Last week on Wednesday I began my talk on charismatic prayer. This is part 2.
The Acts of the Apostles describes the way the early church grew. It is such an interesting book of the Bible. The growth of the church was amazing. For example in Acts 8:14-17 it says, "Now when the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent them Peter and John, who went down and prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Spirit, for it had not yet fallen upon any of them; they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit."
And another example in Acts 10:44-48, "While Peter was still speaking these things, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who were listening to the word. The circumcised believers who had accompanied Peter were astounded that the gift of the Holy Spirit should have been poured out on the Gentiles also, for they could hear them speaking in tongues and glorifying God. Then Peter responded, "Can anyone withhold the water for baptizing these people, who have received the Holy Spirit even as we have?" He ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ."
Throughout Corinthians St Paul speaks eloquently about the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Another term for these gifts is charisms. From the word for the gifts of the Spirit is the term charismatic renewal. The whole church is continually being renewed by the Spirit. We all share in the charisms, not just people who are part of the charismatic renewal.
There are so many examples and witnesses to the Holy Spirit in the New Testament. But then you might say, what does this have to do with you, with me, that was along long time ago. Everything. Listen at church and you will hear the many times that the Holy Spirit is called forth. We are Holy Spirit people. We are called by the Holy Spirit and it is through the Holy Spirit that we believe in Christ.
Next week I will continue with part 3.