(Part 4) True and False Baptism in the Holy Spirit
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(Part 4) True and False Baptism in the Holy Spirit

Resuming the Worldwide Revival Why did William Durham's followers “win” the Pentecostal movement? And how are we to return to the revival that birthed it? The tearing apart of the Azusa Street revival, though painful, offers lessons for us as we seek today to resume God's work of worldwide revival.

(Part 2) True and False Baptism in the Holy Spirit
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(Part 2) True and False Baptism in the Holy Spirit

Revival at Azusa Street After a brief review of Scripture and Charles Parham's ministry, Ray and Alexandra dig into the Azusa Street revival. Beginning on April 9, 1906, the meeting swelled from 100 to 1,300 people in just four weeks. The true baptism of the Holy Spirit had come, just as on the day of Pentecost....

(Part 1) True and False Baptism in the Holy Spirit
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(Part 1) True and False Baptism in the Holy Spirit

Scriptural Pentecost and the Early Pentecostal Movement Is the baptism of the Holy Spirit speaking a few syllables that I don't understand? What about a personal prayer language? Did I receive the Holy Spirit baptism at conversion? Is there a difference between entire sanctification and the baptism of the Holy Spirit? If I don't speak...

The Big Picture of God’s Kingdom
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The Big Picture of God’s Kingdom

Why did Jesus come? Why did he leave? What are we supposed to do while he's gone? Jesus answered these questions by telling the parable of a king who went on a long journey. Before he left, the king entrusted his business with his servants. Upon his return, the king expected to “harvest what he...

The Big Picture of God’s Kingdom (Text)
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The Big Picture of God’s Kingdom (Text)

The Big Picture of God’s Kingdom Then Jesus asked, “What is the kingdom of God like? To what can I compare it? It is like a mustard seed that a man tossed into his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air nested in its branches.” (Luke 13:18-19, BSB)  And...

The Kingdom of God Is Here
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The Kingdom of God Is Here

This week begins our study on the kingdom of God. John the Baptist came preaching repentance, forgiveness of sins, and salvation. But Jesus came preaching, “The kingdom of God is here!” As we ask, “What is the kingdom of God?” we answer with Scriptures that explain why Jesus came. Most notably, he came to destroy...

The Gospel Is Revival
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The Gospel Is Revival

Revival describes powerful moves of God to convert thousands, heal the sick, change governments, stop crime, and bring peace. The Bible calls this “the kingdom of God,” “on earth as it is in heaven.” This is the very heart of the gospel, and of why Jesus came. The Gospel is revival. John the Baptist baptized...

What Is the Gospel?
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What Is the Gospel?

This fascinating study broadens our understanding of the gospel beyond individual salvation. John the Baptist came preaching repentance and forgiveness of sins. He performed no miracles. But Jesus came in great Holy Spirit power preaching, “The kingdom of heaven is at hand.” In other words, repentance and forgiveness “go before” the gospel. They prepare the...

Walking in the Father’s Love
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Walking in the Father’s Love

Entire sanctification is perfect love towards God and mankind. It is God's love completely filling the heart and soul. But, as the story of the prodigal son shows, this love cannot exist without entire consecration to God. The prodigal son's older brother exemplifies the danger of a Christian who is not sanctified. Though the older...

No Salvation Without Service
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No Salvation Without Service

“Without holiness, no one will see the Lord,” says Hebrews 12:14. But did you know that holiness includes service for God? And that if your salvation doesn't result in service, then you are not saved? Jesus Christ said, “For their sake I sanctify myself,” meaning, so that we could be sanctified. And he said, “Even...