No one preached or led me to the Lord, the Holy Spirit came in, when I came to the end of myself.
DeepThinker wrote:Peter told the first believers to repent and be baptized and they would receive the Holy Spirit. That was the formula it seemed until Peter met Cornilius when the Holy Ghost came upon them WHILE THEY HEARD THE WORD PREACHED. And it didn't say anything there that they repented or called out to God to save them, and they were baptized in water AFTER their conversion, so the formula was changed.
Jesus-is-GOD wrote:Jesus had No Method. He was led by the Holy Spirit and 'knew' the person who He was speaking to before they even opened their mouths.GOD FORBID we resort to methods!To say that the Only way to share the Gospel is to say "Repent" - which means to, Turn from your sins --- is IMPOSSIBLE to an unsaved person.They must first be told the Good News - be "willing" to turn from, [as best as they understand] "sin" and be 'willing' to count the cost of asking The LORD to actually enter their lives in submission to Him before they can "TURN" from their sins by the power of the indwelling Spirit.If they could turn from their sins before regeneration, why did Jesus die and then send His Spirit to indwell us?
Throw the scriptures at me and tell me that Jesus is the only way...I know. But we all obviously listen to sermons and these sermons are contradicting.Thus, the tear...the rip and the pain. Sorry if I caused tension by posting this article.
passerby wrote:...I believe we need to talk about this topic at times for the edification of the body....I also believe, very strong warnings and diligent exhortations are really much needed in our time where so much is so deceiving and so enticing. .
I believe the balance comes from praying diligently and whole-heartedly for the mind of Christ. For His heart and to have His eyes for mankind.To ask Him to show us through His Word how He walked in total dependence on the Father, through the Spirit and not by methods made by man that compensate for the lack of their depending on the complete leaning on His Spirit.That's where "the cost" lies. It's much easier to depend on other men or methods than to work to know the mind of GOD Himself.That would take dying to "what we want to do."Or our plans or desires.Study Jesus. Just study Jesus.I just now finished listening to this message and if you can't feel the love for individuals in this - then maybe listen to it a second time.I did. Reminds me of that song, "Give me Your eyes" - and we add, and Your heart and Your mind - YOUR LOVE for every soul on earth - Your creations.LORD Bless us this way -[url=http://www.tscnyc.org/sermons.php]You Can Cause Angels To Shout![/url] :-)
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Jesus-is-GOD wrote:To ask Him to show us through His Word how He walked in total dependence on the Father, through the Spirit and not by methods made by man that compensate for the lack of their depending on the complete leaning on His Spirit.
[url=http://www.tscnyc.org/sermons.php]You Can Cause Angels To Shout![/url]
"And if you and I can get that heart, you - we have found this treasure in the field that is spoken of in the scriptures. We hide it deep within. We cherish this deep revelation of God. You and I know you can't package this, you can't export this. It's a sovereign work. There are no steps to this. You can't teach this. You either have it or you don't have it. You either have Christ's heart within you or your don't have Christ's heart within you. It's that simple." - Carter Conlon (21 minute mark of "You Can Cause Angels To Shout!")