Grabbers of the impossible

It is interesting to me how many great pioneers of the past believed in the Baptism of the Holy Spirit as something that is needed, subsequent to conversion, to empower the believer for works of service. One example of this is seen in the following quote from C.T. Studd (see also for example, Lloyd-Jones on Baptism with the Holy Spirit).“The fiery baptism of the Holy Ghost will change soft, sleek Christians into hot, lively heroes for Christ, who will advance and fight and die, but not mark t … [Read more...]

Receiving the Holy Spirit

At the recent Mobilise USA event, Tope Koleoso spoke in a seminar about receiving the Holy Spirit. I encourage you to listen to the audio of the session and some notes follow. Other audio is available from the Newfrontiers USA site.1. The MandateTHE WELL John 4:14 “Receive the Holy Spirit.” John 20:22 “be filled with the Spirit”, Ephesians 5:182. The MeansJesus is the - Baptiser in the Holy Spirit  John 1:33-34 (ESV)JOHN 7:37  "On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesu … [Read more...]

MLJ: Regeneration= unconscious, Baptism with Spirit= conscious

The Confluence blog has shared the following Lloyd-Jones quote:"It is clear that the baptism with the Holy Spirit is always something clear and unmistakable, something which can be recognized by the person to whom it happens and by others who look on at this person. This is obviously a most vital and important principle. Those, of course, who tend to identify the baptism of the Holy Spirit with regeneration, and say that all who become Christians receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit on … [Read more...]

Faith and Feelings Part Four – Spurgeon on Sealing and Faith

In today's quote Spurgeon introduces the vital concept of "sealing" or assurance of our faith and relates it ultimately to the line from our hymn: Note also that this sealing does not necessarily come at once with faith. It grows out of faith, and comes “after that ye believed.” We are not in every case sealed at the moment when we first trust in Jesus. I am persuaded that many who believe in Jesus enter into peace directly, and perceive at once the blessed assurance which is involved in their po … [Read more...]

Pascal's experience of God: something many modern Christians miss entirely

One fascinating thing that I quote in Raised With Christ is J. I. Packer's assertion that Puritans were very unlike Christians today in that they liked to talk about their experiences of God. Today I want to share with you the record of a remarkable experience of God had by Pascal. The following quote is a translation of a document found sewn into his clothing after his death. The original French can be found at the link below.The quote that follows is credited by John Piper with having … [Read more...]

Holy Spirit Baptism Testimony

I received this testimony from someone in an email recently.  I asked them if I could share it here anonymously and they graciously agreed.  Having grown up as a cessationist, God had other plans for them: I set myself to reading all I could find on the subject, searching the Scriptures, and praying over the matter. It became more and more clear to me that the “proof text” of cessationism was completely out of context. The Lord showed me how an argument from silence in church history is not a va … [Read more...]

John Piper on Baptism with the Holy Spirit

John Piper shares some interesting perspectives on the fullness of the holy Spirit in a sermon he gave last november. It is intruiging how he endeavours to sidestep the issue of identifying baptism with the Holy Spirit as either conversion or a second blessing. Piper seems keener that we are all open to more infusions of the Holy Spirit whatever our theological position. He is discussing John 1:25-34Jesus immerses people in the Spirit. That’s what the word baptize means. There are pictures in t … [Read more...]

Is Man Bipartate or Tripartate?

One of the interesting controversies of theology is the nature of man. Many assume we are tripartate — body, soul, and spirit. Others argue strongly that Scripture suggests we only have two parts — body and soul/spirit. In today's quote from Spurgeon, he seems to suggest we have two parts before salvation and three parts after. I would be interested in your thoughts on this. Do you think he was right? Have you heard anyone else teach this? You can discuss this over at this blog's Facebook gro … [Read more...]

Pressing In To Know God

This quote from Martyn Lloyd-Jones should challenge us in our determination to truly relate to our glorious risen Saviour. Do you know God? Do you know anything of this familiar trafficking with Him, this communion with Him, which is real? I am not talking about just getting on your knees and saying your prayers. I am speaking about a realization of the presence of God—God the Father and God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. We are meant to enjoy that. These are some of the exceeding great and p … [Read more...]

TOAM08 – Terry Virgo on Philip (Acts 8)

This is the final set of notes I will post. But come back over the next week or two for a series of video interviews, and over this weekend for some notes from other talks Driscoll will be giving around London. As mp3s are posted, we will also be adding download links to the individual summary pages, but you can also check online or subscribe to the podcast.The final main session of the Brighton Leaders' Conference was taken by Terry Virgo. More posts from this conference can be found on my … [Read more...]