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  • House-church.org - Spiritual Gifts eries
    can learn even by our mistakes and how we therefore need the freedom to be able to make them He provides some hilarious to say nothing of embarrassing examples from his own experience regarding the gifts and how he has learned through trial and error and by dropping just about every clanger in the book Indeed even greater clangers are just waiting to be dropped The Difficult Bits in 1 Corinthians 14 SG 7 Buy Paul writes two passages in 1 Corinthians 14 which do appear to be quite problematic The first difficulty arises when in the space of just four verses he seems to completely contradict himself over what he says about prophecy and tongues being a sign The second is his statement that women should keep silence in the churches Beresford deals with these passages in a clear and simple way and explains what Paul was actually saying Hope the Way Ahead SG 8 Buy The questions addressed in this talk are these Why have we seen such a decline in recent years in the ministry of the gifts amongst us and how do we overcome the unbelief which prevents us from moving out in them Beresford believes that part of the problem has been wrong teaching that has been unbalanced in its emphasis on faith and which has consequently left believers just not knowing what else to do in order to believe properly or hard enough He shows that Paul himself was far from being a faith teacher such as we have among us today in the charismatic movement but was rather a man who had the revelation from God about biblical hope Beresford believes that it is this revelation here explained that we so badly need We Are the Body of Christ SG 9 Buy The Bible s teaching about the gifts of the Spirit is given in the context of both church life and fellowship and love and any use made of them in isolation from these is just asking for trouble This is the first of two talks therefore on the whole area of corporate fellowship and the fact that we are called to be the Body of Christ on earth The nature of this body is examined along with the implications for us as individuals in being a part of it Wrong thinking is dealt with and scriptural balance is carefully maintained throughout This talk is in effect a general overview of the subject of the church Building the Church SG 10 Buy If the last talk was of a general nature then this one is somewhat more specific The Body of Christ includes all believers past present and future yet this huge conglomerate body of people is broken down at any one time and in any one place into the smaller units of individual churches And it was this particular manifestation of it to which Jesus referred when He said I will build my church The nature of such churches is therefore

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  • House-church.org - Church Life Series
    the assumption that new believers will be brought into churches which are themselves in comprehensive submission to God s Word Doing Good Works in the World CL 9 buy Unless we are serving the world and showing forth God s love for the people in it then the message of the gospel will simply be discredited through our own hypocrisy There are two aspects to this firstly the way we treat people and regard them and secondly what we actually do for them The fact of unbelievers being made in the image of God is fully explored and the implications made clear and Beresford warns against the danger of seeing people as merely souls to be saved and mere salvation fodder The uniqueness and dignity of every individual as created in the image of God must be respected and preserved Practical examples of service to unbelievers are given and the part churches ought to play in regards to social issues is covered Commitment and Membership CL 10 buy This talk lies at the heart of the entire series and deals with the nature of commitment and membership Beresford explains why it is not biblical to have official church membership or commitment forms and the like and demonstrates what the Bible actually does teach concerning being a member of a church The extent and limits of genuine commitment is dealt with along with the reasons why it is important that people be free to be less than fully committed to their church without being subjected to any kind of pressure Body Life CL 11 buy If the church is the body of Christ then the dynamic behind it is that it s members move together only at the direction of it s Head Jesus Himself It is the nature of this dynamic along with its practical implications that are explored in this talk Growth development even biblical patterns of structure and the like must only be implemented as directed by the Lord Himself and according to His timing This is what differentiates churches which are organisms from those which are merely organisations Beresford also deals with the issue of the clergy priesthood and laity divide demonstrating just how far removed from the teaching of the Bible it actually is It is quite impossible for body life to become a reality in a church as long as false and totally unbiblical divisions of personnel are to be found within it Church Government CL 12 buy The series now moves on to a group of talks which cover the whole subject of leadership in the church and structures of authority This first study therefore defines the Bible s teaching concerning this and the issue of just how a church ought to be governed is clearly laid out Elders presbyters shepherds pastors and bishops are all clearly defined and explained As you will see it s all so simple yet has been made so very complicated by wrong teachings accepted by all too many believers We refer you to the Traditions Series This subject is absolutely fundamental to the life of every church and where churches get this wrong so much else goes awry too The Qualifications of an Elder CL 13 buy If leadership is as important as the Bible teaches then it is clearly the case that bad leadership will make for bad churches This talk therefore covers the extremely detailed teaching the Bible gives regarding the stringent qualifications for elders and the things that must and must not be true concerning their lives Although not necessarily what many Christians seem to think they are these qualifications are necessary in order to protect the people in the church from any leadership that might potentially end up doing more harm than good If you want to know just how many academic qualifications and college degrees aren t needed before someone can become an elder then this is the talk for you The Function of Eldership CL 14 buy What are elders supposed to actually do then What does being an elder entail in practical terms What is the relationship of elders to the church in regards to their function And what isn t the relationship of elders to the church in regards to their function These questions are answered clearly and in great detail and answered in the light of the fact that it is the unfortunate experience of many believers that a large number of leaders in churches today aren t quite what the Bible says they ought to be It all boils down to a simple test Are you being nurtured or dominated Are you being led or driven Are you being brought into increasing dependence upon Jesus or into increasing dependence upon your elders Is your church s leadership defending and protecting your personal biblical and God given rights as a Christian or is it limiting and curtailing them This talk will leave you in no doubt as to how the Lord envisages eldership The Nature of Eldership CL 15 buy Without a proper understanding of the nature of eldership the risk is all too great of simply replacing the old heresy of the clergy laity divide with that of a shepherd sheep one The idea of an elder being just a fellow pleb one of the lads so to speak is not everywhere adhered to and yet is as Beresford here clearly demonstrates what the Bible teaches in no uncertain way about leaders Authoritarianism along with leadership from above rather than among the people have blighted many churches and the failure to see leadership as functional rather than positional has led to a thousand ways for Satan to bring dishonour on the body of Christ This talk also covers the subject of recognising new elders who are being raised up by the Lord Eldership Authority and Submission CL 16 buy The New Testament says virtually nothing about the authority of elders in the church and absolutely nothing about having

