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CHRISTIAN PASSOVER SERVICE

A re-telling of the Last Supper

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HAGGADAH ‑ The Telling

HAGGADAHS contain the Passover Service.

This order of service for Passover is an attempt to be as true as possible to the historic one Jesus had with his disciples.   The present day Passover as celebrated by millions of Jews is in the same order, and contains everything in this service (except for references to what Jesus did with it) as well as many additions that have been made, particularly since the destruction of the Temple in 70 AD.

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HAGGADAHS ‑ Passover Order of Service.

UNLEAVENED BREAD ‑ “Matzo” (pierced and striped)

    Available from delicatessans or David Jones.

BITTER HERBS ‑ 2 kinds:

    1st Dipping ‑ parsley or lettuce,

    2nd Dipping ‑ grated horse radish or grated onion

    (about 1 teaspoon per person).

CHAROSETH ‑ mixture to resemble mortar used in slavery.

    Chopped apples (allow to turn brown ‑ no lemon juice),

    Chopped walnuts, sultanas or raisins or dates,

    with a little honey and wine to stick it together.

CANDLES ‑ 2 white candles and candle holders; matches.

SALT WATER or VINEGAR ‑ for 1st Dipping.

ROAST LAMB ‑ other foods optional: dates, figs, olives, grapes,

      onions, cucumber, garlic, melon, lentils.

RED WINE mixed with water ‑ each person drinks 4 cups of it.

CUSHIONS ‑ to recline on.

PRESENTATION

The Passover was eaten in family groups of not less than 10 men.  At the time of Jesus they reclined on the floor leaning to the left on cushions with low tables in front of them and their feet tucked behind.  Reclining is a symbol of freedom.  The Passover is not eaten in haste as was needed on the first Passover in Egypt.  One’s best festive clothes are worn in honour of the occasion.  Psalms were sung; appropriate worship songs may be used.  The prayers are read in unison, unless otherwise indicated.

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THE PASSOVER SERVICE

 1. LIGHTING THE CANDLES

 The lady of the house lights the candles and says:

 Blessed are you, Lord our God, King of the Universe, who has sanctified us by your commandments and has commanded us to kindle the Festival light.

 Blessed are you, Lord our God, King of the Universe, who has preserved us alive and sustained us and brought us to this season.

 [As the woman begins the Service and gives light to the Passover table, so it was a woman who began the redemptive career of Messiah our Passover by giving birth to the Light of the World.]

2. FIRST CUP ‑ Cup of Blessing

 Fill the first cup.

Blessed are you, Lord our God, King of the Universe, Creator of the fruit of the vine.

Blessed are you, Lord our God, King of the Universe, who chose us above all nations, and hallowed us with your precepts.  So you gave us, O Lord God, in your love, Sabbaths for rest, anniversaries for gladness, feasts and holy days for rejoicing, and this Passover day, season of our freedom in love ‑ a holy convocation, in memory of our coming out of Egypt.  For you have put your choice in us and have sanctified us of all peoples, and have given us your Sabbath and holy festivals as an inheritance, in love and desire, in joy and gladness.

Blessed are you, Lord who sanctified the Sabbath, Israel and the festive seasons.

Blessed are you, Lord our God, King of the Universe, who has preserved us alive and sustained us and brought us to this season.

Drink the first cup.

3. WASHING THE HANDS

Blessed are you, Lord our God, King of the Universe, who has sanctified us with your commandments and has enjoined us concerning the washing of our hands.

[Concerning the washing, it is written:  John 13:1‑5.]

Dip fingers into water

 

or follow Jesus’ example and instruction.

4. FIRST DIPPING ‑ Bitter Herb in Salt Water

Blessed are you, Lord our God, King of the Universe, Creator of the fruit of the earth.

Leader:

The rabbis say that the bitter greens represent life.  The salt water represents tears.  So life is immersed in tears, as it was for our ancestors in Egypt.

Dip parsley (or lettuce) in salt water and eat.

5. THE FOUR QUESTIONS

Asked by youngest son able to read.

Why is this night different from all other nights?

1. On all other nights we eat either leavened or unleavened bread; on this night why do we eat only unleavened bread?

2. On all other nights we eat herbs of every kind; on this night why do we eat only bitter herbs?

3. On all other nights we eat meat roasted, stewed or boiled;  on this night why do we eat only roasted meat?

4. On all other nights we do not dip the sop once; on this night why do we dip twice?

The Answer ‑ telling of the Passover story.

Our father, Jacob lived in a country called Caanan (now called Israel).  Jacob, who was an old man, had many children and grandchildren and also many flocks of sheep and herds of cattle.  One year when the rainy season came and there should have been a great deal of rain to fill the cisterns and wells to make the grass grow green, there was no rain.  The next year again there was no rain.  The wells dried up, the grass withered and there was no water and no food for people or beasts.  Jacob decided to pack all his goods and all his belongings and with his sons and his shepherds and his flocks, to go down to the land of Egypt where there was water and food enough to spare, and where Jospeh, his long lost son, was waiting for him.

That is how the children of Israel (because Jacob’s other name was Israel) came into Egypt and settled there and lived happily in the green fields by the Nile River.  Those were good years while Jospeh lived and a kindly Pharaoh ruled over Egypt.  The children of Israel and their flocks prospered and multiplied.

