Is a public acknowledgment of our faith.
We were made for a relationship with God and each other. Our faith is not intended to be lived in isolation. Find a local church where you can connect with other like-minded believers and grow in your relationship with God.
2. Get Baptized
Water baptism is a public acknowledgment of our faith. Jesus instructed his followers to “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19-20).
When the apostle Peter gave his first sermon, he encouraged people to “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38)
Speak to your pastor about arranging your water baptism.
3. Get Filled
The Holy Spirit is God’s Spirit that indwells in the life of the believer. He is our Helper who empowers us to live for God and obey His instructions.
Jesus said: “I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper so He may be with you forever—the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not behold Him or know Him. You know Him, because He abides with you and will be in you.” (John 14:15-17 NIV)
Receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit is an act of faith. Our prayer language, aka, “speaking in tongues”, connects us with God in a deeper way: “For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to people but to God. Indeed, no one understands them; they utter mysteries by the Spirit.” (1 Corinthians 14:2 NIV)
God gives us our own prayer language as He wills: “All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.” (Acts 2:4 NIV)
The Holy Spirit empowers us to overcome temptation, sin, and live for God. We cannot overcome sin on our own strength or human wisdom. Before ascending to heaven, Jesus said to His disciples: “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.” (Acts 1:8 NIV)
To be witnesses for Jesus, we need the power of the Holy Spirit. The Christian life is a walk of faith, “The righteous will live by faith” (Romans 1:17 NIV). Therefore, we need the Holy Spirit to empower and guide us.
Speak to your pastor about receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit and your prayer language.