Sunday, June 8, 2014

A Message from American Baptist Church

Today I had a unique experience in the lovely city of Fort Collins, Colorado, where I am so blessed to be interning for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the chance to go the American Baptist Church and hear the lovely preaching of Mr. Bill Prather. As like most new Church homes I encounter, I stumbled upon this church in passing actually while taking a wrong turn past our Colorado State University dorm and decided to give it a try this Sunday since my Church home is also Baptist. While I will say there are many differences between a “Southern Baptist Church” and an “American Baptist Church” one being the short and dare I say sweet length of service which was almost exactly one hour, the word is the same wherever it is preached with a pure heart and open ears, and I was blessed to be in the house of such welcoming church members.  

Act 2: 1-21 (excerpt from verse 12-21)
12 Their heads were spinning; they couldn’t make head or tail of any of it. They talked back and forth, confused: “What’s going on here?” 13Others joked, “They’re drunk on cheap wine.”14-21  That’s when Peter stood up and, backed by the other eleven, spoke out with bold urgency: “Fellow Jews, all of you who are visiting Jerusalem, listen carefully and get this story straight. These people aren’t drunk as some of you suspect. They haven’t had time to get drunk—it’s only nine o’clock in the morning. This is what the prophet Joel announced would happen: “In the Last Days,” God says, “I will pour out my Spirit on every kind of people: your sons will prophesy, also your daughters; Your young men will see visions, your old men dream dreams.When the time comes, I’ll pour out my Spirit On those who serve men, women and me both, and they’ll prophesy. I’ll set wonders in the sky above and signs on the earth below, Blood and fire and billowing smoke, the sun turning black and the moon blood-red, Before the Day of the Lord arrives, the Day tremendous and marvelous; And whoever calls out for help to me, God, will be saved.”

1.     The winds of change relieve us from the Sun.
·       For 40 days Jesus visited his disciples and told them of a comforter that would come.
·       This was the Haunting of the Holy Sprit, which is the power released by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
·       The Church came with the Holy Sprit, a community to witness and attest to the works of God.

2.           All people shall feel the sprit
·       You cannot control the power of the Holy Sprit; it is poured out onto you, not conformed by structure.
·       The Holy Sprit can shatter barriers, and reveal us all as children of God no matter the color of our skin or our denomination.
·       We must learn to hear the sprit as either a gentle wind or a strong wind like a ghost (a friendly ghost).

3.     Ask yourself what the Sprit is calling you to do
·       Let the Holy Sprit possess you and lead you to your divine purpose.
·       The winds of the Holy Sprit will cause you to dance amongst his glory.
·       Release the control of your own life into the hands of the lord and you shall be free.

What I received from this message was that the Holy Sprit is like Jesus lasting gift to us that will guide us all the days of our life until we can get to heaven. The Trinity of the Father Son and Holy Ghost are all something that as Christians we must engrain into our daily doctrine. As children of God we must learn on him for our understanding and want to be filled with the power of the Holy Ghost just as the people in the scripture, because it will never lead us in the wrong direction. God Bless you for reading and Happy Sunday! 


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