In this 3rd part of the series, ‘Come, Holy Spirit’, Grant talks on the gift of speaking in tongues, or other languages, and the gift of interpretation as taught in scripture. Speaking in tongues was common when the first Christians were baptised in the Holy Spirit, as recorded in the book of Acts. It continued in the early church and we believe it is still a gift for the church today, both for personal use and for the purpose of building up the local church.
In the previous week’s talk Robin referred to us all being temples of the Holy Spirit. In this talk, Grant explains the importance of being temples filled with the Holy Spirit, the gift that Jesus promised His early disciples would receive, and who we believe should fill and empower all believers today. We should not view the infilling and activity of the Holy Spirit as the ‘icing on the cake’, but an essential aspect for victorious Christian life and ministry.
One of the most difficult, if not the most difficult experience a person can go through is the painful process of grieving, particularly with the build up to Christmas underway and this being a vulnerable period for many. Grant explores, through the Scriptures and from his own experiences, how we can grieve well and know hope both for the present and the future.
The disciple John wrote a letter to the Church, encouraging the Christians to not only acknowledge Christ as Saviour, but also as Lord. Someone once said, “if He is not Lord of all, then he is not Lord at all!”
In this talk Grant teaches how we should have fresh eyes to see whether Jesus is Lord in all things and at all times in our lives and to try to walk as Jesus walked, as we see written in 1 John 1 v 1-6.
This conversation was with Victor and Rachel Fredlund who have served Jesus Christ in South Africa for 37 years. Victor originated from Swansea and Rachel from Bath. During this conversation we hear about the basic foundation for any service, how to learn from others and appreciate the differences in culture. Two memorable gems from this conversation were “Life is more colourful when you have people in your life from different backgrounds” and “Be prepared to be foolish in other people’s eyes if you want to learn”. The Fredlunds are very active in their community with hospital, clinics and schooling.
In this final session of the Unashamed series, and a couple of weeks before the Alpha Course, Grant and Dan encourage us all to put making disciples at the top of our ‘to do’ list, as important and urgent.
Just as Jesus spent His life in redeeming people, so we as the Church are called to do the same, unashamedly inviting as many as possible to come into the kingdom of God. Not only should we work hard at doing so, like a hardworking farmer sowing seed, but like a farmer we will have incredible joy at seeing a harvest of people coming to Christ.
Through the Unashamed series we have been exploring ways to interact with people unashamedly about our faith in Jesus Christ, with strategies and ways to ‘push back’ on the arguments that can be presented to us. But even in the heat of the moment if you forget these things, there is one thing you can say better than anyone else, and that is your story of how came to be a believer in Jesus Christ and how He changed your life. Paul the apostle shared his testimony often with others, and it was a powerful demonstration of the living Saviour. In this session Grant explores how sharing his own testimony made a huge impact in someones else’s life, and gives us practical handles for how we can do the same!
Some topics can be challenging for a Christian to talk about. Evolution, the birth of science, the supernatural, to name just a few.
In a continuation of their “Unashamed” series Grant, Dan and Matt tackle these challenging topics and ask if there are questions science can never answer.
Are we really a product of random chance, as some evolutionists believe, or do our complex and sophisticated bodies bear the mark of a Designer?
How did we get here? Are we simply the result of random particles that collided to create the universe, our sun, our earth, our very existence? If there is a design, doesn’t that point to a Designer? In this session Grant, Matt and Dan talk about creation, and how we as Christians can be confident in the overwhelming evidence that a Creator – eternal, all powerful and infinite – must have created everything we see today. Incredibly, the Bible describes how Jesus Christ, the son of God, sustains and holds all of creation together! While theories exist even within Christian circles as to the ‘how’ and the ‘when’ God created, this talk is geared more towards the shared underlying point that all Christians agree on – that for there to be a creation, there must be a Creator! As Christians believing in a loving Creator, we can be more than confident that the evidence is overwhelmingly on our side! We can be unashamed to talk about our faith in a God who is real, and who has revealed Himself not only through creation, but through his son, Jesus Christ.
In this session Grant explores how as Christians we should talk naturally about our faith to unbelievers, that can open up conversations about Christ. Matt and Dan then give helpful advice about who to speak to, what to look out for and how to better understand the person asking questions about Christinanity , in order to share the gospel in the most effective way.