The time came when Joseph grew old and died and so did all his brothers and the good Pharaoh who had welcomed the children of Israel to Egypt.  Later, a bad Pharaoh ruled and said to his people, “See, there are too many children of Israel living with us.  Let us be cruel to them.  Let us make them build cities and storehouses for us, and well not pay them but we shall beat them till they can work no harder.”  And so it happened that the free Israelites were enslaved and cruelly treated and forced to bake bricks in the hot Egyptian sun.

Because we were slaves to Pharaoh in Egypt the Lord our God brought us out with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm.  If the Most Holy (blessed is he!), had not brought our ancestors out of Egypt, we, and our children, and our children’s children, would still continue in bondage to the Pharaohs in Egypt.

Blessed is he who keeps his promise to Israel.  Blessed is the Most Holy, who premeditated the end of the captivity that he might do what he had promised to our father Abraham, as it is said:  And he said to Abraham, “Know for certain that your seed shall be strangers in a land that is not theirs and shall serve them, and they shall afflict them 400 years.  And also that nation whom they shall serve, will I judge;  and they shall go out with great substance.”

It is this same promise which has been the support of our ancestors and of us also; for not only one nation has risen up against us, but in every generation there are some who rise up against us to annihilate us.  But the Most Holy (blessed is he!), has delivered us out of their hand.  And the Lord brought us out from Egypt with a strong hand and with an outstretched arm, with terror, and with signs and wonders.

Read Exodus 7: 1 ‑ 14.

6. THE PLAGUES.

Fill second cup.  Leader says:

Though we celebrate our liberation, our happiness is not complete as long as others remain bound to slavery and death.

Leader raises cup and continues:

A full cup is a symbol of complete joy.  Let us, therefore, diminish our cups as we recall the plagues which befell the Egyptians.

Each participant empties a drop from his cup for each one of the ten plagues:

Blood.  Frogs.  Lice.  Flies.  Cattle disease.  Boils.  Hail.  Locusts.  Darkness.  Slaying the first‑born.

7. PASCHAL LAMB, UNLEAVENED BREAD, BITTER HERB

Leader:  Whoever does not mention the three things used on the Passover has not done his duty, and these are: the paschal lamb, the unleavened bread and the bitter herb (Exodus 12:8).

Show lamb to the company.

Why do we eat the paschal lamb?

To protect the children of Israel, God commanded the head of each household to sacrifice a spotless lamb and to apply its blood to the doorway of his home, first to the top of the doorway, the lintel, and then to the two sideposts.  The paschal lamb signifies that the Most Holy (blessed is he!) passed over our fathers’ houses in Egypt, as it is said:  You shall say, “It is the Lord’s sacrifice of the Passover because he passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt when he smote the Egyptians and delivered our houses”  (Exodus 12:27).

[Concerning the Messiah, it is written:

Isaiah 53:7;  John 1:29;  1 Peter 1:18;  Rev. 5:12.]

Show unleavened bread to the company.

Why do we eat unleavened bread?

There was not enough time for the dough of our ancestors to leaven before the Supreme King of Kings (blessed is he!) appeared to them and redeemed them, as it is said:  “They baked unleavened bread of the dough which they brought out of Egypt, for it was not leavened because they were thrust out of Egypt and could not tarry because they had no time to prepare food for themselves”  (Ex. 12:39).

Show bitter herb to the company.

Why do we eat bitter herb?

The Egyptians embittered the lives of our ancestors in Egypt, as it is said: “They embittered their lives with cruel bondage, in mortar and brick and in all kinds of labour in the field;  all their service in which they made them labour with rigour”  (Ex. 1:14).

It is therefore incumbent on every Israelite, in every generation, to look upon himself as if he had actually gone out from Egypt, as it is said: “And you shall declare to your son, on that day, saying, ‘This is done because of what the Lord did for me when I came out from Egypt.  It was not our ancestors only that the Most Holy (blessed is he!) redeemed from Egypt, but us also he redeemed with them, as it is said, “And he brought us out that he might bring us to the land which he swore to give to our fathers.”‘”

We therefore are privileged to thank, praise, adore, glorify, extol, honour, bless, exalt, and reverence him who did all the miracles for our ancestors and us.  He brought us from bondage to freedom, from sorrow to joy, from mourning into holy days, from darknss to great light, and from servitude to redemption; so therefore let us sing to him a new song, Hallelujah!

8. SECOND CUP ‑ Cup of Thanksgiving

Psalms 113 and 114 are recited.

Blessed are you, Lord our God, who has redeemed us and redeemed our fathers from Egypt.

Blessed are you, Lord our God, King of the Universe, Creator of the fruit of the vine.

Drink the second cup.

9. SECOND DIPPING ‑ The  Mixture (Charoseth)

The Leader breaks a piece of unleavened bread (Matzo).

This is the bread of affliction and poverty.

Blessed are you, Lord our God, King of the universe, who brings forth bread from the earth.

Blessed are you, Lord our God, who sanctified us with your commandments and commanded us to eat unleavened bread.

All take a piece of unleavened bread with bitter herbs on it and dip into the mixture (charoseth) and eat.

