2011 CC Pastor’s Conf-day4

#1: Malcolm Wild Session (10:10am PST)

“The Baptism of the Holy Spirit”

In order to graduate Bible school, a young student was told that he was going to have to preach a sermon to his peers. He tried to do extra work or anything to get out of it. His teacher told him that he had to do so if he wanted to graduated. The young man went up that next morning and he asked the guys, “Bros, do you know what I am going to say?” When they said, “No!” He told them, “Neither do I, lets stand for the benediction!” The teacher told him that day that he must preach the next day if he were to graduate. The next day, he told them, “Bros, do you know what I am going to say?” The guys said this time, “Yes!” He said, “Well then since you know there is no reason for me to say it, lets stand and say the benediction!” The teacher then told him that he had one more chance and if he wanted to graduate, he must preach the next day. The next day when he got up to preach, he asked, “Bros, do you know what I am going to say?” Some said, “Yes”, and others, “No”. Then he said, “Well then, let those who know tell those who don’t know, and lets stand and say the benediction!”—We as pastors must be willing to be baptized in the Holy Spirit if we are to be effective as pastors in the ministry.

Peter wrote this in 2 Peter 1:12, “12 For this reason I will not be negligent to remind you always of these things, though you know and are established in the present truth.”

Zechariah 4:1-6, “1 Now the angel who talked with me came back and wakened me, as a man who is wakened out of his sleep. 2 And he said to me, “What do you see?” So I said, “I am looking, and there is a lampstand of solid gold with a bowl on top of it, and on the stand seven lamps with seven pipes to the seven lamps. 3 Two olive trees are by it, one at the right of the bowl and the other at its left.” 4 So I answered and spoke to the angel who talked with me, saying, “What are these, my lord?” 5 Then the angel who talked with me answered and said to me, “Do you not know what these are?” And I said, “No, my lord.” 6 So he answered and said to me: “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the LORD of hosts.”

It was the priest’s responsibility to keep the lamps burning. Zechariah had this vision, and in it the olive trees filled the lampstands with the oil suppernaturally so that they could keep burning. Zechariah asks what these things were. The answer that was given to Zerubbabel was, “Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit, Says the Lord of hosts”. A great supernatural power would be given so that the oil could be continually burning. The oil symbolizes the Holy Spirit. We are the light of the world, in Revelation 1 the lampstand there symbolizes the seven churches. There was much rubble in Zechariah’s time and the work on the temple had quit because the work was too great.

We in the church must be not only stirred by the Spirit but also empowered by the Holy Spirit in order to do the work of the Lord. If our light is to burn bright, then we must be our oil from God. He has promised us His inexhaustable power and enabling to do the things He has called us to do in the ministry.

The word for power is “dunamas”, the word from which we get dynamite. He doesn’t like that definition, it should be “dynamo” because God doesn’t want to blow us up.

Jesus told the disciples that the power of God would come upon them and that they would be baptized by the Holy Spirit. This is a separate and distinct work of the Holy Spirit to conversion and regeneration. Pastor Chuck, “I believe it is a separate experience of the Holy Spirit” Chuck goes on to say that the Holy Spirit must come upon the believer in order to empower us to be effective ministers of the gospel.

He is sure that many in our fellowship are not clear on this subject, and there is much ignorance. Recently, when he began to teach on the baptism of the Holy Spirit in his church, he discovered that many in his church were ignorant of this.

John the Baptist told his disciples that Jesus would baptize them in the Holy Spirit, just as he only baptized them in water. “Have you received the Holy Spirit since you believed” men asked in the book of Acts.

Men in some denominations have overlooked John the Baptist’s message about Jesus baptizing disciples in the Holy Spirit.

Some have illustrated that we need to “plug into the power, like musicians plug into their amplifiers.” He doesn’t like this idea, rather he says that God is the one who initiates and directs us to be baptized in the Holy Spirit. Donald Gee, the Pentecostal theologian, says, “The Holy Spirit’s power is like the steam in the locomotive…it is to drive the train forward”. Then, he said that some just think that the Holy Spirit is just supposed to toot the horn on the train, “Toot toot toot!” No, we need the empowering of the Holy Spirit in order to be effective in accomplishing the work of God, and to inspire our congregations to also be baptized in the Holy Spirit.

