Flocking Together Makes Birds of A Feather

Flocking Together MAKES Birds of A Feather


“The holiness message hath no greater enemy than those who once embraced its tenets; for having forsaken righteousness they cannot bear to forsake alone, but are not and will not rest content until they bring others to their estate. For as long as there is one left standing they stand condemned…” John Wesley

You know what I say? “Go ahead and let them ALONE stand condemned!”

Ephesians 5:11 (KJV)
11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

2 John 10–11 (KJV)
10 If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:
11 for he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.

1 Corinthians 5:11–13 (KJV)
11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.
12 For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within?
13 But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person. (See “Socialize Responsibly” at http://wp.me/pTIqJ-S)

RATHER, FOLKS,

1 John 1:7 (AMP)
7 But if we [really] are living and walking in the Light, as He [Himself] is in the Light, we have [true, unbroken] fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses (removes) us from all sin and guilt [keeps us cleansed from sin in all its forms and manifestations].

Choose your Feather, THEN your Flock. Choose your destiny, THEN choose your discipleship. Choose your destination, THEN choose your vehicle.

I’ll go with the Flock of God, the discipleship of the Word, and the destination of the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

The Year 2010 In Review for CAC

Why review the year now, you may ask? Because we are halfway through. Enough of 2010 is left to carry out those hopes and prayers you had on New Year’s Day. Today, Friday, June 25, is the last Friday of the first half of the year. Let’s do a quick year-in-review: (We’ve packed a lot into 6 months! We’re fired up and excited about the 7 souls who’ve been baptized!)

In the month of January, we began enjoying the outstanding ministry of our very own Rev. Ben Petrella. His pulpit ministry has turned Sunday evenings into soul-searching and evangelistic crusades! We love the Petrellas and congratulate them on their move to Castle Rock in the next few weeks!

In February, we had Galen Walters (Houston, TX, www.goawayandthink.com) engage us in the the spiritual aspects of leadership. He also challenged our Ministry Directors to improve their productivity through a better understanding of their leadership styles (DiSC Assessment). Toward the end of February, the Vertical Fellowship of CAC were jolted with a power-packed Youth Revival led by Evangelist Ryan French (Raleigh, NC).

In March, Chairman of the Alaska State Licensing Board of Psychologists, Dr. Lorin Bradbury so capably graced our pulpit and taught Biblical principles of Godly homes and marriages. March quickly slipped by, but not without an empowering Sunday School staff seminar led by Terry Vik (Des Moines, IA). Bro. Vik also moved us and blessed our regular services with his Drama Ministry (http://www.christiandramaresources.com).

April blew in with the mighty rushing wind of Nate Lawrence’s (Lufkin, TX) saxophone! His music composition and performing talents gave the CAC Orchestra a fresh boost with special workshops. The visit culminated in a very special Easter Sunday, with services we’ll long remember. Also in April, we were blessed for a weekend with the dynamic ministry of Evangelist Kelly Ventura (Visalia, CA). Near the end of April, the Lord allowed our paths to merge with a great Ethiopian missionary, Elder Solomon Lodamo and his wife. As usual, you CAC, stepped up to the plate and gave a very generous offering for foreign missions. May God richly reward!

Now, who can forget the outstanding preaching ministry of Timothy Spell at the beginning of May, 2010? That, compounded with his CAC Choir workshops, new choir songs, and vocal talents, left us so very refreshed and renewed in our focus on the Mile High Conference 2010 praise and worship. (“This Is Your Lucky Day” was an awesome message you can continually enjoy on www.cacdenver.org sermon archives.)

At the beginning of this month of June 2010, we had the privilege of receiving a challenging Tuesday evening sermon by Evangelist Craig Ashcraft (Bay City, TX). Remember the title? “Sometimes I Just Can’t Be Nice.” Two weeks ago, Pastor Terry Black (Memphis, TN) preached a weekend and a Tuesday evening. We will forever be grateful for a contemporary viewpoint on the current climate of modern Christendom. I believe we were well-admonished to preserve Bible principles while forging a future of revival and evangelism.