The charoseth is to remind us of the bricks we made while in bondage.  We may ask ourselves, “Why should it taste so sweet?”  The rabbis respond: “Even the bitterest of labour tasted sweet when we knew that redemption drew near.”

[Jesus commented that one who had dipped his hand in the bowl with him would betray him (Mt. 26:20‑23).]

10. THE PASSOVER MEAL

All eat the roast lamb and food in a relaxed way, without ceremony.

NOTE: Lamb is no longer eaten at Passover since the destruction of the second temple in 70 AD.  Other roast meat is eaten instead.

At the end of the meal everything is cleared away except the unleavened bread and wine.

GRACE AFTER THE MEAL:

[Traditionally, grace is said after the meal.]

Blessed be the name of the Lord, now and forever;

Blessed be our God whose food we have eaten and

through whose goodness we live.

PRAYER:

Blessed are you, Lord our God, King of the Universe, who feeds the whole world with your goodness, and with your grace, kindness and mercy gives food to every creature; for your mercy endures forever.

And through your great goodness sustenance has never failed us, and may it not fail us for ever and ever, for the sake of your great name; for you are the God who feeds and sustains all, and deals bountifully with all, and provides food for all the creatures that you have created.

Blessed are you, O Lord, who gives food to all.

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11. COMMUNION INSTITUTED

Read John 6: 32 ‑ 35.

Jesus took the bread and gave thanks…

Blessed are you, Lord our God, King of the Universe,

who brings forth bread from the earth.

… and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me” (Luke 22:19).

[The bread is unleavened; it is striped and it is pierced.

Even so the Messiah was unleavened, that is sinless;

Even so the Messiah was striped by the Roman whip;

Even so the Messiah was pierced by the nails in his hands

and his feet and by the spear in his side.]

Read Isa. 53:5.

Break and eat the bread together.

communion striped bread

12. THIRD CUP ‑ Cup of Redemption

Fill the third cup.

Concerning this cup, it is written:

In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you” (Luke 22:20).

Blessed are you, Lord our God, King of the Universe, Creator of the fruit of the vine.

Drink the third cup.

13. FOURTH CUP ‑ Cup of Praise

Fill the fourth cup.

Psalms 115 ‑ 118 are recited.

Blessed are you, Lord our God, King of the Universe, Creator of the fruit of the vine.

Drink the fourth cup.

14. THE GREAT PRAISE ‑ Final Song

Psalm 136 is recited.

When they had sung a hymn they went out to the Mount of Olives (Mark 14:26).

 

 RESOURCES

 Buksbazen, Victor, The Gospel in the Feasts of Israel.  Philadelphia: Friends of Israel, 1954.

Edersheim, Alfred, The Temple, Its Ministry and Services as they were at the Time of Jesus Christ.  Eerdmans, 1954.

Edersheim, Alfred, The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1962.

Gilbertson, Merrill, The Way it was in Bible Times. Minneapolis: Augsburg, 1959.

Levy, Isaac, A Guide to Passover. London: Jewish Chronicles, 1958.

Rosen, Ceil & Moishe,  Christ in the Passover.  Chicago: Moody, 1968.

Encyclopedia Judaica.  Jerusalem: Keter, 1971.

The following Passover Haggadahs:

Birnbauum, Philip.  New York: Hebrew Pub. Co., 1953.

Bronstein, Herbert, ed.  New York: Central Confrence of American Rabbis, 1975.

Glatzer, Nahum.  New York: Schocken, 1953.

Lipson, Eric‑Peter.  San Franscisco: JFJ Pub., 1986.

Regelson, A.  New York: Schulsinger, 1958.

Schaifstein, Ben‑Ami.  New York: Shilo, 1959.

Szyk, Arthur, & Roth, Cecil.  Israel, Alumoth, n.d.

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MANDATUM  –  A NEW COMMANDMENT

“mandatum”, meaning a commandment. Jesus Christ, at the Last Supper, commanded:

 ‘A new commandment I give to you that you love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.

By this all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.’ (John 13:34-35).

Max Greiner sculpture Now there was also a dispute among them, as to which of them should be considered the greatest.  And he said to them …

‘But not so with you; rather the greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like the one who serves. …  I am among you as the one who serves’ (Luke 22:24-27).

And supper being ended [some manuscripts: during supper] … Jesus rose from supper and laid aside his garments, took a towel and girded himself. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which he was girded. …  So when he had washed their feet, taken his garments, and sat down again, he said to them, ‘Do you know what I have done to you? … I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you. Truly I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them’ (John 13:2, 15-17).

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John was an eye-witness to the ministry of Jesus.  He belonged to the inner circle of disciples with his brother James and with Peter the natural leader.  John may have been the youngest of the disciples, uniquely remembered as the disciple whom Jesus loved.

J B Phillips concludes his translation of the closing verses in John’s Gospel this way:

All the above was written by an eye-witness.  Now it is this same disciple who is hereby giving his testimony to these things and has written the down.  We know that his testimony is reliable.  Of course, there are many other things which Jesus did, and I suppose that if each one were written down in detail, there would not be room in the whole world for all the books that would have to be written (21:24-25).

