Baptism of the Holy Spirit is the outpouring of the Spirit, a deeper relationship with God. Is not a sacrament; however, it is part of the Baptism and Confirmation sacraments. In Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: "Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word."
In Confirmation the Holy Spirit comes upon the person. In Acts 8: 14-19, " Now when the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samara had accepted the word of God, they sent them Peter and John, who went down and prayed for them, that they might receive the holy spirit. For it had not yet fallen upon any of them; they only have been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid hands on them, and they received the holy spirit."
In Acts 1:8 "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth."
When you accept Jesus Christ into your life and are committed to becoming his servant just like the apostles, you will receive the gifts and fruit of the Holy Spirit.
The gifts of the Holy Spirit. There are seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. Isaiah 11:2 "The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him: a spirit of wisdom and understanding. A spirit of counsel and of strength, a spirit of knowledge and fear of the Lord." And piety was added to make it seven.
The fruit of the Holy Spirit. There are nine biblical fruits of the Holy Spirit as given by St. Paul in his letter to the Galatians 5:22-23: “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”
Fellowship is essential for growing in our life in the Spirit. We gather together in one accord to give honor and praise to our God. We seek to love God and one another. The gifts of the Holy Spirit are welcomed and manifested then continue to flourish in a community environment. These gifts are meant to be shared and used in ministry to God's beloved children. We grow in faith as we are inspired by God and then in turn inspire one another. We are able to see the power of the Holy Spirit at work in our daily life in today's world. Here are some of the ways we, as Charismatics, seek fellowship with one another and create an environment where the Holy Spirit can thrive.
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Compiled by Damaris Acevedo
According to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the New Evangelization is defined as:
"It is like a mustard seed that, when it is sown in the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on the earth. But once it is sown, it springs up and becomes the largest of plants and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the sky can dwell in its shade." Mark 4: 31-32
What is the New Evangelization?
The New Evangelization calls each of us to deepen our faith, believe in the Gospel message and go forth to proclaim the Gospel. The focus of the New Evangelization calls all Catholics to be evangelized and then go forth to evangelize. In a special way, the New Evangelization is focused on 're-proposing' the Gospel to those who have experienced a crisis of faith.Pope Benedict XVI called for the re-proposing of the Gospel "to those regions awaiting the first evangelization and to those regions where the roots of Christianity are deep but who have experienced a serious crisis of faith due to secularization."1 The New Evangelization invites each Catholic to renew their relationship with Jesus Christ and his Church.
Author Maria Muatore
Growth in the Spirit Seminars follow the Life In The Spirit Seminars. They help us continue to grow and mature spiritually. The nine seminars in this series cover the topics:
Author Debra Rony
Charismatic Prayer differs from traditional prayer in that the Gifts of the Holy Spirit are usually manifested through the people praying. Words of knowledge, prophetic utterances and praying in tongues can all be part of the charismatic prayer experience. For those interested in charismatic prayer, it is important to be a part of a community where the Charisms of the Holy Spirit is utilized; charismatic prayer group meetings are sometimes the best way to grow in this type of prayer. For a list of charismatic prayer group meetings in your area, please click here.
Another kind of charismatic prayer is what is called “declaration.” This is where Holy Scripture is incorporated into the prayer, and one is effectively speaking God’s Word into their life. You are declaring God’s Word and the Bible says that “so shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11) The power of God’s Word is not to be underestimated! One book that is particularly useful with this type of prayer is “The Sword of the Spirit, the Word of God” by Joy Lamb.
Did you know that praise and worship are also a form of prayer? When we are speaking or singing in thanksgiving to God, we are glorifying Him with our prayer. Prayer isn’t just about asking Him for things; it’s about thanking Him, praising Him for who He is, and rejoicing in Him. He loves it when we worship him! For more information on praise and worship, click here.
Finally, perhaps the most important thing to remember is that we are to “pray without ceasing.” Whichever type of prayer you use, just remember that God loves it all. There is no one right way to pray. But some people do find that utilizing these forms of charismatic prayer often raises their faith to new levels, and they experience the Lord in a new and powerful way. For more information on Baptism in the Holy Spirit and the Gifts of the Holy Spirit click here:
“With all prayer and supplication, pray at every opportunity in the Spirit. To that end, be watchful with all perseverance and supplication for all the holy ones.” Ephesians 6:18