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10 Reasons for Speaking and Praying in Tongues

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To some outsiders, praying in tongues (or “tongues”) may seem strange or like pointless “babble” (cf. Acts 2:12-13).
But speaking in tongues (or “prayer in tongues” or “prayer language”) is one of the 9 gifts of the Holy Spirit (cf. 1 Corinthians 12-14).
God gives us good gifts and He has given each gift a purpose.
Praying in tongues is a meaningful, important and powerful tool that God wants to entrust to us!

Some Christians who have received tongues themselves do not actually know what it is good for. Although they practice it from time to time, they have not yet discovered the blessings of this gift…

Other Christians do not yet have tongues and do not know why they should reach out for it. Perhaps they were not encouraged to do so because proper biblical teaching was lacking.

That’s why we’ve given you 10 reasons why it’s worth reaching out for this gift and practicing it more…

Table of contents:
First a short list, then later in more detail:

1st reason: Jesus himself announced the prayer in tongues
2nd reason: When praying together in tongues we experience the unity in spirit that we have with other Christians
3rd reason: Praying in tongues kindles in us (new) the fire for Jesus and for evangelism
Reason 4: When you pray in tongues you are praying in the will of God
Reason 5: Praying in tongues makes you receptive and sensitive to deep encounters with God and to the mysteries of God
Reason 6: When you pray in tongues you give control to the Holy Spirit
Reason 7: Praying in tongues strengthens your faith
Reason 8: Praying in tongues gives you refreshment and new strength
Reason 9: Praying in tongues enables you to worship in spirit and in truth
Reason 10: Praying in tongues is a powerful weapon in spiritual battles

Here in more detail:

10 Biblical Reasons Every Christian Should Pray in Tongues:

1st reason:
Jesus himself announced the prayer in tongues

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Shortly before Jesus went back to heaven, He gave the disciples important instructions:
On the one hand, He gave them the missionary mandate (which also applies to all Christians).
And on the other hand He announced to them the signs that the believers (that means: also all Christians) should follow:

“But these signs will accompany those who have believed: In my name they will cast out demons, they will speak in new tongues , serpents will pick them up, and if they drink anything deadly, it will not harm them; They will lay hands on the sick and they will be well.”
(Mark 16:17-18 NLT, emphasis ours)

Jesus himself said here that praying in tongues applies to every Christian! For it is one of the signs that every believer can and should follow.

In addition, before His ascension, He instructed the disciples to remain in Jerusalem until they received “power from on high”:

“And behold, I send upon you the promise of my Father; but you remain in the city of Jerusalem until you are endowed with power from on high !”
(Luke 24:49 SLT; emphasis added)

“And while he was with them, he commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to await the promise of the Father, which ye [—he said—] heard from me, for John baptized with water, but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not long after these days.”
(Acts 1:4-5 SLT; emphasis added)

 Reason 2:
When
we pray together in tongues, we experience the oneness in spirit that we have with other Christians

The common experience of the disciples at Pentecost was speaking in new tongues.
Acts 2:1-13 (NLT; emphasis added) says:

“And when the day of Pentecost came, they were all with one accord. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and settled on each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them to speak.Now there dwelt in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. Now when this noise arose, the crowd gathered and was dismayed; for each heard them speaking in their own language. But they were all astonished and marveled, and said to one another, Behold, are not these that are speaking all Galileans? Then why do we each hear them in our own language that we were born in? Parthians and Medes and Elamites and we inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia; Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and from the regions of Libya near Cyrene, and the Romans, Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs staying here— we hear them proclaiming the great deeds of God in our languages!And they were all amazed and perplexed, and said one to another, What is this supposed to be? But others mocked and said, “They are full of sweet wine!”

“…they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues…”: All the assembled believers received the prayer in tongues!
It is also said that they were “all in unanimity” . That means they were all spiritually hungry and expecting more from God – the power from on high that Jesus promised them. And their hunger has been answered!

Experiencing God’s presence together in worship is very valuable. This experience also strengthens our cohesion: We become aware that we are ONE heavenly family, ONE common Father (God) and all have the ONE Holy Spirit.
When we Christians pray together in tongues, we experience this unity that we have together in spirit (!). And for which Jesus also prayed for His disciples in John 17:20-21 (SLT):

“I pray not only for these, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, like you, Father, in me and I in you; so that they too may be one in us, so that the world may believe that you sent me.”

The fact that Jesus meant a spiritual unity in the will of God is also clear from the story of the building of the Tower of Babel (can be read in Genesis 11:1-9). People tried to build unity, but without God. He then gave each person a different language, for up to that point they had spoken a common language. God thus resolved their false plan.
Because He had a better plan: At Pentecost, unity in the Holy Spirit and in God’s will was restored!

Not only the disciples at Pentecost, but also those who had become believers received the prayer in tongues. And you too can receive “your personal Pentecost”!

“While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell on all who heard the word. And all the circumcised believers who came with Peter marveled, that the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out upon the Gentiles also. For they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God. (
Acts 10:44-46 NLT; emphasis ours)

“When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied. (
Acts 19:5-6 NLT; emphasis added)

Reason 3:
Praying in tongues (re)kindles the fire in us for Jesus and for evangelism

Burning Heart On Fire
In addition, speaking in tongues rekindles our fire for Jesus and the burning desire to tell others about Him.

It may be that you are speaking in tongues and someone else knows the language you are speaking in – just as the disciples experienced at Pentecost. God can speak to non-believers in this way, touching their hearts and giving them a chance to repent. But that is a form of speaking in tongues, another form is praying in tongues for one’s own edification.

But praying in tongues also takes away your fear and inhibition about proclaiming Jesus. The Holy Spirit thereby fills you (newly) with His power and thus also with the necessary courage.
A good example of this is also Peter… He had promised Jesus that he would even die for Him (cf. Mark 14:26-31). But Peter failed and denied Jesus three times in a row (see Mark 14:66-72). Jesus forgave him (cf. John 21:15-23. But Peter lacked the power of the Holy Spirit until then. But at Pentecost he was the one who spoke boldly to the huge crowd about Jesus (cf. Acts 2:14- 36) He did not preach on his own, but driven by the Holy Spirit, and on that day around 3000 people (see Acts 2:41) were converted to Jesus!

Due to the rapid spread of the gospel (because the power of God was being demonstrated), the church experienced many persecutions. Struck and discouraged by this, they prayed:

“And now, Lord, behold their threats, and grant thy servants to speak thy word with all boldness, stretching out thy hand to heal, and that signs and wonders be done through the name of thy holy servant Jesus!”
(Acts 4:29-30)

And God answered their prayer with a new filling of the Holy Spirit (which we also need again and again):

“And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled shook, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and spoke the word of God with boldness.”
(Acts 4:31)

They prayed for boldness, but what gave them that boldness was the power of the Holy Spirit! Even when praying in tongues you can be filled with the power of God and encouraged again for evangelism.

4th reason:
When you pray in tongues you are praying in the will of God

In His Presence Light
Sometimes we do not know how and what to pray. Prayer can be difficult, especially in difficult situations, when we should pray. But when you’re struggling with a problem, your thoughts will always revolve around this one thing.
It is right to bring worries, fears, problems etc. before God. But if you pray with your troubled soul, you may bring these concerns to God over and over again , but you won’t calm down before Him.

Praying in tongues then gives you peace and clarity.

And you can trust that the words you pray in tongues are in the will of God and glorifying Him. Because the Holy Spirit glorifies Jesus and also leads you into a deeper relationship with Him. You can trust His words are good. And also in Corinthians 12:3 (SLT) it says:

“Therefore I let you know that no one who speaks in the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed; but neither can anyone call Jesus Lord except in the Holy Spirit.” 

You don’t have to think about what to pray for. The Holy Spirit puts these words in your mind and you just speak them out. It may be that you hear the words in your mind, but there is a “flow” when you speak, where you don’t have to think.

“For when I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is fruitless.”
(1 Corinthians 14:14 NLT)

The Holy Spirit will give you the words to pray:

“But in the same way, the Spirit comes to the rescue of our weaknesses. For we do not know what to pray, as it should be; but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with inexpressible sighs. But he who searches the heart knows what the motive of the spirit is; for he intercedes for the saints as befits God.”
(Romans 8:26-27 NLT)

It can also happen that God gives you prophetic impressions during the prayer in tongues ​​and shows you what you should pray (before) in your mother tongue (see also the 5th reason!).

Reason 5:
Praying in tongues makes you receptive and sensitive to deep encounters with God and to the mysteries of God

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When you become calm before God while praying in tongues and have your soul settled like a child with its mother (see Psalm 131:2), then you are freer and more open to receive from Him.
It will certainly be easier for you to quietly enjoy His presence when your mind is no longer occupied with other things.

You will also become more aware of the unity with God: God himself has taken up residence in you! And His glory is within you, working through you into this world (see also Colossians 1:26-27 (NLT, emphasis added):

“[namely] the mystery which was hidden from the ages and generations, but which has now been made manifest to his saints. God wanted to make known to them what the riches of glory of this mystery are among the Gentiles, namely, Christ in you, the hope of glory.