Malcolm mentioned the young man in the first night’s worship team saying that we were all old wineskins. “Blasphemy!”, replied Malcolm, “Not Calvary Chapel!” But, this does happen. We need new wine and to be new wineskins. As we get old we become less and less desiring of change and doing things that are uncomfortable, but we need the baptism of the Holy Spirit so we can always be open to be led by the Holy Spirit. He does not want to be part of a movement that is a movement of men, he wants to be part of a movement of the Holy Spirit. He doesn’t want to be one who says, “This is the way we have always done this!” Pastor Chuck has said that if after he dies people are saying, “But this is the way that pastor Chuck has always done it!” Pastor Chuck has said that he will come and haunt them if they do this.

We are to fan to flame that work of God through the Holy Spirit in our lives. “That which is passed on to you, keep by the Holy Spirit”, it says. Though we pass on the things that God has done and the things that we have learned, history has shown that the tendency is always to complete that work in the flesh, to implement those things that were done without the Holy Spirit.

Movements of the Spirit have failed because men have tried to imitate them in the flesh, and many times carnal men, some who don’t even have a relationship with the Holy Spirit, have tried to implement. In futility they try to imitate what God has done, relying upon their traditions, not looking to God.

God raises up a new group like He did with the hippies at the beginning of our movement, and He fills them with the Spirit and leads and uses them mightily.

There is a dangerous trend that tends to happen, it is to look to the world’s standards in order to qualify to be a pastor, assistant pastor, worship leader, etc. There is more of a reliance upon administrative gifts than ministry giftings. And none seem to place the baptism of the Holy Spirit as a requirement.

In Acts 3, Peter and John healed the man raising him up saying, “Silver and gold have I none, but in the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise and walk”. Then, in chapter 4, they got in trouble from this. The religious authorities were taken back by the fact that the men were uneducated in their religious seminaries. The apostles were not men of class or position in life. When intelligence and education are allowed to replace the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives, he is concerned. The religious authorities were shocked because Peter and John did not look like the men who could do these things.

When people would come and ask pastor Chuck how such great things were being done through us, he would just say, “It is the Lord, simply the Lord”.

These men said that they were able to do this thing because they had been with Jesus.

We need to not just hold to the doctrine of the baptism of the Holy Spirit, but actually let Him do that work through us of baptizing us. It is not by my own strength or ability, we need to recognize, it is by the Holy Spirit.

He gives us two reasons why this truth make him happy:

1)–This truth means that we can all be used by God.
Look at what Paul wrote of himself: 1 Corinthians 2:2-5, “2 For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. 3 I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. 4 And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.” Philippians 4:13, “13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

2)—This keeps all of the glory for God Himself.

Because equips us with all of the gifts that are used for the ministry, this means that God alone will be glorified. Lets hold on to that passion and motive!

Malcolm prayed that God by His Spirit would use us with His gifts for His glory, in the Name of Jesus!

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#2: Brian Broderson Session (2:10pm PST)

“A Passion for the Gifts of the Spirit”

1 Corinthians 12:7-11, “7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: 8 for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.”

My intention is not to give a detailed explanation of the gifts of the Spirit, but rather give an argument for the necessity of the gifts of the Spirit in our ministries today.

The world has changed considerably in the last 30 years. The Humanist Revolution that began in the 60s-70s has permeated the world. Moral relativism has encapsulated the world, and liberal theology has permeated churches.

Engaging the culture and being missional is the trend of the church today, and that is a good thing. But, it is not enough. If that is all that we have, then we are in trouble, and thank God we have more than that.

Charles Wesley, D.L. Moody, etc. were key persons involved in periods of revival, but it was the power of the Holy Spirit that brought this about. Likewise, Lonnie Frisbee and others involved in the Jesus People Movement were used mightily, but it was the power of the Holy Spirit working through them too who brought that about through them.

