(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 3) True and False Baptism in the Holy Spirit
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(Part 3) True and False Baptism in the Holy Spirit

William Durham and “The Finished Work” What changed in the Pentecostal movement? How did the powerful revival at Azusa Street turn into today’s ecstatic experiences without holiness? For one, the teaching changed. The Asuza Street revival began teaching 1) regeneration, 2) entire sanctification, and 3) the baptism of the Holy Spirit. However, just a few...

(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...

Stop Fighting with the Devil (2004)
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Stop Fighting with the Devil (2004)

The apostle James called some in the Jerusalem church “adulterers.” Their adultery was not sexual, but spiritual. They were cheating on God. First, they were not sharing with the poor in the church, nor giving them equal seating. This reveals a worship of money, and also a compromise with the world. Any form of compromise...

The Love and Wrath of Jesus
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The Love and Wrath of Jesus

Jesus’ love is balanced by his wrath against sin. Sin destroys love, joy, peace, and all that is good. So to maintain a kingdom of righteousness, sin must be destroyed. By illustration, the peace and freedom of society depends on imprisoning murderers and rapists. Likewise, the holiness and peace of heaven depends on the destruction...

The Great I Am
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The Great I Am

Is Jesus the Great “I Was,” or is he the Great “I Am?” The lack of power in our churches today stems from worshiping a God who “was.” He “used” to heal. He “used” to free people from the bondage of sin and of the devil. But now, for some reason, he won’t. And we...

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 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...

Married to the Devil (2003)
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Married to the Devil (2003)

God describes a Christian’s covenant with Jesus Christ as a “marriage.” As with any marriage, this covenant requires faithfulness. To be faithful to God is to love him wholeheartedly and to obey him. However, all sinners are married to the devil. This is evident by their unrighteous actions. In order to marry Jesus, a person...