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What does it mean to be baptized in the Holy Spirit? 

  • It is not water baptism, though water baptism is important, too.
  • Instead of the preacher baptizing a person into water,  Jesus will baptize a person into the Holy Spirit.
  • The Holy Spirit comes INTO a person upon salvation, but the Holy Spirit comes UPON a person with  this subsequent baptism.
  • To 'baptize' means to immerse or dunk or submerge, so the Spirit has come within you to abide, but He needs to come upon  you for service.
  • When the Spirit comes upon a person, He brings power.
  • The Christian needs Holy Spirit power to live and also to preach and minister to others.
  • This power includes speaking in tongues, and the other gifts of the Spirit (1 Cor 12).

Look at these Bible truths concerning the baptism with the Holy Spirit and power:

Luke 3:21-22 says ".... it came to pass that Jesus also was baptized; and while He prayed, the heaven was opened.  And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven which said, "You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased"."

Luke 4:1 says "Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness."  In the wilderness Jesus was tempted and ".... then Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee...." (Luke 4:14).  It was at this time that the ministry and miracles of Jesus began (Luke 3:23).  Acts 10:38 says "how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him."

In Luke 3:16, John the Baptist says to all ".... I indeed baptize you with water; but One mightier than I is coming, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose.  He (Jesus) will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire".  Jesus will baptize YOU in the Holy Spirit!

Jesus Wants You Filled With the Same Power.

Acts 1:4-5 says "And being assembled together with them, He (Jesus) COMMANDED them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, "which", He said, "you have heard from Me; for John truly baptize with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now"." Jesus also says in Luke 24:49, "Behold I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high". And the saints were filled with the power of the Holy Spirit, with the evidence of speaking in tongues (Acts 2:1-4).

Jesus says in Acts 1:8, "But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem (ie. the city), and in all Judea (ie. the state) and Samaria (ie. the country), and to the end of the earth." To be an effective witness, which is the primary work of the Christian (Mark 16:15), you need the power!

In John 14:12 Jesus says, "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father". Jesus did NO works until He was baptized in the Holy Spirit! If He needed the power of the Holy Spirit, so do we.

The baptism in the Holy Spirit is for ALL who desire it. Jesus said one of the signs that would follow those who believe is they will speak with new tongues (Mark 16:17). Would you like to be baptized in the Holy Spirit and receive power to be an effective witness and do the works of Jesus? There are two requirements:

1) You must be born again, and
2) You must ask and believe to receive.

Ask Jesus to baptize you in the Holy Spirit and fill you with His power NOW! If you would like us to pray with you to be filled with the Spirit, or want us to lay hands on you, please call the church office at 281-870-1010. If you have questions, go to the "Ask the Pastors" section.

Go in power and preach the gospel!

Other Scriptures Regarding the Baptism in the Holy Spirit: Acts 8:14-17 Acts 10:44-46 Acts 19:2-6 Acts 9: 17 John 7:37-39 Eph 5:17-18 1 Cor 14:18 1 Cor 14:39-40 1 Cor 14:2,4,14 1 Cor 14:15-17 Rom 8:26-27 Jude 1:20 Isa 28:11-12

Houston Faith Church  | Sunday 10:30 am | Wednesday 7:00 pm   

 5757 N. Eldridge Pkwy, Houston, TX 77041   |   281-870-1010  |  Spirit Filled   |  Non Denominational  | Preaching the Word of Faith
Pastors Chas Stevenson & Joni Stevenson

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