Finally, as of last Tuesday night, we’ve concluded the Pentecostal-Apostolic classic series, “Seven Men and Two Natures.” I pray that CAC is rooted strongly, with stakes driven deeply, as we prepare for the enlargement of our “tent”!

Isaiah 54:2–3 (KJV) “Enlarge the place of thy tent, And let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: Spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes; 3 For thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left…”

Saints of CAC, we are now positioned in such a way as to impact our community and our city LIKE NEVER BEFORE!! What a foundation the first six months have given us to launch out and see Holy Ghost outpouring throughout the rest of 2010! IT’S TIME TO PRAY, FAST, REACH, TEACH, AND PREACH! Please make the July 4th “Freedom Celebration” at City Park and the Mile High Conference your prayer priorities. Constantly invite all your friends and family to come meet Jesus! The Best is Yet To Come.

God bless you,

Pastor DEH2
http://www.cacdenver.org

P.S. We’ll ALL be in prayer for a wonderful heavenly rain in the “Women of War” prayer meeting tonight, 7:30 PM to 7:30 AM.

P.P.S. See you Sunday morning, early for sanctuary prayer!

Father’s Day 2010: Foundations, Fishing, and Fatherhood

Today across America, we are honoring our Fathers.  Since 1922, the third Sunday in June has been set aside to pay such tribute.

God commands us in Exodus 20.12 to “honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.”

I can still picture, ever so clearly through my eyes as a child, my own father, Bishop Haymon, standing mid-mountain-stream in hip waders.  He’s casting and reeling, searching out underwater dens for the unsuspecting lunker of a Rainbow trout.  Secretly envious of his ability to fill his stringer with his many catches, I just couldn’t (still can’t!) understand his “luck!” 

From the bank of the icy, swift, deep and mysterious waters of such a river, I can see him working his way back to me, my hands tightly gripping a child’s-version Zebco rod and reel.  He asks, “Ready to go across?”  Quickened pulse, not a bit afraid, I readily agree, and climb aboard his strong, Daddy shoulders.  Ever so carefully, he carries me out into the rushing, perilous water.  One thing stands out in my memory: NO HURRY.  Although an unexpected current presses against Dad’s legs, or a river rock wobbles under his feet, causing a pause or a slight shift, I know I’m safe!  Tedious, careful, deliberate steps carry me, high and dry, through the river’s middle, right on to the other side.  Settling me on the opposite bank, it’s only natural to look back and see where we’ve come from. Wow!  What a Dad!  Thank you for the ride! 

Today, as a father of three growing children, I am blessed to say again, Wow!  What a father the Lord gave me!  Any successes I may enjoy as a father, I owe to His strong shoulders.  Thankfully, his shoulders didn’t only carry his young son, but also the burden of a secure future for his family and the church of his founding.  We’re blessed to be “high and dry,” aren’t we?!  He truly has taught me how keep my “legs” under me as his successor.

Do you know why God commands us to honor our fathers?  One significant reason is found in the meaning of the word “father.”  In the verb form, “father” means “the founder, to be the foundation.”

You fathers are the founders, the shoulders of your home!  God wants you to carry a God-loving, God-fearing, God-honoring home, confidently through the murky, deadly waters of the world.

Men, get the instructions that God has given us in Psalm 78.5-7,

“For He established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, Which He commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children; that the generation to come might know them, the children who would be born, that they may raise and declare them to their children, that they may set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep His commandments.”

Fathers, we are commanded to teach and to point our children to God.  Here’s why: So that they may have confidence in God and keep His commandments.  Your shoulders are your family’s ultimate representation of God’s capability to carry them and their convictions safely from one trial, one heartache, one generation to the next.  The closing of the “generation gap,” it turns out, is the responsibility of every father.

The New Testament tells us something similar in Ephesians 6.4,

“And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.”

And the word translated “admonition” means to put something into the mind.  Fathers, you are to be putting something into the minds of your children, namely, the Word of God!

