Breakthrough- “It Begins Here”
Today- Very Special day for the Christians
Birth of the Christian Church
On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
So when they met together, they asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”
He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
Results of Pentecost
- The greatest event outside of the resurrection of Christ
- The release of the Holy Spirit
- The birth of the Christian Church
- The Holy Spirit empowers the church for ministry
- The release of signs and wonders
- The infilling of the Holy Spirit to transform lives
The Release of Breakthrough
Today’s Message Pentecost (Breakthrough) Sunday
The Results of Breakthrough is
I want us to begin with
1 Cor 15:57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 John 5:4-5 For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith.
Prov 2:7 He holds victory in store for the upright
2 Cor 2:14 thanks be to God, who always leads us in victory in Christ
Ps 60:12 With God we will gain the victory , and he will defeat our enemies.
1 John 2:13 Your fellowship with God enables you to gain a victory over the Evil One.
Jesus said- John 10:10
I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.
I came to give life — life in all its fullness.
I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of. Message
I came that they may live in Victory (Breakthrough)
The key to Victory (Breakthrough) ” for the Christian is
“Be filled with the Spirit”
The essential to all the Lord has in every area of our lives
Holy Spirit ???
- The Holy Spirit is the bridge to God within you
- The Holy Spirit is a real person who came to live within the Christian
- The Holy Spirit is God at work—
- transforming us
- living within us
- working in us
- The Holy Spirit does the work of God in our lives.
We believe the Word of God is Alive and Active
8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” NIV
12 I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. NIV
Do not be overcome with wine (world’s ways), which leads to dissipation. Instead, be filled with the Spirit
- “Be Filled”
(present imperative active voice )
- present- at this time
- imperative –command
- active- on an ongoing basis
- “be filled now at this time and continue to be filled on an on going basis “
- “be continually being filled with the Spirit
The Holy Spirit brings…
Benefits of being “Filled with the Spirit” Victory (Breakthrough)
- Faith levels rise
- Boldness in the Spirit (confidence)
- Living in peace / rest / joy
- Greater sensitivity to Lord (led by the Spirit)
- Greater hunger for the Lord (intimacy, worship)
- Desire to be used (awareness of ministry)
- Selflessness (serving, concern for others , -Jesus’ heart)
- Word comes alive
- Gifts of the Holy Spirit operate