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Empowered for Mission: Through the Baptism of the Holy Spirit Tom A Maus

Empowered for Mission: Through the Baptism of the Holy Spirit

Tom A Maus

Published May 19th 2010
ISBN : 9781432755775
Paperback
80 pages
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The Christian Church must be Empowered if she is to succeed in her missionThere is an empowerment that is talked about in Acts 1:8 that served to launch the early church out into the world scene with great effectiveness and fruitfulness. LiterallyMoreThe Christian Church must be Empowered if she is to succeed in her missionThere is an empowerment that is talked about in Acts 1:8 that served to launch the early church out into the world scene with great effectiveness and fruitfulness. Literally millions of people have been transformed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ from the ensuing results of this experience documented in Acts chapter 2. That this experience included these first church members speaking in tongues has caused many reserved Christians to reject its relevancy. The subject of the Holy Spirit has become confused and buried amid skepticism and controversy. It is high time for truth to be resurrectedWe need the supernatural healing, burden-lifting, and life-transforming power of the Holy Spirit at work in and through the church today Without this power, we are no more than clever marketers with compelling sermons. Where is the power that can save thousands and turn cities upside down? What must we do to open up to a dimension of productivity on the scale of what we see through the early church in Acts?The reader of Empowered for Mission through the Baptism of the Holy Spirit will be challenged to view this experience through new eyes. Pastor Tom cuts through some of the common misunderstandings and provides the relevancy needed to help the reader past their skepticism. Those who have side-stepped the subject of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit because of its relationship to speaking in tongues will be redirected to approach this subject in faith, knowing that your Father in heaven will give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him (Luke 11:13) and this promise is to you and to your children, and even to the Gentiles - all who have been called by the Lord our God. (Acts 2:39 NLT)We have received a great commission but it will only be achieved as we understand the partnership we can enjoy with God through his Spirit. I am convinced that the entry into this life in the Spirit is through the baptism in the Spirit and the gift of tongues. Like Tom, I believe that a believer may receive the baptism in the Spirit and not speak in tongues. However, I am also biblically convinced that this gift is available for every believer and is an integral part of the Spirit-filled life that God intends for our own edification as, like Paul, we are enabled to pray and sing with our spirits, as well as being a powerful weapon of intercession as we seek the extension of Gods Kingdom. - Ian Ashby, Pastor of Harbor Church, Portsmouth, NH