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Subject: Holy Spirit Baptism

Statement of Faith: We believe in the baptism in the Holy Spirit as an enduement of the believer with power for service, the essential biblical evidence of which is speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance (Acts 1:4-5, 8, 2:4, 10:44-46, 11:14-16, 19:6).

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T.L.Osborn dvd: The Christ Connection – Miracle:  To listen to MP3 click here

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The Holy Spirit is symbolised in the Bible as “water” - Jn.7:38; “wine” - Acts 2:15;  “oil” - Heb.1:9;Lk.10:21; breath/wind - Jn.20:22. (The Hebrew and Greek word for breath and wind is spirit.)

1. Find other examples of these symbols or types (Gen.2:7; 1Sam.10:1; Exodus 30:35; Is.55:1; Ezekiel 47; Joel 2:23-24; Zech.10:1;14:8). Joel prophesied that the Holy Spirit would be poured out on all people (Joel 2:28). John said that this would happen when Jesus had been glorified.  2. What did he mean by “glorified”? (John 7:38-39; 14:15; 16:7)  3. What do you think Jesus meant by “streams of living water will flow from within”? (Jn.7:38) 4. What do you think Jesus meant by “a spring of water” (Jn.4:14)?  5. What did Jesus mean by “never thirst again” (Jn.4:14; 6:35)?

Clearly the Holy Spirit is involved in conversion (1Cor.12:3; Jn.3:5). However there is an experience of the Holy Spirit that is distinct from being born-again (cf Acts 8:6; 19:1-2)

6. What was Peter’s message on the day of Pentecost? (Acts 2:38-39)The order of Believe, be Baptised and receive the Holy Spirit is the Biblical norm and although God is not restricted to a set pattern He does expect all Believers to be filled with the Holy Spirit. 7. What was the order at Samaria (Acts 8:15-17)? 8. What was the order at Caesarea (Acts10: 44-47)? 9. What was the order at Ephesus (Acts 19:1-3)?

The AoG Statement of Truth says that “...essential biblical evidence of [the baptism of the Holy Spirit] is speaking with other tongues...”  Cornwall (Basics of the Holy Spirit) says “fundamentally, this baptism of the Holy Spirit is an energizing of the life of the person who is indwelt by the Spirit” Dave Smethurst says “the desire to witness for Jesus is the evidence of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and tongues are a consequence”.

10. If the Mormons and some pagan religions speak in tongues, (see The New International Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements) are tongues really the evidence of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit? Please explain your answer11. Can someone really be “baptised in the Holy Spirit” and not bear the fruit of the Spirit? Please explain with reference to the meaning of “baptism” and Paul’s list of fruit in Gal.5:22f

12. In the OT the Holy Spirit came on people and changed them (1Sam.10:6-13) but He also left them (1Sam.16:14; Ps.51:11). Under the New Covenant will the Holy Spirit leave us?

13. In the OT the Holy Spirit came on people (Nu.11:25-26) but He did not dwell in them. What happens under the New Covenant (Jn.14:17; Col.1:27; 2Cor.13:5)?

14. What did Jesus say about asking God for the Holy Spirit (Luke 11:13)? Have you asked God to give you the Holy Spirit?  If you have, what happened?

1. How would you answer the question that T.L.Osborn asks: What does “Jesus is Lord” mean?

2. T.L.Osborn asks: Do you have confidence that God tells the truth? Do you have confidence that God does what He says He will do? – That’s faith. Do you find this explanation helpful? Please explain.

3. T.L.Osborn says: We must teach the Word of God and educate people about the devil’s defeat. Do you feel able to do that now? Please explain

4. Reflecting over T.L.Osborn’s teaching on “the Christ Connection,” what has impacted you the most (i.e. what have you remembered the most clearly)?

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