The Ministry of the Holy Spirit XV



Sunday 06/15/14

Topic: Review: An you will receive Power Pt. 1


Series – The Ministry of the Holy Spirit XV.mp3

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Key Texts:

Acts 1:1-8; 1 Cor. 14

And you will receive Power

In Acts 1:8, we are told that the disciples would receive enabling power once the Holy Spirit had come upon them. This enabling power was for the work of the ministry. We know this because Jesus had just told them to wait in Jerusalem before beginning the great commission of being His witnesses, until they had received this power from on high. The power they were to receive was an enabling power which is different than authoritative power. There are two different types of power mentioned in the New Testament.

  1. Dunamis which is “DOING POWER”. By this I mean it is the power given by the Holy Spirit which enables you to do something.
  2. Exousia which is “BEING POWER”. By which is meant not the power to DO something, but the power to BE something…in other words it is Authority. This authority is always associated in one way or another with stewardship/ministry.

The power conferred upon the disciples of the Lord that day and on all those subsequent to that by the baptism of the Holy Spirit is Dunamis – enabling power. The power itself is the person of the Holy Spirit and His operations within the children of God.   God as the SOURCE All authority is from God – “For there is no authority except from God,” – Rom. 13:1 All power belongs to Him – “After these things I heard what sounded like the loud voice of a large crowd in heaven, saying, “Hallelujah! Salvation, glory, and power belong to our God.  ~ Rev. 19:1   In this session I taught on the fundamental differences between AUTHORITY from God (exousía) and His ENABLING POWER (dúnamis). This study is important in order to properly discern when God is delegating executive authority in the body (Authority – exousia) and when He is empowering you to perform something (Enabling Power – dunamis). We then looked a little at 1 Cor. 14, to see the gifts of the Spirit in operation and to begin to illustrate the difference between tongues as a prayer language and tongues as a gift. We will be covering this for several weeks. I hope you will enjoy the rest of this teaching and as a result be better equipped to co-partner with the Spirit in the work of the ministry!

We encourage you…give it a listen!

Hi my name is Mark and though I am opposed to titles, I am currently the only Pastor (shepherd/elder) serving our assembly right now.

I have been Pastoring in one capacity or another for nearly 30 years now, though never quite like I am today.

Early in 2009 the Lord revealed to me that the way we had structured our assembly (church) was not scriptural in that it was out of sync with what Paul modeled for us in the New Testament. In truth, I (like many pastors I am sure) never even gave this fundamental issue of church structure the first thought. I had always assumed that church structure was largely the same everywhere and had been so from the beginning. While I knew Paul had some very stringent things to say about the local assembly of believers, the point of our gatherings together and who may or may not lead, I never even considered studying these issues but assumed we were all pretty much doing it in numbers right?! Boy, I couldn't have been more wrong!

So needless to say, my discovery that we had been doing it wrong for nearly two decades was a bit of a shock to me! Now, this "revelation" did not come about all at once but over the course of a few weeks. We were a traditional single pastor led congregation. It was a top-bottom model of ministry which is in part biblical, but not in the form of a monarchy.

The needed change did not come into focus until following 9 very intense months of study and discussions with those who were leaders in our church at the time.

We now understand and believe that the Bible teaches co-leadership with equal authority in each local assembly. Having multiple shepherds with God's heart and equal authority protects both Shepherds and sheep. Equal accountability keeps authority and doctrine in check. Multiple shepherds also provide teaching with various styles and giftings with leadership skills which are both different and complementary.

For a while we had two co-pastors (elders) (myself and one other man) who led the church with equal authority, but different giftings. We both taught in our own ways and styles, and our leadership skills were quite different, but complimentary. We were in complete submission to each other and worked side-by-side in the labor of shepherding the flock.

Our other Pastor has since moved on to other ministry which has left us with just myself. While we currently only have one Pastor/Elder, it is our desire that God, in His faithfulness and timing, may bring us more as we grow in maturity and even in numbers.

As to my home, I have been married since 1995 to my wonderful wife Terissa Woodson who is my closest friend and most trusted ally.

As far as my education goes, I grew up in a Christian home, but questioned everything I was ever taught.

I graduated from Bible college in 1990 and continued to question everything I was ever taught (I do not mention my college in order to avoid being labeled).

Perhaps my greatest preparation for ministry has been life and ministry itself. To quote an author I have come to enjoy namely Fredrick Buechner in his writing entitled, Now and Then, "If God speaks to us at all other than through such official channels as the Bible and the church, then I think that He speaks to us largely through what happens to us...if we keep our hearts open as well as our ears, if we listen with patience and hope, if we remember at all deeply and honestly, then I think we come to recognize beyond all doubt, that, however faintly we may hear Him, He is indeed speaking to us, and that, however little we may understand of it, His word to each of us is both recoverable and precious beyond telling." ~ Fredrick Buechner

Well that is about all there is of interest to tell you about me.

I hope our ministry here is a blessing to you and your family. I also hope that it is only a supplement to a local church where you are committed to other believers in a community of grace.

~God Bless!