The Holy Spirit & the Local Church 2

Supernatural Control & Guidance, Part One
by Pastor John Hamel

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

We are studying the Ministry of the Holy Spirit in the Local Church.  In the first study we saw that the Local Church is to be ruled by God and not by man.  We also saw that the Church is a living organism comprised of people, not buildings or holy places.  

We also discussed the fact that none of us discovered God.  He disclosed Himself to us through the Person of the Holy Spirit.  He now elects where we are to be involved in a Local Church.  

Finally, we discussed the importance of not hanging around believing that we do not have to be involved in the Local Church just because Jesus, no doubt, is coming soon.  

In this lesson we are going to study more specifically how the Holy Spirit controls and guides the operation of the Local Church

Once the Holy Spirit was poured out in the Earth, within the Local Church specifically, the supernatural began to manifest.  On the very first day alone Peter preached and three thousand souls were saved. (Acts 2)  Peter and John healed the man at the Gate Beautiful by the Holy Spirit’s power.  (Acts 3)  Peter preached again and five thousand men were saved. (Acts 4)  

By the power of the Holy Spirit Peter boldly defied the Sanhedrin, refusing to stop preaching. (Acts 4)  Ananias and Sapphira paid the ultimate price for attempting to deceive the Holy Spirit. (Acts 5)  Stephen preached boldly in the face of martyrdom by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 7) 

The list goes on and on, from Peter to John to Stephen, Philip, Barnabas, Agabus and Silas.  The Apostle Paul fearlessly journeyed throughout Antioch, Jerusalem, Samaria, Caesarea, Galatia, Ephesus and Corinth with signs, wonders and miracles following him everywhere he went.  Unmoved by the most horrendous persecution, Paul simply could not be stopped. 

Jesus was limited, as we have seen, by His physical body.  But now the Body of Christ is unlimited as to where they can be and what they can do by the power of the Holy Spirit. (John 14:12)  The Holy Spirit is now wherever a true Believer is.  Nothing has changed since the Book of Acts.  

The Book of Acts does not end in the twenty-eighth chapter.  The Book of Acts continues into your life and my life today.  The same Holy Spirit Who operated in the Local Church beginning on the Day of Pentecost, is still operating in the Local Church today.  The Holy Spirit is still our distinguished and prevailing Leader and power Provider.  He reveals to us the Scriptural procedure for all the Local Churches and gives us the power to see it through.

The Holy Spirit Provides Leadership

“And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;” (Ephesians 4:11)

The fact that these Ministry Offices have been “given” indicates that they are Gifts.  This is why we refer to them as the Ministry Gifts.  However, we need to keep in mind that the Office is a Gift, not the person who stands in the Office. (1Corinthians 12:4-7)  I have seen Ministers get into big trouble by boasting, “I am a Gift to the Body.”  No one man or woman is a Gift to the Body.  The Office is the Gift.  The fact that God would allow any man to stand in any Holy Office is a matter of mercy and grace.  (Hebrews 5:4)  

It takes more than human pride, a dynamic personality and business skills to fulfill any of these offices.  It takes the Holy Spirit’s Anointing.  Without it one is no more than a carnal lecturer. 

The Beck translation of the Bible says that God gave the Ministry Offices “in order to get His holy people ready to serve as workers.”  It takes the power of the Holy Spirit not only to preach the Gospel but also to prepare people to serve as Gospel workers. (1Peter 1:12; 1Thessalonians 1:5)  A Pastor or a Ministry Leader without the Holy Spirit is like a fish out of water, all dried up and soon dead.

The Holy Spirit Draws Believers into the Local Church

“For BY ONE SPIRIT ARE WE ALL BAPTIZED INTO ONE BODY, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.  For the body is not one member, but many.” (1Corinthians 12:13,14)

The word “baptism” in verse thirteen is not a reference to water baptism.  There are seven baptisms in the Bible and all of them are not references to water baptism.  This is a reference to a Believer being baptized into the Body of Christ once being Born Again even as a letter is baptized into an envelope.  This is a reference to being wholly enveloped into the Body of Believers.  

This is a supernatural work of the Holy Spirit.  Not only does the Holy Spirit baptize each of us into the Universal Body of Christ, He decides what Local Church to set us in, as well. 

“But NOW HATH GOD SET the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.” (1Corinthians 12:18)

This is not a decision we make on our own.  This is a decision that we must allow the Holy Spirit to make for us.  He knows what Local Church will benefit us the most and where we will be the greatest blessing.

