It is not only those who speak in tongues that have the Holy Spirit. “Tongues” is just one gift of many. Paul asked rhetorically, “Do all speak with tongues?” (1 Corinthians 12:30). This question anticipates the answer – “no”. So, how and when does someone receive the Spirit? Let’s explore…
“For our God is a consuming fire” (Hebrews 12:28-29 ESV)
The author of Hebrews is quoting from Deuteronomy 4:24. The context there is that Moses was warning Israel not to worship anything except God. He then says, "For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God" (Deut 4:24 ESV). By depicting God as a consuming fire, Moses is basically warning them that God can destroy them (picture the destruction caused by wild fires... that's the kind of image to have in mind here).
In the present time, there are many who have deviated from the path of truth and have opened themselves up to deception. This has been the case for a long time, but has been particularly evident in the past year where questionable prophecies from Christian leaders have been given.
In this blog post, we explore what happens when we die.
This well known proverb is often quoted without an understanding of what it actually means when read in context. In this blog post we unravel its true meaning.
This is one of the most misquoted Bible verses, and is also usually taken out of context. In this blog post, we take a look at what this verse actually says, and what it means in its context.
Many people find Leviticus to be a very difficult book to read, and are left wondering what relevance its content has for their lives. In this blog post, I share how to approach this book and understand its contemporary application.
In this blog post, I demonstrate that the plural term “elders” does not refer to the leadership of a local church, but refers to all the pastors of the city-church.
This post explores what the Bible teaches about the gift of prophecy.
In this post I explore what the Bible teaches about whether apostles and prophets function in the church today.
In this post we explore how we hear God's voice today.
The Bible sometimes refers to Jesus as "God". But what does this title mean when applied to Jesus?
One of the major problems in society today is a lack of the fear of God. Unfortunately, there is a shortage of the fear of God in the church too.
In this post, I share five characteristics of those who fear God. Here they are:
The belief that salvation cannot be lost is known as "eternal security" and "once saved always saved". However, whilst we are saved by believing in Jesus (John 3:16), in order to keep our salvation, we must keep on believing in Jesus. This is evident from the use of the words "if", “firm to the end” and "continue" in the following verses (I have capitalised to draw attention to them):
12 And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence. 13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve. 14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression. 15 Nevertheless she will be saved in childbearing if they continue in faith, love, and holiness, with self-control. (1 Timothy 2:12-15 NKJV)
Is Paul banning women from ministry in this verse? No, he is not. As I will explain below, he was simply responding to a false teaching that claimed Eve was created before Adam. It appears that this false teaching made at least some of the women feel that they could domineer the men, and it is this that Paul is correcting.
The Last Templar is a novel written by Raymond Khoury. He is also the screenwriter of the BBC’s Spooks and the Emmy Award winning drama Waking the Dead.
Through The Last Templar Khoury puts forward the theory that the story of Jesus Christ as we know it is actually a myth. It is also claimed that Jesus Himself wrote a gospel, in which He was not the Son of God. Furthermore, The Last Templar claims that certain people in the Roman Catholic Church know about this ‘gospel’.
It is common to hear people say 'Hallelujah' in a church service. But what does this word actually mean in the Hebrew language?
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