“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” -Acts 1:8

 

Kingdom First Greetings!

 

April was a great blessing! We all should be more encouraged to know by now that at St. Mark we are definitely “Maximizing Our Potential”. To God be the Glory!

 

On Sunday, May 14, 2017 at 10:00 A.M., we will celebrate Mother’s Day! It is a time to appreciate mothers and mother figures. Exodus 20:12 states “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.

 

And we continue our Pentecost season celebration. 50 days after our Lord’s resurrection, His disciples received the precious gift of the Holy Ghost. This event, which is recorded in Acts chapter 2, was the official birthday of the church. Plan now to join us as we observe Pentecost with a great Holy Ghost filled Service on Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 10:00 and 3:00 pm.

 

To do God's work, we need God's power. The baptism of the Holy Ghost is for all who believe in Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord, and who are children of God through Him (Act 2:38–39). The Holy Ghost is a gift bestowed upon the believer for the purpose of equipping and empowering the believer, making him a more effective witness for service in the world. He teaches and guides one into all truth (John 16:13; Acts 1:8, 8:39).

 

The Holy Ghost fills the believer's mind with a genuine understanding of truth, takes possession of the believer's abilities, and imparts gifts that qualify the believer for service in the body of Christ. The Holy Ghost also speaks to the hearts of unbelievers, showing them their need for salvation (John 16:7–11). The purpose of the baptism of the Holy Ghost is to empower believers for service, witness, spiritual warfare, and boldness in their testimonies (Acts 1:8; 4:19–20, 29–31; 6:8–10; 1 Corinthians 2:4). The baptism of the Holy Ghost is an absolute necessity in every Christian's life for the service to which God has called us.             

 

 

 

From The Pastor's Heart

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