Colossians Chapter 3 GT 65

This talk was requested by someone in the church and is surprisingly wide-ranging in the number of topics it subsequently dealt with. Practical in the extreme, the gist of how Paul wanted the believers in the Colossian church to live day to day is brought out and applied simply and clearly.

Love – the Heart of Discipleship! GT 66

It is just not possible to give enough attention to considering and applying the glorious truths revealed in 1 Corinthians 13, and in this study Beresford returns, as he so often does, to what is undeniably one of the most majestic passages in the whole of scripture. Nothing matters more than experiencing, and living in, the love of God and this talk will increase your understanding thereby better enabling you to do just that.

The Toronto Blessing GT 67

Although this talk deals specifically with the whole phenomenon of what became known as ‘the Toronto blessing’ it really covers the whole area of charismatic excess and wrong practice in general. Although clearly affirming the reality and importance of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, Beresford nevertheless exposes the terrible errors and wrong practises that occur when they are not used in accordance with the teaching of the New Testament concerning them. The refusal to test all things according to scripture, the use of the gifts of the Spirit included, is both at the heart of charismatic error and the main cause of it. This immensely biblical and balancing talk will show you how to know when something is merely charismatic error as opposed to being the genuine moving of the Holy Spirit.

Answering Jehovah’s Witnesses GT 68

What do Jehovah’s Witnesses believe and teach about Jesus, and could they actually be right? More than just answering that specific question, this talk is a comprehensive biblical summary of the divinity of the Lord Jesus Christ and a clear demonstration of the Bible’s blatant declaration that He is the very second Person of the Trinity.

Part 1: Can Genuine Believers Fall Away? GT 71

This talk demonstrates from the New Testament that true and genuine believers can indeed shipwreck their faith by getting into serious unrepentant sin and/or error and fall away. This is something that certain theological systems strongly deny can happen, maintaining that those who do fall away could not have been true believers in the first place, and were therefore not born again and so never actually saved. When such an important tenet of a major theological system can so easily be shown to be in disagreement with both Paul the Apostle and other New Testament writers, then it’s surely time to look at the whole subject again, but from a somewhat different angle.

Part 2: Can Salvation Be Lost? GT 72

Other theological systems do accept that genuine believers can fall away though, but maintain that in so doing they forfeit their salvation and end up eternally lost in the Lake of Fire just like unbelievers. This study shows such a conclusion to be manifestly at variance with what both Jesus and Paul the apostle clearly taught on the subject. Beresford then takes each of theses conclusions and puts them alongside the clear teaching of the New Testament – that salvation is absolutely guaranteed, and that believers should have full assurance of salvation – and examines each in the light of it. The result clearly shows that not only does scripture clearly preclude any possibility that salvation can be lost, it also makes a mockery of the doctrine that genuine believers can’t fall away, doing so by demonstrating the simple fact that, given that no Christian can know whether or not they might fall away in the future, one can therefore never know whether one is a genuine believer or not, therefore having no basis for assurance of salvation whatsoever. Whether it is the Calvinistic theological system that teaches that genuine believers will never fall away, or the Arminian system that teaches that salvation can be lost, neither is in accord with the clear teaching of scripture that salvation is guaranteed and that believers should be fully assured of that fact. In other words, though the conclusion of each system is logical enough on its own terms, neither is what the Bible actually teaches. Whether it’s the doctrinal system that must logically conclude that salvation can’t be lost but that genuine Christians will never fall away, or the one that teaches that Christians can fall away but lose their salvation as a result, neither is consistent with the actual teaching of scripture itself, both gainsaying the clear biblical doctrine concerning the believer’s utter guarantee and full assurance of salvation.

What’s in a Name? Paul the Apostle Uncovered! GT 73

Paul’s name is of far more significance than most Christians realise. If you want to know why Beresford has three nicknames for him, all coming straight out of the inspired text but relating to different aspects of his discipleship, then this talk is for you. Intrigued? Go on then, treat yourself and get hold of this study immediately!

Salvation: Past, Present and Future! GT 74

This is basically a one-talk overview of the Salvation Series and explains the whole scope of the salvation Jesus has provided for us through His death on the Cross. An extremely clear and helpful study! (When ordering this talk please request the diagram that accompanies it.)

Who Killed Jesus? GT 75

Some questions have but one answer, whilst others are somewhat more complex. If you thought you knew the answer to the question posed here then think again! This amazing, and incredibly convicting, talk reveals how things are sometimes not at all what they seem. A murder mystery to satisfy even the most ardent Agatha Christie fan!

What is a Church? Or…Doing it the Family Way! CT 1

In this talk Beresford defines what a church actually is and reveals it to be simply an extended family of God’s people relating together as such. He also outlines what he calls the minimum requirements for a biblical church and appeals for believers to return to the way shown us in the New Testament as opposed to the traditions of mere men that go completely against it.

Open Participatory Church Gatherings CT 2

When churches in New Testament times met they proceeded in a way totally at variance with the differing forms of church services found today. In fact, the early church didn’t have services at all, and Beresford shows clearly from scripture just what they did do, where they did it, and why! If a believer from the apostolic church went to what passes for a church gathering today – indeed, for the last 1800 years- they would wonder what on earth we thought we were doing and ask why we don’t just do things the way the apostles taught them to.

