TOAM08 – Terry Virgo on Stephen (Acts 6-7)

One of the great joys of this conference is that it is a gathering of friends. I had a lovely tea at the Grand Hotel on the Brighton seafront with my dear friends, Ian and Megan Jukes, Andrew and Cheryl Cottingham, and Tom Eaton. We had a lot of fun, and the connection was re-established. I suddenly realized that around Brighton many such reunions of longstanding friends who are also attending this conference are undoubtedly happening.During the worship time there were some stirring prophetic … [Read more...]

TOAM08 – Mark Driscoll: Doctrine of the Holy Spirit in Luke and Acts

Terry introduced Mark by mentioning his currently available books, all of which he highly recommended. You can buy these from the Newfrontiers resources page. It was nice to see my pastor, Tope Koleoso, on the stage praying for Mark just before he began preaching. It was interesting that just a couple of weeks ago Tope also spoke on being missional in a talk that was impacting to me.In case anyone hasn’t been reading blogs for the past two years, Mark Driscoll founded Mars Hill Church in Seattle … [Read more...]

One Reason We Celebrate Mother’s Day

For some reason, in the UK we celebrate Mother's Day in March. Actually, this morning I was surprised to be able to attend a church in the European city I am visiting at the moment. There they celebrated Mother's Day, as well as Pentecost. The sermon was like a clear trumpet note for the type of experiential Chrisitanity I long for each of us to grow in. At the end, I had the opportunity to share that it seemed to me God was putting a bright future before the church and saying if they would … [Read more...]

ASK A BLOGGER – How To Seek the Spirit: Surrender to Jesus

Yesterday I answered the final question in a series of questions on the Holy Spirit that I have been addressing. My answers to those questions were discussed in the following posts: What is Baptism in the Holy Spirit?How Do I Know If I Am Spirit Baptized?What Are the Results of Spirit Baptism?What of Those Who Are Not Baptized With the Spirit?What Do I Do Now?What Will the Baptism of the Holy Spirit Mean To Me?Today I want to conclude with the words of an old hymn on which we can meditate and … [Read more...]

ASK A BLOGGER – What Will the Baptism of the Holy Spirit Mean To Me?

Today we come to the sixth question that my e-mail correspondent asked:What will all this mean for me—will I have to stop being a conservative reformed believer? If not, what do people like me do differently after we receive the baptism of the Spirit in our churches?In answer to your first question, of course not! There are an increasing number of people who hold to both reformed theology and an experience of the Holy Spirit. Some do this while still calling themselves cessationists, and there a … [Read more...]

Martyn Lloyd-Jones Monday – The Spirit and the Word

If you have been reading the blog for the last week or so, because of my series on baptism with the Holy Spirit, you might be forgiven for thinking that I was just a raving charismatic. The truth is, I am eager to emphasize the work of the Holy Spirit. But that is not all I want to stress here. As I once said in a previous post, “I Don't Want Balance . . . I Want It All.”I thought, therefore, that I would take this opportunity to share a quote from Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones on the work of the Holy S … [Read more...]

ASK A BLOGGER – What Do I Do Now?

Today we reach the fifth of my correspondent's questions. It is, in many ways, the most admirable and crucial of all of them.Having not been baptized by the Spirit, what would you recommend that I do now?I began to answer this question in some ways in my previous Ask The Blogger post. In essence, the critical thing is to begin to desire this and to seek the experience God has for you. Of course, in order to desire this, you have to be convinced that it is from God, and that it is for you. I … [Read more...]

ASK A BLOGGER – What of Those Who Are Not Baptized With the Spirit?

Today we reach the fourth in a series of questions asked by a reader:What of those who are not baptized by the Spirit? Is it just God's sovereign choice? Will they just be doomed to life without the full power of the Spirit?The Bible is clear that the Spirit can be quenched. Sadly, there are many things that conspire today to quench the work of the Spirit in our lives. This can include, as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explained, wrong teaching that we have received:I strongly believe that God stands … [Read more...]

ASK A BLOGGER – What Are The Results of Spirit Baptism?

Today I move on to the third in a series of questions I have received via e-mail on baptism with the Holy Spirit.What do you think is the direct result of being baptized by the Spirit, i.e. what is the practical result in, say, the life of a pastor or missionary?If we look in Acts, we see that the disciples were transformed by the outpouring of the Spirit.They became more boldThey were empowered to preach in such a way that multitudes were saved.They were unafraid to face opposition.They devoted … [Read more...]

Martyn Lloyd-Jones Monday – On Sealing With the Spirit

I have frequently quoted from the Doctor on sealing with the Spirit as I think he is very helpful in understanding the whole concept of Spirit baptism. He explains the functions of a seal, none of which can be adequately performed if the seal is something we don't know we have! More from the Doctor on sealing with the Spirit can be found here: Assorted Thoughts on the Baptism With the Holy SpiritMLJ Monday - Sealed with the Spirit, Part 1MLJ Monday - Sealed with the Spirit, Part 2MLJ Monday - … [Read more...]