Life is filled with the unexpected! In every season, there are up’s and down’s, twists and turns, challenges and victories. Every season is different and requires us to shift. But, how do we know what road to take or what we are suppose to do in the different seasons?
This weekend at C3 we continued our Shift series and Matt spoke on how the Holy Spirit gives us purpose and direction. So many people seem to be walking through life trying to figure out their purpose on their own or in their own strength. When we have a relationship with God, we have the Holy Spirit living inside of us and we find our purpose in Him.
Acts 2:1-17, “On the day of Pentecost all the believers were meeting together in one place. Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting. Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability. At that time there were devout Jews from every nation living in Jerusalem. When they heard the loud noise, everyone came running, and they were bewildered to hear their own languages being spoken by the believers. They were completely amazed. “How can this be?” they exclaimed. “These people are all from Galilee, and yet we hear them speaking in our own native languages! Here we are—Parthians, Medes, Elamites, people from Mesopotamia, Judea, Cappadocia, Pontus, the province of Asia, Phrygia, Pamphylia, Egypt, and the areas of Libya around Cyrene, visitors from Rome (both Jews and converts to Judaism), Cretans, and Arabs. And we all hear these people speaking in our own languages about the wonderful things God has done!” They stood there amazed and perplexed. “What can this mean?” they asked each other. But others in the crowd ridiculed them, saying, “They’re just drunk, that’s all!””
All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit. People were gathered from all over the world and they began to hear the gospel in their own language. Some asked, “What does this mean?” Some religious people were critical and said “they must be drunk.”
Acts 2:14-17, “Then Peter stepped forward with the eleven other apostles and shouted to the crowd, “Listen carefully, all of you, fellow Jews and residents of Jerusalem! Make no mistake about this. These people are not drunk, as some of you are assuming. Nine o’clock in the morning is much too early for that. No, what you see was predicted long ago by the prophet Joel: ‘In the last days,’ God says, ‘I will pour out my Spirit upon all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams.”
WE NEED TO BE FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT
THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL GIVE YOU PURPOSE
In Matt’s message he talked about the 9 gifts of the Holy Spirit that are still active today. To hear that list and watch this weekend’s sermon, click here or if you would like to give your tithe or offering, you can give online by clicking here.