You enter the space of the spirit, so to speak – although you are already there with your spirit , you become aware of it when praying in tongues and it becomes tangible .
The Holy Spirit reveals the heart of God to your heart: His person, His character, His will, etc.:

But, as it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no human heart has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him”. But God revealed it to us through his Spirit ; for the spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For who among men knows the [thoughts] of man except the spirit of man that is in him? Likewise, no one knows the [thoughts] of God except the Spirit of God. But we did not receive the spirit of the world, but the spirit that is from God, so that we can know what God has given us .”
(1 Corinthians 2:9-12 SLT; emphasis ours)

For God is spirit and also your inner man is spirit. When you pray in tongues you have “spirit to spirit” contact.
And spiritual truths such as the Trinity of God, your unity with God, the unity of all believers and much more can also be experienced (often better) when praying in tongues. Because we can’t understand it with our mind. We need a revelation from God. Just as one cannot “understand” the Bible without the Holy Spirit if one reads it without His revealing power (see also John 6:63 and 2 Corinthians 3:6). For what is spiritual must be recognized spiritually:

“The natural man does not accept what is of the Spirit of God; for it is folly to him, and he cannot know it, because it must be judged spiritually.”
(1 Corinthians 2:14 NIV)

When praying in tongues you pray “mysteries” in spirit:

“For whoever speaks in tongues does not speak for men, but for God; for no one understands, but he speaks mysteries in the spirit.”
(1 Corinthians 14:2 NLT)

On the one hand, these secrets are intimate conversations between you and God. On the other hand, you pray in tongues what the Holy Spirit tells you: His will for you, for a situation, for a specific person, etc. You often don’t know yourself what you’re praying, and you don’t always have to know it.

But sometimes it can be that God wants to reveal it to you. Just like trusted friends confide secrets. We are friends of God (see also John 15:15) and God sometimes wants to include us in what He wants to do.
So it may be that He gives you the interpretation of your tongues. This means that you then mentally receive the meaning of your words (as a sensation, words, thoughts or images). Or you get prophetic impressions during praying/speaking in tongues, which are not the interpretation, but independently of it a speaking of God. Because speaking in tongues makes you receptive to revelations from God. These can be solutions or encouragement: for the situation, for yourself or for the other person who may be on your mind.
And so you can see the situation “in spirit” and also pray in your mother tongue what HE shows you! Because God also wants to work with you in prayer in “teamwork”.

Reason 6:
When you pray in tongues, you give control to the Holy Spirit

Ship Boat Vessel
When praying in tongues you pray with the Holy Spirit in “teamwork”. You allow Him to use your tongue and give you the words He wants you to say. In this way you give the Holy Spirit control and let Him guide you. Because: The Holy Spirit is God and He has every right to be in control of our lives.

Perhaps you think that the Holy Spirit “only” uses our tongues when praying in tongues and you ask yourself what the big difference is that? As I said, speaking in tongues has great power. And words can also have a great impact that we must not underestimate.
The Bible says a lot about the power of words. Here is one of many Bible verses that also expresses that we reap our “seed of words”:

“Man is satisfied with the fruit of his mouth, he eats his fill with the fruit of his lips. Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and whoever loves it will eat its fruit.”
(Proverbs 18:20-21 NLT)

Often times we “steer” our tongues ourselves, say things we shouldn’t say and later regret. With what we say, we often sin and hurt others. And not only that: The Bible text shows us that our words can also determine our whole life. We (often) “reap” what we say.

And let’s also read this text from James 3:3-12 (SLT) carefully:

“Behold, we put the bridles in the horses’ mouths so that they obey us, and thus we govern their whole bodies. Behold, even the ships, however large they are, and however rough the winds that drive them, they are steered by a very small oar where the helmsman’s intention is. So also the tongue is a small member and yet boasts of great things. Behold, a small fire—what a great forest it kindles! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. Thus the tongue takes its place among our limbs; it defiles the whole body and sets fire to the periphery of life and is itself set on fire by Hell. For every kind of wild beast and bird, reptile and sea creature is and has been subdued by human nature; but no man can conquer the tongue, the irrepressible evil full of deadly poison! With it we praise God the Father, and with it we curse men who are made in the image of God; from one and the same mouth comes praise and cursing. It shouldn’t be like this, my brothers! Does a spring also spurt out sweet and bitter from the same opening? Also, my brethren, can a fig tree bear olives, or a vine figs? So neither can a spring give salty and sweet water.” my brethren, a fig tree bear olives, or a vine figs? So neither can a spring give salty and sweet water.” my brethren, a fig tree bear olives, or a vine figs? So neither can a spring give salty and sweet water.”
(James 3:3-12)

This text expresses in a very good way the great power of our words. Now think about it: How much more power do they have if we let the Holy Spirit guide our tongues…!

When I was unsure about praying in tongues myself at the beginning, I had received exactly this Bible text from James 3:3-12 as an answer and encouragement from God. Through this text, He showed me how we give the Holy Spirit control of our tongues and how He uses us to bless. I got this simple explanation:

ship = yourself

Rudder/rudder = your tongue

Who guides/The helmsman = The Holy Spirit

So our words in tongues have far greater power, and in a positive way! Because when you let the Holy Spirit “guide” your tongue, you don’t sin. And you allow yourself to be changed in your words and in your lifestyle. You will see much of this good fruit in your life… So trust your words to make a big difference (even when you don’t see it in the natural).

So praying in tongues trains you to trust God, to lean back and to be used as His vessel (see also 2 Corinthians 4:7). You learn to go under the guidance of the Holy Spirit and to let Him use you in other ways in everyday life, at work and wherever you are. As already mentioned, it makes you sensitive to him. The Holy Spirit wants to work vessels into this world through us.

Reason 7:
Praying in tongues strengthens your faith

Tree in Field


So, speaking in tongues also helps you trust God by giving Him control of your tongue. And so it also strengthens your faith.

When you pray in tongues you will be built up:

“He who speaks in a language edifies himself; but he who prophesies builds up the church.”
(1 Corinthians 14:4 SLT)

But praying in tongues not only builds you up, but also your faith in God:

“But you, beloved, build yourselves up on your most holy faithand pray in the Holy Spirit;”
(Jude 1:20 SLT)

Why it is like that? – Praying in tongues makes you aware of the truths of God (as already mentioned in the 5th reason). Such spiritual revelations strengthen your relationship with God, as you will come to know Him more and more! This will increase your faith.

And do you know that the meaning of faith is not “willpower” through one’s own effort, but childlike “trust”? For God only expects us to reach out to him, to be loved by him and to pass on his love (see also Mark 12:29-31 and John 13:34).

You can also imagine the growth of faith in the image of a tree:
A tree has to let its roots grow deep into the ground in order not to fall over in a storm. And He needs long roots to drink from the water in the ground.
When you pray in tongues, your faith in God becomes more deeply rooted, like a tree digging its roots deep into the ground and drinking from the water and being refreshed.

Especially in difficult times we have to trust that God is still good and with us. Praying in tongues can help us and keep us “fresh” like a tree planted by streams of water:

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose confidence is in the Lord! For he will be like a tree planted by the water and stretching out its roots by the stream, not afraid of the heat when it comes, but its leaves remain green; even in a dry year he need not worry, and he does not cease to bear fruit.”
(Jeremiah 17:7-8 NLT)

And these Spirit-led words, as I said, have great power:

“A wholesome tongue is a tree of life,
but when it is perverse it wounds the spirit.”

(Proverbs 15:4 NLT; emphasis added)

Praying in tongues fills you with life and healing!

8th reason:
Praying in tongues gives you refreshment and new strength 

Waterfall Living Water
As already mentioned, praying in tongues rebuilds us:

“He who speaks in a language edifies himself; but he who prophesies builds up the church.”
(1 Corinthians 14:4 SLT)

Anyone who has ever prayed in tongues knows how constructive this close communion with the Holy Spirit is.
The Holy Spirit is in us and flows through us, which we become more aware of when we pray in tongues.
It refreshes your mind and overflowing both soul and body. Like a garden being watered. Or like a pond that gets a supply of fresh water. Without water, the garden would wither… And without fresh water in the pond, the water in it would overturn and the fish would die…

It is God’s will to refresh us and give us new strength:

“He gives power to the weary and strength enough to the impotent. boys grow weary and weary, and young men stumble and fall; But those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength, so that they mount up with wings like eagles, so that they run and do not get tired, so that they walk and do not get tired.”
(Isaiah 40:29-31 NLT)

The Holy Spirit is the living water with which God wants to refresh us again and again:

“But on the last, the great day of the festival, Jesus got up and cried out and said: If anyone is thirsty, come to me and drink! Whoever believes in me, as the Scriptures said, streams of living water will flow out of his body. But this he said of the Spirit, which should be received by those who believe in him; for the Holy Spirit was not yet there, because Jesus was not yet glorified.”
(John 7:37-39 NLT)

The Holy Spirit is the living stream before the throne of God:

“And he showed me a pure stream of the water of life, shining like crystal, emanating from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the middle between their road and the river, on this side and on that side, [was] the tree of life, bearing fruit twelve times, giving its fruit every month, one each; and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.”
(Revelation 22:1-2 NLT)

As a child of God, you already have access to this stream in the spirit (see also Hebrews 4:16)!
And when you pray in tongues you will be filled with this living water.

Reason 9:
Praying in tongues enables you to worship in spirit and in truth

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When you pray in tongues you become aware that you are standing before the throne of God.
You worship God in spirit and in truth.

Jesus said about it:

“But the hour is coming, and is already here, when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth; for the Father seeks such worshipers. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.”
(John 4:23-24 NLT)

The words in tongues flow from the Holy Spirit into your spirit and towards the throne of God… And your words then also correspond to the truth of God. So it is (of course with the right heart attitude, the love for God) pure worship in spirit and in truth!

Especially when we are overwhelmed by God’s greatness and beauty, we can simply pray in tongues without thinking about the right words. It can often be the case that we “overflow in tongues” in the process.

You can also start chanting in spirit or in tongues/tongues:

“How should it be now? I want to pray with the spirit, but I also want to pray with the mind; I want to sing praises with the spirit, but I also want to sing praises with the mind.”
(1 Corinthians 14:15 NLT)

You can speak and sing in tongues just as you can in your mother tongue.
You can also sing in tongues/tongues with other Christians in common worship.

