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  • Writer's pictureLarry Neville

SPEAK - Though the Power of the Holy Spirit

The essence of this sermon is the transformative power of the Holy Spirit. It is not merely historical but deeply relevant to us today. We live in a world that often opposes Christian values, where governments, media, and educational institutions may stand against the teachings of Christ. Despite these challenges, we are called to raise our voices and speak the word of God with boldness.



In an inspiring gathering on the Mount of Olives, Jesus imparted final instructions to His disciples after His resurrection and just before His ascension to heaven. His followers, full of questions about the establishment of His kingdom and His return, were told that the knowledge of times and seasons was not theirs to hold. However, Jesus promised them something of immeasurable value—the Holy Spirit. He assured them that they would receive power when the Holy Spirit came upon them, enabling them to be His witnesses from Jerusalem to the farthest parts of the Earth.


This promise marked a pivotal moment in Christian history.


A group of 120 followers, after Jesus' departure, gathered in Jerusalem, adhering to His command to wait for the Holy Spirit. This period of waiting was fraught with uncertainty and potential danger, considering the presence of groups like the Sadducees, Pharisees, and others who had opposed Jesus. Yet, their faith led to a miraculous event. As they waited, a mighty wind filled their space, and what appeared as tongues of fire rested upon each of them, signifying the Holy Spirit's arrival. This extraordinary experience empowered them to speak in various languages, reaching out to a diverse crowd that initially thought them to be intoxicated.


Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, stood boldly before the crowd, which included those who had crucified Jesus. His powerful preaching, untainted by fear or hesitation, led to the conversion and baptism of 3,000 individuals. This event was not just a momentary victory but the beginning of a global movement. Followers of Christ, driven by the Holy Spirit's power, embarked on missions to spread the Gospel, a mission that continues to this day.


The essence of this sermon is the transformative power of the Holy Spirit. It is not merely historical but deeply relevant to us today. We live in a world that often opposes Christian values, where governments, media, and educational institutions may stand against the teachings of Christ. Despite these challenges, we are called to raise our voices and speak the word of God with boldness. The power to do so comes not from our eloquence or strategies but from the Holy Spirit.


Throughout church history, the greatest movements and awakenings have been characterized by a deep reliance on the Holy Spirit.


From the early church's expansion to significant revivals, believers filled with the Spirit have witnessed miracles, cultural shifts, and the salvation of many. Yet, the journey requires continual renewal. Just as the early disciples needed fresh fillings of the Holy Spirit to face new challenges, so do we.


Our mission is clear.


We are to be witnesses of Jesus Christ, speaking His truth boldly in every circumstance. This calling demands a heart open to the Holy Spirit, ready to be filled anew with His power. As we navigate the complexities of our times, let us remember the lesson of the early church: it is through the Holy Spirit that we have the power to speak, to change lives, and to carry forward the mission of Christ. Let us then, with renewed commitment, seek the presence and power of the Holy Spirit in our lives, trusting in His guidance to make us effective witnesses in a world that desperately needs the message of Jesus.


Larry & Janet


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