The Ministry of the Spirit
Teacher : Angela Cheatom
October 4, 2015
Sunday School Class.
The Holy Spirit is the one who’s calls us to the position of power in a ministry. Not what you give, nor what you do in the church. Its a bad thing to think that what you do, and what you give, warrants you a certain position, or obtain a higher responsibility from those things desired of the church.
It’s a shame that this topic has to be risen. It does happen today in some churches. Leaders, we need to stop this tradition. The big three, God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit is the one whom shall call. When someone is called, God will confirm the call to that individual, and their shepherd as well.
Acts 8:9-24 ERV.
Now there was a man named Simon who lived in that city. Before Philip came there, Simon had been doing magic and amazing all the people of Samaria. He bragged and called himself a great man. All the people—the least important and the most important—believed what he said. They said, “This man has the power of God that is called ‘the Great Power.’” Simon amazed the people with his magic for so long that the people became his followers. But Philip told the people the Good News about God’s kingdom and the power of Jesus Christ. Men and women believed Philip and were baptized. Simon himself also believed, and after he was baptized, he stayed close to Philip. When he saw the miraculous signs and powerful things Philip did, he was amazed. The apostles in Jerusalem heard that the people of Samaria had accepted the word of God. So they sent Peter and John to the people in Samaria. When Peter and John arrived, they prayed for the Samaritan believers to receive the Holy Spirit. These people had been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus, but the Holy Spirit had not yet come down on any of them. This is why Peter and John prayed. When the two apostles laid their hands on the people, they received the Holy Spirit. Simon saw that the Spirit was given to people when the apostles laid their hands on them. So he offered the apostles money. He said, “Give me this power so that when I lay my hands on someone, they will receive the Holy Spirit.” Peter said to Simon, “You and your money should both be destroyed because you thought you could buy God’s gift with money. You cannot share with us in this work. Your heart is not right before God. Change your heart! Turn away from these evil thoughts and pray to the Lord. Maybe he will forgive you. I see that you are full of bitter jealousy and cannot stop yourself from doing wrong.” Simon answered, “Both of you pray to the Lord for me, so that what you have said will not happen to me.”
1. Peter and John Ministers of Christ, went around spreading the name of Christ. Many gave there lives to Christ.
2. There mission was to lead, and guide them.
3. Keep in mind, that once you become ingulfed in the Holy Spirit, thats when you obtain power. Even Jesus’s ministry didn’t begin until the Spirit came upon him, and sit on him like a dove.
4. At the day of penacost they all received power, and a different tongue they begin speaking, and the visitors from other places was amazed. They spoke in their language, and was able to be ministered to. All being the key word here.
5. God want you to be with him, he wants you to be a witness for him to others. He needs a body to dwell in. He came as Jesus once. Now, as Jesus said, we shall do all these things, and greater. He said this, because if you become a believer, he can live in you, and you, and you, and so on. He was one, now he is many.
6. We are as one body, but different members. You can Minister according to the given Gifts that he has adorned each one with.
7. He need you as you are. He will take you where ever you are in faith, from 100% – 0%.
8. Just be lead by the Spirit. He will never lead you to destruction.
In todays class, the question was ask, where Halloween commenced, and from what tradition.
Here is an answer:
The word Halloween is derived from the term, “All Hallows Eve,” which occurred on Oct. 31. “All Saints Day” or “All Hallows Day” was the next Day, Nov. 1st. Therefore, Halloween is the eve of All Saints Day.
Some say that the origins of Halloween can be traced back to ancient Ireland and Scotland around the time of Christ. On Oct. 31st, the Celts celebrated the day because it was when animal herders would move their animals into barns and pens and prepare to ride out the winter. This was also the time of the crop harvests. This annual change of season and lifestyle was marked by a festival called Samhain, pronounced ‘sow-ane’ (Sow rhymes with cow) which means ‘end of summer.’
There was much superstition associated with this time of change, including the belief in fairies and that the spirits of the dead wandered around looking for bodies to inhabit. Since the living did not want to be possessed by spirits, they dressed up in costumes and paraded around the streets making loud noises to confuse and frighten the spirits away. In addition, the new year began for the Celts on Nov. 1. So, the day of Samhain was believed to be a day that was in neither the year past or the year to come. Since it was in between, chaos ruled on that day. Often, people would pull practical jokes on others as a result.
Later, around the 5th century, as the Catholic Church developed and moved into the area, instead of adding a new day to celebrate, it took over the Samhain celebration. Nov. 1st became “All Hallows Day” where all the saints of the Catholic church were honored. Oct 31 was “All Hallows Eve” which became “Halloween.” A later custom developed where people would go door-to-door on Nov. 2 requesting small cakes in exchange for the promise of saying prayers for some of the dead relatives of each house. This arose out of the religious belief that the dead were in a state of limbo before they went to Heaven or Hell and that the prayers of the living could influence the outcome. This may have been the precursor to Trick-or-Treat.
The Jack-O-Lantern apparently comes from Irish folklore about a man named Jack who tricked the devil into climbing a tree. Once the devil was in the tree, Jack carved a cross on the trunk preventing the devil from coming down. The devil then made a deal with Jack not to allow Jack into Hell after he died if only Jack would remove the cross from the tree. After Jack died, he couldn’t go to Hell; and he couldn’t go to Heaven. He was forced to wander around the earth with a single candle to light his way. The candle was placed in a turnip to keep it burning longer. When the Irish came to America in the 1800’s, they adopted the pumpkin instead of the turnip. Along with these traditions, they brought the idea that the black cat was considered by some to be reincarnated spirits who had prophetic abilities.
So, it appears that the origins of Halloween are a mixture of old Celtic pagan rituals superstition and early Catholic traditions.
What does the Bible say about Halloween?
What does the Bible say about Halloween? Nothing. But it does speak concerning witches, the occult, and paganism.
Exodus 22:18, “You shall not let a witch live.”
Deut. 18:10-12, “Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, 11 or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. 12 Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD . . . ”
The Bible definitely speaks negatively about occultic practices, spirits, witches and condemns not only the practice but also the people who are involved in it. As Christians, we are to have nothing to do with the occult. Tarot Cards, contacting the dead, séances, lucky charms, etc., are all unbiblical and can harm a Christian’s fellowship with God and open the Christian to demonic oppression. Most Christians know this and avoid these activities.