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Dedicated to Prayer – Acts 2:42

Has communication ever been easier than it is today? We have Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, email, texting, and a phone in almost every hand or pocket – even while trying to drive! Do all these tools necessarily make us better communicators? Not remotely! I think there is an old saying, “the tools don’t make the man” and that can be said for us as well, “the tools don’t make the communicator”.
So what makes a good communicator? The first characteristic that comes to my mind is discipline. I think a good communicator is convinced of the importance of communication and devotes themselves to communicating well. They share information with the people who need to know. This becomes a daily discipline so that work or family life flows with fewer stumbling blocks. They also are committed to listening, because communication is not just sharing information but also receiving information.
A second characteristic that I see as important is a sense of joy and enjoyment. Communication flows so much better and easier when it flows from the heart rather than from a sense of duty. We all have experienced that there are some people with whom we just find it easier to communicate, sometimes we don’t even have to use many words to express our thoughts to these people.
The real beauty of thinking about communication like this is that it applies directly to our prayer life. This scripture tells us plainly that these first followers of Jesus were ‘devoted’ to prayer. It was one of the ‘pillars’ of their practice of being the church. Like them, let us make the decision to be faithful and disciplined in our prayers, talking to God regularly, sharing information and concerns with Him (not because He doesn’t already know, but because we are to ‘voice’ these items to Him). Our relationship with our Father will grow deeper through this tool as we learn from Him and of Him. While developing this relationship, we will enjoy Him more and long to spend more time and energy communicating with Him.
Thinking on the importance of communicating and prayer reminded me of some writings of Brother Lawrence, a monk from hundreds of years ago. Brother Lawrence became an expert in ‘practicing the presence of God’, living and communicating each moment in an awareness that he was in God’s presence. That has become a goal of mine as I go through each day. It is what I think Luke meant when he wrote that these followers of Christ were ‘devoted’ to prayer.

David Eversole

Sermon Outline, June 28, 2015, “The Ministry of the Holy Spirit in the Christian Life”

The Ministry of the Holy Spirit in the Christian Life

Romans 8:14-17

The Holy Spirit marks Christians as the Children of God.

The Holy Spirit brands Christians as the Children of God.

~ Ephesians 1:13-14

The Holy Spirit replaces fear with freedom in our relationship with God.

~ I John 5:13

The Holy Spirit prompts us in our prayer to call God, “Our Father.”

~ Matthew 6:9; I John 3:1

The Holy Spirit is the First Fruits of our Heavenly Inheritance.

~ I Peter 1:4; Psalm 73:26

The Holy Spirit comforts Christians.

The Holy Spirit comforts Christians with His Presence.

~ Proverbs 18:24; Matthew 28:20

The Holy Spirit comforts Christians with Scripture.

~ I John 1:9; Philippians 4:19; Philippians 4: 6-7; Matthew 6:34

The Holy Spirit assists Christians in their Prayer Lives.

The Holy Spirit intercedes on behalf of Christians.

~ Romans 8:26

The Holy Spirit intercedes according to the will of God.

~ Romans 8:27

The Holy Spirit leads Christians.

The Holy Spirit leads Christians into the Right Paths of Life.

~ Psalm 23:3; Romans 8:14; Galatians 5:16

The Holy Spirit leads Christians to produce the Fruit of the Spirit.

~ Galatians 5:22-23

Empowered to Evangelize

The work of the Spirit is perhaps the most important theme in the book of Acts. Luke makes sure to remind readers that the Spirit is the one moving in the life of the Church and outside the Church to set the stage for Jesus to be proclaimed as Lord and Messiah. In Acts 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 17, 19, all throughout Paul’s trials and even his shipwreck in chapter 28, the Spirit does signs and wonders through the believers to set the stage for Gospel proclamation. It is so central to the Gospel that Paul makes a point to contrast it with Greek and Jewish techniques of persuasion: “My message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power”. 1 Corinthians 2:4 NASB

Last month in our high school small groups we learned how the Spirit worked through the Cane Ridge Revival to jump start our church movement, the Restoration Movement. Lots of amazing things happened at this communion service over 200 years ago, but the most amazing thing is that thousands of people felt the Spirit move and became Christians! The area we live in used to be a haunt for outlaws and outcasts, but after the fires of the Second Great Awakening moved through this area, we proudly proclaim ourselves to be the buckle of the Bible Belt. The Spirit empowered the Church in an amazing way, changing an entire region!