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  • House-church.org - Communion Series
    heart of the very nature of the church Beresford shows from the New Testament that the churches at the time of the apostles were based in people s homes and therefore greatly limited regarding to how large numerically each one could actually be This was firstly because each church was an extended family of God and secondly because they worshipped and mutually edified each other when they came together in such a way as could only happen in such a setting This talk reveals just how far we have moved away from scriptures teaching about being a church and top ranking evangelical scholarship is once again quoted in order to establish that this is not just a question of variations in biblical interpretation The Significance of the Lord s Supper Part 1 It s Individual Aspect CS 3 buy This talk shows how the Lord s Supper is tied in with the idea of there being covenants between God and His people Beresford explains the various types of covenants in the Bible and how they worked carefully distinguishing between conditional and unconditional ones The difference between a covenant and a testament is highlighted and the way in which Jesus closed the old covenant of law and established the new testament of grace is outlined The love feast is duly shown to be the covenant meal celebrating what the Lord has done regarding salvation The Significance of the Lord s Supper Part 2 It s Corporate Aspect CS 4 buy We are called to follow Jesus as individuals in order to become part of a corporate body of other believers who are doing likewise and this is the aspect of the Lord s Supper explored here Our individual relationship with the Lord is actually gauged by our relationship with others and

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  • House-church.org - Law and Grace Series
    a clear demonstration that this is the Law which Paul tells us we are not under The reasons for this are outlined as is the uniqueness of this particular covenant amongst all others God has made Until the actual reason for the giving of this Law is understood in contrast to the misunderstanding Israel was under confusion will always surround it This talk takes care of the error of legalism once and for all And just to get everyone going Beresford goes on record as saying that the Ten Commandments are not binding on Christians in any way at all having no practical bearing on our lives whatever Is he we hear you ask a heretic after all You ll have to wait until the series is completed to find out The New Covenant Part 1 LG 3 4 Buy Grace With the first two questions answered Beresford now moves onto the third and demonstrates the nature of the sixth covenant in the Bible and it s the one that as Christians we are under the New Covenant of Grace Its difference from the Old Covenant is explained and the very basis of our salvation through faith in Jesus is brought out A very real issue hit up against here is the question of how one actually gets into this covenant and there you may well be in for something of a surprise A talk to really get you thinking The New Covenant Part 2 LG 5 Buy The Error of License We now move on to answering the last of our four questions and turn to the issue of whether or not being under grace as opposed to law is a form of lawlessness Beresford demonstrates that nothing could be further from the truth and that grace is itself a covenant with its own demands and restrictions which God expects those within it to be faithful to Indeed the purpose of grace goes beyond merely saving us from the penalty of sin and includes within itself God s provision for sanctification that is being saved from the power of sin in our lives The error of license is therefore here refuted in no uncertain terms Beresford also continues and completes his reasoning for having asserted in the second talk that the Ten Commandments don t apply to us and that we are not under them Has he thus redeemed himself from the charge of not being biblically sound You ll have to decide that for yourself A Summary and Two Questions LG 6 Buy This talk provides a re cap of everything that has gone before and crystallises it into one readily understandable and digestible lump Some loose ends are also tied up by way of answering a couple of questions that naturally arise from the subject matter covered These pertain firstly to the usefulness of the Old Covenant to us even though we are dead to it and secondly to the issue of the relationship of obedience in