Throughout his gospel John assets that he was recording what he had seen and heard.  He states early in the Gospel that he with others witnessed the life  of Jesus the Christ, the Logos – the living Word of God.  He declares, “We beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father (1:14).

John describes how he was there at the crucifixion witnessing that stupendous, agonizing death, “And he who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true; and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you may believe” (19:35).  Here again he underlines the main purpose of writing his Gospel as he does in his conclusion before the Appendix of Chapter 21:

And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name (20:30-31).

John’s purpose is evangelistic – “that you may believe”.   This book surveys John’s own approach to telling his story.

Section 1: Details exclusive to John, briefly surveys John’s unique account of Jesus’ life and ministry and focuses on his very personal record of the crucifixion and resurrection.

Section 2:  Study Outlines covers key passages in John’s Gospel compiled from relational Bible from the three books Kingdom Life in Matthew, Mark and Luke, which use common lectionary readings from John scattered through those three books.

John’s intimate, personal Gospel story transcends time and space to show us his living Lord, the Son of God, revealed in human flesh, living among us, full of grace and truth, “for God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but  have everlasting life” (3:16).

Contents

Introduction:  John an eye-witness    

Section 1:  Details exclusive to John     

1   Signs

2   Sayings

3   People

4   Times

5   Numbers

6   Places

7  General details

Section 2:   Relational Bible Studies     

Compiled from Kingdom Life in Matthew, Mark and Luke

Part 1: The Life and Ministry of Jesus

Part 2: The Death and Resurrection of Jesus

Appendix:  Renewal Journals and books      

Contents of Study Outlines – one page for each study

PART 1:  THE LIFE AND MINISTRY OF JESUS

Preparation: The Coming of Jesus the Messiah

1. Reflections on the birth of Jesus                  John 1:1-18

2. The witness of John the Baptist                   John 1:29-34

Commencement: The figure of Jesus the Messiah

3. The marriage feast at Cana                             John 2:1-11

4. The meaning of the cross                                John 3:1-17

5. The Messiah and Samaritans                         John 4:1-42

6. The Holy Spirit Promised                               John 7:37-39

7. The Son of God and a man born blind       John 9:1-41

Observations about Jesus

8. Jesus the good shepherd                                  John 10:1-10

9. The shepherd knows his sheep                    John 10:22-30

10. Signs of the resurrection                               John 11:1-45

11. Mary anoints Jesus                                           John 12:1-8

12. Christ the King                                                    John 12:9-19

PART 2: THE DEATH AND RESURRECTION OF JESUS

Preparation for the Passion of Jesus

1. Jesus the way of love                                         John 13:1-35

2. Jesus the way, truth and life                           John 14:1-14

3. Jesus present among his people                    John 14:15-21

4. Jesus promises his Spirit                                  John 14:23-29

5. Jesus the true vine                                               John 15:1-17

6. The Trinity                                                             John 16:12-15

7. Jesus prays for his people                                John 17:1-11

8. Jesus prays for all believers                            John 17:20-26

9. The trials and crucifixion                                 John 18:1-19:42

Resurrection appearances of Jesus

10. The empty tomb                                               John 20:1-18

11. The leaders react                                              John 20:19-31

12. Jesus and Peter                                                  John 21:1-19

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Introduction

Luke’s Preface – Luke 1:1-4; Acts 1:1

Issues raised in his preface

1  The Title of The Acts

The Acts of the Holy Spirit

The Kingdom of God

Revival

2  The Aim of The Acts

An orderly account of the origins and early spread of Christianity

An apologetic emphasis: Christianity was not politically dangerous

A reconciliation of Gentile and Jewish Christianity

An answer to Jewish opposition

A statement of the work of the Risen Lord by His Spirit through the Church

3  The Author of The Acts

Principal reasons supporting Lukan authorship:

1  Acts is by the same author as the Gospel of Luke

2  Similar style and vocabulary

3  Use of medical term in Acts

4  Luke was a companion of Paul

5  The “we-sections” in Acts suggest Luke

6  Luke’s name is missing: another would refer to him

7  Luke with Paul in Rome, where he could have completed the book.

8.  Luke, the man: Gentile; physician, historian, spiritual

Two others  theories regarding authorship

4   The Date of The Acts

Arguments favouring an early date, especially in the 60s

1  Conclusion of the story before the death of Paul

2. Luke’s two years in Rome would allow him to complete the work

3  The vivid descriptions of the “we-sections” suggests immediate recording

4  Details regarding Caesarea would have been collected or recorded early

5  No mention of the devastation of Jerusalem in 70 AD

6  No reference to Paul’s  letters

Arguments favouring a date about 75-85

1  Passages in Luke’s gospel which preceded the Acts

2  Synoptic issues affecting Luke’s earlier work

Arguments favouring a later date, about 95–100 AD

Luke may have used Josephus’ history published about 93 AD

5  The Sources of The Acts

1  The historical sections:

eye-witnesses

records in Jerusalem and Antioch

2  The biographical sections:

Luke’s diary

Paul

Other eyewitnesses

6  The Setting of The Acts

The Greeks:

Alexander’s conquests – a cosmopolitan society

The spread and use of the Koiné Greek – a common language

The Romans:

Stable world government

The Roman Peace

The System of Roads

The Slave Economy

The Jews :

Herod and his sons

The Roman Procurators: Pilate, Felix and Festus

The Scribes and Pharisees and Sadducees

The Jews of the Dispersion

Paul in this setting.

