Theology

Tongues and Interpretation of Tongues

Tongues and Interpretation of Tongues

Out of all the gifts of the Spirit, tongues and the interpretation of tongues are probably two of the most misunderstood spiritual gifts; yet, the Bible gives more specific details on the proper use of these two gifts than most of the others!

What does this mean? It means that God wants us to be knowledgeable about the correct application and use of the gift of tongues. God doesn't want us to be fearful or ignorant...He wants us to be bold and well-informed.

Faith, Healing, and Miracles

Faith, Healing, and Miracles

We've all heard stories of certain gifts of the Spirit being misused or even abused. Sadly, this creates misunderstanding, perhaps even fear, and possibly skepticism toward the gift.

Yet, the gifts are real and the same God who bestowed them thousands of years ago is still the same God who bestows them today!

As we consider the gifts of faith, healing, and miracles, let's view them through the lens of scripture and the heart of our God. 

Word of Knowledge and Word of Wisdom

Word of Knowledge and Word of Wisdom

Have you ever had someone come up to you and tell you information about your past or present that there was no natural way they could have possibly known? Was it edifying and did it give glory to God?

In this study we'll take a look at the spiritual gifts of word of knowledge and word of wisdom, how they relate to one another, and how we can discern whether or not a manifestation is from God.

Mercy and Giving

Mercy and Giving

Mercy and giving are two spiritual gifts that practically go hand-in-hand! In fact, those are characteristics that at a minimum every Christian should exhibit.

As such, they are two of the least controversial gifts, but discerning the true gift from a carnal manifestation can be subtle because on the outward appearance they can appear very similar.

So what does the Bible say about biblical mercy and giving versus the world's version of mercy and giving? Let's get into the Word and find out!

Discernment, Leadership, and Ministry

Discernment, Leadership, and Ministry

What is the Bible's definition of discernment, leadership, and ministry (service)? The world certainly has its own definitions about these things, but clearly the spirit of the world is contrary to the Spirit of God.

So how can we know the difference between the two? How does discernment in the flesh look different from discernment in the Spirit...and leadership and service for that matter?

Prophecy, Teaching, and Exhortation

Prophecy, Teaching, and Exhortation

Have you ever had someone say to you, "God told me to tell you..." and you didn't know exactly how to respond or what to say? I have. Most of the time the message was spot on; other times, it was clearly not from God.

So the next time someone says to you, "Thus saith the Lord..." what should you do? Let's study what God's Word has to to say about prophecy, teaching, and exhortation, and find out!

The Purpose of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit

The Purpose of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Have you ever wanted to know more about the gifts of the Holy Spirit? Many believers can relate to either an under-emphasis or an over-emphasis on the gifts today, which has resulted in misunderstanding, confusion, and sometimes even fear. So what does the Bible say?

In this message we'll open up God's Word and look at: 1) what can we know about the gifts, 2) what are the gifts, 3) what is the purpose of the gifts,  and 4) how can we receive the gifts. 

Benefits of Being a Child of God

Benefits of Being a Child of God

We know that one of the gifts of having a relationship with Jesus is that we become a "child of God," but what exactly does that mean and what are the benefits of being a child of God anyway?

In this study from First Peter we'll take a look at two key blessings that God reserves for His children, but the best part is where those benefits are located and what we get to experience between now and then!