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Jesus’ Preparations For Ministry

on May 26, 2016

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Memory Verse

Acts 1:8 NKJV

“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

Bible Truth

The Holy Spirit gives power to be a witness.

Bible Text:

Acts 1:8

Matthew 3:13-17

Matthew 4:1-11

Matthew 3:16-17

Matthew 28:18-20

John 14:26

Acts 1:8

Luke 11:9-13

 

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Jesus’ Is Baptized

Matthew 3:13-17 NKJV

“Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. And John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?” But Jesus answered and said to him, “Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he allowed Him. When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

When Jesus was 30 years old He was baptized in water by His cousin, John the Baptist. As soon as Jesus came op out of the water, the Spirit of God in the form of a dove came down and landed on Jesus. Then a voice was heard from heaven, saying, “This is My Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased.”

In the Bible a dove is a symbol of the Holy Spirit, but the Holy Spirit is not a dove. The Holy Spirit is the third person in the Trinity. Jesus was baptized in both water and in the Holy Spirit.

Jesus Is Tempted

Matthew 4:1-11 NKJV
“Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. ’Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: ‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’ and, ‘In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’ Jesus

said to him, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’” Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’ Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.”

After Jesus was baptized He was led into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit. Jesus prayed and fasted for 40 days and nights in the wilderness. The tempter, Satan, came to Jesus in the wilderness to tempt Him into worshipping him. Each time Satan would try to tempt Jesus, Jesus would answer him with Scripture (the Word of God, the Bible). When Satan stopped tempting Jesus the angels came and helped Him. After the temptation in the wilderness, Jesus began His ministry.

Jesus Is Our Example

Salvation is by God’s grace not by our works. If we accept salvation through Jesus’ dying on the cross for us, we are saved and we will go to heaven.

Ephesians 2:8-9 NKJV

“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,
not of works, lest anyone should boast.”

After salvation (repentance), water baptism is a natural step in our faith. Each person that is saved should obey Jesus and follow His example in water baptism. Repentance comes first – before water baptism.

Matthew 3:16-17 NKJV

“When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

Water baptism is an important part of a believer’s life. Those who accepted Jesus as Savior in the time of the New Testament were baptized in water to show that they were Jesus’ followers. Jesus established the command and the Church obeyed it.

Matthew 28:18-20 NIV

“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’ ”

We, too, should obey it. When we are baptized we are obeying Jesus, and it is a milestone (memorial) in our life. It is a time that we can return to in our memories as a specific moment that we know we declared to others that Jesus is our Savior and Redeemer. Water baptism does not save us. We are baptized to show others that we have accepted Jesus as our Savior and want to follow Him and live for Him. Water baptism is also an illustration of our dying to sin and being raised to new life in Christ Jesus.

John 14:26 NKJV

“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you”

The Holy Spirit is the third person in the Trinity (God the Holy Spirit). He wants to be our Coach or Counselor – He wants to help teach us and guide us in our Christian life. The Holy Spirit lets us know when we are doing something wrong, and He also helps us to do what is right. He wants to be there all the time, helping us to be the best we can be for God.

The baptism in the Holy Spirit is the special gift Jesus said we could receive. When a person is baptized in the Holy Spirit it is the start of a new way of life. The only condition (requirement) for being baptized in the Holy Spirit is that you have asked Jesus to be your Lord and Savior. We don’t have to be baptized in the Holy Spirit to go to heaven – you only need a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. However, the Holy Spirit will help us to live a victorious life for Jesus. The baptism of the Holy Spirit will make you a better you – it will not make you better than someone else. When we are baptized in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit gives us power and boldness to live for God and be His witnesses.

Acts 1:8 NKJV

“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

The baptism in the Holy Spirit is the special gift Jesus said we could receive. To receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit you need to pray and ask God to fill you

Luke 11:9-13 NKJV

“So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.
If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”

When you pray, you must believe that God wants to fill you and you must surrender your tongue (voice) to Him. Receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit (being filled with the Spirit) is not a one-time experience. After we are initially filled we should keep on being filled (refilled). Speaking in a language that we do not know (tongues) is the first sign that a person has been filled (baptized) with the Holy Spirit.

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Camp Challenge

1. We should follow Jesus’ example in everything that we do.

2. We should begin to prepare ourselves for whatever ministry God has for us.

a. Surrender to God (salvation)

b. Follow Jesus’ example in water baptism and infilling of the Holy Spirit

c. Hide God’s Word in your heart

3. Rely on God’s Word to overcome temptation

Jesus hid God’s Word in His heart and that is how He overcame the devils temptations. How can we expect to overcome or resist the devil without the Word of God?

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Prayer Points

Ask God to help you follow Jesus’ example.

Ask God to help grow in knowledge of His Word.

Ask God to help you when you are tempted.

Ask God to help you to answer the enemy with Scripture (the Word of God, the Bible).

Ask God to show you the ministry He has for you.

Ask God to help you in the ministry He has called you to.

Ask God to help you remember that salvation is by grace not by your works.

Ask God to help you follow Jesus’ example in baptism.

Ask God to fill you with power to be a witness.

Ask God to help you rely on His Word to overcome temptation.

Ask God to help you hide His Word in your heart.

 

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