7  The Contents of The Acts

Historical and Biographical

Preparation for the witness  (1:1-26)

The witness in Jerusalem (2:1 – 8:3)

The witness in Judea and Samaria (8:4 – 12:25)

The  witness to Jews and Gentiles (13:1 – 28:31)

A Comparison and General Summary

An accurate history

Conclusion

A summary

Luke’s closing sentences

Appendix 1

Translations of Acts 1:1-9

Good News Bible

Today’s New International Version

J B Phillips Translation

The Message

The Amplified Bible

Buk Baibel (PNG)

Inter-linear Greek-English New Testament

Appendix 2

Renewal Journals and Books

Introduction

Luke and The Acts are two volumes of one astounding history – the story of Jesus and his church.  Luke, “the beloved physician” (Colossians 4:14), often travelled with Paul in their pioneering missionary journeys.  Luke gives us a concise preface in the beginning of his writings, and then introduces the second part of his story with a short introduction linking the two.

Luke’s own preface reads:  “The Author to Theophilus: Many writers have undertaken to draw up an account  of the events that have happened among us, following the traditions handed down  to us by the original eyewitnesses and servants of the Gospel.  And so I in my turn,  your Excellency, as one who has gone over the whole course of these events in detail, have decided to write a connected narrative for you, so as to give you authentic knowledge about the matters of which you have been informed” (Luke 1:1-4, New English Bible).

Continuing his connected narrative, he commences part two with a sentence linking both:  “In the first part of my work, Theophilus, I wrote of all that Jesus did and taught from the beginning until the day when, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom He had chosen, He was taken up into heaven” (Acts 1:1-2, NEB).

In his preface to the combined work, the author:

*  revealed his subject – the Word;

*  gave the sources of his information – eyewitnesses and ministers;

*  described his method – accurate tracing of the course of all things, writing them in order;

*  and declared the purpose –  that of giving certainty to Theophilus (Morgan, p.7).

So here in my book we explore these issues mentioned by Luke himself, and examine the title, aim, author, date, sources, setting, and contents of The Acts of the Apostles.

What a great story!  Luke traces the amazing growth of Jesus’ church from its beginnings in Jerusalem to its impact throughout the Roman Empire.

That story continues today.  We are part of it.  The God they worshipped is our God.  The Lord they served is our Lord.  The Holy Spirit they obeyed is in and with us.

This story of the Acts of the Holy Spirit continues today through the same Spirit of God.  It fulfils Jesus’ last promise:  You will receive power then the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses … to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8).

The following sample verses describe the acts of the Holy Spirit in both Luke and The Acts.

The Acts of the Holy Spirit

And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God (Luke 1:35).

John answered, saying to all, “I indeed baptize you with water; but One mightier than I is coming, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire (Luke 3:16).

And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven which said, “You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased” (Luke 3:22).

Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness (Luke 4:1)

Then Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and news of Him went out through all the surrounding region (Luke 4:14).

“The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the broken hearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD” (Luke 4:18-19).

In that hour Jesus rejoiced in the Spirit and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and revealed them to babes. Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight (Luke 10:21).

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!” (Luke 11:13).

This crucial theme continues in The Acts.

The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen (Acts 1:1-2).

John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now” (Acts 1:5).

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” (Acts 1:8).

And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance (Acts 2:4).

Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38).

And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness (Acts 4:31).

Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business (Acts 6:3).

And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the Spirit by which he spoke (Acts 6:10).

But he [Stephen], being full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God (Acts 7:55).

Then they laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit (Acts 8:17).

Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go near and overtake this chariot” (Acts 8:29).

Now when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught Philip away, so that the eunuch saw him no more; and he went on his way rejoicing (Acts 8:39).

And Ananias went his way and entered the house; and laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you came, has sent me that you may receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 9:17).

Then the churches throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and were edified. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied (Acts 9:31).

While Peter thought about the vision, the Spirit said to him, “Behold, three men are seeking you (Acts 10:19).

God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him (Acts 10:38).

While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word (Acts 10:44).

And those of the circumcision who believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also (Acts 10:45).

Can anyone forbid water, that these should not be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have? (Acts 10:47)

Then the Spirit told me to go with them, doubting nothing. Moreover these six brethren accompanied me, and we entered the man’s house (Acts 11:12).

And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them, as upon us at the beginning (Acts 11:15).

Then I remembered the word of the Lord, how He said, ‘John indeed baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit (Acts 11:16).

For he [Barnabas] was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people were added to the Lord (Acts 11:24).

Then one of them, named Agabus, stood up and showed by the Spirit that there was going to be a great famine throughout all the world, which also happened in the days of Claudius Caesar (Acts 11:28).

As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, “Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them” (Acts 13:2).

So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia, and from there they sailed to Cyprus (Acts 13:4).

And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit (Acts 13:52).

So God, who knows the heart, acknowledged them by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He did to us (Acts 15:8).

For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things (Acts 15:28).

Now when they had gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia (Acts 16:6).