This is my prayer for schools today, that the Spirit would move in a powerful way to change the hearts and minds of students there for Jesus. I know many people look at schools, and the students in them, as a dark and distant hope, but that is what was said about central Kentucky 200 years ago, before the Spirit empowered the Church. Let’s pray everyday for another movement!

Brad Haggard

Ministry of the Holy Spirit in Christian Life – Romans 8:14-17

It was a hot August Sunday night in a small country church in Garrard County. A revival was going on. A young man by the name of Connie Bruce Carpenter (my Garrard County name) accepted Christ. We did not have a baptistry in our church. I remember our part-time pastor said these words as I was lowered into a local pond “I now baptize you in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.”

I heard or knew little of the Holy Spirit for many years. Then a major brokenness hit my personal life in my late twenties at the height of my worldly success. I did not know where to turn. It was then through renewed study of John 14-16 I found a person who could truly help me to life success again – The Holy Spirit.

You see, the Holy Spirit is a person who lives in my spiritual heart. He is a member of a team with my spiritual Father and Jesus. He enters my spiritual heart when I choose to have surrendered faith.

His greatest desire is to become my best friend and help me be successful especially in the areas of love, joy, peace, and self-control. He operates like the wind and helps me day by day even though I never see Him.

I must work with the Holy Spirit in developing this special friendship. I must be willing to cleanse often of my errors of the flesh. I must communicate with Him often about everything in my life. I must saturate my mind with life guidelines from His book.

My greatest desire, as I near my 70th birthday, is to learn, day by day, how to live in the power of the Holy Spirit and then help others do the same, not by what I say but by what I do.

Thank you Father and Jesus for sending the Holy Spirit into my life. He is a special blessing to me every day.

Bruce Carpenter

Sermon Outline, June 21, 2015, “The Role of the Holy Spirit with Spiritual Gifts”

The Role of the Holy Spirit with Spiritual Gifts

Ephesians 4:11-16

Consider the Concept of Spiritual Gifts.

A Spiritual Gift consists of the Call of the Holy Spirit to a Specific Task.

~ I Timothy 3:1

A Spiritual Gift consists of the Giftedness of the Holy Spirit.

~ Exodus 36:1

A Spiritual Gift consists of the Willingness of the Christian.

~ Exodus 36:2

Consider the Purpose of Spiritual Gifts.

Spiritual Gifts are given to equip Christians to meet needs.

~ Galatians 5:13

Diverse Gifts are given to meet Diverse Needs.

~ Romans 12:4

Diverse Gifts are given for the good of the One Body of Christ.

~ Romans 12:5

Consider the Nature of Spiritual Gifts.

Some Spiritual Gifts are Temporary.

~ I Corinthians 13:10

Some Spiritual Gifts are Permanent.

~ I Corinthians 15:58

Holy Spirit ‘Em’powering

The story in Acts that children find extremely interesting is when the disciples received the tongues of fire on them and they began speaking in all sorts of different languages to those around them.
The fire part seems to be the “hot” topic. . .

This is one of the most well known stories of the Holy Spirit empowering those of the church. It was definitely very noticeable, and made a huge impact on both those who received it and those who heard their own language being spoken. However, the Holy Spirit does not always work in such a large way. God does not empower just ministers with the Holy Spirit. He does not only use those who are well known in the church, such as elders or deacons. He uses each person and as long as they are willing, He will never lead you into something without making sure you are fully equipped for the job.