Dads, let’s keep those shoulders strong and those feet secure.  Unexpected pressures and unforeseeable terrain under the surface may keep us praying, but commit today to building quality time into your transferences of discipline, wisdom, and God’s Word.  Don’t lose heart!  We’re closer to the other side than ever.

God bless you and Happy Father’s Day!

The Fellowship of the Unashamed

I’ve got something to share with you that will bless you today. It’s an excerpt from our Academy High School Bible study curriculum:

“I’m part of the fellowship of the unashamed. I have Holy Spirit power. The die has been cast. I have stepped over the line. The decision has been made. I am a disciple of His. I won’t look back, let up, slow down, back away or be still.

“My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, my future is secure. I’m finished and done with low living, sight walking, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tame visions, worldly talking, cheap giving and dwarfed goals.

“I no longer need preeminence, prosperity, position, promotions, platitudes or popularity. I don’t have to be first, recognized, praised, regarded, or rewarded. I now live by faith, lean on His presence, walk by patience, am lifted up by prayer and labor by power.

“My face is set, my gait is fast, my goal is heaven, my road is narrow, my way rough, my companions few, my Guide reliable, my mission clear. I cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, deluded or delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of the adversary, negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity.

“I won’t give up, shut up, let up, until I have stayed up. I am a disciple of Jesus. I must go till He comes, give till I drop, preach till all know and work till He stops me.

“And when He comes for His own, He will have no problem recognizing me at all!”

WHAT AN ATTITUDE. Let it permeate our very soul and core at CAC.

——

Please pray for the Tim Lovato families this morning; Sis. Brenda’s father, Cecil, was rushed to the hospital a bit earlier, suffering severely, and, according to the doctors, with little hope of surviving the day. Many unsaved family members are impacted by this situation and the Lovatos need strength and wisdom from above.

Are you geared up for a weekend of personal revival? I trust that we’ve all been getting the word out about Bro. Terry Black’s (Memphis, TN) visit and powerful ministry Sunday in both services. Folks, I LOVE getting calls informing me that entire new families are planning to visit our services, because of YOUR witness and invitation. I received one just yesterday for this Sunday!

Thank you for your many prayers and inquiries about my wife and her parents. They made the road trip this week and are doing well in Mississippi. Thanks for keeping them in your prayers as well.

Lord bless your day, in a rich way!

See you Sunday for an HG Powered set of services.

Pastor D. E. Haymon II

P.S. Thank you, Sis. Jen Montieth, for the following graphic design!

Which Comes First? Faith or Wisdom

Faith comes before wisdom.

James 1:5–7 (KJV) If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. 7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.

Sad to say, not everyone who is wise has faith, neither is it that everyone with faith is wise!

James 3:13–18 (KJV) Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. 14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. 15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. 16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. 17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. 18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

How essential it is that we ASK for wisdom, standing firmly on our foundation of faith.  Upon such a foundation, we can rely on God’s promise to give “wisdom that is from above.”  This wisdom is gained through disciplined hearing, obedience, and sheer trust in God.  Don’t ask God for wisdom then miss church!  Don’t ask God for wisdom then ignore His Word!  Don’t ask God for wisdom then “inform” spiritual counsel of your already laid plans!

Carry your burden, your failure, your upset to Jesus, “hat-in-hand,” and inquire after His wisdom.  He promises not to belittle you or slap you down.  (How cruel would it be for the omniscient God to say, “You idiot!  You should have known better!”  No, he will not chide nor ridicule (upbraid) our asking.  When you’ve made such a request, you will not be disappointed!

Thank you, CAC, for reading and receiving the challenge.  WE’RE LOOKING FORWARD TO A BLESSED WEEKEND IN THE HOLY GHOST!

My, how nice it is to have most of you back from Memorial Day weekend vacations.