After they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not permit them (Acts 16:7).

When Silas and Timothy had come from Macedonia, Paul was compelled by the Spirit, and testified to the Jews that Jesus is the Christ (Acts 18:5).

He said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?”  So they said to him, “We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit.”  And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied (Acts 19:2, 6).

When these things were accomplished, Paul purposed in the Spirit, when he had passed through Macedonia and Achaia, to go to Jerusalem, saying, “After I have been there, I must also see Rome” (Acts 19:21).

And see, now I go bound in the Spirit to Jerusalem, not knowing the things that will happen to me there (Acts 20:22).

the Holy Spirit testifies in every city, saying that chains and tribulations await me (Acts 20:23).

Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood (Acts 20:28).

When he had come to us, he took Paul’s belt, bound his own hands and feet, and said, “Thus says the Holy Spirit, ‘So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man who owns this belt, and deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles’” (Acts 21:11).

So when they did not agree among themselves, they departed after Paul had said one word: “The Holy Spirit spoke rightly through Isaiah the prophet to our fathers, saying, ‘ Go to this people and say:

“Hearing you will hear, and shall not understand;

And seeing you will see, and not perceive …”’” (Acts 28:25-26)

Then Luke concludes his story abruptly with, “Paul dwelt two whole years in his own rented house, and received all who came to him, preaching the kingdom of God and teaching the things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ with all confidence, no one forbidding him.”

His closing reference to the kingdom of God and the Lord Jesus Christ brings us full circle to how Luke began The Acts.  He tells us that the risen Lord taught his followers about the kingdom of God for 40 days and then promised them the power to continue teaching about the kingdom and demonstrating the kingdom, as Jesus had done.

This focus on the kingdom of God is another major theme in both Luke’s Gospel and The Acts.

Just as Jesus taught and demonstrated God’s kingdom on earth in the power of the Holy Spirit, so did his followers.

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In the summer of 1985 I was leading a four week Youth With A Mission (YWAM) training school for some fifty students in Holland. I had quit my job as a civil engineer and joined YWAM in 1977. A friend, and former YWAMer, Paul Piller from the Philippines, contacted me and offered to speak for a few days when he visited Holland.

I consented, although I wasn’t thrilled about his subject: healing. I knew one had to watch out for people who only wanted to talk about healing, faith, miracles, and demons.

I trusted Paul, but you never know what can happen to someone who has spent five years in the U.S. Paul had brought some others along: young fellows in T-shirts, blue jeans, and sneakers. I wondered why they had come. Were they going to sing or perform a drama?

As Paul began speaking, I relaxed. No screaming, no emotionalism. After the lecture, he and the young fellows moved around the group praying without saying much. One word stood out: ‘more’.

‘More of you Lord!’ They seemed unperturbed as certain things I was unfamiliar with started happening. Someone started weeping, others collapsed on their chairs, someone else stood shaking. After three days the place was turned upside down. People were filled with joy, received healing, delivered from demons, released from grief. I had hundreds of questions! I had tasted the new wine and I wanted more.

Paul suggested I go to a conference in Sheffield, England, led by a man named John Wimber. Off we went, with a number of YWAMers. I was ready for anything. My ‘holy frustration’ had reached a point where I was willing to let God do whatever he wanted.

I had been warned to get ready for change. God had spoken to me through the story in the second chapter of John’s Gospel – the wedding in Cana – where Jesus performed his first miracle of changing water into wine. Interestingly, the servants at the wedding were allowed to participate, because they filled the jars and took the newly transformed wine to the leader of the feast. Somewhere between the jar and the lips of that man, the water changed into wine.

The application for me of that story is that God is looking for people who want to co-operate with him in bringing this about. I had run out of wine, and now I wanted to see the Lord bring out his best vintage. I wanted God to restore my joy, and fill me with the Holy Spirit.

The conference was life-changing, even though I didn’t have any spine-tingling personal experiences or visions of ecstasy. Nevertheless God gave me a deep inner peace and an affirmation that the teaching I heard, and the ministry I was observing was from his hand.

Giving the Holy Spirit room

My wife and I and others returned home with a clear sense of purpose. Like the servants at the wedding in Cana, our part was to obediently draw out the water and faithfully carry it to others. God would change it into wine.

During the following months, I discovered how exciting life becomes when we give more room to the Holy Spirit! I tried to cultivate a greater sensitivity to God’s voice. My goal was to listen better to what he was saying, and act upon that in faith.

As John Wimber likes to point out, another way to spell faith is R-I-S-K. This new openness to the promptings of the Spirit led to some powerful times of ministry. My emphasis during individual counselling changed to less talk and more prayer. We also learned that demons are for real, but we have been given authority to drive them out (Matthew 10:8).

Though this new realm of ministry was exhilarating, we needed people from outside to help, advise, and direct us further. We invited people like Barry Kissel from the Anglican church in Chorleywood, England. He imparted to us much in the way of ministry skills.

At a certain stage in this new development I sensed the Lord said: ‘It’s time for you to begin modelling the ministry, like I did.’ After much hesitation, I announced we were going to start a training class with worship, teaching, and practical application. For the first lecture I had John Wimber on video. I led the practicum. The Holy Spirit ministered in a lovely way to a great many of the sixty who showed up. Some received comfort; others were healed. We decided to have a whole Saturday every month with those ingredients: worship, teaching, and ministry.