Lesley Tipton

Working Together in the Spirit

Everyone loves the underdog. Throughout history people have turned out in big ways to watch a team that no one thinks can win go against a giant of their time. Throughout the Bible there are special stories that come to mind of underdogs winning enormous victories. David and his men fought battle after battle as the outnumbered. Joshua led his smaller army around a massive wall and it came down. Gideon blew trumpets and crashed torches to scare off a larger enemy.
What is the difference between a team full of the greatest athletes that don’t work together and a team with average athletes working together? The team with the average athletes will win most of the time. Why? Because they know how to work together. They know how to put their pride and selfish ambitions aside for the bigger purpose. When they work together it is truly something special to see. Then, my mind drifts and I wonder if I have ever been part of a team like that. Isn’t that what the church is supposed to be?
Through the New Testament we see Jesus calling the unlikely to be his church starters. They join together, pray together, eat together, and sacrifice for others when they have need. As time goes on, the church grows and expands to nearly every country on every continent and every tribe in every region. Then, toward the end of I Corinthians in chapter 12, Paul gives us a different idea… He compares the church to a body. He talks about how we take care of our body. He challenges us with not excluding others from the body, because we aren’t the head of the body. He explains that we can’t even exclude ourselves. In chapter 3 he issues a strong warning that if you destroy his body (his temple) he will destroy you. When we choose to place the mission above self, we open the door for the Spirit to come in and do something amazing.
So, in a world that seems to be getting darker by the day with murder, riots, robberies, and abuse, could it be possible the Spirit is preparing the church to be the brightest light on the darkest day? Sometimes it feels like we are the underdog as the church, but I tend to think differently. What would happen if every part and every member was actively focused on the greatest challenge of sharing Jesus with a dying world? I don’t know about you… but I am cheering for the underdog. A group of average people joined together and led by the Spirit… it’s called the church and it’s the bride of Christ!

Matt Lee

Role of the Holy Spirit with Spiritual Gifts – Ephesians 4:11-16

Everyone loves to receive gifts. There is always excitement in opening the package to see what is in there. We are ready to thank the giver. So, in the scriptures Peter tells us in Acts 2:38 that following our obedience to the command to be baptized, we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Usually, at first we do not completely understand all that means, but in the course of time it begins to mean more and more to us. You see, this gift brings comfort, joy, and added blessing to each new life. Christ promised this gift to His disciples, and us as well. When He left them to return to His father, He said that the Spirit would come and comfort them and provide leadership in the establishment of His church.

As time moves on, we realize that more than comfort is involved. The Holy Spirit not only helps us during trials and discouragement but also helps us to understand more scripture! What a wonderful blessing this is. Stop and thank God everyday for His Spirit.

The early church was filled with many believers and we are told that God adds to His church daily! Personally, I know from experience how I am helped to know His word and to explain it as often as possible. You can to!

As a member of Tates Creek you are a person who should try and use this gift to help you do certain tasks for your church. You will be blessed because of this and will certainly be a blessing to others.

Without the presence and guidance of the Holy Spirit, our church would not be considered a successful church. Pray that all of us will be used by the Holy Spirit so that we can feel that we are part of the success.

David Williams

Sermon Outline, June 14, 2015, “The Role of the Holy Spirit in Sanctification”

The Role of the Holy Spirit in Sanctification

Romans 8:12-13

Be filled with the Holy Spirit.

Trust the Promise of His Presence.

~ Acts 2:38; I Corinthians 6:19

Be Confident in the Promise of His Presence.

~ Ephesians 5:18

Be empowered by the Holy Spirit.

Be empowered by the Purpose of the Holy Spirit.

~ II Corinthians 6:14-17; II Peter 3:18; Philippians 2:12

Be empowered by the Power of the Holy Spirit.

~ Galatians 5:17; Romans 7:19; Romans 8:13

Be obedient to the Holy Spirit.

Be Obedient to His Leading.

~ Galatians 5:16

Be Cautious of Disobedience to His Leading.

~ Ephesians 4:30; I Thessalonians 5:19

Quiet Time

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went to a solitary place and prayed.” Mark 1:35

Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.”
Luke 5:16

In the above two scriptures, we find our Lord seeking time and special places to talk to the Father in prayer. Jesus spent regular time with God praying and listening. As we try to follow his example in all things, we must seek to find our place for a quiet talk with God. How long has it been since you gave God your undivided attention and listened for his answers? How do you start your day? We all keep a busy schedule, but if you start your day with “quiet time” with God, your day will be blessed. You may need to get up a few minutes earlier, but it will be time well spent. I have a special “prayer corner” where I go to meet the Lord each day. I start by reading daily selections from two of my daily devotional books. I then enter into a time of “Praise”, praising God for all that He is and what He has done for me and next is “Cleansing”, asking for forgiveness of my sins. I recite the “Lord’s Prayer” and then offer my petitions to God. Some days my list is longer than others, but God is happy to have your undivided attention for as long as you will talk with him. After I end my prayer in Jesus’ name, I recite several scriptures I have committed to memory that help me in my daily walk. Since I lost my husband a year ago, this time spent in prayer helps me make it through each day. If you have not included a “quiet time” in your daily routine, I hope you will make it a priority in your life.
It is in mine!

Mona Vannatter

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