Unbelievers need to see the power of God, and Christians need to experience the power of God. He has chosen the gifts specified here for a reason, and they are different that the listing of the gifts elsewhere. Here is the difference, the Romans 12 gifts are supernatural gifts, but they are those that are manifested in a natural way. Serving, giving, leading, etc. are certainly spiritual gifts, but they manifest themselves in a natural way. However, the gifts mentioned in 1 Corinthians are gifts manifested in a supernatural way.

The gifts mentioned in 1 Corinthians can get out of whack and be sort of unsettling. The skepticism in the public media against Christianity is at a high point. But, we have supernatural power that will cut through so much of that.

Supernaturally manifested in a supernatural way.

A word of “Wisdom” or “Knowledge” may be needed in a certain circumstance, as well “faith” given in order to do extraordinary way. Gifts of “healings” that are supernatural are here, these are not natural healings and didn’t come about as a result of modern technology.

Are we believing in the supernatural manifestation of the gifts today? Are we modeling our church’s ministry after the book of Acts? Have we in the CCs so emphasized teaching of the scripture, which is very important, that we have stifled the working of the gifts of the Spirit in the church?

What do we do? First of all, we need to pray. We need to go to Jesus and ask if we are missing something in our church? Is everything happening that you want to happen in our church?

We can get into a routine and thus not be open to the Lord or wait upon the Lord, so that He can work in supernatural ways in our church.

Also, if we do sense as we are praying and asking the Lord if we should do some different things, are we going to let the Lord lead us? Are we full of the Spirit? Are we moving in the Spirit? Are we exercising the gifts of the Spirit? If we aren’t doing these things, it is never going to happen in our fellowships. This is how we have to lead our congregations.

We aren’t just supposed to teach about the gifts and moving of the Holy Spirit, we need to give opportunity for the Lord to work.

He was concerned that in his church that only 10% of the people were doing all of the work of the ministry. The Lord told him that he had to teach the people about the working of the Holy Spirit.

Over eight weeks he said that they came together and they probably prayed over every person in their church. Some 20 years later that same dynamic is working in the church.

We wonder sometimes about what we will do if the ministry does not work if we try to allow the expression of the gifts.

He thinks it is a big mistake to relegate the praying for the gifts of the Spirit to the backroom. It needs to be out there right in the midst of us. We’ve got to take steps of faith and we have to make room for this in our churches.

He thinks that every week there should be a service which is just an Acts 2:42 service, and that is all that you do: fellowship, breaking of bread, worship, teaching. Many times in the church we have substituted socializing for fellowship. He thinks that one of the reasons that the youth are leaving our churches is because we have relegated our church services to a Bible study, and it is just boring to them. If we have the Acts 2:42 type of ministry people will minister to one another, pray for one another, and express the gifts of the Spirit.

How many people in our churches are really engaged in the ministries of the body? It is generally a small percentage. We need an emphasis on community in our churches.

What is one of the chief features of the “last days” in the church? He says He will pour out His Spirit in our midst in the last days. As the day is drawing near, we should be expecting more of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in our midst. We are to be expecting, expecting God to do something. And, if we expect God to do something, we are going to take steps and allow the Lord to work in and through us.

We tend to be timid and reserved about allowing the Lord to work through us in the gifts of the Spirit. But, we have to bold and let the Lord work through us.

Brian told the story of once he was speaking in the pulpit before the people and the Lord told him to start speaking in tongues, and he told the Lord, “No!” But, the Lord kept prodding him for the next 20 minutes, convicting him to do this. Finally, he felt the Lord tell him that if he didn’t speak in tongues that He wasn’t going to use him in this way any more. So, he started speaking in tongues, and instantly a young guy in the second row started interpreting his tongues. What the young guy was saying was so ministering to him that he was asking God to forgive him and telling the Lord He was sorry, etc.

Brian prayed that the Lord would work through our lives mightily in the gifts of the Spirit.

Then, we prayed for healing and laid hands on a man named Brent who has recently had a cancerous tumor removed from his head.

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#3: Wayne Taylor Workshop (3:15pm PST)

*****Note that my notes do not come near to telling you all that was in this session, and I personally consider this such a key message that I think listening to it ought to be a pre-requisite to being accepted into fellowship in the Calvarys. Wayne allowed pastors to answer questions on a few occassions during the message, and the comments that were made are a huge part of this message, but I couldn’t transcribe them so they are omitted. Also, Wayne read some wonderful letters from his kids and also a couple of great quotes. All of this is to say, please

“Having a Passion for our Wives and Family”

He is going to talk about maximum love and fruit, family, kids, wives, etc.

