Book of John
Page 11 of 12
The common experience of the early Church; desiring the normal; how is the blessing received? the danger of a wrong emphasis on the believer's activity in receiving.
The experience of the great saints; the importance of a prepared heart; let the Spirit lead you; perseverance; urgency but not impatience; the danger of living on experiences; 'tarrying' meetings discussed.
When does the Spirit come? the danger of stereotype experiences; the ways of His coming; times of trial; the infinite variety of the experience; not a 'once and forever' experience.
The question of John 20:22; Acts 2; a prophetic enactment? when was the Church born? Pentecost; a baptism of power to an already constituted Church; Christ glorified in His death and resurrection; the baptism of power : the great need of the modern Church.
What happened on the day of Pentecost. Two views; the evangelical view; the 'old' evangelical view; the significance of Pentecost; the Spirit fell upon the Church; Revival; Pentecost repeated.
The possibilities of the Christian life; the message of John the Baptist; the Lamb of God; seek Him for what He is; not for power and experience; sitting at the Master's feet.
The cases of Andrew; Simon and Philip; no stereotypes in conversion; testing ourselves; are we on the road to fullness? an experience to share.
The difference between Andrew and Simon Peter examined; instruments used in the work of salvation; Andrew's great gift; pointing to Christ; salvation; the work of the Lord; the rock on which the Church is built.
The example of Nathaniel; the place of caution in regard to experience; the danger of the counterfeit; examining our motives; using the mind and the critical faculties given by God; avoiding fanaticism; Christ's response to Nathaniel
Nathaniel's confession; openness and simple honesty are all that are demanded by Christ; the Lord's promise of greater things; a personal knowledge of Him promised to all believers; growing in grace.