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Free video resource for Baptism & Discipleship

Baptismal classes are one of the best opportunities for giving new believers some basic teaching to prepare them for the Christian life. So here's something I've made to help with that. People are very happy to come along for a few weeks of classes before they get baptised to make sure they understand what it's all about. And those few weeks of Baptismal preparation also give a great opportunity for some basic discipleship. So, we've put together a series of video teaching and Bible studies to go with them to help you with such a great discipleship opportunity. The videos teach about baptism, and make sure that new believers have a good grounding in the gospel, as well as introducing some basic foundations of the Christian life and faith. So, for example, in Session 3, when we're talking about the words used at Baptism, we'll think about who our God is: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. And in Session 5 we'll talk about the Baptism in the Holy Spiri

This Blest Cup, My Heart’s Delight: 4 Pentecostal Songs for the Breaking of Bread (by D.P. Williams)

The Breaking of Bread was at the very heart of early Pentecostal piety here in the UK. If you really want to understand the spirituality of the early British Pentecostals, you need to observe them gathered around the Lord's Table. Like Charles Spurgeon before them, they considered the Lord's Supper to be 'the Holy of Holies ... the most sacred meeting-place between our souls and God.' At the Breaking of Bread, they expected to know and enjoy the closest and richest fellowship with Christ. Of course we don't have a time machine to go back to early Pentecostal Breaking of Bread services. But what we do have are what they've left us written down about the Breaking of Bread, in their teaching, their testimonies, and their hymns. The great pioneer of the academic study of Pentecostalism, Walter Hollenweger, famously observed that much of Pentecostal theology is passed on not by 'the summa theologica but the song'. 'Hymns,' Hollenweger wrote, &

Quench Not, Grieve Not: On the Gifts of the Spirit in the Real Life of the Church (Part 1)

Jesus gives a warning in Matthew 7:21-23 to people who seem to know (or at least think they know) all about the gifts of the Spirit. They say to Him, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ (Mt 7:22), and He says to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me’ (Mt 7:23)! These are fearful words spoken by Jesus. And we all want to ensure that they are words we never hear. But, if we don’t want to hear them, then we’d better notice what these words teach us. For these fearful words show us that what is essential is, not prophecies and wonders, but to truly know the Lord and be known by Him. We can never rely on our prophesying (or casting out of demons, or working of wonders); that is not where our hope is found or where our salvation rests. We rely, not on what we have done for Christ, but what He has done for us. Prophecies and spiritual gifts, then, according to Jesus’ words in Matthew 7, aren’t necess