Sometimes we are too familiar with the Bible, we read it, we know what's coming. And because we do we content ourselves with the surface story and fail to notice what's going on underneath. Acts is just such a book. We are used to Pentecost and the various outpourings of the Spirit, to Peter and … Continue reading A Spirit led People and Church
Being a Christian and doing Church is meant to be supernatural - it's about a Spirit led and empowered life, a community of believers listening to and moving in the Spirit. It's not a club, it's not a business, and it doesn't operate the way they do, neither should it. In fact doing things the … Continue reading Desiring the Gifts of the Spirit
A Controversial Gift As exhibited in the recent Strange Fire Conference in the United States, the subject of speaking in tongues is probably one of the most controversial of Christian subjects and elicits all sorts of reactions, from the genuine and beneficial, to gibberish and unhelpful, all the way through to being demonic and dangerous, … Continue reading Speaking in Tongues Today
Speaking in tongues is a big issue for John MacArthur and Co. and it was also for the apostle Paul, except that their take on it is completely different. Part of MacArthur's problem, a major part, is one of hermeneutic, how you interpret the Scriptures. MacArthur works within a moderate dispensational framework, a framework which … Continue reading Strange Fire and Speaking in Tongues
Well the Strange Fire Conference has certainly stirred something up, let's pray that all sides benefit from the continuing conversation. Having been brought up a cessationist I have been for many years a scripturally and experientially convinced continuationist, though I must confess I did have a spell where because of the abuse of spiritual gifts … Continue reading Strange Fire 2
Yes I know there isn't one, it finishes with 28... But reading through Acts you can't help but notice the abruptness with which it end - you are left high and dry, you want to know what happens next. And there's the point, it's not supposed to end, the story continues right down to today, … Continue reading Acts 29
Pentecost - what a day, what an event! Before Jesus went back to heaven he said that he was going to send One just like himself, One who would be in us and remain with us. Now sat down at the right hand of the Father he sends the Spirit, and my, how he came! I'm … Continue reading Are You Spirit Baptised and Filled?