What is the most precious thing you have? In this talk Grant explains that our faith in Jesus Christ is more precious than gold. By faith we are made right before God and live the rest of our lives in obedience. We should therefore do everything we can to guard and grow this precious faith, as well as greatly use and share it with the world.
In this final talk of the series, Grant talks about how important it is that we not resist, or quench the Holy Spirit. (Or, as another translation has it, to ‘not put out the Spirit’s fire’). He looks at 6 ways whereby it is possible for us to suppress, or resist, what the Holy Spirit wants to do in us and through us. Conversely, we should welcome the Holy Spirit; being open to His working and fanning into flame what He wants to do among us.
What should be the evidence that we are known to be full of the Holy Spirit? As Grant explains in this talk, it may not only be through using the gifts of the Holy Spirit, but also in demonstrating the fruits of the Holy Spirit.
Part of this means that we need to recognise behaviour in our lives that is not the fruit of the Spirit. We need to spot it, kill it, and invite the Holy Spirit to help us become more like Jesus!
We all need comfort from time to time, as we go about life and deal with challenges that come our way. In this talk Grant explains that we can seek comfort in 3 different ways – some things should be avoided completely, others can provide some momentary comfort, but ultimately our comfort should come from the Holy Spirit, as Jesus promised to us.
God is a speaking God. In the Old Testament He used prophets to proclaim messages to His people. Jesus was called a prophet by many as he was recognised as one teaching and proclaiming messages from God, though we know that He was more than a prophet, being the Son of God. In the New Testament we find that there is still a role for prophets in the church. And though we may not all be prophets as explained in Ephesians 4, we are encouraged by Paul to eagerly desire and participate in the prophetic as a gift of the Holy Spirit.
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.