Holy Spirit


THE HOLY SPIRIT – THE SPIRIT OF CONVICTION The disciples had a powerful role to play in the spread of God’s kingdom on earth, but so did the Holy Spirit, and they were to be sure that they did not get their roles confused. The disciples’ role was to make disciples by identifying them with and initiating them, through mikvah …Continue reading →

Imitators Of Jesus

IMITATORS OF JESUS Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God (Eph. 5: 1) The third step in being a disciple of Jesus is imitating Him in everything He was and did. Disciples …Continue reading →

Learning To Be A Son – Chapter Twelve – Complete In Christ

LEARNING TO BE A SON CHAPTER TWELVE COMPLETE IN CHRIST If we are truly the sons and daughters of God, how can we ever attain the high standard Jesus set for us? Take heart! God views us from His perspective as already complete in Christ. God guarantees that what He began, He will finish. What has He done? He guaranteed …Continue reading →

Learning To Be A Son – Chapter Five – Slaves or Sons?

CHAPTER FIVE Slaves or Sons? Since we have already established that the whole of humankind was intended to be the family of God and that every person is potentially a son or daughter of God, how do we move from potential to actual? The operative word is “faith”. New Testament writers like John and Paul understood what Jesus came to …Continue reading →

Jesus Did Not Say That We Must Be Born Again

JESUS DID NOT SAY THAT WE MUST BE BORN AGAIN Here’s another misunderstanding that has been turned into a doctrine. In fact it has become more than a doctrine. It has become a category – as though it were one of three categories of Christians. You get Christians; then you get “born-again” Christians; and then you get “born-again, Spirit-filled” Christians. …Continue reading →

The Father’s Blessing

THE FATHER’S BLESSING After that time, Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptised by John in the Jordan. Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, He saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on Him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: ‘You are my Son, whom I love, with you …Continue reading →

God Breaks The Silence

GOD BREAKS THE SILENCE And this was his message: ‘After me comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I baptise you with water, but He will baptise you with the Holy Spirit.” (Mark 1: 7-8). Was this the message that captivated the crowds so that they …Continue reading →

Shalom!

SHALOM! “On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you!’ After He said this, He showed them His hands and His side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. “Again …Continue reading →

Peace That Makes No Sense

PEACE THAT MAKES NO SENSE “‘All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give as the …Continue reading →

Untested!

UNTESTED! “When Jesus entered public life He was about thirty years old, the son (in public perception) of Joseph…son of Adam, son of God.” “Now Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wild. For forty wilderness days He was tested by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and …Continue reading →