Please don’t forget the Faith-Wise Living Seminar tomorrow at 10:00 in morning, in the CAC Dining Room.  Steve Lloyd and guests will be presenting the VERY IMPORTANT facts and logistics of Long Term Care insurance and Reverse Mortgages.  Such a meeting will be someone’s answer from the Lord for wisdom.  You’ve been asking in faith, now the wisdom is waiting in this seminar!  (Don’t wait until it’s too late to receive instruction in such matters!  That can be classified as “foolishness!”)  :-))

Finally, pray for the wisdom of those going whitewater river rafting early tomorrow morning.  I hear the water is high and the waves are huge!  They say it’s the perfect time to raft in Colorado. 

God bless you all, is my sincere prayer.

Pastor D. E. Haymon II

Why We Teach Creation

Thanks to www.answersingenesis.org, here are actual snapshots of our concluding High School Bible Study class video from the 2009-2010 school year at Calvary Apostolic Academy.  Study them and enjoy.

Aren’t we thankful for Christian education?  This week marks the 3rd decade for our church school.  Thank God for 30 blessed years!!  Thank you, Dad (Bishop Haymon), for your vision in 1980.  How much more do we need Chrisian education today??

See you, CAC, at 8:00 tonight for Church-Wide Sanctuary Prayer Meeting.  CAC families leaving for Memorial Day getaways, God be with you.  We’ll miss you sorely this weekend!  Those of us in “staycation” mode: Don’t forget Friends and Family Day Sunday at 2:00.  IT’S REVIVAL TIME!!

“Socialize Responsibly” – Facebook By God’s Book

CAC Friday Communiqué for May 21, 2010 by Pastor Don Haymon

1 Corinthians 5:11–13 (AMPLIFIED VERSION)

11 But now I write to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of [Christian] brother if he is known to be guilty of immorality or greed, or is an idolater [whose soul is devoted to any object that usurps the place of God], or is a person with a foul tongue [railing, abusing, reviling, slandering], or is a drunkard or a swindler or a robber. [No] you must not so much as eat with such a person.

12 What [business] of mine is it and what right have I to judge outsiders? Is it not those inside [the church] upon whom you are to pass disciplinary judgment [passing censuring sentence on them as the facts require]?

13 God alone sits in judgment on those who are outside. Drive out that wicked one from among you [expel him from your church].

Folks, take a minute to read the paragraph below. It was written by Bishop Paul Mooney, of Calvary Tabernacle, an Apostolic Pentecostal church in Indianapolis, Indiana:

“If one doubts that there exists growing anti-holiness, anti-doctrine, and anti-Bible rhetoric, please listen more carefully. Social network pages are filled with self-loathing Pentecostal young people and self-anointed, self -defined cool preachers, who will mock those who attempt to call attention to blurring lines between righteousness and worldliness. I am not into Facebook or others, but my wife enjoys these venues and surely they are filled with ex-pentecostals who apparently despise the message of truth and even their raising. I could name more than one preacher among these who once stood strong and tall but now they are blinded by delusion. Forums are a new venue for this preacher and what a shock, to find those who profess to be one god preachers , yet become rabid when confronted with the old message of holiness and will even call men of God who have stood for truth for a lifetime, a false prophet and purveyor of falsehood.” (Perspectives Magazine, Vol. 20/No. 5)

If you are not into Internet social networks, specifically Facebook, this article won’t mean much to you. If you are a Holy Ghost-filled saint of God, endeavoring to keep your friendly social circles clean and pure, read on…

HOW CAN WE CLEANSE OUR SOCIAL NETWORKS? By listening to and obeying the Word of God (Psalms 119:9). According to 1 Corinthians 5, many who call themselves “Christians” should be removed from our associations. The passage says, not to keep company with those who claim to be Christians yet fail in the following test of fellowship. The words, “keep company,” (verse 11, KJV) mean “to associate with one another, involving joint activity, and usually implying some kind of reciprocal relation or involvement.” This is a perfect present-day warning that easily pertains to Facebook, particularly “friends,” and “friends lists.”

From the referenced passage, here’s a concise, compact checklist to help us both whittle down our existing lists and determine who to admit as future friends:

1) Do they consider themselves to be Spirit-filled but are immoral, living outside the sacred confines of Biblical marriage, and “bend” (root meaning of fornicate) the truth to suit themselves?

