Almost any worthwhile endeavor will involve failures, obstacles, setbacks, and problems of various kinds. Endurance doesn’t mean we’ll never stumble; doesn’t mean we’ll never fail or never sin. It does mean that despite our failures and setbacks, obstacles and problems we’ll keep striving to fulfill God’s will in our lives. We won’t give up – we won’t quit – we won’t turn away from God’s path.
Learn what the Bible says about enduring in the true faith, and how God provides encouragement and the help necessary to succeed to those who diligently seek him.
The true Church of God consists of those whose names are registered in heaven — in the Book of Life. Beyond that, what is its purpose? What is the mission of the Church in today’s world?
Scripture reveals several responsibilities all members of God’s Church are accountable for. It’s important that everyone who is a part of the Church understands what those responsibilities are. And those who are not yet a part of the Church can benefit also from knowing what God expects of its members.
As recorded in Scripture, the Holy Spirit was given to the Church of God on the day of Pentecost following the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
“When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues [languages, as each listener heard the message in his own language, verse 6], as the Spirit gave them utterance” (Acts 2:1-4).
This was obviously a special manifestation of the Holy Spirit, as the phenomena mentioned is not typical of the giving of the gift of the Holy Spirit.