Elder Team Training March 2021

Ministering The New Birth and Baptism of the Holy Spirit

When we minister the new birth or the baptism of the Holy Spirit to an individual there are two things to keep in mind.  First, we must understand the Holy Spirit’s role and second, we must understand our role as one who works with the Holy Spirit.

There is no greater joy than to bring people into a personal relationship with Jesus.  What an awesome opportunity we have to come alongside and assist the Holy Spirit’s work in their life by guiding them through these life changing encounters with God.  It’s such a privilege and a joy to do so!

THE NEW BIRTH 

The new birth is an absolute necessity because of man’s sinful nature.

Jesus answered, “Truly, truly I say to you, unless a man is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.—John 3:5 MEV

The new birth is a work only the Holy Spirit can accomplish.

When the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward mankind appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of rebirth and the renewal of the Holy Spirit.—Titus 3:4-5 MEV

When someone is ready to accept Christ, it is because He is being drawn by the Father and the Son.

Jesus said, No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.— John 6:44 KJVS

Jesus also said, If I be lifted up from the earth, I will draw all men unto me.—John 12:32 KJVS

When one is being drawn to God, awareness of their need, their sin, becomes apparent.

But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.—1 John 1:7-9 MEV

So we have this wonderful opportunity to be used by God in leading a person to Christ.  Q: How do we do we do it?  A: We lead them in a confession of faith.  (Believe with the heart and confess with the mouth). We lead them in prayer.

But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart.” This is the word of faith that we preach: that if you confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved, [10] for with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him will not be ashamed.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is generous toward all who call upon Him. For, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”—Romans 10:8-13 MEV

SAMPLE PRAYER

God, I believe you sent Jesus to die for my sin and you raised him from the dead. I acknowledge my need as a sinner for you, Jesus be the Lord of my life!  I accept you as my savior.  Thank you for accepting me and forgiving me.  I believe I am a child of God.

NEXT STEPS…

  1. Encourage Personal Devotions (Read the New Testament, Talk to God, prayers.org)
  2. Attend Church (Fresh Start, Next Steps)
  3. Connect to a Life Group (Group Finder)
  4. Serve on a team
  5. Share your story!

The baptism of the Holy Spirit

Jesus instructions were clear about the necessity of being baptized with the Holy Spirit…

JESUS said to them, “Thus it is written, and accordingly it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.  You are witnesses of these things. And look, I am sending the promise of My Father upon you. But wait in the city of Jerusalem until you are clothed with power from on high.”—Luke 24:46-49 MEV

The baptism of the spirit is a necessity for all believers, we need power to live for Christ and be an effective witness. 

But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you shall be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”—Acts 1:8 MEV

It is an experience of personal empowerment after you have been born again.  It is supernatural and the door to the manifestations of the Holy Spirit.

Suddenly a sound like a mighty rushing wind came from heaven, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. There appeared to them tongues as of fire, being distributed and resting on each of them, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to speak.— Acts 2:2-4 MEV

The Holy Spirit falls on Cornelius’ family.

While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell on all those who heard the word. All the believers of the circumcision who had come with Peter were astonished, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles.  For they heard them speaking in other tongues and magnifying God.—Acts 10:44-46 MEV

Believers baptized in the Holy Spirit through the laying on of hands.

PAUL said to them, “Have you received the Holy Spirit since you believed?” They said to him, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”  When Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in other tongues and prophesied.— Acts 19:2,6 MEV

Jesus promised rivers flowing out of our most deepest inner being.  Only one qualification: hunger and thirst for it!

On the last and greatest day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart shall flow rivers of living water.” By this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believe in Him would receive. For the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.—John 7:37-39 MEV

John the Baptist said, “I indeed baptize you with water to repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.”—Matthew 3:11 MEV

Jesus said ask…

If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?“—Luke 11:13 MEV

So you could say the Father promises it, Jesus executes it, the Holy Spirit performs it and we simply lead and guide the believer to cooperate.

SAMPLE PRAYER

Father, I am your child, I believe in my heart that Jesus has been raised from the dead and my sins are forgiven.  Jesus, I ask you to baptize me in the Holy Spirit, I believe I will speak in a new tongue as the Holy Spirit gives me utterance.

NEXT STEPS…

  • Encourage Personal Devotions (Read the New Testament, Talk to God, prayers.org)
  • Attend Church (Fresh Start, Next Steps)
  • Connect to a Life Group (Group Finder)
  • Serve on a team
  • Share your story!

Here is an interesting segment of an article from the Lowell Sun

Pentecostal church one of fastest-growing Christian denominations

Aaron CurtisOctober 12, 2019 at 9:24 p.m.

According to the Pew Research Center website.  Pentecostalism represents one of the fastest-growing segments of global Christianity, At least a quarter of the world’s 2 billion Christians are thought to be members of Pentecostalism and related “charismatic movements,” which include “lively, highly personal faiths,” emphasizing such spiritually renewing “gifts of the Holy Spirit” as speaking in tongues, divine healing and prophesying, the website states.

“Even more than other Christians, pentecostals and other renewalists believe that God, acting through the Holy Spirit, continues to play a direct, active role in everyday life,” according to the Pew Research Center.

So true: God, acting through the Holy Spirit, continues to play a direct, active role in everyday life.

DISCUSSION

What is the evidence of a new birth?

  • passion, enthusiasm
  • burning desire to know more about God
  • commitment
  • love for people, the church
  • hunger for God and peace
  • remember Saul’s response: Lord, what do you want me to do?  What’s your purpose and plan for my life.
  • desire to learn more, curiosity, yearning for knowledge, asking questions
  • desire to tell others what is happening in your life
  • transformation begins: change in habits, attitudes, posture, personality, language
  • begin to hold yourself accountable to someone else
  • desire to get away from the old and embrace the new, new friends, lifestyle

When we signs of repentance how do we posture ourselves to help the individual?

  • give what we ourselves have received
  • come alongside them, be there for them
  • help explain the scriptures, give them an understanding of the Word
  • be cheerleaders, be excited with them
  • Carry them in prayer until Christ be formed in them
  • help them so they are discipled so they mature, get them grounded in the scriptures
  • its a great opportunity to disciple them, teach and encourage the what do next, participate in church and life groups, care for them, call upon them, offer prayer of agreement
  • care for them as a baby, share God’s goodness from you own life experiences, teach them
  • Pastor mentioned he will be doing possibly a 10 week series on discipleship after Easter
  • Remember the account of Jesus restoring Peter?  Peter do you love me?  If you love me feed my sheep, 3X  The word feed is to nature and be a spiritual mom and dad.
  • Make no assumptions about new believers in what they know, come down to their level

How do we come down on their level?

  • Be patient and answer questions no matter haw simple they may be
  • Be alongside to answer questions and pray with them, show that you are committed!
  • be an inviter, be very welcoming and inclusive not exclusive (like a clique), introduce them to others including others in the same season of life, show yourself approachable, accept people for who they are
  • be authentic and transparent, don’t be over spiritual, meet them on their level to build a relationship
  • hospitality is so important, a place to gather for coffee, food
  • encourage new believers to get engaged in a small group
  • open your home, eat together, everyone loves to eat

Finally, let’s embrace the call to disciple others and pray for opportunities, make me more sensitive to the needs of others this year!