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#LEAD2015DUMC Night Session #2 – the Body Ministry

The Role of the Holy Spirit in the Body of Christ

Pastor Eddy Leo
LEAD2015 Night Session 2, 05/0/2015
All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines. Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. (1 Corinthians 12:11-13)

Introduction

Pentecost first happened in Mount Sinai. God wanted to descent on Mount Sinai to meet Moses. But it was so terrifying for Moses as it came with earthquake and thunder. The people then were not ready so God told the priest what to do. The priests started celebrating Pentecost without understanding the meaning. They baked 2 bread and put them together. This breads made from grains symbolizes two groups of people who would come together. They were enemies separated by the law. On the Pentecost, the two groups of people are united to form the body of Christ. The function of the Holy Spirit is to form the body of Christ so we can live together. The OT people did not understand this.

1         The Body of Christ

Christ is the head and we are the body. Since the Holy Spirit descended there is more personal Christ but a corporate Christ. Christ and the body cannot be separated. They are united to form a new person.

The head and the body are one. We cannot love the head without the body. Many people say they love Christ but we do things that hurt the body, for example via gossiping, etc.

2         The New Man is the Cell

The new man is the body of Christ. There are three levels.

  • The universal church
  • The local church
  • The small group

Jesus and his twelve disciples are the first church.

The promise given to the body is that he (a person) will do greater works.

We do not have all the gits, Christ has all the seven gifts. One person cannot have all the g50fold ministry. The cell groups can be very powerful if they live the body life. We can do what Jesus and even greater. Jesus was limited by his physical body. The body of Christ today has many people.

The Holy Spirit baptize people into the body. If we want to transform a city, make more bodies.

3         Filled by the Holy Spirit

If we want a living cell, we need to practice all the gifts of the Holy Spirit. The manifestation of the Holy Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all. The power of the Holy Spirit fills us in the cell and flows through us to other members. If we want to drink from the fountain, we must be in a cell.

How to activate the apostolic anointing? “To be baptized with the Holy Spirit” = “to be immersed into the Holy Spirit.

Do not just go ankle deep (5%), knee deep (20%), or waist deep (50%). Go deeper until we are immersed so we flow in the Holy Spirit. God will then bring us to the fish.

Do not be in a swamp. There is no life in a swamp. No use if we just look at one another. There must be other lives for us to touch.

The body ministry is very powerful.

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