Baptism of the Holy Spirit


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An act of obedience whereby the believer publicly identifies through immersions with Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection.



Matthew 28:18-20 King James Version (KJV)

18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

1X Baptism of Reginald Boswell @ True Light COGIC 2011
Baptism @ True Light Church of God in Christ, Huntsville AL Photo by Evangelist Marcella Griffin (2011).



Baptism is a popular topic that has entered secular vocabulary. It is viewed diversely in society based on culture, heritage and religion.  Such as the ceremonial christening of infants that is not baptism by the Biblical definition but more for the adults present in the life of a youth to rear them in the fear and admonition of the Lord.

Baptize translates from the Greek baptizo; meaning to immerse, submerge for a religious purpose, to soak or wash with water in token of purification of sin and from spiritual pollution. Or according to Dr. Stanley, to dunk dip plunge submerge or immerse.”

Compare def. Fast (to cover one’s mouth)

Naturally to take a dry place and submerge it in water was to be applied spiritually. The disciples were to immerse diverse people and far-reaching cultures with the Gospel of the Kingdom of God. Furthermore, it became known that the power of God rested on these truths and made breakthroughs possible. The Great Commission (Matt. 28:19) remains a current mandate for all followers of Christ but having this mandate as a priority (ALL ABOUT SOULS). Dr. Stanley exhibits the importance of Baptism by placing this topic first in our textbook.


Compare and Contrast Spiritual and Natural Baptism?


What is an early form of Baptism in the Old Testament?

Genesis 6:14-17 King James Version (KJV)

“So make yourself an ark of cypress wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out. (15) This is how you are to build it: The ark is to be 450 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet high. (16) Make a roof for it and finish the ark to within 18 inches of the top. Put a door in the side of the ark and make lower, middle and upper decks. (17) I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish”



The Hand of God sealed the door of the Ark, and the windows of heaven remained open as the deluge destroyed life upon the earth. Mr. & Mrs. Noah, their three sons, and their wives were safe, and some animals lived, but many species became extinct; those that are now gigantic bone specimens exhibited in museums today. When the rain ceased, a rainbow appeared to the eight who were left alive for re-populating the earth. This rainbow came to represent a promise from God that the earth’s inhabitants would never be destroyed by water again.


AFTER BELIEVING IN CHRIST, another development took place that would be essential to spreading the Gospel. This emergence would be the baptism of the Holy Ghost. This spiritual breakthrough is needed to build a life acceptable, holy and righteous, amidst corruption, confusion, noise, back-biting, etc. People cannot construct a life pleasing to God apart from Him, and this certification is necessary to go unimpeded throughout the nations and the highways; making disciples of men, women, boys and girls everywhere. God sealed the door of Noah’s Ark; likewise, the Holy Spirit seals us for our work at hand.

 Building Dreams Through Change.

1.   John got his name because of what he was doing (Page 5).

2.   John’s message was repentance.

3.   People who identified with John’s message were baptized.

The Greek word metanoia transliterates into English as repentance, and it means CHANGE.   Repentance is necessary for any progress to God is made From our choices, we need to impact the world as Christians and offer solutions to others  Taking Noah’s example, we are to seek God’s direction in perilous times. As he built his Ark, we are to construct our salvation in an evil world: preparing our spirit-man, making it a vessel suitable for space travel.


A baptism is an act of obedience


1.     Baptism represents the idea of identification and allegiance. Page 5

2.   Baptism was a public observance whereby a person was immersed for the sake  

        of a religious decision. Page 5

3.   Baptism is a picture that carries the weight of cleansing resurrection and

        allegiance Page 6

  • Cleansing from sin of the old life.
  • Dying to the old life and being born to the new life
  • Demonstrating commitment or allegiance to a new Master or way of life



BUILDING DREAMS THROUGH CHANGE; HOLDING WATER Refresh!; “Thou wilt never be spiritual minded and godly unless thou art silent concerning other men’s matters and take full heed to thyself.” Thomas `A KempisWashed

CONSISTENCY sets the stage for spiritual breakthroughs to occur. By investing Himself in the lives of others Christ modeled how to make breakthroughs occur. Christ taught, admonished, and warned His Disciples for approximately thirty-six months. His doxology climaxed with his instruction: “Go you, therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” (Matt. 28:19).


