The Holy Spirit in the Book of Acts Essay

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Liberty University

The Holy Spirit in the Book of Acts

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INTRODUCTION……………………………………………………………………………………………………………1 Intro to Acts The Holy Spirit
WHO IS THE HOLY SPIRIT………………………………………………………………………………………………1 What Did Jesus Say About the Holy Spirit? What Was the Holy Spirit’s Role? Why is the Holy Spirit necessary?
THE FIRST APPEARANCE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT………………………………………………………………2 Corporate Prayer and Unity Prior to the Holy Spirit’s Coming The Signs of the Holy Spirit’s Presence The filling of the Holy Spirit
HOW DID THE HOLY SPIRIT IMPACT BELIEVERS AND NON BELIEVERS…………………………..3 Conversion of Non Believers Unity Within the Body
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Without the Holy Spirit, it is impossible to heal, to practice obedience, or to lead others to salvation. God’s Spirit is the gift that Jesus promised would reside in each person who received Him as Lord and Savior.
The First Appearance of the Holy Spirit The coming of the Holy Spirit is introduced in Acts, chapter 2. During that time, the people had been in constant prayer, after which Matthias was chosen to replace Judas Iscariot. The scripture provides a clear account that all the people were on one accord in obedience, thus unity provided a foundation and the invitation of the Holy Spirit. When the Holy Spirit had come, certain signs signified his presence. Acts 2:2-4 states that there was a sound from heaven like a “rushing mighty wind” that filled the house where the people were. There were also “tongues of fire” that “sat upon each of them.” As these signs manifested, they were clear indications that the Holy Spirit had filled the atmosphere and the people as they began to speak in other tongues as enabled by the Holy Spirit (Wallace 1). As the people spoke in various languages, recognized by foreigners, but not understood by natives, the bystanders could see that a Higher Power had overtaken the people. Some witnesses doubted that the occurrence was authentically spiritual, suggesting that the believers were drunk. However, Peter, through the illumination of the Holy Spirit, professed that the prophecy of Joel had

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