The Baptism in the Holy Spirit: introductory thoughts from Mark 1:8

We just covered this last Sunday part 1 of 2 of our semons on the "Baptism in the Holy Spirit." Part 1 should be posted this week. I began by sharing about my Charismatic/Pentecostal background. I have so much to be grateful for from my experience in the Pentecostal/charismatic church and long to see others experience God the Holy Spirit and all that He has for them. Yet, this issue of the Baptism of the Spirit is one that we in our church have come to a different conclusion on than our Pentecostal brothers and sisters.

For those interested, they may not only want to, but may also be surprised at the conclusions that the most notable Pentecostal scholar of our day, Gordon D. Fee, has come to in the two following essays from the book Gospel and Spirit: Issues in New Testament Hermeneutics. I would encourage anyone interested to get a copy of this book (just for these essays alone) and think about these very insightful and readable essays.

1. Hermeneutics and Historical Precedent: A major problem in pentecostal hermeneutics.

2. Baptism in the Holy Spirit: The issue of separability and subsequence.