(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 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...

God’s Revival
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God’s Revival

God’s revival in Argentina climaxed with the healing of Argentina’s dictator and evangelistic healing meetings crowded with over 180,000 people. Radio, television, and newspapers spread revival throughout the country. Though the battle with darkness is not yet over, revival continues in Argentina to this day. God wills to similarly break the powers of darkness over...

All On the Line for Revival
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All On the Line for Revival

Revival is God’s kingdom coming to earth in power. The Scriptures testify that this is true Christianity. Jesus came not merely to forgive sins, but to announce that God’s kingdom is here. Not only does Jesus announce this, but he baptizes those who believe it with “the Holy Spirit and fire” so that they can...

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...

Jesus’ Vision of the Church
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Jesus’ Vision of the Church

The first use of the word ekklesia, or “church,” in the New Testament is by Jesus in Matthew 16. He said, “I will build my church, and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.” Thus, we get Jesus’ vision of the church as a unified people victorious in destroying the works of the...