He says that he originally wasn’t a very good husband. Six years into his marriage he was on a tour of Israel with his wife and kids, and the kids were young. His son Jordan was being carried around by a guy, he wasn’t wearing diapers, and peed all over the guy’s back. Then, one day he was carrying Amy and she was crying, and his wife came up to him and asked him to give her to her to nurse and he refused and said that he would try to comfort her. She asked him again to give her Amy to nurse, and he refused. He again refused. Then, she said, “Give her to me, you jerk!” This was in front of a bunch of people, and Wayne asked her to come a way over, and then he straightened her out and told her that she was the one.

Then, one day he asked her why she was unhappy, and she told him that he was treating her like an enemy instead of loving her and treat her like a friend. He was reading “The Jesus Style” and it was talking about being like Jesus, and he kind of thought that he was like Jesus. But, he was convicted that he was treating his wife like an Adversary, more like Satan would do rather than God.

Wayne opened up the session for questions, asking guys to say what the most difficult things were in marriage.

His biggest problem in the ministry is himself. He can be mean, selfish, and ugly at times. But, ministry is a team effort. Our wives, other than God, has to be our first love. It is God and your wife, and family, and then the church.

Colossians 3:19, “19 Husbands, love your wives and do not be bitter toward them.” We have to love our wives as Christ loves us. If we will love our wives and make them the priority that they need to be, then she will not object to us doing other things in the ministry.

God uses marriage to train us to be like Jesus, to love like the Lord. “Love is neither heaven nor hell, it is just purgatory”-Abraham Lincoln. Marriage is what causes to be more loving and more Christ-like. All of us as Christian men have flaws that need purging. Almost all of our flaws come out in marriage.

Wayne said that at a point in his marriage he thought that his wife made him unhappy, and he told her that. She responded, “I think that is between you and God, pastor!”

Then, he realized it was within him and not her. What pressure it is to think that a human being can make a person happy? Only God can do this. Our completeness is in Jesus. She isn’t God, and we are Prince Charming. She realized at a certain point that she married a jerk. At that point she realized that she too needed to look to the Lord.

“You make me angry.” “No, you are angry”. Anger is something of the flesh and not working and walking in the Spirit. Abraham, the father of our faith, struggled with doubts and fears. He had great faith, but then when he ran down to Pharaoh he told him that Sarah was his sister. That must have been very scary for Sarah. God had to protect Sarah because her husband wasn’t doing it. And, we would have thought that Abraham would have learned from this experience, but many years later he did the same thing. Again, God had to protect Sarah. Many times God has to help out our wives because we aren’t doing it.

“A successful marriage demands a divorce, a divorce from your own self-love,” someone once said. Paul said, “I have been crucified with Christ” now he lived by faith in the Son of God who loved him. Wayne said we can’t be filled with ego. He says he had a big ego, and he still does. Wayne once was speaking and he said, “I love you but…”, and he realized that if you love someone “but”, you aren’t loving them.

We put expectations on our spouse, and when we lay our expectations on our spouses, and they don’t meet our expectations, then we won’t love them as Christ loves. We have to put all of our expectations on God and just love our wives. Sometimes it is humiliating to just love our wives, but that is Ok. But, it is only with the strength of God’s love to love our wives in this way.

We are not to become bitter towards our wives. What causes bitterness in our marriage, and how do we know that we have it? Wayne opened this up for the guys to answer these questions.

Wayne summarized the comments. Bitterness can be caused by hurt, it isn’t the same as hurt, but it is a response to hurt. You know that you have bitterness if your heart is hardening.

Hebrews 12:15, “15 looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled.”

Hurt can result in bitterness, or it can cause you to receive more grace. God gives grace to the humble. When you get knocked down that is an opportunity for you to receive grace from God. And, you can extend grace, but you have to communicate also. You have to not allow some things to exist in the home.

