(John 14:16, Acts 2:1 - 4, Acts 2:14 - 21, Acts 2:43 - 47, Acts 2:4:31)
- A gift is a present, token or reward given to somebody by another person.
- When Jesus ascended to heaven, He sent the gift of the Holy Spirit to His disciples to comfort them.
- The Holy Spirit is a gift from God to Christians.
(1 Corinthians 12:4 - 11)
God, through the Holy Spirit, gives gifts to people to guide them in their daily lives, with the aim of bringing glory to Him.
These gifts are:
(Galatians 5: 22- 23)
The fruits of the Holy Spirit build a Christian’s character and guide one’s conduct.
The Christian who allows the Holy Spirit to fully control his/her life shows these fruits.
These fruits grow and improve with time as one learns more about God. They are:
In Judges (6:11-16,) the Angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon as he was threshing wheat.
(Acts 16:6 - 10, 18:9 -11, 20:22 -24)
(2 Timothy 3:14-17)
(Acts 8:26 - 40)
What it teaches us:
Charismatic renewal is the growth of the church and the increase of Christian activities in our daily lives. From the Holy Bible we read that the disciples feared to continue with the work of Jesus Christ after He went up to heaven. He sent them the Holy Spirit who gave them comfort and the strength to continue the good work.
All Christians are children of God though they may be from different denominations. Those who obey God are given the Holy Spirit who leads them to renew worship in their countries or communities.
The Holy Spirit gives us fruits and gifts to help us do what is right and good in the eyes of God. 1 Peter 2:1-2 says, “Rid yourselves, then, of all evil; no more lying or hypocrisy or jealousy or insulting language. Be like newborn babies, always thirsty for the pure spiritual milk, so that by drinking it you may grow up and be saved.”
Unity in the Church Ephesians 4:3 - 6. Unity means togetherness or oneness. The church is a community of believers. Church teachings stress the importance of living together in peace.
Psalm 133:1-3 tells us that it is wonderful and pleasant to live together as Christians.
John 17:20-23 records that before Jesus went to heaven, He asked God to keep His disciples safe and united. As Christians we should remain united and support each other as we do the work of God. One of the roles of the Holy Spirit is to ensure that the people who constitute the church live in unity.