2) Do they consider themselves to be Spirit-filled but make or twist God and Bible doctrines to their own carnal liking? (This is idolatry at its most deceptive level.) Look at their spiritual alignments. Are they based on Biblical standards of right-living, internally and externally?

3) Do they consider themselves to be Spirit-filled but have a tongue (or a blog, keyboard, photo gallery, etc.) that is inconsistent with or in opposition to Godly wholesomeness? What are the qualities of communication that are unacceptable in Christian interchange? Railing and extorting. These are KJV words for slandering and swindling. Such a “friend,” allowed to express his or her opinion of things pertaining to God can only be misleading at best and predatory at worst.

4) Do they consider themselves to be Spirit-filled but drink alcoholic beverages?

IF THE ANSWER IS “YES” for any of the above with regard to Facebook friends, we have a Bible mandate to discontinue fellowship, even association. Such people don’t belong in our circle of “friends.”

Alternatively, seek out those who hunger and thirst for righteousness. Make them your friends. The lost, the outcast, the lonely, the unbeliever, these, understood for their spiritual inadequacies, will only be a threat to the truly Spirit-filled if they are allowed to “weigh in” or exert any influence whatsoever in spiritual or lifestyle matters. Share the Gospel with them and befriend them like Jesus did the sinners of His day.

Thank you for your concern and simple obedience to the Word of God.

In the ever-advancing onslaught of the forces of evil and Satanic schemes, the least we can do is to Socialize Responsibly.

REMINDERS VIA SPEEDY BULLETS:

  • You’re invited to Calvary Academy Field Day at Cherry Creek State Park, Friday, May 21st, at 11:30 AM. It will be followed by Hugh Avant’s Famous Crawfish Boil!
  • CAC-Wide Spring Fling is Saturday, May 22nd, from 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM. This is a new twist to our previously held annual yard sale. We anticipate this being another great opportunity for us to meet people in our neighborhood and for outreach in our community. We need YOUR help to make this event a success! C U there!
  • SUNDAY 10:00 AM & 6:30 PM – Worship and the Word

Connect with Calvary Apostolic Church of Denver at:

www.cacdenver.org

www.facebook.com/cacdenver

5900 East Yale Avenue, Denver, CO 80222-6337

Skin Thickeners: Approved by the Fire

GOD’S BEST, HEAVEN NOW AND ETERNALLY, IS NOT FOR THE THIN-SKINNED.  In future posts, I’d like to follow this thought: What experiences must we go through to thicken our skin?  God’s people have always been tender and sensitive to His Spirit, but rawhide tough to the influences that try to subvert, divide, and weaken.  Where are you on the “skin thickness” scale?  Are you fragile, frail, or fickle due to the onslaught of life?  Or, are you able to get slapped around, beaten, cussed, and burned without caving in?  That’s my goal in this series.  God bless you as you join us and read along.  Let’s toughen up together, enjoy Jesus, and the life more abundantly He offers to the few, the chosen, the strong!Continue reading “Skin Thickeners: Approved by the Fire”

Nothing More Precious Than A Godly Mother

Have you hugged your Mother today?

Galatians 4:26 (KJV) But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.

In this letter to saints in Galatia, Apostle Paul uses the perfect metaphor for the Church, the Body, the Bride of Christ: The Mother of us all. The Amplified Version of the Bible calls it “the Messianic kingdom of Christ.” The Message paraphrase says, “the invisible Jerusalem, a free Jerusalem, and she is our mother.” Remember where the Holy Spirit first indwelled believers as they were born again of the Spirit? In Jerusalem on the Day of Pentecost!

We saints of the New Testament have a Father in Jesus; we have a symbolic Mother in the Church. This blessed union produces children: Saints! It’s time that we all arise as the Children of God and honor our Mother! Where would you or I be, without our Mother, the Church of the Living God?

