Sun, May 27, 2012 at 10:35am to Sun, Jun 10 at 1:00am CDT

John 16:7

John 16:7 NIV

But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.

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Introduction:

Would it help you to have a closer, more intimate, relationship with the Lord? Would it help you to be more confident of God’s presence in your Monday to Saturday living? Would it help you to know you have a voice with the Creator of the Universe—and He gives you strength in the midst of your weaknesses?

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Acts 2:1-4, 33

Acts 2:1-4, Acts 2:33 NIV

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear.

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Pentecost Sunday:

Today is Pentecost Sunday, celebrated around the world. Pentecost means 50th—the 50th day following Passover It was also called the Harvest Festival—the first harvest of wheat It was also called the Feast of First Fruits—one of three Jewish festivals requiring the Jews to gather in Jerusalem—Passover-Pentecost—and Tabernacles. It is interesting that this day of First Fruits is the day the first harvest of souls came to Christ – over 3,000 people.

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3 Functions of the Prayer Language—or Speaking in Tongues

1. A Sign 2. A Ministry-Oriented Gift 3. A Devotional Aid in Our Personal Worship

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3 Functions of the Prayer Language

Mark 16:17, Acts 2:4, 1 Corinthians 12:1, 1 Corinthians 12:4, 1 Corinthians 12:7-11, 1 Corinthians 14:2-6 NIV

And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines. For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to people but to God. Indeed, no one understands them; they utter mysteries by the Spirit. But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort. Anyone who speaks in a tongue edifies themselves, but the one who prophesies edifies the church. I would like every one of you to speak in tongues, but I would rather have you prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues, unless someone interprets, so that the church may be edified. Now, brothers and sisters, if I come to you and speak in tongues, what good will I be to you, unless I bring you some revelation or knowledge or prophecy or word of instruction?

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Benefits of Using Our Prayer Language

1.It shifts our emphasis from mental to spiritual 2.It makes us aware of the Presence of the Father and Charges us Up 3.It helps us praise, worship, and thank God in a new dimension 4.It helps our prayer inadequacies 5.It builds me up

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Benefits of Using Our Prayer Language

Acts 2:4, Romans 8:11, Romans 8:26, 1 Corinthians 14:4, 1 Corinthians 14:15-18, Ephesians 6:18 NIV

All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you. In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. Anyone who speaks in a tongue edifies themselves, but the one who prophesies edifies the church. So what shall I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my understanding; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my understanding. Otherwise when you are praising God in the Spirit, how can someone else, who is now put in the position of an inquirer, say "Amen" to your thanksgiving, since they do not know what you are saying? You are giving thanks well enough, but no one else is edified. I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord's people.

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