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5/27/12

H. Beecher Hicks, Jr., while preaching on Pentecost, said: “Jesus said set it on fire! If you want the church to have power, Jesus said set it on fire! If you want the church to be what Jesus intended for it to be, Jesus said set it on fire! How we need to be set on fire... The fire of the Spirit can change lives. It can melt those cold and stony hearts and make them receptive to the gospel of Jesus Christ. It can take hearts that once burnt with the fire of worldly desire, and consume them with holy fire. The fire of the Spirit can change communities. The Fire of the Spirit can change nations. The fire of the Spirit can change the world. We sing a chorus: Fire, fire, fire, fire fall on me...On the day of Pentecost, let the fire fall on me.  Let that be the cry of our heart for the fire of the Spirit to fall upon us, His church. There are several important ways in which the fire of the Spirit is manifest in and through our lives.

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Series: Experience the Spirit

5/24/12

On the Day of Pentecost, the outpouring of the Spirit was inaugurated by supernatural signs, the sound of the rushing mighty wind, and cloven tongues as of fire. Wind and Fire are powerful images of God’s presence used throughout Scripture. Today again we are going to look at the fire that rested upon each of them, and I pray that we would have ears to hear, and heart to receive what God is speaking to us about this powerful experience of the fire of purification, the fire of preparation, and the fire of ignition.

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5/13/12

On the Day of Pentecost God set the church on fire.  Fire signifies habitation, holiness and heat.  When we seek to be filled with the Holy Spirit we are expressing a desire for God's presence, His purity, and His passion in our lives.

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Series: Experience the Spirit

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When the wind is blowing, it makes its presence felt: you hear its sound. When the Spirit of God stirs up a church or an individual or a community, there are palpable evidences of His working. Even the unbeliever becomes aware that something is happening. In Acts 2:5-6, thousands of unbelievers gathered.  They too had heard this sound.  When the Holy Spirit comes the effects can be seen. The sound can be heard.  After the Spirit blew upon the 120 in the upper room, even the hard hearted self-righteous religious leaders took note of them, that they had been with Jesus (Acts 4:13). They saw something different. And the sin darkened pagan world of Greece and Rome identified them as those who turned the world upside down (acts 17:6).

When our life is moved upon by the Wind of the Spirit, God does in and through us what would otherwise be impossible, and he makes our witness effective in the world.   As we look at the wind in nature it helps us to see what God can do in and through us by His Spirit.

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4/29/12

Jesus compares the Spirit to wind.  We cannot see it; we don’t know where it goes; we cannot even explain how it works; but we know it is there and we see, feel and experience its effects.  The wind is one of the most common symbols fo the Holy Spirit in the Bible. In both the Testaments, in the original languages, the word "spirit" is also translated as “wind” and “breath.”  The Kingdom of God is about the Spirit at work in us bringing new life, the life God intends for us which was lost through sin, and it is about the Spirit empowering us to live the life God intends for us and to do His work to advance His Kingdom in this world. As we look again at this prominent symbol of the Spirit, we learn three more important parallels between wind and the Holy Spirit that reveal to us the nature and work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

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