How would you like access to power? This power can change your life, give you things, protect you and even heal diseases! This power is from a source that is unlimited, a source that is generous and a source that truly has your best interest in mind. Sound intriguing? For many Christians, this power is the Holy Spirit and these enticing claims come across as very real. But are they real? Is this what the Holy Spirit is really about or does the truth of the matter look entirely different? Who “gets” the Holy Spirit? When you get it, what does that mean? What does it change? Can we, should we be trying to have the Holy Spirit working in our lives?
For the Christian, the Holy Spirit is a sacred part of our faith. It was promised to us in the absence of Jesus as a comforter, a guide, a teacher and even an intercessor. It is a true evidence of one who has been called, chosen and working towards being faithful. So, how does the Holy Spirit work in our lives? Who has it and who doesn’t? Is now the time for the Holy Spirit to be poured out on the world?
Christians everywhere talk about the Holy Spirit and how it generates influence, strength and peace in their lives. We all want more of it because we all see it as a way to continually draw closer to God through Jesus. But how does the Holy Spirit work? Does the Holy Spirit give us miraculous powers in the same way it did back in New Testament times? How do you know the Holy Spirit is working in your life? Stay with us as we look into this common yet little-understood phenomena of Christian life.
One of the things that separate true Christianity from other religions is the way in which we profess that God works in our lives. According to the Bible, the true Christian is given a special brand of help for their life. This help is called the Holy Spirit and it is the awesome power and influence of God working in our lives to help us to not only cope with a world that we are in but not of, but it is there to help us become Christ-like from the inside out. So, how does the Holy Spirit work? Does it really guide us? Stay with us as we look into this mighty power of God to try and grasp just how significant its influence is in our lives.
Mention oil and you probably get a reaction. In our world, oil is one of those commodities that drive our society – its price and availability can have a great impact on how we live our lives. Our subject is oil – but not in the sense that you may think. No, rather than dealing with the “crude” kind, we are going to talk about a much more refined kind – the kind you would have put in a lamp in ancient days. In Jesus’ parable of the wise and foolish virgins, oil plays a key role. So, what does it represent? How does it project our being “wise” or “foolish?”
Baptism. It is a sacred Christian symbol. Its meaning will vary depending on one's denomination, but in all cases it holds a very sacred place in the lives of believers. There are many questions that can be raised regarding this symbol. Who should be baptized? Is it necessary for salvation? Is baptism merely a symbol or more than that? Now, built upon the base of baptism, is another question: Does God know or predestinate who will be His chosen ones? If so, then why baptize? Might we be baptizing the wrong people - people who actually have not been chosen and therefore giving them false hope? On this podcast we look at baptism in the context of predestination.
One of the unique aspects of Christianity is the way in which we believe the power and influence of God to work in our lives. That power and influence, better known as the Holy Spirit to some and the Holy Ghost to others, appears to be almost mystical. It is the power Jesus promised would be with us in his absence. It is described as being able to testify, intercede, encourage, teach and many other things. Just what is this Holy Spirit? Is it a power? Is it a person? How does it work? Through whom does it work? Can anyone have access to it? So many questions, so little time! Stay with us as we investigate the Holy Spirit and its biblical description.