And it can also happen that you receive the interpretation of the tongues singing or prophetic impressions during the worship. You can then pass on these impressions in the respective context. You can also sing the impressions and pass them on as a song (if you like and have the impulse in your mind). Such a prophetic song can also bring about great spiritual breakthroughs.

Reason 10:
Praying in tongues is a powerful weapon in spiritual warfare

Warrior Light
The devil hates speaking in tongues. Therefore, this gift is often attacked by Satan.

Satan is trying to prevent Christians from receiving tongues. But also taking the time to practice it.

You may therefore have doubts as to whether your prayer in tongues is really “genuine” and from God. Then stand on the truth and promises from the Word of God, the Bible, that praying in tongues is good and every Christian is entitled to it.

Praying in tongues is a very important and effective weapon, especially in spiritual battles. Because if it’s a spiritual fight, then you have to fight with spiritual weapons.
The devil also likes to attack our feelings and thoughts. When you pray in tongues you become calm inside and aware of IN God (and God IN you).

When you pray in tongues you also use the authority that Jesus gave to us believers. Authority over all the works of the enemy (see Luke 10:17-20 and Mark 16:17-18). You can command demons to come out of a person in the name of Jesus. But if you are unsure yourself or it doesn’t work, praying in tongues helps. We have heard of Christians praying in tongues during the exorcism of others. The demons could not bear the words of the Holy Spirit and went out. This is the power of the Holy Spirit that Jesus promised us!

The “armour of God” is also described in Ephesians 6:10-20. It also says of “prayer and supplication in the spirit”:

“and take also the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God, praying at all times with every prayer and supplication in the Spirit , and for this purpose watching with all perseverance and intercession for all the saints,”
( Ephesians 6:17-18 NLT)

Praying in tongues really helps to stay longer in prayer and to remain calm, especially when faced with spiritual attacks.
Don’t let the devil stop you from using this precious gift of the Holy Spirit.

Would you like to receive the prayer in tongues from God?

First of all, we hope these 10 Bible reasons have encouraged you to practice praying in tongues.

And if you already have the gift of praying in tongues, that it will be rekindled in you, just as Paul’s wish for Timothy was:

“For this reason I remind you to rekindle the gracious gift of God that is in you through the laying on of my hands;”
(2 Timothy 1: 6 NLT)

If you don’t have the prayer in tongues yet:

First things first:
Jesus is the Baptist in the Holy Spirit (see Mark 1:6-8 and John 1:32-34).
In order to receive the gift of praying in tongues from God, you must have surrendered your life to Jesus!
About the surrender of life, please first see the message at this link: “Message For You! The Best Message In The World In Your Own Language”

If you have already given your life to Jesus and you do not yet have tongues, then you can ask God for it right now.
A simple prayer is enough, in which you tell God that you also want to pray in tongues.
And then just worship Him, first in your native tongue and expect that the tongues will then flow as you pray. Do not do this with pressure, but direct your focus on Jesus.

I also made a video (German with additional subtitles in English). In it I pray for every Christian who wants the baptism of the Holy Spirit and speaking in tongues. If you like, you can pray with me.

Prayer for the baptism of the Spirit and praying in tongues

To the video:

(External link to the video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HppT3sKiztw )

(Video in German and English:
The video with spoken text in German includes English subtitles as translation. The subtitles can be activated or deactivated by clicking on the “Captions” icon.)

You can find other helpful articles on this topic listed below.

Baptism In The Holy Spirit
More articles about praying in tongues:

  • Spirit baptism (About Spirit baptism or baptism in the Holy Spirit. There are more articles on this website on the subject)
  • 20 Bible Verses on Spirit Baptism and Praying in Tongues
    (From our other website Prophetenschule.org. There you will find many more Bible verses on the subject, not all of which we have mentioned in this article.
    If you don’t speak german: You can translate the website by using an automatic translation function that you can find below the title “Translate this website” in the right sidebar or near the header.)
  • The work of the Holy Spirit
    (From our other website Prophetenschule.org, with many articles on the subject in audio and text form. Also about other other spiritual gifts or gifts of the Holy Spirit.
    If you don’t speak german: You can translate the website by using an automatic translation function that you can find below the title “Translate this website” in the right sidebar or near the header.)

 


Link to the article in German (Link zum Artikel auf Deutsch):
10 Gründe für das Sprachengebet


“This is Discipling” or “This is Church” (Short Film)

This video explains very good and easy what “discipleship” means.

It is also about what “church” should really look like and what it should be not. 

Video:

(External link to the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQbmaKuT0Oo )

  Video in other languages:

The video is also available in other languages on this YouTube channel (Note: Not from us):

 


Further christian movies:

 


 Further articles about the topic fellowship:

 


Link to this article in German (Link zum Artikel auf Deutsch):
“Das ist Jüngerschaft” oder “Das ist Gemeinde/Kirche” (Kurzfilm)


4 Steps on your Way with Jesus

The Cross is your starting point. And if you have given your life to Jesus, then you have made the right decision!

And now it continues. When you gave your life to Jesus, at that moment you (figuratively speaking) took your backpack and emptied it.

In your backpack there has been lots of trash that you don’t need anymore. And you have said, “Jesus, I give it all to you!” You handed all of that to Him. And as I’ve said, there were things in it, which you don’t need anymore (e.g. guilt, emotional wounds etc.).

What Jesus wants to do now is: He wants to fill your backpack with new things!

He would like to give you things you need, such as travelling provisions for your journey in your new life.

Here you can click on the following titles and read the articles:

The order of these steps is not important! You can be baptised first and then get a Bible. Or you could get a Bible first and be baptised later. Decide for yourself (also in prayer with God), what you should do first. But: All of these steps are important for following Jesus.

Another thing: These steps are not necessary for your salvation. In other words: If you have given your life to Jesus (as I explained in the first part), then you’re saved. But these steps are steps out of obedience. You should take them if you want to obey Jesus. Because He does not just simply send you on the journey, He provides your travelling provisions. These steps are to be taken on a voluntary basis, but Jesus is asking you to take them.

But you want to follow Jesus. He is the Good Shepherd, and you want to hear His voice. You want to know what plans He has for you personally (e.g. your personal calling). You want to know what He is saying about you (e.g. your identity in Him). And you want to share experiences with other Christians and, for example, ask them: “What did YOU experience with God?” or: “What does this passage of the Bible mean?” etc.

That’s enough for now about discipleship… Be blessed!

On our website you will find more helpful information about following Jesus.

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Spirit Baptism

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In His Presence Light

This article is one of the “4 steps on the path of discipleship”, see overview:


When hiking, it is important that you have something to drink with you. So that you don’t die of thirst on the way. It is also important that you keep drinking during your spiritual “wandering”, your following with Jesus. The water is symbolic of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is a Person, He is God (cf. 2 Corinthians 3:17). When you have given your life to Jesus , the Holy Spirit has come and abides in you. Through Him you have been spiritually, inwardly, born again and become a child of God (see John 14:15-26).

But you can also be filled with the Holy Spirit again and again. You can imagine that the Holy Spirit is like an inner source in you. The source is already there, but you decide for yourself whether you drink from it or not. Therefore, it is important that you also drink this living water… and be refreshed again and again by Him (cf. John 7:37-39).

It is also important for discipleship that you are baptized in the Holy Spirit. To live in His power, just as the early Christians were filled with the power of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost (see Acts 2). You can also say “baptism in the Spirit” or “baptism in the Holy Spirit”.

In the following you will learn what the baptism of the Spirit is, why you need it and how you can receive it from God.

“What is the baptism of the Spirit?”

But first, let’s look at what Spirit baptism is not :

The difference between Spirit baptism and water baptism

The final topic in this 4 Steps in the Path of Discipleship series is water baptism . Therefore, in this part, we do not just call the baptism of the Spirit “baptism” to distinguish it from water baptism. To briefly explain the difference: Spirit baptism (baptism in the Holy Spirit) is the endowment with the power of the Holy Spirit. Water baptism (immersion in water), on the other hand, is the confession before the physical and spiritual world for the decision for Jesus.

The difference between conversion and baptism in the Spirit

Spirit baptism and water baptism are not necessary for salvation. You are only saved by your decision for Jesus.

The Holy Spirit has been in you since your conversion and will remain in you. That was not the baptism in the Spirit, but your spiritual rebirth. This means that you have become God’s child at that moment. For no one can be a child of God without the Holy Spirit ( cf. Romans 8:9; Romans 8:15-16).

Jesus gave the disciples the Holy Spirit after His resurrection (cf. John 20:22).
But before His ascension, He gave the disciples an additional instruction to remain in Jerusalem until they received the power of the Holy Spirit (cf. Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4-5). That happened at Pentecost (see Acts 2).
What the first Christians experienced at Pentecost was the baptism in the Spirit. And not only the early Christians, but also the other people who later converted, received the baptism of the Spirit (cf. Acts 10:45-46; Acts 19:6). This promise therefore applies to all who have believed in Jesus. Every Christian can experience it – even today. You too can receive “your personal Pentecost” from God.

The baptism of the Spirit, in contrast to the inner rebirth, is the endowment with the power of the Holy Spirit.

When you turned to Jesus, the Holy Spirit came into you. This was an inward event as the Holy Spirit reborn your human spirit into a child of God. The Holy Spirit has taken up residence within you and is changing you inside (see Galatians 5:22; Ephesians 5:9).

