WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE CHARISMATIC RENEWAL?

Its purpose centers around the renewal of individual commitment to Jesus Christ through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. (Baptism in the Spirit)

Although modern day Christians were not there at that first Pentecost, that does not mean that they were left out.  Each one received the Father, Son and Holy Spirit at Baptism. In a real sense each one was baptized into the Holy Spirit. Confirmation was also meant to be a personal Pentecost. Yet if someone were to ask, “Have you received the Spirit?” what would the answer be? Would the answer be that they have accepted the same Spirit of self-surrender and power that was evident in the disciples after Pentecost and in Jesus at the Jordan River?

The fire of the Spirit within us can be a tiny ember or a glowing sun.  Being baptized in the Spirit is not a new sacrament, but the quickening of an earlier faith. Even if our own immersion into the river of God’s life seemed to be a remote and sentimental moment in infancy, we now possess the key to a vital Christian life that revolves around the sending of the Spirit. With this key we can be like Peter, who went from denying Jesus to boldly proclaiming him on Pentecost Sunday.

Baptism in the Spirit is often a conscious experience of the power of the Spirit already received.  God offers a new inner awareness that activates what is already deep within us, giving our spiritual lives a new dimension.  It is as if we were familiar with God and even His voice, but we can now hear Him sing in our hearts.  The release of the Spirit is just that, the release of a person who was all cramped up in a tiny space in our souls.  Surrender to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit becomes a more conscious part of our identity.  We are like plants, once only seedlings and now budding with magnificent new blossoms.  Something new has broken forth, transforming the substance of what was there into something fresh and vibrant.

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