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Acts 1:8 they would receive power when the Holy Spirit came.
2. It requires fresh faith
This evening I preached on The Kingdom and Healing. This wasn't a polemic against cessationists, but an attempt to get a better understanding of how healing worked in the ministry of Jesus and his disciples. It came out of my own desperate study to improve in this area. As I grappled with chapters 9-11 of Luke I found a flow of ideas which was helpful to me. In the (rather short) sermon I simply went through these chapters and pulled out this theme.
My rathier brief notes on the Kingdom and healing as well as the audio are uploaded here.
Newfrontiers Leadership Conference 2006 - Training Track 2-3
Full Title:Living Daily under the miraculous mantle of Gods increased power and presence for greater works Part 3.
How do we obtain a corporate anointing? The manifest presence and power of God in the midst of his people? According to Rob Rufus, exalting Jesus leads to a corporate anointing. The final session from Rob Rufus is on this subject of corporate anointing. It is a shorter session than the others in which he focuses on the person of Jesus Christ and the implication of this theology for us, drawn largely from the book of Hebrews. Once again this is a message not to miss.
Newfrontiers Leadership Conference 2006 - Training Track 2-2
Full Title:Living Daily under the miraculous mantle of Gods increased power and presence for greater works Part 2.
There are two topics covered in this address: The importance of teaching in order to build faith for healing, and the biblical teaching on the value of the laying on of hands. There are some fascinating accounts of supernatural healing and I found this an interesting and worthwhile listen.
Full Title:Living Daily under the miraculous mantle of Gods increased power and presence for greater works Part 1.
This follows on from Rob Rufus main session and explores some of the topics in more detail. His directness and humble honesty are to be commended, and whilst I am sure this is not the last word on the supernatural, he has important things to say on the topic.
Newfrontiers Leadership Conference 2006 - Main Session 04
This session is definitely worth listening to. Rob Rufus is coming from a different stream to Newfrontiers—New Covenant Ministries International, a South African based worldwide apostolic group of churches. They share many similarities with Newfrontiers, but he sounds more like a speaker from TACF.
The strength of this message is that it is fresh and challenging in an area we all desperately need to grow—the power of God manifested in our midst. He is an interesting and engaging speaker and his challenge to increased intimacy with God is particularly important. On the negative side I am wary of speakers who tell us that God is about to do something amazing. Bill Jackson in his "must read" history of the Vineyard The Quest for the Radical Middle calls this "prophetic poison" because this kind of message from the Kanasas City Prophets had the effect of paralysing evangelism and church planting by the Vineyard. Why work hard now when there is an amazing harvest just around the corner? That said, this is a session worth hearing.[read more...]
Today I am working on my message for Sunday on Spiritual Gifts. I am responding to the position that only apostles (or should I say Apostles?) could dispense them. I confess that it is hard to work up enthusiasm to criticize such an idea. It is so full of holes! Anyway, I will try.