The Nature of Eldership CT 3

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 CT 4

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

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 CT 6

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, and it is vitally important to understand the basis upon which any such men can be considered as being safe. The so-called ‘house church movement’ is replete with, biblically speaking, completely unqualified men parading themselves as such ministries, yet who do more harm than good precisely because their lives don’t measure up to the standards outlined in the New Testament. The cautionary aspect of this talk will put all who hear it in good stead for protecting themselves from invalid itinerant ministries.

Consensual Church Government and the Role of Elders CT 7

In most churches once you have established what leadership structure they have you have also established what church government they adhere to. Or to put it another way, leadership equates to executive authority in the church. However, in this talk Beresford clearly shows from the New Testament that this is far from being the scriptural way. Biblical churches do indeed have leadership, but it is of a completely different kind from unbiblical churches, and is quite distinct from the scriptural basis for a church’s decision-making. Church government, he shows, should be on the basis of the consensual and collective decision-making of all in a church, and not merely the say-so of eldership. The verses in the New Testament which are used to justify executive leadership in church life are thoroughly examined and shown to be erroneous translations of the original Greek.

Law and Grace Series Introduction

In Romans 6v14 Paul tells us that, as Christians, we are not under law but under grace, and here Beresford establishes precisely what he meant. The questions raised and answered are:

What is this law we are not under?

Why are we not under it?

What, therefore, is this grace that we are under?

Is being under grace a form of lawlessness then?

And in answering these questions two of the most prevalent false teachings to have plagued the Christian Church throughout history are tackled head on and dealt with. The area covered here, as you will discover, is really that of the different covenants God has made with man. A truly foundational subject!

Biblical Covenants LG 1

In this first talk the errors of legalism and license are defined, as is the meaning of, and the difference between, in both English and Greek usage, the words covenant and testament. The various types of covenant/testaments used in the ancient world of Bible times are outlined, followed by a discussion as to which ones God employs in His dealings with mankind. The first four of the six main covenants He has made with mankind are covered, and then placed in their proper categories. If you don’t know your Parity and Suzerain-Vassals from your Royal Grants, then this talk is definitely for you.

The Old Covenant – Law! LG 2

The Error of Legalism
The Mosaic Law is shown to be the fifth of the six covenants in question. Its nature, scope and purpose are defined, followed by 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

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

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

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 regards to grace as opposed to obedience in regards to law. Or, to put it another way, is justification – salvation from the penalty of sin – purely by faith, and therefore a matter of grace, but sanctification – salvation from the power of sin – by obedience, and therefore actually a matter of law and not grace at all? The answer is clearly shown to be that everything in the Christian life, sanctification included, is by the grace of God alone through faith in Jesus.

Distinguishing Characteristics of Legalism and License LG 7

Having dealt with the theory of it all, this talk brings into focus the nitty-gritty business of actually identifying any presence and practice of either of the evils of legalism or license in our lives. None of us will come out of this talk with a completely clean bill of health, but at least in highlighting the presence of the condition we are half-way to the cure being applied. So many problems in our lives, both individually, and corporately as churches, can be conquered by us judging ourselves truly in regards to these issues.

The Grace-Filled Christian Life LG 8

This last study examines what grace actually is: a fundamental aspect of the Lord’s character and nature. This affects our understanding both of Him, and of how we relate to others. The relationship between grace and truth is also outlined in order that the delicate balance that avoids the twin errors of legalism and license might be maintained. Growth in the grace of God is what the Christian life is all about.

Salvation Series Introduction

In this series Beresford comprehensively covers the teaching of the Bible on the whole subject of Salvation. Many Christians remain unaware of the sheer scope of what Jesus accomplished through His life, death and resurrection, and the resulting implications.

Presented in a clear and interesting way these talks answer many frequently raised questions, and clear up some common misunderstandings that arise. From the very Dawn of Human History to the Final Judgement, from creation itself to the eventual destruction and replacing of the universe, the subject is outlined in great detail, yet with sufficient simplicity such that none will find it beyond them to understand. Whether you have been a Christian for twenty years or two weeks – or even if you are not a Christian at all yet – then this series is for you, providing a wealth of biblical understanding and revelation that none should be without.

Below is a link to a PDF chart that lays out in diagram form the ground to be covered:

Salvation Chart

The Bible – God’s Word! SA 1

Starting from the very beginning and taking absolutely nothing for granted, the Bible, the source document for the Christian faith, is shown to be utterly reliable and accurate. If you have any doubts about the Word of God being literally true then this talk will clear them up for sure and give you renewed confidence and trust in it. You will be utterly amazed at just how accurate, even in the area of scientific knowledge, the Bible actually is. A cracking start to the series!

The Great Divide SA 2

The origin of man and the appearance of sin in the world are here examined in detail. The question as to why man is separated from God is clearly answered, and the four-fold barrier, likened by Beresford to a series of electric fences, that was erected as a consequence, is outlined. The opening chapters of Genesis are shown to be entirely historical with the whole edifice of the Christian faith being built upon their literal truth. Without a clear understanding of the part played by Adam and Eve at the beginning of human history the subject of salvation cannot even be begun to be properly grasped.

