First Page of “Using the Bible”

Matthew 3:16 When Jesus was baptized by his cousin John in the river, Heaven opened and the Spirit of God came down on Him. The Holy Spirit then did something that He loves to do after He baptizes someone: He drove Jesus out into the wilderness. In the place of lack and pain and threats …

Meeting Jesus in our Baptisms

Some Criteria for Identifying Baptisms * There is a real danger of our destruction * God intends to effect growth through the baptism, usually in one or more of three areas: – Knowing our God – Knowing who He says we are – Knowing our purpose/ministry/destiny/calling * We have to submit to our God and His …

Using the Lord’s Name in Vain

Acts 19:13-20 The typical version of a “power encounter,” such as the confrontation of Baal and Yahweh on Mt. Carmel with Elijah representing Yahweh, is that Yahweh overpowers the unclean spirits and embarrasses them in the process. Another such encounter was in Philippi in Acts 16, when Paul cast a python spirit out of a soothsaying …