Monday, April 04, 2022

The Baptism and Filling of the Holy Spirit (This weekend with Clay Harrington @ Redeemer)


On this coming Sunday evening, at Redeemer, Clay Harrington will preach on "The Filling of the Holy Spirit." Clay is the Senior Director of Breakthrough Ministries for Vineyard Cincinnati Church. Clay will also speak at Redeemer on Sat. night,  7 PM, on "Power Healing," and he will preach at Redeemer this coming Palm Sunday morning, 10:30 AM.

Our weekly home group questions will focus on The Baptism and Filling of the Holy Spirit.

Here they are - blessings!



Theme: The Baptism and Filling of the Holy Spirit 

Read these verses from Acts chapter 1. 

In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with[a] water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” 

Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” 

He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” 

What does it mean to be “baptized with the Holy Spirit?” 

What can we expect from someone when they are baptized with the Holy Spirit? 

What is the purpose of being baptized with the Holy Spirit? 

What happened to these disciples after they were baptized with the Holy Spirit? 


Next, read Ephesians 5:17-19. 

17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. 18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord… 

Why does God counsel us to not “get drunk on wine?” 

The alternative to getting drunk on alcohol is, “instead, be filled with the Spirit?” 

What does a Spirit-filled life look like? 

The verb “be filled” is, in the Greek language, in the continuous tense. It has sometimes been translated “keep on being filled with the Holy Spirit.” 

How do we “keep on being filled with the Holy Spirit?”