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Not in Word but in Power = Not in Power but in Word

Paul tells us in 1 Cor. 4:20 that ‘the kingdom of God is not in word but in power.’ Its the sort of verse that some types of Pentecostals and charismatics love – the sort of verse that gets pulled out to downplay the importance of theology or even of good preaching. And when it gets pulled out in that way, its assumed that it means – that Paul means – that, at the end of the day, knowledge, teaching and preaching of the Word are less important than signs and wonders, miracles, and gifts of the Spirit, for that’s the real stuff of the Kingdom of God. But is that really what Paul’s saying? Of course not! First of all, this is Paul who’s writing. You know, the Paul who identifies himself as a preacher and teacher (1 Tim. 2:7; 2 Tim. 1:11). This is the Paul who says that ‘Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel (1 Cor. 1:17). This is the Paul, who when the Jews seek for a powerful sign and the Greeks seek for powerful wisdom, declares ‘we preach Christ crucified’ (1

4 Sermons on the Outpouring of the Holy Spirit

When Pentecostals talk about the baptism in the Holy Spirit, we often focus on the book of Acts. But it's not just something from one book of the Bible. So we've recently spent a month in church looking at the outpouring of the Spirit from other parts of Scripture. Here are the recordings of the four sermons: Isaiah 44:1-8 The Promised Outpouring of the Holy Spirit Ezekiel 39:29 When God Pours Out His Spirit, He Shows us His Face Luke 11:9-13 The Gift of the Loving Father Galatians 3:13-14 The Spirit Flows from the Cross