SHOWING THE HOODLUMS
I’ll always remember my dear natural mother, Sis. Jan Haymon, as a nurturing and guiding influence in my childhood and youth. One vivid memory is of her driving with my young sisters and I as passengers on a busy street alongside a truck-full of rowdy hoodlums. They were up to no good, and looking for laughs. Suddenly, they swerved closer to our vehicle and began shouting at us, “Hey, lady, move over! You’re too close! Get over!!” I was shocked that anyone would dare speak to my mother in such a disrespectful way. Her response? She told us kids, “Don’t look at them! Keep your eyes straight ahead!” I’ll never forget her resolute and stoic profile focusing like a laser on the road ahead as they roared off to more interesting exploits. She didn’t let those noisy boys unsettle nor distract her from the matter at hand: Driving her children safely home.

LESSONS FOUNDED IN LOVE
Looking back, I reflect on the fact that my mother has always been an excellent example, not just of attention-focus, but of a multitude of character-building, adult-shaping, will-disciplining, life lessons. I so love my mother and am thankful for her today. What a blessed man I am, and what blessed children I have! The Lord has given my kids a model Apostolic lady to be their mother: my beautiful wife, Sis. LaRonda Haymon. They have two beautiful grandmothers, both of whom are with us today.

A MOTHER’S JOY
Let me assure you: The True Church of Jesus Christ, the “Mother of us all,” is always the guiding and nurturing influence that all her children need. As pastor of the absolutely finest church in the world, CAC, allow me to say, “Our newborns bring us unspeakable joy!” Additionally, I must quickly say, “Our Father has no greater joy than to know that His children walk and are growing everyday in truth!”

HONOR HER TODAY
How can you “hug” your Mother, the church? Be faithful and early to services. Worship the Lord and listen attentively. Serve with all your heart. Pray fervently and intercede for your spiritual leadership. Let your lifestyle speak highly of your spiritual “home” and represent her well. The list goes on and on.

Let the births continue, let the growth be sustained as we embrace the blessing of knowing, loving, and honoring our Mother. The Church, your church, Calvary Apostolic, is committed to spiritual maternity and maturity. Thank you, all you biological mothers, for doing your best at exemplary Godly motherhood. Happy Mother’s Day!

Becoming a Great Pentecostal

(CAC Friday Communique, April 30, 2010)

Welcome to a truly and deeply Pentecostal blog, by a Pentecostal pastor!

Acts 2:1-4 (KJV)
1And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
2
And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
3
And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
4
And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

More than a denomination, a holiday, or an organization, Pentecost is an experience.  As you may know, the book of Acts records the first impartation of the Holy Spirit upon humankind, which happened specifically on the “Day of Pentecost.”  Until then, this Jewish national holiday was celebrated the seventh week after the Passover, in grateful recognition of the completed harvest.  Ever since the book of Acts, it was a Christian feast on the seventh Sunday after Easter, commemorating the first descent of God’s Spirit as experienced by some 3,120 believers!

You can be certain that this was spiritually cataclysmic.  (Cataclysm  is defined as “an event that brings great changes.”)  From that Pentecostal experience until the present, the means to right standing with God changed from the way it was just before it occurred.  No longer were animal sacrifices required.  No longer was Jerusalem the central point of worship.  Jewish priests and rabbis were no longer the top of  spiritual hierarchy.  Suddenly, the defining characteristic of religion changed from the law of the Old Testament to the Spirit of the New.  At the beginning of Acts 2, Jehovah of the Old Testament rolled out his better plan of saving, relating to, and touching humans.  He sent down, “poured out upon all flesh” His very own Spirit into the hearts of the waiting, the lonely, the hungry, the tired, and thirsty!

Hebrews 7:19 (KJV)
19For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God.

In the last 11 scriptures of Acts 2, genuine factors of greatness emerge from the hearts and lives of these newly Pentecostal people.  From these verses we draw the following insights, giving us all foresight into what Pentecostal greatness, as originally experienced, is truly like.

