Saturday, April 05, 2008

Baptizdo

Acts 2:38-39 (New International Version)
38Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call."

"Baptizdo
(Greek) means to overwhelm, immerse, plunge, drench"
The Alpha Course Manual

Week 8 of the Alpha Course--and there were 8 of us at our home on Tuesday to watch the video that was about the Holy Spirit.

We come from a variety of walks of life; hairdressing, a law office, a marketing company, developmental services; and one person is supported by the agency that some of us work for.

All of us come together with one purpose and that is to know more about Jesus and to know him in a deeper way.

Listening to the video on which Nicky Gumbel was speaking on Tuesday, even though we'd just eaten supper, I felt hungry--but not for food. I felt hungry for the dunamis the power and force of the Holy Spirit; that overwhelming, immersing, plunging, drenching; Baptizdo!

How easy it is to settle for going part way with God.The knowledge of his Word is a priceless gift, and to be in relationship with God; to know him personally and intimately, is equally precious, but I am in need of a fresh infilling of the Holy Spirit--the gift, promised to all whom the Lord will call. I want him to live his life through me in power. I want more.

This is the waiting time; between Easter and Pentecost--and I am waiting for him, in all of his fullness.

But what can be done
For an old heart like mine
Soften it up
With oil and wine
The oil is you, your spirit of love
Please wash me anew
With the wine of your blood

Keith Green (My Eyes Are Dry)

Galatians 3:3 (New International Version)
3Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort?

John 3:5-8 (New International Version)
5 Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. 6Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. 7You should not be surprised at my saying, 'You must be born again.' 8The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit."

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