Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone of stumbling, and rock of offense ... Romans 9:33 The school of the Spirit is pre-eminently a ‘school for scandal’. Whenever God visits the earth he does it contrary to our patterns and expectations. He does not fit our preconceived notions of who we think he is and of how he should do it. Even though he is the God that never changes, he … [Read more...]
Life in the Spirit
This teaching stream will explore Life in the Spirit.
It will explicate, especially from Paul’s Epistles to the Romans (chs 6-8) and to the Galatians (chs 3-5), a more accurate teaching on Christian sanctification—victory over the world, the flesh, and the devil. This will require dismantling some popular teachings (e.g. traditional Keswick and Wesleyan theories) that have been grounded in faulty exegesis and inaccurate translation of the key text of Romans 6:6. It will also explore how to be filled with the Holy Spirit.
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... again there shall be heard in this place … the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride ... Jeremiah 33: 10, 11 God is restoring the voice of the bride in this generation. The voice of praise and worship—the voice of a passionate and pure love is being heard again across the nations. But as thrilling as this is it's important to understand that in God's biology … [Read more...]
In 1967 the Beatles released a Lennon-McCartney song called The Fool on the Hill. I'm showing my vintage here, but it struck me as a genuinely prophetic statement then, and still does. The lyrics go: Day after day, alone on a hill, the man with a foolish grin is perfectly still But nobody wants to know him, they can see that he's just a fool as he never gives an … [Read more...]
My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you Galatians 4:19 Christ being formed within us is the sine qua non of Christianity. It is the true apostolic burden and the essential ingredient of the spiritual life. Without it we are reduced to either merely a religious or rationalistic code—to "a form of godliness" (2 … [Read more...]
You shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man John 1:50, 51 At particular turning points of history a window opens and heaven is poured out. God localises his presence over the life of an individual, a church, a city, or nation in outpoured blessing and power, in what we often call revival. They are special moments of time when … [Read more...]