When you are baptized in the Spirit, the power of the Holy Spirit flows out of you. This is an external event as it becomes visible to others as well. Because that way you will be enabled by God to serve other people in His power. More on that later…

There is one sign of the baptism in the Spirit that is visible to all: speaking in new languages

At Pentecost all Christians present received the supernatural speaking in new tongues or “tongues” (see Acts 2:4). It is also called “prayer in tongues” or “prayer in tongues”.
By the way, you can read more about praying in tongues in other articles that are listed at the end of this article (eg the article “10 reasons for praying in tongues”).

Later, other believers received tongues when they were baptized in the Spirit (cf. Acts 10:45-46; Acts 19:6).

Therefore one can assume that speaking in tongues is the sign of the baptism of the Spirit (ie the visible sign that one has received the baptism of the Spirit).

There are other signs that follow at or after the baptism in the Spirit

In all the verses of the Bible in which Christians receive the baptism of the Spirit, there is also talk of tongues. At no point did a Christian receive the baptism of the Spirit without speaking in tongues.
However, in addition to receiving the prayer in tongues, there are other signs that follow at or after the baptism in the Spirit:

In Acts 19:6 you can read how the people who believed in Jesus began to speak in tongues and also to prophesy when Paul laid on their hands.

In Mark 16:17-18 there is a promise of Jesus with – in addition to the mentioned tongues – other signs that follow the believers: casting out of demons, supernatural protection and healing of the sick.

1 Corinthians 12:8-10 describes the gifts of the Holy Spirit (spiritual gifts) that God gives us to minister to one another. It contains speaking in new tongues, interpretation of tongues, words of wisdom, words of knowledge, faith, gifts of healing, effects of miraculous powers, prophecy (prophetic speaking) and discernment of spirits.

“Does that mean that one can receive the baptism of the Spirit without praying in tongues?”

As already mentioned, in the New Testament we read nothing about a Christian having received the baptism of the Spirit without speaking in tongues.

But a Christian may have received the baptism of the Spirit but not yet started to practice speaking in tongues. If this is the case, there can be various reasons: the Christian may not know anything about praying in tongues (eg if he has not yet read the Bible) or he does not want to pray in tongues (due to inhibitions about the gift).

God accepts our free will, therefore also if one does not want to pray in tongues. But one should then consider why one does not want to devote oneself to God in this area, when this promise is due to every Christian. Jesus announced tongues to His followers (cf. Mark 16:17). Paul also said to be zealous for spiritual gifts (cf. 1 Corinthians 14:1) and that he desired everyone to speak in tongues (cf. 1 Corinthians 14:5). All of this shows that it is really possible for every Christian, i.e. accessible. And in 1 Corinthians 14:39 Paul writes that speaking in tongues “should not be prevented”.
So if the Christian is not yet praying in tongues, then either he has not reached out for it or he is preventing it because he is reluctant to do so.

Prayer in tongues and baptism in the Spirit are not necessary for salvation

This does not mean, however, that a Christian without the baptism of the Spirit or without speaking in tongues would not be converted. You are saved even without this work of the Holy Spirit if you have already given your life to Jesus. For in the spiritual rebirth you were saved.
But the baptism in the Spirit is another step that you should take. It is God’s will for all His children that we be endowed with His power! So straight to the next question:

“Why do I need the baptism of the Spirit?”

First of all, it is important to understand:

Every Christian needs the baptism of the Holy Spirit

Just as Jesus told the disciples to wait until they received “power from on high” (see Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4-5), so every Christian should wait (= he should be full of expectation) . ) until he personally receives the baptism of the Spirit.

You need the baptism of the Spirit in order to minister to other people in the power of the Holy Spirit

The ministry to other people can be in your everyday life, at work or anywhere else where you can let God use you. Your ministry can also be accompanied by the gifts of the Holy Spirit, the gifts of the Spirit (see 1 Corinthians 12-14).

You can also find other articles in audio and text form on the subject of spiritual gifts on our other website Prophetenschule.org under The Work of the Holy Spirit (in German).
You can also find explanatory articles on the subject of vocation on our website, for example in the article “How do I find my calling?” (in German). There is an overview with further articles on the subject.

The ministry of the disciples was only effective (to a greater extent) after they received the baptism of the Spirit. Please understand this correctly: Of course, God can use you even before your baptism in the Spirit. Because if He tells you something spontaneously, for example, then you should do the same. But in the long run, you need the baptism of the Spirit to work out of His fullness. The river of God wants to flow out of you (see John 7:37-39) and into this world.

The baptism of the Spirit is a greater fullness in God

You can stand with your feet in the water, but you can also enter the water up to your hips, even swim in it, dive in it and float with the water. And so it is with the Holy Spirit, the river of God (cf. Ezekiel 47:1-12; Revelation 22:1-2). Heavenly Father wants us to be immersed in His Spirit – if we want it too.
And you also decide for yourself how much of the abundance you want to receive. There is always “more” of God! Your relationship with God can always deepen.

“How do I receive the baptism of the Spirit from God?”

First you can trust God that you may receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit.

You don’t have to “become more holy”
before you can receive the baptism of the Spirit from God

If it were about earning, then none of us would get the baptism of the Spirit. God gives them by grace! We can only “live holy” through the Holy Spirit. We cannot do this on our own… This is why Jesus calls the Holy Spirit our “Assistant” or “Helper” (cf. John 15:26). The Holy Spirit wants to help and enable us to live by His power.
So it’s not about trying to get better and only then getting the baptism of the Spirit. You need the baptism of the Spirit, which will then change you. If you recognize this, it will set you free and it will also be easier for you to surrender yourself completely to the Holy Spirit.

Perhaps you have a big problem with a particular sin that you are not yet free from. And perhaps you believe that because of this you are “unworthy” of the baptism of the Spirit. But Jesus himself says that it is precisely the “sick” who need the doctor, Himself (see Mark 2:17). And Jesus already gave us the Holy Spirit by grace when we were converted. I think everyone here should admit that at the moment of their conversion they were still stuck in old ways.
Realize that you need the baptism of the Spirit and that God really wants to give it by grace. That sets you free. You can get the baptism of the Spirit and speaking in tongues because God is good. He only has favorite children. He likes to give gifts to all of us. Nobody is too broken or too dirty for him.
And that’s no excuse to continue sinning (see Romans 6:1-3)! It’s about letting the Holy Spirit change us (cf. 2 Corinthians 3:17-18) and not trying on our own.

Spiritual hunger is the “key”

Do you want to experience God more powerfully? Do you want your relationship with God to deepen? Do you want to live and serve by the power of the Holy Spirit?

If you can answer “yes” to all of these, then these are good prerequisites for receiving the baptism of the Spirit from God. For the “key” to this is a spiritual hunger for God! The disciples were also in this state of expectation. Since Jesus promised them power from on high, they expected it too.

Ask Jesus to baptize you in His Holy Spirit

Jesus is the Baptiser in the Holy Spirit (cf. Mark 1:6-8; John 1:32-34). You can receive the baptism of the Spirit directly from God (see Acts 2; Acts 10:44-46).

A simple prayer is enough, in which you tell God that you also want to pray in tongues.
And then just worship Him, first in your native tongue and expect that the tongues will then flow as you pray. Do not do this with pressure and spasms, but direct your focus on Jesus.
With some the words flow out immediately, with others it is only a word or sentence. It is also often the case that you already hear the words in your mind and then start to say them. There can then be a “flow” and more words flow out.

Or ask another Christian to pray with you and lay hands on you

Or you ask another Christian (who has already received the baptism in the Spirit) to pray with you and lay hands on you. That too can be true (see Acts 19:6; also 2 Timothy 1:6 speaks of the laying on of hands and receiving a gift from God).

I also made a video (German with additional subtitles in English). In it I pray for every Christian who wants the baptism of the Holy Spirit and speaking in tongues. If you like, you can pray with me.

To the video:

(External link to the video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HppT3sKiztw )

(The video contains English subtitles as a translation for the German text. The subtitles can be activated or deactivated by clicking on the “Captions” icon.)

How do you know that you have received the baptism of the Spirit?

As already mentioned, the visible sign of the baptism in the Spirit is speaking in tongues.
If you have just asked God for the baptism of the Spirit but are not yet praying in tongues, trust that it is yet to come. And when you hear the new words of the Holy Spirit inside you, speak them out. Even if it’s just one word, start saying it.
For some Christians, speaking in tongues comes immediately, but sometimes it can take longer. It can also take days or weeks, or as long as your own inhibitions are still there. If you feel blockages, ask God to take them away and help you surrender to Him.
And God doesn’t take away your complete control or your free will if you don’t want it to. So don’t be afraid.

If you have the time and peace to do so right now, then continue to worship God.

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By the way, you can have this first experience of the baptism of the Spirit again and again!

The baptism of the Spirit itself is a one-off event. The disciples knew at Pentecost: ” Now we have received power from on high!” The baptism in the Spirit is therefore also the beginning where you come into the fullness of the Holy Spirit. The source within you has started to gush out of you!

And this source should keep gushing out of you! After all, the Holy Spirit is living water and living water keeps moving and doesn’t stand still or even seep away…
The new gushing out happens when you hold yourself towards the Holy Spirit: In a personal encounter with God, in prayer, in worship, with the (spirit-guided ) Bible reading or a (Spirit-led) sermon and teaching; in fellowship with other Christians where the Holy Spirit has space; when talking or serving with/to people who don’t know Jesus yet,…etc.

You can and should allow yourself to be filled with the Holy Spirit again and again after your baptism in the Spirit. The New Testament says that one can become “full of the Holy Spirit” (see Luke 4:1 and other passages ).
And also in Ephesians 5:18 (SLT) we are asked:

“And do not get drunk on wine, which is licentiousness,
but be filled with the Spirit;”

Baptism In The Holy Spirit


More articles on Spirit Baptism:

  • Water Baptism
    (Supplementary to the section on the difference between water baptism and Spirit baptism. Water baptism is baptism in water and Spirit baptism is baptism in the Holy Spirit.)
  • Fellowship
    (In addition to the section that you can also have other Christians lay hands on you for the baptism in the Holy Spirit or pray with them.)
  • “How do I find my calling?” (in German)
    (Additional on the subject of Spirit baptism, as God gives gifts and callings to every Christian. There are other posts on the subject of calling in the article as well.)

