Contend for the Supernatural: Is This That?

For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day. But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; (Acts 2:15-16 KJV)

At the end of Acts chapter 1 we find the disciples hidden in an upper room drawing names to see who gets to be an Apostle. By the 6th verse of Acts 2 we see a string of amazing events: loud noises, people hearing others speak in their native tongues, and ultimately the believers being accused of drunkenness at 9 in the morning. Peter explains that this is that which Joel prophesied: men and women, young and old, prophesying, seeing visions, and having God-given dreams, the Spirit poured out on all flesh.
What happened? The wonderful and pivotal moment in Acts 2:1-4 when the Spirit was poured out and they all spoke with tongues. That experience is available to all who believe. If we want to see the Book of Acts kind of Church we need the Book of Acts kind of experience. It’s time to take the Baptism with the Spirit out of mothballs and begin to preach it and model it again. It’s what moves us from timidity and religious form into “This is That.”

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