Roots are underground. Many times people do not see it. Many times we can be mad at our wives, and we just don’t want to be with her. Affairs and adultery can destroy a marriage, but marriages can be restored if there is repentance. It is very hurtful but marriages can be healed.

There was a point in Wayne’s life when Kathy said something that was very hurtful, and then she later apologized. But, Wayne wouldn’t forgive her for a long time. God told him that he needed to forgive her just like he had been forgiven. He told the Lord he didn’t want to love her like God loved him and forgive her because it was too painful. But, the Lord told him he was going to do it anyway. He eventually did.

Forgiveness is absorbing the hurt of the sin that is against you. You need to give in to God and let Him take our hurts. The cross took all of our hurts and sins, and it absorbed them.

The way he has become a loving person is by being sinned against and then giving forgiveness.

Next question: Why do pastor’s kids have a bad reputation? What makes pastor’s kids rebel? He opened this up for comments.

Colossians 3:21, “21 Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.” God told him to love his children and not to provoke them but to cause them to love God by the things that you do. The word “provoke” means “to stimulate to anger”. It refers to criticism, correction, etc., and if there are not fun times and if you don’t do things with your kids, and do things with them to show them that they are special. Then, they can become discouraged. You can rob them of their spirit, and it depresses and frustrates them. Martin Luther had a father that was so harsh that he had a hard time praying and using the word, “Father.” Discipline is important, but only discipline them in love.

Luther said, “Spare the rod and you will spoil the child, but put an apple next to it to give to him when he does good.

He once gave his son the choice of getting spanking or trying harder to do good next time. He told him that he better spank him because he didn’t want to obey him. So, he gave him a good spanking. But, his son learned from this. He understood that dad really didn’t want to spank him.

“Thank you for sacrificing so much to give me things that I need, and for setting limits for me because you love me”, his 12 year old son Riley wrote him.

Wayne talked about how that Riley is now the worship leader at his church, and his son Jordan is now the senior pastor at Calvary Seattle. Amy has amazing talents. She was a pro-basketball player in Europe and won a national title in Holland. But, she raps now and has a boyfriend raps and they do this for Jesus Christ.

We have to raise our kids up in the love of God, encourage them in the love of God, encourage them in their gifts, etc. We need to do things with our kids and spend time with our kids, things that they enjoy. We need to make our family a glory. This is our responsibility with our kids.

Wayne told us that he coached his kids and never missed a single one of their games. Now, they know when he speaks to them about God, that he is being honest and speaking truth.

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#4: Damian Kyle Session (7:15pm PST)

“The Gifts of the Holy Spirit, part 2”

1 Corinthians 12:1-11, “1 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant: 2 You know that you were Gentiles, carried away to these dumb idols, however you were led. 3 Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed, and no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit. 4 There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. 6 And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. 7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: 8 for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.”

Many years ago when Calvary Chapel Modesto was downtown, he used to walk around downtown sometimes. When he was walking once he saw an art deco building only 15×20’ in size. It was locked and as he looked in the window there was one desk and a couple of chairs were there where people would talk to the one on the desk, and there was a sign there that said, “Be brief, be blunt, and be gone”. He thought, “So this is what people think about the church!”

A man came to his church, Calvary Chapel Napa, once after hearing him on the radio for some time, and he came down the altar and talked with Damian and told him, “You are not what I expected.” Damian said, “What did you expect?” He said, “I expected you to have several pens in your pocket.” Damian then said to us that this man understand nothing about me because I am anything but a theological academic. Then, Damian went on to talk about the afterglows in the early days of his walk with the Lord. He talked about tongues, prophesies, healings, etc. were continually happening in various rooms in the church. There was an atmosphere that was absolutely free and open to God moving. People came expecting God to work mightily, and He did. The home fellowships were set up this way, and even individually God worked in the supernatural in all of their lives. The supernatural was natural. Discussions about what gifts you might have were part of the every day life.

He then said that he remembered the first vision that the Lord gave him one day.

Our God is a speaking God, He speaks supremely through His word, and all gifts are to be tested through His word. The Pentecostals and the Charismatics did not come up with this dynamic. Every Christian has been given spiritual gifts. Christianity is a supernatural life. No Christian life, and no Christian church, should be looked at as being an accumulation of the talents of the people of that church. There is a miraculous and supernatural aspect of every believer’s life that supersedes any of his talents or abilities.