 

More articles on the topic of praying in tongues and singing in tongues etc.:

  • “What does the music ‘Heavenly Sounds’ mean?”
    (To come – More on the singing in tongues in the background music of the Message)

 


 This article is one of the “4 steps on the path of discipleship”, see overview:


 You can also find many other articles on the topic of discipleship/disciple here:

 


Link to the children’s article in English (Link zum Kinder-Artikel auf Englisch):
Spirit Baptism (Children’s Version)


Link to the children’s article in German (Link zum Kinder-Artikel auf Deutsch):
Geistestaufe (Kinderversion)


Link to the detailed article in German (Link zum ausführlichen Artikel auf Deutsch):
Geistestaufe (Ausführlicher Artikel) 

 


Water Baptism

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Baptism in Water, Wassertaufe im See

Water baptism in a lake in nature

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Then there is a fourth point. This fourth step is water baptism. The submersion in the water. It symbolizes that you gave your life to Jesus and now everything has become new. That your old self was crucified, you died with him spiritually and then rose again with him! It represents death and resurrection.

Immersion is the correct baptism in water, and the first Christians did it that way too. Baby baptism or sprinkling with water, on the other hand, is not correct. Maybe you think: “I was baptized as a baby, that has to be enough.” No, please let yourself be baptized correctly and biblically with immersion in water. Just go and see if there are Christians who can baptize you.

In the following you will learn what water baptism is, why you need it and how you can be baptized.

“What is water baptism?”

But first, let’s look at what water baptism is not :

The difference between Spirit baptism and water baptism

The first topic of this 4 Steps on the Path of Discipleship series was Spirit Baptism. Therefore, in this part, we do not just call water baptism “baptism” to distinguish it from Spirit baptism. To briefly explain the difference: Spirit baptism (baptism in the Holy Spirit) is the endowment with the power of the Holy Spirit. Water baptism (immersion in water), on the other hand, is the confession before the physical and spiritual world for the decision for Jesus.

The difference between conversion and water baptism

Spirit baptism and water baptism are not necessary for salvation. You are only saved by your decision for Jesus. With water baptism you then express this decision.
Read more about this in another article on our website: “Is the Surrender Prayer Enough to Be Saved?” (in German)

Now for water baptism as we need it today

After His resurrection, Jesus commissioned the disciples (and thus us) to baptize those who would convert to Him in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (cf. Matthew 28:19).

Water baptism is a symbolic act and a sign before the physical and spiritual world

Water baptism symbolically expresses that when you gave your life to Jesus, your old life died spiritually with Jesus on the cross and you received a completely new life from Him. Jesus bore your sins on the cross, but also your old sinful nature (see 2 Corinthians 5:14-17). Romans 6:3 (SLT) says:

“Or do you not know that all of us who are baptized into Christ Jesus are baptized into his death?”

Therefore, water baptism is done by immersion in water because it symbolizes death and resurrection.

Water baptism is a commitment to your new life with Jesus

You have been transferred from the dominion of darkness into the dominion of light, into the kingdom of God (cf. Colossians 1:13-14). You have become a king’s child of God. This change of rulership already happened when you converted to Jesus.
In water baptism you express that as a confession. After your conversion to Jesus, water baptism is also a confession before God and man that you have started a new life with Jesus.

“Why do I need water baptism?”

A short summary again:

 Why You Need Water Baptism

You need water baptism as a symbolic act that expresses as a sign before the physical and spiritual world that you died and rose again spiritually with Jesus at your conversion.

You need water baptism after your decision for Jesus as a confession before God and the other Christians that you have started a new life with Jesus.

“How can I be baptized?”

Now let’s look at how you can get baptized.
For the sake of clarity, in the following we usually only call it “baptized” for the Christian who is baptized and “baptist” for a Christian who baptizes.

“Do I have to ‘sanctify’ myself before I can be baptized?”

Just as the baptism of the Holy Spirit is given by grace, so it is with water baptism that your decision for Jesus alone is sufficient.
Because we all need the forgiveness of Jesus through His sacrifice on the cross. And we turned to Him because we recognized that we need Him. This is exactly what is meant by “repentance” when Peter said:

“Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; so you become the giftreceived of the Holy Spirit”
(cf. Acts 2:38 SLT)

“Repent” means to turn to God from the heart. This is an inner realization and heart alignment. This first penance was your conversion! This first penance is enough for God to save us and to dwell in us with His Holy Spirit. The first Christians were baptized immediately after this penance, their conversion. As you can see, people didn’t even wait until people were freed from certain sins, such as addictions. No, choosing Jesus was enough for them to be baptized.

This does not mean that you should continue to sin after conversion and water baptism. We can still sin if we choose to do so of our own free will. But that’s why we should let God change our old sinful actions, thoughts, etc. This can also be called “sanctification” (see Romans 6:19). Jesus Himself is our sanctification (cf. 1 Corinthians 1:30-31). That means we are changed by Him. He changes us through the Holy Spirit (see 2 Corinthians 3:18). This happens in your fellowship with Him (in prayer, in worship, while reading the Bible, etc.), in which you get to know Him better and in which He rubs off on you, so to speak.

If you still sin, you can confess it to Jesus and ask Him for forgiveness. In 1 John 1:19 (SLT) it says:

“But if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

So “repentance” is also a lifelong process in which you let Jesus change you from glory to glory in His presence (cf. 2 Corinthians 3:18).

See also this article: “What does ‘repent’ mean?” (to come)  

We will come back to the subject of repentance later, at the end of this 4th step.

“Where can I be baptized?”

In the New Testament we can read how the first Christians were baptized in lakes and rivers. However, it is not the place itself that counts, only that the water is deep enough and suitable for baptism.
So it was with the water baptism of the eunuch, read in Acts 8:26-40. When Philip and the eunuch were discussing Jesus, it is said that they came “to a body of water.” And the eunuch said to Philip, “Behold, here is water! What prevents me from being baptized?” (cf. Acts 8:36). And after Philip explained to him that baptism is only permissible if he believes in Jesus and the eunuch confessed Jesus, Philip then baptized him.

Here are a few other places where you can get baptized: In a bathing lake, in a public swimming pool, in an inflatable pool (e.g. in a paddling pool in the garden), in a bathtub, etc. Some churches also have a self-made baptismal font for immersion in Water.

“How often do I need to be baptized?”

Water baptism is a one-time event (see also Ephesians 4:4-6). We can read that the early Christians were baptized immediately after their decision to follow Jesus, but not that they were baptized more than once. But if you were baptized as a baby or had another baptism, then let yourself be properly baptized again with immersion.

“Can I baptize myself too?”

In the New Testament we read nothing of a Christian baptizing himself. Even Jesus was baptized by another, John the Baptist, as a model (cf. Matthew 3:13-17). So you can only be baptized in water by another Christian.

“Do I have to be officially baptized or is it enough if only the baptizer is present?”

It can be enough if only two Christians are present: the baptizer and the Christian who is baptized by him. An example of this is again Philip and the eunuch (see Acts 8:26-40). If God had wanted other witnesses to be present at water baptism, He could have told Philip. Philip could, for example, have invited the eunuch to join the other Christians. Instead, Philip was caught up to another place by the Holy Spirit immediately after he was baptized, and the eunuch joyfully went on his way alone (cf. Acts 8:39-40).

However, it can still be good if other Christians are present at your water baptism. Then you can share the joy with them.

“Who can baptize?”

In the New Testament we read nothing about the fact that only a Christian who has a certain leadership position (eg as a teacher, shepherd, etc.) is allowed to baptize. Nor does it say that only men and not women should be allowed to baptize. For in Christ there is now neither male nor female, but a new creation, namely as children of God (see Galatians 3:26-28; 2 Corinthians 5:16-17). In Matthew 28:19 (NLT) Jesus says to the disciples:

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, and baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”

This commission is not only aimed at the first disciples, but also at all Christians who have become believers. The mission command in Mark 16:15-16 also applies to all Christians. This also includes the commission to baptize other Christians. This means that every Christian can baptize another person who has converted to Jesus.

“Is there a specific baptismal verse that the baptizer should say during water baptism?”

Jesus told the disciples to baptize those who would come to Him “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit” (cf. Matthew 28:19). Therefore, when a Christian baptizes another Christian, he can say to him, “I baptize you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

“What if I don’t know another Christian who can baptize me?”

If you don’t have any contact with other Christians yet, you can ask a Christian church if they can baptize you there. More on this in the section “How do I find fellowship with other Christians?” in the article “Fellowship”.

“With water baptism, am I joining a Christian community?”

When a person converts to Jesus, then as a child of God they belong to the heavenly family. He then belongs to the body of Christ, of which he has become a member.
The first Christians did not hesitate for long about water baptism after conversion. In 1 Corinthians 12:13 (SLT) it says :

“For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body,whether we are Jews or Greeks, slaves or free, and we have all been watered into one spirit.

This does not mean a single church, but the body of Christ. For all believers worldwide are referred to as the body of Christ (cf. 1 Corinthians 12:12-27; Romans 12:4-5; Ephesians 4:7-16). See also the section “The Body of Christ” in the article “Fellowship”.

Nevertheless, it is right to also seek fellowship with other Christians.
In some churches it is common for the baptized person to be asked if they would like to join the community after water baptism. This decision should be left to the believer himself and not forced upon him. God can show you in which community you should meet with other Christians. See also the section “How do I find fellowship with other Christians?” in the article “Fellowship”.

