by Reg Wright – This subject of "speaking in tongues" has caused considerable discussion and controversy within the Christian community, with some embracing the phenomenon wholeheartedly, and others strongly opposing it. Some churches emphasise this practice and teach that Christians should hope and pray for the experience of speaking in tongues. Other churches do not encourage speaking in tongues, and some even forbid it.
What does the Bible say about this subject of "speaking in tongues?"
by Bill Bradford – When we are baptised we enter into a covenant, an exceedingly serious commitment, spoken of by Christ and carried out throughout His Church. Many churches teach baptism in various forms, but how did Christ practise and explain it? At baptism what exactly did we say? What did we mean? What did we do? After baptism are we saved? Why are we immersed in water?
by Reg Wright – In just a few weeks time, millions of people the world over will be celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. December 25th will be one of the busiest celebrations in the Christian world. It is traditional to go to church on Christmas day, or perhaps the evening before. For the Christian world in general Christmas is one the most important events in its religious calendar. For members of the Church of God it is exactly the opposite. Why is this so?
by Bill Bradford – People in the Bible fasted at certain times of crisis in order to seek God's will and direction in their lives. Today fasting is for the same purpose, to show that we repent of our past actions, our past neglect of God and His ways, that we recognise our need of change, and to seek God's guidance for the future.
by Reg Wright – There is general belief that when we die we either go to heaven or to hell. Tied in with this belief is the doctrine of the immortal soul - that is, when we die, our soul departs from our physical body and it goes either up to heaven or down to an ever burning hell. One passage of Scripture that seems to support this commonly held belief is the story of Lazarus and the Rich Man. But does the Bible actually teach those beliefs?
by Bill Bradford – Do you feel God is answering your prayers? Perhaps you have been asking God for help or relief and God seems as distant as ever. But is this true? Would a loving God turn his back on a sincere request? This sermon addresses this issue which concerns all Christians at one time or another.
by Bill Bradford – Every minute of our life we are before God - Hebrews 4:13! Studying God's Word in sincerity helps us to discern our own thoughts and intents. (God already knows them - we cannot deceive God!) To come boldly before God, we must be honest with Him. Pretence before God is not a good basis for a relationship. We need to emulate David's prayer and his intent as recorded in Psalm 139:23-24 Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me... We cannot be honest with God unless we are honest with ourselves.
by Reg Wright – Does the Devil really exist or, is he a figure of myth and superstition? You need to know what God says about the existence of evil! The Bible does address this issue. It reveals much about an unseen power that works behind the scenes, shaping our world to its will and agenda. Are you being taken in?
Find out the answers to the following questions:
- Why does so much conflict, violence and down right evil permeate our societies?
- Did God create a Devil and why does He allow such evil in the world?
- Is the whole world deceived by Satan or, are there exceptions?
What is Satan's primary goal and how can you resist his influence?
by Reg Wright – There is coming a time when Satan will never again be able to influence the human race, or the family of God, or the angelic host. Satanâ€™s power and influence will end. Jesus Christ will rule. This is the really good news pictured by the Day of Atonement, one of Godâ€™s seven annual holy days.
by Reg Wright – One of the central beliefs of the Christian world is the doctrine of the Trinity. Yet the majority of Christians who believe in this doctrine find it hard to understand, and even more difficult to explain. But should such a significant doctrine be beyond our ability to understand and comprehend? Does the Bible support the doctrine of the Trinity? Is it soundly supported by clear and easy-to-understand Scriptures?