Discovering Your Ministry Within The Kehilah:
Living A Spirit-Filled Life
As I have shared in the past (see previous teachings here), we are created in the image of God for five specific purposes: to worship God with all of our heart; to fellowship with God and other Believers; to grow in our knowledge of God and take on His attributes – especially the fruit of the Spirit; to minister or serve others – both Believers and non-believers in meeting their needs; and, finally to share the Besorah (Good News) with non-believers around us. The purpose of this series is to prepare us to live a Spirit-filled life in order to fulfill our God-given purposes, especially that of ministering or serving to the needs of others.
As you know, Yeshua (Jesus) had many talmidim (disciples). Crowds followed Him everywhere. He fed 5,000 men plus their families in one seating (Mark 6:44) and over 4,000 men plus their families in another (Mark 8:9). Multitudes were coming to Him for physical healings and deliverance from evil spirits.
We read in Luke 10 that He sent out 70 talmidim in pairs as an advance team to towns where He was going to minister. We also know that Yeshua poured out His teachings on twelve hand-picked talmidim. After His resurrection and just before His ascension, He gave the following directions to the remaining eleven talmidim:
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make people from all nations into talmidim, immersing them into the reality of the Father, the Son and the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit), and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember! I will be with you always, yes, even until the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20 CJB )
“Now I am sending forth upon you what my Father promised, so stay here in the city until you have been equipped with power from above.” (Luke 24:49)
“At one of these gatherings, he instructed them not to leave Yerushalayim but to “wait for what the Father promised, which you heard about from me. For Yochanan used to immerse people in water; but in a few days, you will be immersed in the Ruach HaKodesh!” (Acts 1:4-5)
These directions were fulfilled just a few days later during Shavu’ot (Pentecost) as we read in Acts 1:45.
As I did with the series on the fruit of the Spirit, I want to share with you some critical background information on the Ruach HaKodesh before we start to examine the gifts of the Spirit and explore which gift or gifts you might have.
Who Is The Ruach HaKodesh?