“Can you also baptize children?”

As we can read in the New Testament, people are not baptized until they have made a decision for Jesus. This is also made clear in Philip’s statement to the eunuch: “If you believe with all your heart, it is lawful!” (See Acts 8:36-37 SLT) Baby baptism is therefore not correct, since babies cannot yet express a decision for Jesus. Older children can already express their free will. It is not possible to say in general terms “from what age” a child may be baptized. But if a child – no matter what age – decides for Jesus, then it can also be baptized.

Instead of baptizing babies, they should be blessed. An example of this is Jesus when people brought children to Him for blessing and prayer, which He was happy to do (cf. Matthew 19:13-15). With such a blessing of children one can say good things from God over the child and pray for health, growth etc.

By the way, on the children ‘s page you will find several articles about and for children and faith.

“Do I need any preparation before water baptism?”

Preparation before water baptism (apart from your conversion) is not absolutely necessary. As we can read in the New Testament, the first Christians were baptized immediately after their decision for Jesus. The eunuch had no further preparation either, save his conversion and his confession of Jesus before Philip. The eunuch also knew that he needed water baptism. These “conditions” are quite sufficient for a person to be baptized.

So it is enough if the Christians who want to be baptized get an explanation of what water baptism is and how it will take place. Of course they should also be asked if they have made a clear decision for Jesus. Some may want to be baptized for other reasons. Maybe because they believe that they will only be saved through water baptism, or maybe because they want to become a member of the community through water baptism, or for some other reason. This can then also be explained in the preparation that only the decision for Jesus is necessary.

However, further preparation does not have to be fundamentally wrong. It can be helpful if you discuss some things with the Baptist beforehand. Here some examples:

What to do before water baptism

Are you afraid of the water, e.g. of deeper water or because you don’t swim? Don’t let that fear keep you from getting baptized. Discuss this openly with the Baptist or with other Christians and pray together. You can overcome this fear with Jesus! Maybe your water baptism is the chance to conquer your fear of water.
There is also the possibility that you can be baptized in shallow water, for example in an inflatable swimming pool or in a bathtub. And if you tell the Christians who are present at your water baptism about your fear beforehand, then that can also be a relief for you. The Baptist can also adjust to this by, for example, only holding you under water for a very short time.

You can also discuss with the Baptist beforehand how long you want to stay under water. Don’t worry, water baptism is effective even if you’ve only been underwater for a short time. However, it can be good not just to stay under water for a short time, but for several seconds. Because in that moment under water you can internalize again that your old self died with Jesus. And when you get out of the water again, you can internalize that you have risen again with Jesus.

It doesn’t have to be, but there may be times when you experience false doubts or distractions in the time leading up to water baptism. These can be spiritual attacks. Such attacks can occur, as can many other steps on the path of discipleship. When you take a step in faith, it’s like entering a new level. And the enemy, Satan, doesn’t want us to grow spiritually.
The obstacles can be, for example, that you suddenly have to go to your job on the day you are to be baptized. Or that as a woman you get your period on that day of all days. Even such obstacles can have solutions. Also ask God how He sees the situation and if there is a possibility that you can still get baptized that day. If there is no other way and you have to postpone the water baptism, then it is best not to delay the appointment too long.

This shouldn’t discourage you, but encourage you that you’re on the right track. Such challenges, if they arise, are normal. But you can overcome them!

What you can do after water baptism

As we mentioned earlier, “repentance” is a process. Your “new man” (your spirit) is born anew at conversion by the Holy Spirit. But you can decide whether you still want to live in the “old man” (in sinful actions, thinking, etc.). You have become His king’s child. And you still are, even if you have sinned. But Jesus wants to help you to live as His king’s child.

In another article on our website you can read more about your identity in Jesus: “From beggar’s child to king’s child! – About your new (true) identity in Jesus” (To come)

You can also find information about sanctification and healing on our other website Prophetenschule.org under Inner (mental) healing and healing in general (in German). And you can also find further articles in audio and text form. “Sanctification” means above all inner (spiritual) healing that takes place in the encounter with Jesus. You also recognize your new identity in Him.

It is good if you let go of old things after water baptism. Practically speaking, you can do it like this:
Hold yourself to God (in prayer, worship, etc.) and ask Him what old things you should let go of. It can be old habits. There may also be things that are not good for you that you should throw away (see Acts 19:19). Let him show you personally. He wants to give you something better instead! And when you look at the new, it fills your mind with so much joy that you don’t even want the old anymore.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old is gone; behold, all things have become new!”
(2 Corinthians 5:7 SLT)

 Green Lake Swimming


More articles on water baptism:

  • Spirit Baptism
    (Supplementary to the section on the difference between water baptism and Spirit baptism. Water baptism is baptism in water and Spirit baptism is baptism in the Holy Spirit.)
  • Fellowship
    (Additional to the section on being baptized by another Christian.)
  • “Is the surrender prayer enough to be saved?” (in German)
    (There is also a short section on the subject of water baptism. About the fact that it is not water baptism that saves you, but the surrender of your life to Jesus.)
  • “What does ‘repent’ mean?” (To come — also linked in the article above)
  • ”From beggar’s child to king’s child! – About your new (true) identity in Jesus”
    (To come. In addition to the section about the “old man” and the “new man”. About your new identity, which you received when you surrendered your life to Jesus.)
  • Inner (spiritual) healing and healing in general (in German)
    (supplementary to the topic of identity and sanctification. “Sanctification” means above all inner (spiritual) healing that happens in the encounter with Jesus.
    From our other website Prophetenschule.org, with many articles on the topic of healing in audio and text form.)
  • Children’s Page
    (As a supplement to the section about children not being baptized unless they have already made a decision for Jesus. On the Children’s Page you will find several articles about and for children and faith.)

 


This article is one of the “4 steps on the path of discipleship”, see overview:


You can also find many other articles on the topic of discipleship/ following after Jesus here:

 


Link to the children’s article in English (Link zum Kinder-Artikel auf Englisch):
Water Baptism (Children’s Version)


Link to the children’s article in German (Link zum Kinder-Artikel auf Deutsch):
Wassertaufe (Kinderversion)


Link to the detailed article in German (Link zum ausführlichen Artikel auf Deutsch):
Wassertaufe (Ausführlicher Artikel)


Bible

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This article is one of the “4 steps on the path of discipleship”, see overview:


Next, of course, it’s also important that you know where you’re going. Jesus gives you the directions, so to speak. These directions stand for the Bible or God’s Word. Because on your way with Jesus you need clarity about His will for your life and in certain (life) areas.

For some people, the Bible is just an old “dusty” history book or even just a made-up storybook. Maybe you see the Bible that way too. And maybe you have read it or heard texts from it (e.g. in a church, in religious education at school etc.) and just found it boring.

Or maybe you’re one of those people who read the Bible with serious interest but just didn’t understand it. There may have been passages that you found contradictory. And then you put the Bible aside and stopped reading the Bible.

If that’s the case for you, then we would also like to explain to you why reading the Bible seemed so tedious to you.

What the Bible is, why you need it and how to read it correctly, you will learn in the following.

“What is the Bible?”

The Bible is a very special and unique book.

Because the Bible is the written Word of God

The Bible is not a man-inspired book like a novel. Although the scriptures of the Bible were written by humans, the Holy Spirit inspired them to write (cf. 2 Peter 1:19-21).

These writings were written over thousands of years and passed on to the next generations. And later they were translated from Hebrew and Greek into many other languages. The translation process continues to this day as there are an estimated 7000 languages ​​in the world.

Perhaps you are wondering whether the truth content of such an old book is still correct and whether some of the texts in it have not been changed, supplemented or falsified. But God is able to protect His Word from oblivion and counterfeiting. He watches over His Word (cf. Jeremiah 1:12).

However, there are several Bible translations today, some of which have been translated very loosely to fit today’s language. Unfortunately, as a result, some Bible passages have been changed in such a way that their original statements are expressed less and sometimes even differently. Therefore it is good if you choose a Bible translation that is close to the original text. Under the section “Look for a Bible translation that is close to the original text” you will find recommended Bible translations.

“But what about people who have never heard of the Bible?”

The Bible has been translated into many languages ​​and distributed to most parts of the world. But there are still peoples who have never heard of the Bible. Either because it has not been translated into their language, because the message of Jesus has not yet been proclaimed in their environment or among their people, or because the Bible has been banned in the country and the Christian faith is being persecuted.
But God gave everyone free will. And that includes the decision between good and evil, for or against God. Even if these people do not have a Bible, they can decide for or against God with their free will and their conscience. You can read more about this in another article we wrote: “What about people who have never heard of the gospel?” (Coming Soon)

You may be thinking, “But I have a Bible and I’ve read it so many times, but I just don’t get it!” That’s because the only way to understand the Bible is through the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit will decipher the word for you

And He tells you, so to speak: “I will explain to you how to read the Bible. I’ll explain to you what it means.” And suddenly it’s like when you see a light and you realize: “Hey, suddenly everything is clear to me!” And you can also ask the Holy Spirit to explain some things to you: “What does this text mean? And what does it mean for me personally?” He then brings the Word to life for you.

The thing about the Bible is that you can’t understand it without the Holy Spirit. Without revelation from the Holy Spirit, it is like reading a history book or a novel. You are not in contact with the author. It is different with the Bible. The Holy Spirit wants to bring you into living contact with Him, the Creator Himself.