By word of mouth alone the group grew to about 350 after eight months. The team working with me had grown to about 30 persons. After each training day we evaluated, prayed, and discussed. I had learned the importance of multiplication. Your team can’t be big enough!

Passage to India

For the first two years of our marriage, my wife Marianne and I had worked with YWAM in Nepal, a country located between China and India, astride the Himalaya Mountains. For some time we had felt God was leading us back to that part of the world. In early 1989 we left for India with our three children. We ended up living in Bombay for almost four years. From the start I knew I was to invest myself in people. I constantly asked myself, ‘How can I give away what God has given me?’

I itinerated as a teacher in the discipleship training schools (DTS) which YWAM runs in different parts of the country. The theme that developed in my teaching was: ‘How to minister like Jesus.’ The teaching was simple, with lots of examples of how we should pray. After the lecture phase of the DTS, the students would go out for three months of outreach, usually involving evangelism and church planting. They came back with some amazing stories. For example:

The students were sent … to five different villages. At the end of two months they had established three fellowships in three different villages. Half the village where they stayed is ready to follow Jesus as Lord. Within the next three weeks 68 believers will be baptised. Despite all religious strongholds, barriers, Hindu militants and oppositions, God showed his mighty power through healings, and signs and wonders. Some people saw visions of Jesus hanging on the cross and showing them how much he loves them.

In that area the crops suffered from a disease. The farmers came and asked the team to pray to Jesus. The very next morning the people went to the field and discovered the disease had been totally wiped out. They came with great joy to confess their belief in Jesus since he had heard their prayers.

Once, while I was leading a small seminar, a local pastor named Garry walked in while I was praying for someone in front of the class. He left thinking, ‘I can do that.’

The first person he prayed for when he got home was his Hindu brother-in-law. For many years severe back pain had cost him many sleepless nights. The next day the brother-in-law returned, declaring the Lord Jesus had healed his back. He had slept through the night without waking up once.

Garry, who later became a good friend, had been having discussions with a strong Muslim about the Bible and the Koran. The argument always stopped where one would say ‘The Bible is the word of God’ and the other ‘The Koran is the word of God’. This time Garry took a different approach.

‘Can I pray for you?’ he asked, when he met the man again. Because Indians are among the most religious people on earth, this man, like almost everyone in India, was glad to receive prayer. As Garry put his hand on the man’s head and started praying the Muslim fell down and stayed on the floor for quite a while. Garry was puzzled! What next?

When the man got back on his feet, he shared what happened. While he was lying on the floor, he clearly heard a voice saying, ‘The Bible is the word of God!’ He went home with a Bible in his pocket.

Garry was on a roll. Wherever he went he prayed for people: in church, in the home groups, and especially in the streets while evangelising. In the time we worked together, several churches took root in the slums. People came mainly because they saw Jesus was more powerful than their own gods. Now Garry is going around equipping others to ‘minister like Jesus’.

‘Will this work?’

More and more I began to see the power of multiplication: invest yourself in a few people next to you and then let them go and do the same thing to others. You may never know the result until heaven, but it could be more powerful than the biggest healing crusade!

After a three week course, 25 YWAMers went back to their bases in different parts of the country. God had meet with us in special ways during those weeks, as we met together or as we went out to visit people and pray for them.

As two brothers went back to Varanasi, the holy city of the Hindus, they wondered, ‘Will this work back home?’ The first time they went into a Hindu village after their return, they started to worship Jesus. They intended to start a church there. Immediately the Holy Spirit started to come on people; demons manifested and were driven out. People saw the power of God and wanted to know more, providing an excellent opening to preach the Word of God.

While walking along the bank of the Ganges River, one of the brothers began talking to a Hindu priest. After a while, the Brahman complained about his headaches. Again, being highly religious, he was willing to receive prayer, even if it was offered in the name of Jesus. Under the power of God he fell down and after he got back up, his headache was completely gone. He sure wanted to know more about this powerful God!

Respect for God

India is more a continent than a country, with almost 900 million people who speak 1,600 different languages. Patrick Johnstone, in Operation World, estimates evangelical Christians comprise one per cent of the population, but the number is growing. Two thousand people groups have not been reached with the gospel yet. India must be reached by the spiritually equipped Indian church, but for a while non-Indian partners can help train and support Indian workers.

In YWAM, we have mixed teams of Indians and foreigners who plant churches, evangelise, and minister to the poor in various ways. Hindus and Muslims have great respect for God. The Hindus have millions of gods. Most Indians, especially the poor, are open to spiritual reality, and exercise great faith, upon hearing about a loving God who sent his Son to this world. In evangelism, miracles happen quickly and open many doors to preach the gospel.

I first experienced this in Bhopal, a city where some eight years ago a gas leak at the chemical plant killed at least 2,000 people. Today many still suffer the effects: eye problems, mouth sores and breathing difficulties. With a small team we visited the site where the calamity took place.