We teach the word of God, and then people are to learn about the power of God, the gifts of the Spirit and how He wants to work in and through our lives. In the family he grew up in he was taught God’s word, and he was taught how he should live, and the house was really wonderful place to grow up. However, later in life he realized that there was a neglect of the teaching of the Holy Spirit and how He wanted to work in their lives.

There once was a well known lady that his mother told used to listen to on the radio, and one day she stated that tongues were of the Devil. His mother warned him about these things, and he thus had a wariness about tongues and gifts of the Spirit.

But, as he sat in the Calvary Chapel in Napa one day and the pastor was teaching the word of God, the pastor said that the gift of tongues were for today and that everyone had gifts of the Holy Spirit. He was very concerned and wanted to run out of the church, however he trusted his pastor’s handling of the word of God and so he was in a dilemma. He then later went to a library and checked out several books on the Holy Spirit, and he was hoping that he would find out that the gifts of the Spirit were not for today. However, instead as he studied and considered all of the arguments about the Holy Spirit, he came to realize that his pastor was right.

Finally, he determined that he wanted to have all that God had for him. He went up front in the church one night and prayed for the gift of tongues, but nothing happened. He went home that night, and he asked God to give him the gift of tongues. And, right there as he sat on the floor he received the gift of tongues.

He found out later that a man named Jim at the church was standing in line at the post office, and someone had put some tracts about the gifts of the Holy Spirit. And, after he read the tract, he prayed and right then as he was standing in line the Lord gave him the gift of tongues.

Another time he went out street witnessing with a guy name Jim in Napa, and they shared the gospel with every single person they came in contact with. On the north end of Jefferson St., he and Jim were making there way through a parking lot, and they came upon about 7 of the guys, and they were going to share the gospel with them. Jim looked at one of the guys and then began to prophesy about this kid about his life. He told him about a bunch of things in his life that he had been going through. Everything that Jim told that guy about his life turned out to be true, and you could have pushed the guy over with a feather. The guy received the Lord right then and there.

Then, through the years Damian stated that he has become more dependent upon the Holy Spirit. He prays for God’s discernment and wisdom in counseling decisions. He does likewise when making decisions about the church also.

Damian stated that he thinks that he has a responsibility to teach the body of Christ about these things and about the gifts and baptism of the Holy Spirit. How else is the Holy Spirit going to speak to the people as they have their quiet time, or how are they going to be able to know what to write in a card that they give to someone whom they are consoling over a loss, etc. This area of our Christian life needs to be nurtured, and we need to nurture that in the lives of the people in our churches.

For us in the Calvary Chapels to have this dynamic of the Holy Spirit working in our lives and not pass this also along to our children, and the children of the church, is a travesty. This dynamic of the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit we must be sure is nurtured under those under our spiritual care.

Sometimes time constraints can cause us as pastors to neglect the nurture of this area of the church. He said that he had begun to delegate this responsibility to others at one point and it began to languish. Then, he determined that he cannot deny to others what has been nurtured and invested into him. If he denies that to those whom he pastors is unthinkable. He determined to make a priority in all that they do.

“I don’t want to have people leave this church in order to develop this area of their lives”, he thought to himself. He wants people to grow in the full Christian life, just like he wants people to grow in the knowledge of the entire word of God.

He says that he is simply contending for the fact that the Christian life is a supernatural life, and that God wants to work through us supernaturally through the gifts and baptism of the Holy Spirit. This world is getting more and more dark and demonic every day, and every Christian is going to need the fullness of the Holy Spirit in their lives if they are going to be able stand in this day for the Lord.

This was Paul’s perspective for the churches: 1 Corinthians 1:2-7, “2 To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all who in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours: 3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 4 I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you by Christ Jesus, 5 that you were enriched in everything by Him in all utterance and all knowledge, 6 even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you, 7 so that you come short in no gift, eagerly waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ.”—We need that fullness of the Holy Spirit in our lives, and likewise do the people in our churches.

We then shared in communion, followed by an afterglow!

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