Baptism Scriptures


Acts 19:4

Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.


Matthew 3:7

But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?


Matthew 20:22

But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able.


Matthew 20:23

And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father.


Acts 18:25

This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John.


Romans 6:4

Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.


Ephesians 4:5

One Lord, one faith, one baptism,


Colossians 2:12

Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.


Hebrews 6:2

Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.


1 Peter 3:21

The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

“…The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy…” (Revelation 19:10).




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The impact of five individuals in American History

And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ

(Ephesians 4:11-12).


The title of this synopsis is Lateral Links of Greatness: the impact of five individuals in American History A BLACK HISTORY PRESENTATION


God has poured out his Spirit in the lives of great men and women during the history of our great nation.  During the last three centuries even pre-dating America as a nation, African Americans led the charge in the preparation of Christ’s return.  The Church played an instrumental part in representing the plight of African-Americans.  Whether an Apostle, a Prophet, a Pastor, a Teacher, or an Evangelist, in conditions of severe inequality, having experienced the chains of slavery, unrelenting racism or just life: The Joy of the Lord, lifted five individuals while facing great adversity:

1 Richard Allen
Richard Allen AME Church Founder

And He gave some Apostles: Richard Allen born 1760 wanted to worship unburdened from white preferential treatment.

Sarah Allen 1764 1849
Sarah Allen 1764 1849

Therefore, he founded the African Methodist Episcopal Church in 1794, the first independent black denomination in the United States. Sara Allen his wife, a great support to him also worked taking care of runaway slaves; including feeding and clothing them and helping organize men and women.  The Allen’s’ took on social welfare issues for church members and the community and now the AME church exists on five continents in 39 countries

7 Lee Jarena

And He gave some Evangelist: Jarena Lee (Born 1783) was a woman filled with the spirit of God who spoke at times while in attendance in Allen’s congregation.   She traveled to Philadelphia from her New Jersey home in Cape May, to worship.  She was given to evangelism; Allen recognized her ministry and approved her to preach. She became an itinerant preacher and was the first black woman to publish an autobiography in America in 1836. (quote)“ I had preached 138 sermons, and traveled between 27 and 28 hundred miles.  Returned from Brooklyn, and attended a quarterly meeting at Flushing. . . . Saturday evening I gave an exhortation, and preached Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock, the Lord accompanied the word … I arrive safe at home, found my son and friends all well, and then heard the truth of his conversion, for which I yet give glory to God.


Early Pentecostals Lucy Farrow and William Seymour (African Americans) Pictured.
Early Pentecostals Lucy Farrow and William Seymour (African Americans) Pictured.

And He gave some Pastors: Lucy Farrow was the Pastor of a Holiness church in Houston she was also the niece of Frederick Douglas and worked as a governess to Reverend Charles Parham an early proponent of speaking in tongues and who coined the phrase glossalia: (speaking in other tongues) she left William J. Seymour, at the helm of her congregation when her job transferred her to Topeka, Kansas where Rev. Parham taught training classes on conviction, repentance, sanctification, healing and the work of the Holy Spirit.

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William Seymour and wife Jenny (Moore) Seymour

And He gave some teachers:

William J. Seymour gleaned foundational teaching on the Holy Spirit.  Due to racism he was not even permitted to pray with the others while seeking the baptism of the Holy Spirit under Rev. Parham.  Nonetheless, Seymour hungered for more of God and was determined to learn.  Parham later noted that Seymour could recite word-for-word the teaching he learned while sitting at the door while Parham taught white ministers.  He later became Pastor of the famed Azusa Street Mission which gave rise to the Pentecostal Movement upon the Earth.