The Holy Spirit Determines the Order of Worship

“How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.  If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret.  But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God.  

"Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge.  If any thing be revealed to another that sitteth by, let the first hold his peace.  For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted.  And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.  … Let all things be done decently and in order.” (1Corinthians 14:26-32,40)

A more literal translation of verse forty would be, “Let all things be done beautifully and with dignity.”  God is not the author of confusion. (1Corinthians 14:33)  

Through the agency of the Holy Spirit, He has laid out His supreme order of worship in these verses.  The Holy Spirit will lead multiple members to cooperate with the service, all inspired and all yielded to Him.  These verses leave no room for abuse. 

One woman once informed me that her role as a music Minister was “to entertain the audience.”  The Body of Christ is not an audience to be entertained.  The Body of Christ a congregation who is to be led in worship by the power of the Holy Spirit.  He is very exacting about how things are to be done.  He must be given total leeway at all times in order for the supernatural to be in proper manifestation during church services.

The Holy Spirit Leads in Congregational Prayer

Peter and John were arrested for preaching and performing miracles.  Upon being released they immediately returned to their own company, explaining how the Chief Priests had threatened them with punishment if they kept on preaching and teaching Christ.  The Believers reacted as follows.

“And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is: … And WHEN THEY HAD PRAYED, THE PLACE WAS SHAKEN WHERE THEY WERE ASSEMBLED TOGETHER; AND THEY WERE ALL FILLED WITH THE HOLY GHOST, and they spake the word of God with boldness.” (Acts 4:24,31)

Someone else may have been intimidated by the Chief Priest’s threats.  Peter and John got together with other Believers, lifted their voices loudly as led by the Holy Spirit, and He then bolstered them with even greater boldness.  This is congregational prayer at its best.  

Possibly the greatest manifestation of the Holy Spirit’s power is when a congregation comes together, releasing faith as one.  Where else could this possibly happen but in Church?  Nowhere in the Bible are we told to not pour our hearts out before God in Church.  The Church is not a library with little signs all around that say, “Quiet, please.”  Heaven is full of loud praises to God, so should the Church be.

"And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.” (Revelation 19:6)

The Apostle John said great throngs whose voice was as waters roaring forcibly attended the worship service he attended in Heaven.  Why would God be displeased if we prayed this way in our services on Earth?  He does not have one standard for worship in Heaven and another standard for worship on Earth.  (1Thessalonians 5:16-20)

The Holy Spirit Orchestrates Loud Music & Shouting 

“And when they heard that, THEY LIFTED UP THEIR VOICE to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is:” (Acts 4:24)

I submit to you the example of Peter and John in Jerusalem again.  In this verse, the Greek word for “lifted” actually means, “to weigh anchor and sail away.”  This means that they cast every care to the wind, allowing the Holy Spirit to carry them away in loud worship.  This is what happened at the dedication of Solomon’s Temple, which is a picture of the coming New Testament Church.  They lifted their voices with trumpets and instruments, cutting loose and the power of God fell. (2Chronicles 5:13,14) 

Jesus’ disciples made so much loud noise, praising Him during His Triumphant Entry that the Pharisees told Him to hush them up.  He just told the Pharisees to hush up and let them keep praising loudly.  (Luke 19:37-40)  He knew that the Bible said to make a loud noise, rejoicing, singing and praising with voices and instruments before the Lord. (Psalm 98:4-6) 

To those who say that God does not allow music, instruments or loud worship in Church, we submit the following Scripture.

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in PSALMS and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” (Colossians 3:16)

The Greek word for “psalms” in this verse is “psalmos.”  It means “music accompanied with voice, harp or other instrument.” 

Why would the Holy Spirit put this in the Bible if He did not want us using musical instruments in Church?  Why would someone sing in Church but not allow instruments if God did not want music in Church?  Singing is musical, no matter how you look at it.

Sometimes people get so hung up majoring on minor points that they miss the whole purpose of Scripture and rob themselves and God of tremendous blessing. 

The most anointed services I have ever conducted or have been in have been a direct result of anointed, loud music and Holy Spirit led prayer. 

Elijah called for the minstrel to sing and play.  The power of God fell. (2Kings 3:15

We need God’s power in the Local Church now more than ever.

Be Blessed … John and Barbara Hamel



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