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  • House-church.org - Demonology Series
    How do they get in What do they do once they are in Can they possess someone These are the kind of questions clearly answered in this talk Common misunderstandings are tackled and sorted out and Beresford deals in some depth with the fact of men and women having God given free will and the way in which this relates to the whole area of demonisation Deliverance Ministry Part 1 DS 5 buy Obvious Demonisation If part of our calling as Christians is to bring those who have evil spirits in them to freedom then the question as to how you know if someone does have a demonic problem becomes a pressing one But whereas the answer to this is actually pretty straightforward false teaching and wrong ideas once again hopelessly complicate the picture The problem is that whereas there is a scriptural way to know when there is an obvious instance of demonisation being presented to you erroneous notions and some quite daft as well as to what does constitute a definite symptom of demonic infiltration are sadly abounding This talk therefore examines what does and what doesn t constitute a definite indication for the need for deliverance from evil spirits in someone s life Deliverance Ministry Part 2 DS 6 buy Discerning Demonisation It is actually the case that demonisation is not usually the slightest bit obvious at all After all if it was then what need would there be for the gift of the Holy Spirit of the discerning of spirits which is given in part for the precise purpose of ascertaining whether someone is demonised or not That particular gift is here examined in detail as is the important point that it has an application far wider than merely establishing whether or not individuals have evil spirits That application may well surprise you but every Christian does need to know a bit about it Deliverance Ministry Part 3 DS 7 buy Discerning and Casting Demons Out In covering the whole area of just how you cast demons out of people Beresford also answers here the question of discerning demonisation in non obvious instances As always there is no ABC or technique as to how to do it it s just down to trusting the Lord So then how do you cast demons out of people Are we supposed to send them anywhere And why is it that we are able to cast them out in the first place These are the kinds of questions covered here Beresford shows clearly that armed with a half decent understanding of the Bible a good solid walk of obedience to the Lord and a good measure of sanctified common sense it s far from the high powered and theatrical affair some seem to make it out to be Jesus is after all Lord And demons do after all know it Behind the Cosmic Curtain Principalities and Powers DS 8 buy Moving away from the specific area of the indwelling of

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  • House-church.org - ExpositorySeries
    2 Buy EX7 Philippians 3 v 3 11 Buy EX8 Philippians 3 v 12 16 Buy EX9 Philippians 3 v 17 21 Buy EX10 Philippians 4 v 1 7 Buy EX11 Philippians 4 v 8 23 Buy Buy complete series Titus Series EX12 Titus 1 v 1 4 Buy EX13 Titus 1 v 5 16 Buy EX14 Titus 2 v 1 10 Buy EX15 Titus 2 v 11 15 Buy Buy complete series Elijah Series EX16 1 Kings 16 v 25 34 Buy EX17 1 Kings 17 v 1 Buy EX18 1 Kings 17 v 2 Buy EX19 1 Kings 17 v 3 6 Buy EX20 1 Kings 17 v 7 9 Buy EX21 1 Kings 17 v 10 16 Buy EX22 1 Kings 17 v 17 24 Buy EX23 1 Kings 18 v 1 16 Buy EX24 1 Kings 18 v 17 18 Buy EX25 1 Kings 18 v 19 40 Buy EX26 1 Kings 18 v 41 46 Buy EX27 1 Kings 19 v 1 19 Buy EX28 1 Kings 19 v 19 2 Kings 1 v 18 Buy EX29 2 Kings 2 v 1 14 Buy Buy complete series James Series EX30 James Introduction Buy EX31 James