To put it another way, it is possible to hear someone say, “I’m Pentecostal.” However, I hope in this message, to help you with your forensic testing.  That’s right.  Do a DNA test on their experience and see how closely their experience matches the Pentecostal experience where it first occurred.  If not, they are Pentecostal in name only, and not in experience!  They’re missing the best part of being Pentecostal!  (Some of us may be missing the best part of it, assuming it’s simply a type of religion.)  Let’s set the record straight and go back to the drawing board where the Church that Jesus called “His” Church was born.  The first DNA strand of genuine Pentecostal greatness is…

A Great Pentecostal Is A Jesus-Name Regenerated Pentecostal

Acts 2:37-41 (KJV)

37Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?
38
Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
39
For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
40
And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.
41
Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.

A few months earlier, Jesus told us that rebirth involves both water and Spirit:

John 3:5 (KJV)
5Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

The same preacher of Acts 2 later wrote about the essentiality of baptism:

1 Peter 3:21 (KJV)
21The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:

About Spirit rebirth, notice the end-of-life essentiality:

Romans 8:11 (KJV)
11But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

Whoa!  Ready for this?  The regenerate is reborn, and sinless!  (Really!):

1 John 3:9 (KJV)
9Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.

However, if we do slip, if we have failed, don’t give up!!

1 John 2:1 (KJV)
1My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:

The second DNA strand of genuine Pentecostal greatness is…

A Great Pentecostal Is A Truth-Devoted Pentecostal

Acts 2:42 (KJV)

42And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

Previously, Jesus made this statement:

John 8:31-32 (KJV)
31Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
32And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

No matter how long we’ve known about Pentecost, we need to stay connected to the original experience!!

2 Timothy 3:14 (KJV)
14But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;

The third DNA strand of genuine Pentecostal greatness is…

A Great Pentecostal Is An Awe-filled Pentecostal

Acts 2:43

43And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.

This is not a fear as in “fear and loathing!”  It is healthy, necessary and balanced by comfort!  (Much like the awe of a child toward their parent, knowing the need to “stay in good standing!”)  This balanced respect is very vital to growth, both individually and corporately:

Acts 9:31 (KJV)
31Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied.

The fourth DNA strand of genuine Pentecostal greatness is…

A Great Pentecostal Is An Integrated Pentecostal

Acts 2:44 (KJV)

44And all that believed were together, and had all things common;

John 17:22 (KJV)
22And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:

The fifth DNA strand of genuine Pentecostal greatness is…

A Great Pentecostal Is A Generous Pentecostal

Acts 2:45

45And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.

2 Corinthians 8:12-15 (The Message)
12Once the commitment is clear, you do what you can, not what you can’t. The heart regulates the hands.
13This isn’t so others can take it easy while you sweat it out. No, you’re shoulder to shoulder with them all the way,
14your surplus matching their deficit, their surplus matching your deficit. In the end you come out even.
15As it is written, Nothing left over to the one with the most, Nothing lacking to the one with the least. (Exo. 16:18)

The sixth DNA strand of genuine Pentecostal greatness is…

A Great Pentecostal Is A Joyously Worshipping Pentecostal

Acts 2:46-47a

46And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,
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Praising God, and having favour with all the people.

The seventh DNA strand of genuine Pentecostal greatness is…

A Great Pentecostal Is An Evangelistic Pentecostal

Acts 2:47b (KJV)

And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.

Perhaps this listing of characteristic greatnesses resulting from the first genuine Pentecostal experience will fire us up to be greater Pentecostals ourselves!  Lord help us to hang on tightly to the first Pentecostal teaching and experience, knowing it will produce power that extends beyond our spheres of influence, even into the next generation, just like it did in the New Testament.

“It’s for me, it’s for you, it’s for your children, and their children, too.

In Acts the second chapter you can read it for yourself,

You don’t have to ask anybody else,

It’s the Holy Ghost, and Jesus is giving it away!”

We invite you to move beyond the words, the reading, and the hoping: Make it your personal experience at Calvary Apostolic Church of Denver!

http://www.cacdenver.org