Isn't Tongues Elitist? – Spiritual Gifts Q and A 2

I continue to receive some questions arising from my sermon on the gifts of the Holy Spirit. I thought I would try and answer a couple more today.Q - I have been told that if I don't pray in tongues there is something wrong with me and I am a second class Christian. I don't know whether to give up or keep asking God for tongues.Nowhere does the Bible say that people who speak in tongues are better than those who don't. It is listed as one of the gifts, and Paul says clearly that prophecy is … [Read more...]

Gifts of The Spirit —Discerning Spirits, Tongues, and Interpretation

So far I have shared a transciption from my recent sermon of my general thoughts on the gifts, on the word of wisdom and word of knowledge, and on miracles, faith, and healing. Today we move to discerning of spirits, tongues and interpretation.DISCERNING OF SPIRITSThis is a gift of recognizing the work of the enemy, but also recognizing the work of God. Sometimes I think we panic. Could it be the devil? Could it be God? Actually, God gives us this gift so that we can tell where the spirits … [Read more...]

The Gifts Of The Spirit — Faith, Healings, and Miracles

This is the third part of a transcript of my recent sermon on the gifts of the Holy Spirit. You can see the video or download the audio on the introduction page or read about the word of wisdom and word of knowledge. FAITHThe presence of Faith in this list underlines a point, which is probably true about all of these gifts. In the context of this passage Paul is talking about gifts that are given for the good of the whole church, and that will be exercised, probably in a church meeting, but … [Read more...]

Word of Wisdom, Word of Knowledge

This is the second part of an edited transcript of my sermon on The Gifts of the Holy Spirit. The first part includes a video and mp3 of the whole sermon, as well as listing ways you can submit your questions.The sermon is based on 1 Corinthians 12 where Paul lists the gifts, which I define as nine distinct ways in which the Holy Spirit works directly and specifically, and if you like, supernaturally or spiritually, within us.As we go through the list, we should remember that all of … [Read more...]

Q and A – Gifts Of The Holy Spirit

To submit more questions see the instructions on the page about my sermon on the Gifts.Adrian, do you think we will have all the gifts of the Spirit in ‘completeness’ in heaven? Did I hear/mishear what you said?Paul says that the gifts will pass away when we see Jesus face-to-face. But that passing away is because they will, in effect, be swallowed up in the perfection that we will receive (see 1 Corinthians 13). So, where there are gifts of healing on earth, we will not need them in heaven bec … [Read more...]

The Gifts Of The Holy Spirit – A Sermon

Over the next few days I will be serialising a lightly edited transcript of the sermon I preached last Sunday on the Holy Spirit's activity within the Church today. I appreciate this is a subject that many people have questions on, so I have opened up a discussion thread on Facebook and The Gospel Coalition Network for us to discuss these issues. Feel free to also submit questions or comments via a Twitter comment @adrianwarnock.You can download the audio or watch the sermon right here:Now … [Read more...]

MLJ on Spiritual Gifts in 1 Corinthians 12

The following quote from the Doctor expresses something important that many people don't fully agree with today. Now, I am sure that the Doctor did not mean to say that the Spirit only works in us in these direct, spiritual ways. Clearly for example the Spirit inspires a preacher, and he inspires an administrator, and in those cases he is indeed helping us to use our natural gifts. But whilst Paul sometimes lists these two different types of gifts together (Eg Romans 12) in 1 Corinthians 12, … [Read more...]

Andrew Fountain On God Speaking Today

My friend Andrew has posted on his blog after a long gap. He shares a personal example of how a friend of his recently heard God speak to them. I won't spoil the story by sharing any of it here, pop over and take a read. … [Read more...]

Liam Goligher Video Interview

Interview With Liam Goligher from Adrian Warnock on Vimeo.One of my favorite memories from this year's New Word Alive is meeting Liam Goligher. If you only want to watch one video from the event, watch this one. I am thrilled that this is the post I am sharing with you on my sixth blog anniversary (it was the 16th April 2003 when this journey began!)Liam and I have spoken on the phone before, and from the first call I immediately knew that he was a real defender of the gospel. I heard … [Read more...]

The Doctor on Direct Interventions By God Today

UPDATE- I have found the original source and as it is only now availble on the wayback machine include a copy here.---------The Doctor thinks we are crazy if we reject the notion of God intervenng directly in human history today. This quote makes me want to pray more for him to stretch out his hand and act:'What is being taught in Christendom today is this, that since we have got the New Testament canon, since we have got the Word now, we do not need these direct interventions, we do not need … [Read more...]