 From 1909 to 1914, roughly equal numbers of African Americans and whites came to him for ordination (in 1910 alone, Bishop Mason ordained 300 white Pentecostal preachers.
From 1909 to 1914, roughly equal numbers of African Americans and whites came to him for ordination (in 1910 alone, Bishop Mason ordained 300 white Pentecostal preachers.

And He gave some prophets: Charles Harrison Mason: founder of the Churches of God in Christ received the baptism of the Holy Spirit in 1906 at the Azusa Conference conducted by William Seymour.  In 1897, while in Little Rock, AR, Mason believed that God had given him the name the Church of God in Christ (COGIC).  He believed God promised him, “If you take the name that I give you, they would never build a building that would hold all those who would come.” In 1907 COGIC was incorporated. Mason Temple was constructed during WWII while construction materials were in high demand.  This was a miracle!  This task was completed for less than $400,000 making it the largest, black-owned convention hall in America.  Mason dedicated the nearly 5000 seat auditorium in 1945 visualizing the culmination of his dream.  From this efficis Dr. King, gave his final sermon on April 3, 1968.

From 1760 to 1960 FIVE magnanimous individuals are linked to progressively reveal the mandate of Christ until His return AMEN


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Charles Harrison Mason 1866–1961
Founder of the Church of God in Christ (COGIC), the largest African-American Pentecostal denomination of the twentieth century.

These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also” (Acts 17:6b) must have been the headline in Jackson, Mississippi in June 1896.  The common interest and associative traits of Charles Harrison Mason, J.A. Jeter and W. S. Pleasant, led these men to diverge into Jackson to conduct a holiness revival at Mt. Helm Baptist Church where Charles Price Jones was the host.  The doctrine of Sanctification was the main theme.  They preached with fervency and dedication.  Baptist Churches responded by disallowing them to preach from their pulpits and expelled Pastor Jones and the others from the Jackson Baptist Association.  Nevertheless, a firm resolve held them to preach holiness which became the impetus that led to the birth of the Church of God in Christ.    The 1896 Jackson Revival was a part of an awakening in the atmosphere that led people to want to hear more of the Gospel of Grace through Sanctification.  The following year in Jackson with as many naysayers as supporters, Mason preached at the south-side entrance of the Jackson Courthouse.  The next day, a local resident John Lee, provided the living room of his home as a meeting place.  Soon, so many were flocking to hear holiness preached at the Lee House, the owner of an abandoned cotton gin, sixty three miles north of Jackson in Lexington, MS,  who gave Mason consent to hold meetings there.  This became the St. Paul Church in Lexington, MS, established by C.H. Mason, the first and oldest COGIC congregation in the world.

C.P. Jones changed the name of his church to the Church of Christ.  Many other holiness groups were forming and using similar names; Mason sought a name that would be ‘set apart’ from others.  In 1897, while in Little Rock, AR, Mason believed that God had given him the name the Church of God in Christ (COGIC).  Mason believed it was divinely revealed and biblically inspired taken from I Thessalonians 2:14, He believed God promised him, “If you take the name that I give you, they would never build a building that would hold all those who would come.” The movement adopted the name, and COGIC began to grow throughout the south and Mason and the other leaders were given oversight of specific regions.

This group became intensely narrower when C.H. Mason, D.J. Young and J.A. Jeter returned from the famed Azusa Revival in 1906.  There Mason received the baptism of the Holy Ghost.  Later Jeter and Jones disagreed with Mason’s report, saying ‘speaking in other tongues, as the Spirit gave utterance’ was the indication that one had received the baptism of the Holy Ghost.  They removed Mason from their fellowship the same year.  Mason contended to keep the name COGIC, he would not relent, knowing that the abundant perpetuity of COGIC somehow rested upon him retaining the name Church of God in Christ.  After years over the use of the name by Jones and Mason; Mason was awarded the original charter, making COGIC the first legally chartered Pentecostal body incorporated in the United States.