04 July 2022

Tongues in Samaria

In Samaria, something about the gift of the Spirit impressed the Magician, Simon, but did the gift’s recipients speak in tongues? 

Clouds over church - Photo by Jacob Mejicanos on Unsplash
After the martyrdom of Stephen, Saul of Tarsus began to persecute the church in Jerusalem, causing many “brethren” to scatter throughout “Judaea and Samaria,” but God used the situation to advance the gospel as the scattered brethren preached wherever they went - [Photo by Jacob Mejicanos on Unsplash]

29 June 2022

Tongues in Jerusalem

The outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost was marked by audible and visual “signs” that caused much consternation

Jerusalem - Photo by Sander Crombach on Unsplash
When the Spirit was poured out on the day of Pentecost, all 120 disciples present in the “
upper room” were “filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. Also, what appeared to be “tongues of fire”  rested on each disciple - [Photo by Sander Crombach on Unsplash].

28 June 2022

In His Name

In Acts, converts to the new faith were baptized in water, and in the name of Jesus Christ no long after conversion

Baptism - Photo by arquidis molina on Unsplash
In the book of
Acts, it is expected that all converts who repent and exercise faith in Jesus will be baptized in water. The process of conversion includes repentance, faith in the gospel, baptism in water, and the receipt of the gift of the Holy Spirit. While these are separate steps, they are all closely related - [Photo by arquidis molina on Unsplash].

Inheritance of the Saints

Believers are the heirs of Abraham and possession of the inheritance is guaranteed by the gift of the Spirit

Earth in hand - Photo by Greg Rosenke on Unsplash
Possession of the land of Canaan was a preliminary stage in God’s redemptive plan, which always envisioned something larger than Israel. Now, the covenant promises find their fulfillment in the “
true seed of Abraham,” Jesus, including the promises of resurrection and new creation - [Photo by Greg Rosenke on Unsplash].

14 June 2022

In Spirit and Fire

At his baptism, the Spirit of God descended on Jesus to prepare him for his messianic calling, the one who “baptizes in the Spirit”Matthew 3:7-17

Fire - Photo by Paul Bulai on Unsplash
the Baptist proclaimed a baptism for the remission of sins” and announced the imminent arrival of the Messiah. He was the forerunner promised in Isaiah:Behold, I send my messenger before your face… Prepare the way of the Lord; make his paths straight.” - [Photo by Paul Bulai on Unsplash].