When you have given your life to Jesus , the Holy Spirit has come into you at that moment and remains in you. Because you have then become a child of God, you will also be able to love God (from spirit to spirit) more and more to recognize.
The Holy Spirit also brings the Bible text to life for you. You can compare it to a 3D film. Perhaps you know such 3D films for which you need special glasses in order to be able to view them so vividly. Without these glasses you can see the film blurry and no clear outlines. But when you put on the 3D glasses, the film becomes vivid and close enough to touch. It is similar when the Holy Spirit brings a Bible text to life for you. It’s like putting 3D glasses on you. Suddenly you recognize everything and it can be experienced. Suddenly it’s not just a book anymore. And then the connections become clear, for example that the texts in the Bible are not contradictory. And that God Himself speaks to you through the text.

Jesus is the Word of God personified

In John 1:1-14, Jesus is referred to as the “Word” through which the world was created. In the last book of the Bible, Revelation, Jesus is referred to as “The Word of God.” So Jesus himself is the word of God in person. In 1 John 1:1 (NLT) He is also called the “Word of Life”. That is why Jesus also said to the scribes in reference to the Scriptures from the Old Testament:

“You search the Scriptures because you think you have eternal life in them; and it is they who testify of me. And yet you will not come to me to receive life.”
(John 5:39-40 SLT)

The whole Bible speaks of Jesus. In the Old Testament He was announced as the Messiah, in the New Testament He appeared as a sinless man and in Revelation His second coming is announced.
Although the Old Testament scriptures already testified about Jesus, many scribes did not recognize Him as the Messiah. They could have recognized Him, but they had closed their hearts. That is, they had read the Scriptures only with their “heads” but not with their “hearts.” They knew the scriptures by heart, but they lacked a living relationship with God.

It’s not about a relationship with the Bible, but with God Himself

It is right to know the Bible well and to memorize Scriptures. It is also correct if you know what the Bible says on a certain topic. But none of this replaces your personal relationship with God.

More on that in the next question:

“Why do I need the Bible?”

We should be careful not to be like the scribes who cultivated their Bible knowledge but not their relationship with God.

First and foremost, you need the Bible for your relationship with God

But how can it be that one can know the Bible and yet not know God?
Here is a simple example: Now imagine a person you know personally and like very much. Maybe a good friend or girlfriend. Or your brother or sister. Maybe your spouse. This person wrote an autobiography. Even a stranger can now find out all sorts of information about them: birthday, school education, CV, hobbies, school grades, favorite books,… Maybe the reader will say at the end: “Now I know the person too!”
But does he really know her? Does he know her like you know her, in a familiar way? Does the reader know what her voice sounds like? How does a hug from her feel? What is it like when you laugh together? How much fun do you have in a leisure activity together?
A stranger cannot “know” any of this if he only knows the bare information about the person.

It’s the same with the Bible. The information in it tells you a lot about God, but it is there to lead you into an encounter with God!

In another article on our website, “Wie bekomme ich eine persönliche Begegnung mit Jesus?”(in Geman, How Can I Have a Personal Encounter with Jesus?) you can also find more about walking in the Spirit in God’s presence.

 The Bible reveals God’s character, nature, and will

As already said, you need the Bible to see what God’s character and nature is like and what His will is for us humans in different areas. All this information is there to help you in your relationship with God, in dealing with your fellow human beings, in everyday life, etc.

Because God’s character, nature, and will are revealed to you through the Bible, you also easily discern what His will is in a personal matter. It’s like turning on a flashlight on a dark path and the beam of light will show you the way. But without God’s guidance, we’re groping in the dark. In Psalm 119:105 (SLT) it says aptly:

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”

God not only speaks through the Bible,
but it is a standard for prophetic impressions

God speaks through the Bible, but also through impressions such as mental or acoustically audible words, through images, visions and dreams. He can also speak to you through other people.

The impressions must not contradict the written Word of God. We know piecemeal (cf. 1 Corinthians 13:9). And in 1 Thess. 5:19-21 (SLT) it says:

“Do not dampen the spirit!
Don’t despise prophecy!
Check everything, keep the good ones!”

The Bible is infallible and the standard by which we test prophetic impressions. Because prophetic impressions can be influenced by our own views, experiences, our image of God, etc. Therefore, you must examine whether an impression is true to the Bible and to God’s character and nature. Testing is not difficult when you get to know God better. It’s like a friend’s familiar voice. With time, you will more easily recognize what his voice sounds like and what he is like (see John 10:4-5).

You will also find explanatory articles on this topic “God’s speeches” on our website, for example in the article “How does God speak? How can I personally hear His voice?” (in German). There is an overview with further articles on the subject.
Get to know His voice and perceive it personally for you! Then you are on the right track. For He is the Good Shepherd and You are His sheep that can hear His voice (cf. John 10:27). You want to follow Jesus. He is the Good Shepherd and you want to hear His voice. You want to know what else He has planned for you personally (eg your personal vocation). You want to know what He says about you (ie your identity in Him).

The Bible is full of good promises for us

In the Bible you can also read what God’s promises are for us, His children. For example healing, spiritual authority over the enemy and many other gifts from the Holy Spirit (eg spiritual gifts). We need to be aware of what we are entitled to as children of God.
In the article Spoken and Sung Bible Verses on Various Topics (in German) (from our other website Prophetenschule.org) you will also find Bible passages on specific topics.

The Bible is a weapon in spiritual warfare

We do not fight against “flesh and blood,” but against spiritual powers that rebel against God (see Ephesians 6:12). The Bible is also our “sword” in spiritual warfare, as described in Ephesians 6:17 and Hebrews 4:12.
The devil is a liar (cf. John 8:44). He wants to tell us lies, eg about God. Therefore it is important that we stand on the truth, on God’s Word. Jesus, too, was tempted by the devil during His time as a man, and He successfully resisted the devil with the Word of God (cf. Luke 4:1-13).

“How do I read the Bible correctly?”

Now we would like to give you a few tips for reading the Bible.

 Look for a Bible translation that is close to the original text

Already have a Bible? And if so, also in a good translation of the Bible?

When it comes to German Bible translations, we particularly recommend the Schlachter 2000 Bible translation because it is close to the original text and yet easy to read.
Other German Bible translations based on the Textus Receptus: Elberfelder, Luther.
For English Bible translations, we recommend the Bible translations Amplified, King James, English Standard Version, New International Version, which are close to the original text.
Unfortunately, we are not (yet) familiar with Bible translations into other languages. Please inform yourself about this (e.g. on the Internet).

Under the following link you will find a large overview of where you can order a Bible or individual parts of the Bible (e.g. a New Testament). There are also links where you can request a free Bible: Overview: Where you can order a Bible + Free Bibles and Parts of the Bible

Start with the New Testament

We recommend that you read the New Testament first. Because in it you will immediately learn more about Jesus and what He taught the disciples. It is good if you start with one of the four books of the disciples Mark, Luke, Matthew and John. These books are also called the “Gospels”. Each of the disciples tells of the gospel, the message of Jesus.
We personally recommend that you start with the Gospel of John. It’s very profound but not difficult to read. It is a good starting point because it contains many basics for a life with Jesus: For example, a conversation between Jesus and the scribe Nicodemus, in which Jesus explains to him how one can really be saved (In John 3). About unity with Jesus (In John 15) and about unity with Jesus the Father, the Holy Spirit and believers (In John 17) and much more.

Ask God to encounter you there

When you read the Bible, make yourself aware that God also wants to meet you in it. In practical terms, this means that when you read a text in the Bible, it is better not to read it too quickly, but to “internal” what you have read. Take your time with that. You can also read a sentence several times and think about it or take it to prayer. Ask God to lead you into an encounter with Him. Example: Read John 15 calmly and ask Jesus to reveal to you the real unity with Him.
Also, here are a few more suggestions to “meditate” (ie, internalize and go in with the Spirit) on God’s goodness:

God’s peace
(e.g. John 14:27)

God’s love
(e.g. Romans 5:5)

God’s joy
(e.g. Zephaniah 3:17)

God’s grace
(e.g. Psalm 86:15)

God’s forgiveness
(e.g. 1 John 1:9)

etc. …

Talk to God about the Bible text

You can also pause from time to time and ask God what the scripture you are reading means. Or if He wants to tell you something personal in it. Here are a few suggestions on what to ask God:

“What does this Bible text mean?”
(While reading, if you don’t understand the text, something is unclear etc.)

“What does this Bible text mean for me personally?”
(As you read. Ask God if He has something personal to say to you about this. Of course, He will not give a prophetic word for every sentence in the Bible.)

“Which Scripture (or book or chapter of the Bible) should I read?”
(Again, it may be the case that God does not always show you a “certain” Scripture. But it can sometimes happen that He leads you to a certain Bible text.)

“Would you like to encourage XY (another person you know) with a specific Bible verse?”
(You can also ask God if He wants to encourage another person with a word from the Bible. Maybe He will give you a passage from the Bible, maybe also prophetic impressions.)

etc. …

 Different ways to internalize the Bible text

There are different ways in which you can internalize a Bible text. Here are a few suggestions:

You can either read the Bible text silently.

Or you can say it out loud.
When you read the Bible, you also hear it acoustically and this can have the advantage that you can better remember or internalize the spoken text. In addition, words have great power and it is good if you speak the words of the Bible. See also the Bible verses about (the power of) words (in German) article (from our other website Prophetenschule.org). You can also say the statements of the Bible out loud or in your own words, eg “I am a new creation in Jesus” (according to 2 Corinthians 5:17).

You can have someone else read the Bible text to you.
For example, when you meet other Christians and read the Bible together. You can also use an audio Bible (or “audio Bible”). They are available as CDs in stores or as audio files on the Internet.

You can read the Bible text together with other Christians.
You can also ask God the questions mentioned above. Or you read Bible texts on a certain topic etc.

