Catching Corporate Wind

Acts 2:1-4, 1 Corinthians 12:1-13

“Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good” (1 Co 12:7). When last did you manifest the Spirit? We don’t have to think far to know what Paul was talking about here. A hundred and twenty people spoke in unlearnt languages on the day of the Pentecost – that was one kind of manifestation and Paul had seen others: healing, prophecy, messages of divine knowledge and more. These manifestations of the Holy Spirit can happen anywhere, but they are most common in church gatherings. Why? Because the church is Christ’s body united by one Spirit so when the body gathers we can expect the Spirit to be there in power. Paul did, he said “When you are assembled … and the power of our Lord Jesus is present …” (1 Co 5:4). Manifestations of the Holy Spirit should be normal in church gatherings and believers should know how to cooperate with him. Paul said “Now about the gifts (or manifestations) of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed” (1 Co 12:1). But before we can understand the gifts we need to understand the nature of the Spirit. More