As we continue our study we discover God's plan for believers to serve in the Body, walk in unity and come to a place of spiritual maturity which is simply growing into Christlikeness. We briefly discuss the five-fold ministry and their role in equipping believers to serve, bring unity and bring believers into maturity.
The objectives of the devil keep us from living victorious lives and make us ineffective for the Kingdom
if possible, draw us away from the faith. We as believers need to know that the enemy has no more legal claim over our lives. However be aware of the enemy's tactics. Be vigilant.
God has also permitted us believers to journey through a world where we will face trials and tribulations (adverse situations). These could be caused by the devil, by the actions of other people or sometimes as a result of our own choices. The devil's attacks are an attempt to steal, kill or destroy what is ours.
However, God empowers us to overcome. Each victory we win puts us in a place of greater spiritual strength.
God has permitted the devil to continue his works in the world for a time, with his temptations and attacks on believers. In the New Testament we have in many places the same Greek word used in two different contexts : one the context of temptation as in inducement to sin, and second as in the context of testing through trials and tribulations.
On this Q&A episode, we have our guests asking questions on the end times and we look at a few New Testament passages that speak to us believers on how we should live our daily Christian lives in view of the End Time and life hereafter.
The gifts of the Spirit are given to all believers - every man/woman. These gifts are a “manifestation” of the Spirit. They are an expression of Him (the Spirit). An operation of the gift of the Spirit is the Holy Spirit expressing Himself. He always glorifies Jesus. Watch part 8 of this series.
The outpouring of the Holy Spirit or the baptism in the Holy Spirit is for all believers and is accompanied by supernatural manifestations – praying in other tongues being the most common. On this episode we learn about the baptism in the Holy Spirit followed by a time of prayer and ministry for people to be baptized in the Spirit and activated in praying in the Spirit.
The book of Acts establishes the pattern that the Holy Spirit is imparted to genuine believers in several ways. The Holy Spirit works His will by filling believers with His presence and power while He leads and empowers the early church for growth and service. In this series we study how we should seek to be filled with the Spirit on a continual basis and how a church’s growth is vitally tied to its relationship with the Spirit.
We are commissioned to be His witnesses with the power of the Holy Spirit. We are to witness with the way we live and with what we say. We are to demonstrate the power and love of the Lord!
We learn a third strategy on how to share Christ with others by looking at how Paul the apostle engaged with people at Athens, the then intellectual capital of the world.