Portland News

February 19, 2021

Friday Evening Service

Prelude: Russell Mathews and Rosie Lambert played “Nearer, Still Nearer” and “Just a Little While” as a Vibraphone/Piano Duet.

Testimony: Al Smith (pictured above) shared his testimony, relating that he had been bound by habits of the world, but in his job as a postal service employee, he got the mail route around the Apostolic Faith campground. As he walked around the streets, God sent godly people his way and they began to pray for him. Holy Ghost conviction settled upon his life, and he prayed the sinner’s prayer and was saved. He went home and cleaned his house of alcohol. Since then God has given him many privileges in the Gospel.

Special: Holly and Diana Lambert sang “Offering.”

Testimony: Sister Holly gave thanks that God saved her when she was six years old. At the time she had also claimed her sanctification, but later wondered if she had been sanctified. At youth camp when she was twelve, she heard a sermon of how God can remove the root of sin. She sought the Lord and received a definite experience of sanctification, and afterward had new boldness to share her faith.

Special: Sisters Holly and Diana sang “Peaceful Harbor.”

Sermon: Bob Downey read Acts 16:30-31 and spoke of the joy parents have as their young children begin to grow and accomplish new things. Relating this to spiritual steps a new Christian makes, he emphasized how important each step is—salvation, sanctification, and the infilling of the Holy Spirit. In addition, divine healing was provided by Jesus when He endured stripes on His back before His crucifixion. These blessings can be received when one humbly consecrates his or her life to the Lord.

Watch the full service in the Media Center.