The Promise of the Holy Spirit

January 13, 2011

 

With an Introduction behind us, we launch forward this week into the Book of Acts with a look at Acts 1:1-5.  In this passage, we are immediately struck by a strange twist in the story of the Gospel.  Once Jesus has given the disciples the task of sharing Christianity with the entire world, He then tells them that the next step in this massive global mission is simply to head back to Jerusalem and stay put.  Sounds a bit anticlimactic?

Actually, the danger was that they would try to take on this task in their own strength, a strategy which wouldn’t have taken them very far.  In order to have any chance of accomplishing this great task of evangelizing the world, they would have to stay put until they received a totally new way of relating to God:  the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

Here are some of the questions we will be asking on Sunday as we discuss this passage:

  • Why does God give us stuff to do, and then sometimes ask us to wait?
  • Is this promise of the Holy Spirit something that originated with Jesus, or with John the Baptist, or does it go back to promises God made in the Old Testament?
  • What are the similarities between a baptism in water and a baptism in the Holy Spirit?
  • Are people who follow Jesus still baptized in the Holy Spirit today?
  • How do I know if I have been baptized in the Holy Spirit?
  • Do I want to be baptized in the Holy Spirit?

Come and join us on Sunday at 5 PM as we CONNECT in shared space at 5413 Blue Ridge Cutoff,  as we share from the Book of Acts with a Sermon called “The Promise of the Holy Spirit”.

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We are 1 Year Old!

January 3, 2010

Please join us today as we celebrate our first year as a church!

We will be celebrating with a worship service at 5 PM, which will be followed with a Baptism and Potluck Dinner.


Worship Service at Longview Lake, Part 2

August 19, 2009

After a brief worship service on Sunday, we made the trek down to the beach at Longview Lake and baptized 4 young people.

Through baptism, each of these followers of Jesus has publicly shared their decision to ask Jesus to be their Savior, and to follow him all the days of their life.

At the Raytown Vineyard Church, we believe that God moves in the hearts of our kids, offering the same opportunities to experience relationship with him that he offers to our adults.

It is a gift to share the gift of baptism with our kids, serving as an outward representation of the miracle of spiritual rebirth that each one of us can enjoy!

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