again:
Tit 3:5 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing (baptism) of regeneration and renewal (renovation) of the (indwelling) Holy Spirit
(Amplified): 5 He saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we had done, but because of His own pity and mercy, by [the] cleansing [bath] of the new birth (regeneration) and renewing of the Holy Spirit,

So, what is the end result?

John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. He could lead you to “kill” the old man (repentance), but he could not raise you to life again.
Jesus’ baptism was the baptism of salvation. Jesus can both kill the old man, and raise the new man to life
The Holy Spirit’s baptism is the baptism of fire – He moves you from the place where you are dead to sin, moves you beyond being saved, into a place where you walk in spiritual authority and newness of life – you can have the foretaste of, and be the living example of, heaven here on earth; The regeneration/renewal that is daily, moment by moment, and without end. The result is spiritual strength, endurance, and “rightness” that equips the saint to be an appropriate vessel for the power and glory of God.

Baptism in the Holy Spirit is the “action” part of being a Christian. The battle we are in is spiritual, and it is only by the power of the Holy Spirit we can win. The battle is “supernatural” (meaning it takes place outside of, or above, the natural realm) and requires supernatural powers, gifts, and abilities.