What’s the Context? — Part 1
Post

What’s the Context? — Part 1

Interested in in-depth Bible reading and Bible study? Today’s guest host Jim Kerwin (M.A., Biblical Studies) from Finest of the Wheat Teaching Fellowship, introduces us to the subject of hermeneutics — how to read and study and share the Scriptures in context. And for our purposes this week, discovering the context comes down to remembering...

Ending Spiritual Indifference
Post

Ending Spiritual Indifference

Christians are to sincerely attempt to the convert the sinners around them. We may do this privately or boldly. We may do it in person or over the phone. We may use talking points and notes. But the important thing is that we do it. As we thus fulfill the Great Commission, a great obstacle...

Aggressive Christianity
Post

Aggressive Christianity

The love of Jesus Christ motivates heroic self-sacrifice for God’s kingdom. Martyrs like Perpetua and William Tyndale showcase the dying love of Christ for a lost world. What exactly is this primitive, aggressive Christianity? And how shall we return to it? Ray and Alexandra share some thoughts on this subject from Catherine Booth. First, they...

Cowardly Christianity vs. the Real Warfare
Post

Cowardly Christianity vs. the Real Warfare

Christ came to establish a kingdom on the earth that is just as real as any other kingdom. This kingdom overcomes evil with good, and unrighteousness with righteousness. Though it is certain that this kingdom will take over the earth, it will only happen through the action and prayer of the church. Moreover, the current...

(Part 2) The Church Bound to Convert the World
Post

(Part 2) The Church Bound to Convert the World

The Martyrdom of Perpetua (203 A.D.) What is the real, apostolic, Christian faith? A detailed account of the martyrdom of Perpetua and her companions reveals boldness, power, and courageous joy in suffering. Likewise, the book of Acts depicts a faith-filled church that defies persecution with boldness, healing, signs, and wonders from the Holy Spirit. Their...

(Part 1) The Church Bound to Convert the World
Post

(Part 1) The Church Bound to Convert the World

Jesus said, “Go, and make disciples of all nations,” because “all power in heaven and on earth” belongs to him. During his ministry, Christ began to bring God’s kingdom on the earth. Then, he commissioned the church to finish that work. To this day, he sends the power to do it. Thus, this command binds...

Kingdom Power in the Church
Post

Kingdom Power in the Church

After Jesus returned to heaven, the church faced a serious question. Could the name of Jesus, and faith in that name, heal the sick, cast out demons, and save the lost–even though Jesus was no longer on the earth? Could they not only continue, but finish the work that Jesus had started: the work of...

When God Gives Birth
Post

When God Gives Birth

The Holy Spirit is a powerful, creative person. He “brooded” over the formless void of the earth. In the New Testament, the Holy Spirit “overshadowed” Mary and conceived Jesus. Now, the Holy Spirit comes to live inside Christians. And how is the kingdom of God advanced? The Apostle Paul said, “My little children, of whom...

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

(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
Post

(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...