What does it mean to “receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” ?

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In chapter 3 of Hope Reborn, we list four steps which are part of the normal process of becoming a Christian and beginning your Christian life. The first one is explained in that chapter which is available free here, and today we share our explanation of what we believe Peter meant by "receive the Gift of the Holy Spirit."In the next step, the Apostle Peter promises to those who repent and are baptized, “you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38).STEP THREE: RECEIVE THE GIF … [Read more...]

How to Become a Christian. Free Chapter from Hope Reborn

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The heart of my new book Hope Reborn - How to Become a Christian and Live for Jesus is the following chapter which answers the critical question,How do I become a Christian?The Bible explains the story of humanity and the way God saves us in three stages. This is summarized in Ephesians 2:1-9 which is explained in three diagrams below:We are all trapped in a pit called sin, which separates us from God. Nothing we can do ourselves will ever save us. All our efforts to please God … [Read more...]

Introducing my new book, written with Tope Koleoeo

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I can now announce that my new book Hope Reborn - How to Become a Christian and Live for Jesus is available for you to pre-order.Please like Hope Reborn on Facebook, and follow it on Twitter.It has been a real delight to write this book with the man who I have called my friend, my brother, and my pastor for almost twenty years: Tope Koleoso.We wanted to produce a book to help people who want to become a Christian, or who want to find the way back after drifting away.We trust that … [Read more...]

SERMON: The Trinity and You

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This is the video of the sermon I preached this morning followed by a full set of notes.AudioHow do you tend to think of God? A Force or Power? A remote ruler? An angry judge?But the Bible reveals that God is intensely personal and he is very interested in you. HE wants to know you.  Part of getting to know someone is getting to know about someone. It is not enough to merely learn about them, but it is a helpful and necessary start. We must know why we believe what we believe and … [Read more...]

LIVE interview with Michael L Brown on hypergrace

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Today I was joined in a web conversation by Dr Michael Brown. Our focus was  his new book Hyper-grace.You can watch the video right here or listen to the audio. I've set it to start playback at 16:00, which is the point we start talking about Hyper-grace. If you do want to hear us reminiscing about how we first met as a result of the Strange Fire controversy just rewind to the beginning of the clip. Soundcloud doesn't seem to allow me to do the same thing as far as I can tell.If the … [Read more...]

GUEST POST: Paul’s curse on those who preach another gospel (Galatians 1)

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This blog is adapted from a chapter in Phil Moore’s new devotional commentary, “Straight to the Heart of Galatians to Colossians”, published this month by Monarch Books.ONE STAPLE“If we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse!” (Galatians 1:8)David Nowitz had tried very hard. The Society for Family Health in Johannesburg had never had such a conscientious marketing manager. He had managed to secure government … [Read more...]

I believe in Jesus: A Sermon on the Trinity and the Resurrection

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The following sermon was preached on Sunday 30 March in Northwood Church in Keller, Texas. Encouragingly there was a number of gospel responses afterwards. You can watch the video here, or download the audio and a powerpoint file from the church's website. Some brief notes follow the video here.UPDATE: I have also since preached a version of this sermon that went into more detail on the TrinitySermon Notes I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.And in … [Read more...]

Steve Chalke and Andrew Wilson discuss Penal Substitutionary Atonement

Steve Chalke's rejection of Penal Substitution around 10 years ago was the first major controversy I got involved with on this blog. In the next of a series of video discussions between him and Andrew Wilson that were moderated by Justin Brierley they revisited this.Chalke continued to support his viewpoint, but still seemed surprised at the strength of the reaction to him calling Penal Substution "Cosmic Child Abuse" He was clearly scornful of the idea that the wrath of God needs to be … [Read more...]

Adrian speaking on BBC London about Lent with Jumoke Fashola

This morning I had the pleasure of being a guest onBBC London 94.9 - Inspirit with Jumoke Fashola. We spoke about Lent, and one thing that was fascinating is her reaction on behalf of her listeners to the word "sin" We really do live in a world where such simple Christian comments are very controversial.You can listen to the interview right here: … [Read more...]

Why silence about controversies should not be read as agreement

Just in the past few days both my emails and Twitter stream have contained a few direct questions and challenges. I have had people gloatingly point out to me the story of the death of the latest snake handler to meet his inevitable death, demand my response to the Pope sending Kenneth Copeland a message promoting unity, and ask what I think of Steve Chalke's article about how he now approaches the Bible. In addition, I have also noticed that David Yonggi Cho has been found guilty of e … [Read more...]


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