This particular congregation belongs to a denomination called the Indian Pentecostal Church of God, which predates a lot of the American Pentecostal denominations and was formed indigenously and independently of them. The Holy Spirit has been at work in Kerala for many decades, when even in the late 1800's a Syrian Christian lay evangelist, Vidwan Kutty, led a revival that touched the lives of many of these people. Even today, among all branches of the "Syrian" Christian churches there, a vibrant and deep spiritual legacy can still be found.
I also say, with both sorrow and rejoicing, that I lost a dear friend from this congregation a couple of years back, Mr. Philip Joseph. Philip was an elder in the congregation, and he was a wonderful human being. The night I preached this message, I had the privelege of visiting Philip's home and sharing a meal with him and his dear wife, and that was an added blessing. I still think a lot of these folks and miss visiting with them, as they are still a wonderful church to this day.
- We are unclean vessels in and of ourselves, and must be cleansed by Christ if we are to be used of Him.
- When we submit ourselves to His purifying fire, we feel a call to serve the Kingdom of God.
- With that heartfelt zeal for God that consumes us comes an anointing for service that empowers us to do God's work.