As some people gathered, one of us shared briefly who we were and our purpose for coming. One person was prayed for and got healed. More people came who wanted prayer. Some invited us to enter their huts to see those too sick to come out. We were busy for the next two hours to bless, comfort, and encourage. Many people received physical healing, saw visions of Jesus, were blessed with peace. We left many friends in this mainly Muslim community.

Of course, the nature of kingdom warfare is ‘attack – counter-attack’. The gospel does meet with opposition. Militant Hinduism is experiencing a revival. The north of India is hostile toward the gospel and to Western influence. To make one convert there is like making a hundred in the south.

An Indian friend of mine desired to work in Bihar, a state in the north, also known as ‘the graveyard of missionaries’. He had worked with me for sometime and learned more about how to minister in power evangelism. In Bihar, near the border of Nepal, he rented a home where he invited people. He shared with them, prayed for them and taught them how to pray for others. Many were blessed, healed, delivered, and came to salvation. A small church was established.

Across the border in Nepal, the spiritual atmosphere was different. Tremendous openings existed. Within a year almost a hundred people attended the newly started church! Approximately 50 churches have been planted in India by YWAM-trained workers through power evangelism.

More than eight years have passed since the visit of Paul Piller and since the conference with John Wimber in Sheffield. I have seen thousands of people who ran out of wine partake of ‘the best wine’ as I willingly brought them what I have: just plain water.

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Part II: Gifts of the Spirit

1. God gives – we receive

2. Gifts to serve in power

3. Gifts to motivate us

4. Gifts to minister in unity

5. Gifts to manifest the Spirit

6. Gifts to use in love

Appendix: Spiritual Gifts Questionnaire

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Living in the Spirit

Living in the Spirit study bookLiving in the Spirit

The Holy Spirit and the Christian Life

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I find the study material to be balanced in theological emphasis and exceptionally well organized and presented. (Bishop Owen Dowling)

This book is not only good for personal use but also GREAT for group study. Even good for a Sunday School class. (SW)

If you are a Christian you need to read this book, it helps to understand the Holy Spirit and how he works in your life.  (Allen R Lancaster)

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Information: Originally published as an 80-page book in 1987, and reprinted in 1990 and 1991, this personal or group study book is now enlarged to 127 pages, and greatly improved. Some new sections have been added, and each chapter now begins with a powerful example of that chapter’s theme.

Thousands of copies of the earlier version have been used for personal and group study, including its use as a small group study book. Many home groups, cell groups or student study groups have found this survey of living in the Spirit both informative and inspiring. It invites a response from the reader, whether read alone or studying in a group. It offers fresh and challenging perspectives on living in the blessing, power, and anointing of the Holy Spirit, who always exalts Jesus as Lord.

Contents:

Introduction: new perspectives

1. Father, Son and Holy Spirit
God is One
The Father’s heart shows God’s love
Jesus reveals God’s love
The Spirit imparts God’s love

2. Born of the Spirit
The Spirit creates
The Spirit re-creates
God acts
We respond

3. Filled with the Spirit
The Spirit in God’s people
The Spirit in Jesus
The Spirit in the early church
The Spirit in us

4. Fruit of the Spirit
The fruit of the Spirit in us personally
The fruit of the Spirit in us communally
Growth in the Spirit personally
Growth in the Spirit communally

5. Gifts of the Spirit
Power for mission
Gifts for mission
Unity for mission
Love for mission

6. Ministry in the Spirit
Body ministry
Mutual ministry
Wholeness ministry
Freedom ministry

7. Led by the Spirit
The Spirit leads us
The Spirit leads gently
The Spirit leads personally
The Spirit leads corporately

8. The Spirit of the Lord
The Spirit of the Lord in Israel
The Spirit of the Lord in Jesus
The kingdom of God
The king: Jesus Christ is Lord

APPENDIX 1:   Voices from history     Tertullian, Augustine, Cyril of Jerusalem, Gregory the Great, Francis of Assisi, Walter Hilton, Thomas á Kempis, Teresa of Avila, Martin Luther, John Calvin, Thomas Goodwin, Richard Baxter, John Wesley, David du Plessis

APPENDIX 2:   Spiritual gifts questionnaire

APPENDIX 3:  Revival Books

PHOTOGRAPHS (see these on Amazon – “Look inside”) Photographs in this book show international revival teams from the South Pacific, living in the Spirit together, involved in mission in the islands and in Australia. These studies combine theological and biblical reflection with practical application. Many people have found these studies to be helpful and liberating.

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Biographical stories of current revivals in over 20 countries


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Keeping Faith Alive Today

Keeping Faith Alive Today


Group Studies on Prayer, Bible Reading and the Holy Spirit

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Keeping Faith Alive Today

is about building a strong devotional life –

a life in which prayer, Bible reading, and the presence

and influence of God’s Holy Spirit

are vital forces.

The studies combine discoveries

from the Bible and the experience of others

with discoveries from your own experience.

Here is an invitation

to discover in practice

ways of keeping your faith alive.

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Two Sessions on Prayer

by Nevin Vawser

1 New Ways to Pray

2 What Did I Discover?

Two Sessions on Using the Bible

by Colville Crowe

3 Try Reading the Bible

4 Share Your Experiences

Two Sessions on Life in the Spirit

by Geoff Waugh

5 Faith Alive in Personal Life

6 Faith Alive in Community

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