You can even try singing a Bible text.
The Psalms in the Old Testament were originally hymns. You can sing a psalm in your own way and worship God with it too. Psalm 23 lends itself well to this. Or instead of psalms, other Bible texts (e.g. from the Song of Songs).

You can also creatively design a Bible text.
For example, you can draw a picture from a single sentence or even from a whole chapter that visually expresses the text. Or you paint what God told you in it. A picture can make you aware of the Bible text in a completely new way. Example: The vine and the branches from John 15.
Instead of painting pictures, there are also many other creative ideas: A collage of magazine clippings, something made of clay, a mind map (a kind of collection of ideas from individual words), etc.

You can also internalize a Bible text while walking.
Maybe even in a suitable place, for example in John 15 in a vineyard.

“How often should I read the Bible?”

You may be wondering how often you should read the Bible. There is no information in the Bible as to whether one should read it daily and how much one should read it.

However, in the New Testament, Jesus instructed the Jews who had believed in Him and His disciples to “keep in the word” (cf. John 8:31-32; John 15:7). Staying true to His Word doesn’t necessarily mean reading the Bible “as much as you can.” Nor does it necessarily mean reading it for several hours every day. For if such rules were universal, we could easily end up like the scribes who read the Scriptures “much” and “often” but found no nourishment from the Holy Spirit in them. As explained earlier, they had a religious zeal that did not help them in their relationship with God. So it can’t be what Jesus means by that.

Instead, Jesus wants us to have a living relationship with Him, and that’s what it’s all about. For he himself is the word and the truth in person. In the Bible you can read how He is and what His truth is. And that should lead you into the encounter with him.
That means practically: If you spend time with Jesus, then you can go to him inwardly or in spirit. And He really leads you into the truths of the Word. It can happen, for example, that unity with Him is revealed to you, as it is written in the Word, e.g. in John 17.
This is what is meant when Jesus says that we are to abide in Him and in His Word. It is something we can live and experience again and again. Not out of religious duty, but because His love draws us close to Him and we love to enjoy it.

And since you have a relationship with a person and not with a book, you can also ask Jesus specifically what or how much you should read in the Bible. You will then recognize that in your relationship with him.
Sometimes He may “only” reveal a single Bible verse to you. But that He sheds light on different facets on the basis of this single Bible verse. This is then a greater nutritional value than if you would read several chapters in a row on your own zeal.
It may also be your turn to read one chapter after the other. And if He shows you that, then that’s okay too. It should just always have a spiritual benefit. This means that you are in contact with God.

More tips and help about the Bible

Below are more Bible related articles to click on.

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More Bible related articles:

  • “What about people who have never heard of the gospel?” 
    (Coming soon. An addendum to the “But What About People Who Have Never Heard of the Bible?” section.)

This article is one of the “4 steps on the path of discipleship”, see overview:


You can also find many other articles on the topic of discipleship/following after Jesus here:

 


Link to the children’s article in English (Link zum Kinder-Artikel auf Englisch):
Bible (Children’s Version)


Link to the children’s article in German (Link zum Kinder-Artikel auf Deutsch):
Bibel (Kinderversion)


Link to the detailed article in German (Link zum ausführlichen Artikel auf Deutsch):
Bibel (Ausführlicher Artikel)


Christian Movies/Films about the Topics Evangelism, Discipleship and Following Jesus


Hier empfehlen wir Dir interessante Filme.


Die “Message For You!”-Videos

Unter der Kategorie “Alle Sprachen (Wähle Deine Sprache!)” findest Du die evangelistischen MFY-Videos (in vielen Sprachen).
Und im Media Center kannst Du die Videos kostenlos herunterladen.


Der Jesus-Film
(Spielfilm)

Auf der Internetseite JesusFilmMedia.org gibt es den bekannten “Jesus-Film” zum kostenlosen Anschauen und Herunterladen – auch in vielen anderen Sprachen!
Viele weitere Infos unter JesusFilm.org.


“Father’s Love Letter”
(Kurzfilm)

“Father’s Love Letter” (der Liebesbrief des Vaters) ist ein Video mit Aussagen, wie Gott über jeden einzelnen Menschen denkt:


 “Das ist Jüngerschaft”
(Kurzfilm)

In dem Film geht es darum, was “Jüngerschaft” bedeutet. Es geht aber auch darum, was Kirche ist und was sie nicht ist:


“Die Fischer”
(Kurzfilm)

In dem Film geht es um ein Gleichnis – um die Fischer, die nie fischten…
Es soll uns Christen zeigen, dass Jesus uns zu “Menschenfischern” gemacht hat (s. Markus 1, 17), aber dass es unsere Aufgabe ist, Menschen für Ihn zu fischen:

 

 


 Weitere christliche Filme

Auf unserer anderen Internetseite prophetenschule.org stellen wir unter diesem Link einige weitere Filme vor:


 


Link to this article in German (Link zum Artikel auf Deutsch):
Christliche Filme zum Thema Evangelisation, Jüngerschaft und Nachfolge (Übersicht)


“Wie finde ich meine Berufung?” (Jüngerschaft)

Gott hat einen guten Plan mit Deinem Leben!

Gerne geben wir Dir Hilfen, wie Du Deine persönliche Berufung entdecken kannst!

Auf unserer anderen Internetseite prophetenschule.org haben wir dazu einige Beiträge geschrieben. Daher verweisen wir hier auf diese Artikel:

Themenreihe “Berufung”

Unter diesem Link findest Du alle Beiträge zum Thema “Berufung”:

Kostenloses E-Book (Textdokument) über “Berufung”

Außerdem haben wir ein Textdokument erstellt, dass Dir helfen kann, Deine Berufung zu entdecken. Du kannst es kostenlos herunterladen, ausdrucken und ausfüllen.

Du findest das Textdokument in diesen Artikeln:

 

Christliche Bücher zum Thema Evangelisation, Jüngerschaft und Nachfolge (Übersicht)

Hier empfehlen wir Dir einige hilfreiche Bücher. 

Hinweis für Kinder und Teens:
Wenn Du etwas online bestellen oder kaufen willst, dann musst Du mindestens 18 Jahre alt sein oder die Erlaubnis von einem Erziehungsberechtigten (z.B. von Deinen Eltern) haben. Bitte informiere Dich dazu zuerst.
(Gilt in vielen Ländern.) 


 Die Bibel

Wir empfehlen die folgenden Bibelübersetzungen, da diese nah am Urtext sind:

Deutsche Bibelübersetzungen:
Schlachter 2000, Elberfelder, Luther.

Englische Bibelübersetzungen:
Amplified, King James, English Standard Version, New International Version.

Mit Bibelübersetzungen in anderen Sprachen kennen wir uns leider nicht aus. Bitte informiere Dich darüber.

Auf Deutsch:

  • Die Bibel anhören
    (von unserer anderen Internetseite prophetenschule.org
    Dort auch Sammlungen mit Bibelversen zu verschiedenen Themen, auch in Textform)

 

Auf Englisch:

 

 Andere Sprachen:

 

Kostenlose Bibel-Software:

 


 Kostenloses E-Book (Textdokument) über “Berufung”

Wir haben ein Textdokument erstellt, dass Dir helfen kann, Deine Berufung zu entdecken. Du kannst es kostenlos herunterladen, ausdrucken und ausfüllen.

 


 Christliche Bücher zur Evangelisation

Dazu gehören Bücher, die dem Leser helfen, Gott persönlich kennenzulernen – anhand persönlicher Berichte von Menschen oder einer Erklärung, wie man Jesus kennenlernen kann.

Auf Deutsch:

Auf Englisch:

  • “How To Live Like A King’s Kid” by Harold Hill
    You can order it on Amazon, search it in Google or ask in a bookshop.

 Christliche Bücher zur Jüngerschaft

Auf Deutsch:

  • “Ein völlig neues Leben: Wie man Christus annimmt und was das bedeutet” von Joyce Meyer
    z.B. auf Amazon bestellen, bei Google suchen oder in einer Buchhandlung vor Ort fragen.
  • “Verliebt in dich: Die romantischen Krieger der Endzeit” von Mike Bickle
    z.B. auf Amazon bestellen, bei Google suchen oder in einer Buchhandlung vor Ort fragen.
  • “Der Schrei der Wildgänse. Aufbrechen zu einem freien Leben in Christus jenseits von Religion und Tradition” von Wayne Jacobsen und Dave Coleman
    z.B. auf Amazon bestellen, bei Google suchen oder in einer Buchhandlung vor Ort fragen.
  • “Nicht wie bei Räubers” von Ursula Marc
    Auch sehr gut für Kinder.
    Davon gibt es auch weitere Fortsetzungen.
    z.B. auf Amazon bestellen, bei Google suchen oder in einer Buchhandlung vor Ort fragen.
  • “Du bist einmalig” von Max Lucado
    Auch sehr gut für Kinder.
    Davon gibt es auch weitere Fortsetzungen.
    z.B. auf Amazon bestellen, bei Google suchen oder in einer Buchhandlung vor Ort fragen.
  • “Die Geheimsprache: Sprachengebet für Kinder” von Samuel Börner
    Auch für Erwachsene. Wie man das Sprachengebet empfängt und praktiziert.
    z.B. auf Amazon bestellen, bei Google suchen oder in einer Buchhandlung vor Ort fragen.
  • “Geistesgaben in Lehre und Praxis – Der Umgang mit den Charismen des Heiligen Geistes” von Reinhold Ulonska
    z.B. auf Amazon bestellen, bei Google suchen oder in einer Buchhandlung vor Ort fragen.

Auf Englisch:

 


Link to the article in English (Link zum Artikel auf Englisch):
Christian Books on the topics Evangelisation, Mission and Discipleship