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  • House-church.org - Bible Survey Series
    series provides furnishing the listener with an easily grasped yet comprehensive overview of the scriptures A complete Bible Commentary on audio and an absolute must for every serious student of the Bible Old Testament BS1 Introduction Buy BS2 Genesis Buy BS3 Exodus Buy BS4 Leviticus Buy BS5 Numbers Buy BS6 Deuteronomy Buy BS7 Joshua Buy BS8 Judges Ruth Buy BS9 1 Samuel Buy BS10 2 Samuel Buy BS11 1 Kings Buy BS12 2 Kings Part 1 Buy BS13 2 Kings Part 2 Buy BS14 1 2 Chronicles Buy BS15 The Kings of Israel Judah Buy BS16 Ezra Nehemiah Esther Buy BS17 Job Buy BS18 Psalms Buy BS19 Proverbs Ecclesiastes Song of songs Buy BS20 Isaiah Buy BS21 Jeremiah Lamentations Buy BS22 Ezekiel Buy BS23 Daniel Part 1 Buy BS24 Daniel Part 2 Buy BS25 Hosea Joel Buy BS26 Amos Obadiah Jonah Buy BS27 Micah Nahum Habakkuk Zephaniah Buy BS28 Haggai Zechariah Buy BS29 Malachi The prophets The period between the testaments Buy New Testament BS30 Matthew Part 1 Buy BS31 Matthew Part 2 Buy BS32 Mark Buy BS33 Luke Part 1 Buy BS34 Luke Part 2 Buy BS35 John Part 1 Buy BS36 John Part 2 Buy BS37 John Part

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  • House-church.org - Conference Series
    apostles taught them to The Nature of Eldership CT3 buy Nothing has so damaged the church as the false teaching brought in by the Early Church Fathers concerning leadership Beresford here examines biblical eldership in the apostolic church and shows clearly it s functional as opposed to positional nature He further demonstrates that far from being governed by elders each church was actually run along purely consensual lines with the decision making process in the hands of the church corporately Verses traditionally used to teach that leaders are supposed to be in charge and are somehow over the people in a church are dealt with from the original Greek and shown to mean something entirely different Ministers pastors and big cheeses everywhere had better watch out if believers en masse ever get hold of this and then do what scripture teaches The Divine Design Apostolic Patterns as the Authority for Biblical House Church CT4 buy The title for this talk is a bit of a mouthful but Beresford was glad to have been given it to do In fact he maintains that it is one of the most important subjects going given that it demonstrates that contrary to most people s understanding scripture clearly reveals a set way to do church and that the apostles planted one type of church and one type only and that they did this because they had been commanded to do so by the Lord Himself The idea that we are free to just have whatever different types of church we fancy and that we can just go as the Spirit leads in that regard is shown to be pure fallacy and demonic deception This talk will blow you away Towards a Thoroughly Biblical Church Why Pragmatism and Mysticism Will Utterly Fail CT 5 buy A lot of church planters and believers today are trying various models of house church in the belief that it is the best approach for effective evangelism whilst others are trying it just because they feel led to by the Holy Spirit Beresford here explains that the only really legitimate reason for how one does church indeed does anything is because of what scripture teaches It is actually possible to end up doing the right thing for the wrong reason but when that is the case the foundation is shaky at best and ultimate failure will probably be the end result This talk was followed by a question and answer session The Ministry of the Ephesians 4 Pastor Teacher CT6 buy It is clear from the New Testament that the Lord raises men up with itinerant ministries who can come in from the outside to help and strengthen churches they are not themselves actually part of This talk homes in on the pastor teacher and outlines in detail the importance of what his function actually is Beresford being well qualified to do so himself having just such a function However the New Testament also outlines important safeguards surrounding such ministries

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