“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you; and you will be my witnesses…”(Acts 1:8).

It was critical that the disciples understood the purpose of the baptism in the Holy Spirit and that they not try to take any action to fulfill God’s mission until they had received this experience. Jesus Christ himself did not begin his ministry until he was anointed with the Holy Spirt and power (Acts 10:38).

When we receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit, we also receive a unique ability to be a witness. This doesn’t mean that you will be expected to go into full-time ministry. Some have misunderstood the Lord’s intentions in their lives and have entered ministry thinking they were obligated because they had received a wonderful experience from God. The baptism in the Holy Spirit is for everyone and will be a tremendous help to you no matter what your occupation, your location, or your age. You will sense a new strength, authority, and confidence to be a testifier and communicator of God’s truth about his precious Son, Jesus Christ.

The church of the twenty-first century, like the church in the book of Acts, needs the dynamic power of the Spirit to equip and evangelize the world and build up the body of Christ.