The Rescuer SA 3

The real question is not, “What is salvation?”, but rather “Who is salvation?”, and this talk shows why only Jesus, as both God and man, could effect the answer to the problem of sin. A clear demonstration of the absolute necessity of His virgin-birth is included, along with the first biblical revelations, which appear as early as the third chapter of Genesis, of the tactics God would use in overcoming Satan’s control of a fallen world. You will also find out who the world’s first converts were and may be surprised, though doubtless delighted, to learn the identity of the very first evangelist who led them into salvation. A fascinating study which will open up new vistas of biblical understanding for you!

Redemption and Ransom SA 4

The first of the four electric fences which stood between man and God was the fact that everybody is a slave to sin through their sin nature. This talk demonstrates how Jesus demolished that particular fence thus leaving the way clear for absolutely anyone to receive salvation. The technical meanings of the terms redemption and ransom are explained and their effect on the devil clearly outlined.

Atonement and Imputation SA 5

Because of the absolute righteousness of God we need, in order to have fellowship with Him, not just the absence of personal sin but the positive presence of an absolute righteousness of our own as well. How this second fence of the Great Divide was dealt with by Jesus is the subject of this fifth talk. What does atonement mean? And what has it got to do with Noah’s Ark? What is imputation all about? By an explanation of the meaning and symbolism of the Old Testament Burnt, Peace and Sin Offerings, and the way in which Jesus became the living fulfilment of them, these questions are straightforwardly and simply answered.

Expiation and Propitiation SA 6

Don’t let yourself be put off by this rather technical sounding terminology – it is simply the terminology used to describe how Jesus demolished the third fence. And whereas the second fence was to do with God’s absolute righteousness, this one concerns His absolute justice, the two together comprising what the Bible terms as His holiness. And the problem of fence number three is that a just God cannot just turn a blind eye to sin but must execute judgement on those who are guilty of it. Therefore, how on earth could salvation ever have happened? As with everything the Lord does it is really rather clever; and because He appreciates how slow of understanding we are as well, it is also very simple.

Regeneration – The New Birth! SA 7

The fourth and final fence bites the dust now leaving the road clear for all who want to know the Lord. This talk explains what being born again means, and how it actually happens to someone. And for those who like perplexing and awkward questions then how does this one grab you: “How do you tell someone with a ‘dead’ spirit that they need an ‘alive’ one when, in order for them to even have the foggiest idea what you are talking about, they need to first have an ‘alive’ spirit?” All is revealed in this fascinating study!

Justification by Faith – An Overview! SA 8

Fitting together everything that has thus far been covered this talk clearly explains the meaning of the biblical doctrine known as Justification by Faith and demonstrates why it is by faith or not at all. An apparent contradiction between the teaching of Paul, and that found in the letter of James, is dealt with showing it to be far from a contradiction, but rather a vital factor in determining what true faith actually is. After all, Satan believes in Jesus, doesn’t he? Faith, then, must be something more than simply that. And just for any fans of Courtroom Drama movies on TV this study ends with an explanation of the most intriguing celestial courtroom drama of all time. Perry Mason never even came close!

Salvation – Past, Present and Future! SA 9

Many Christians think that salvation is only to do with being delivered from eternal separation from God, or from the penalty of sin. However, in this talk Beresford shows how that particular aspect – Justification by Faith – is merely one part of a much wider whole. The sheer comprehensiveness and scope of what God has accomplished through Jesus is here outlined. This talk is sort of a ‘bridge study’ between the first and second phases of the series. I remind you here of the chart mentioned earlier that lays out in diagram form the ground we are covering. The link is below:

Salvation Chart

Sanctification – The Caterpillar Syndrome! SA 10

In this introductory talk to the second phase of salvation, God’s provision for deliverance from the power of sin in the life of the believer, or Sanctification, as it is called, is outlined. Paul’s teaching in the sixth chapter of Romans about being crucified with Christ is clearly explained, and some of the misunderstandings and wrong ideas about it cleared up. Reference is made to Jesus’ allusion to the vine and the branches which, when linked in with Paul’s teaching, makes everything abundantly clear. The ministry of the Holy Spirit regarding this is also covered, and what Beresford calls the Caterpillar Syndrome is shown to be the way forward for us. A vital study!

Through the Wilderness SA 11

The history of Israel’s wanderings through the wilderness on their way to the Promised Land is here shown to be one big historical parable to describe God’s work in our lives as His people. The passages in the letter to the Hebrews about God resting from creation are applied to this in a most interesting way. Also, the Lord’s use of problems and difficulties in our lives in order to bring us to our rest from our attempts at living the Christian life is also explained.

Brokenness – The Jacob Factor! SA 12

Wrestling with God may not be your idea of fun but it does just happen to be a vital part of growing in the Lord. And it might well come as a bit of a shock to discover, as did Jacob – and very much to his own cost too – that it is Jesus Himself Who actually starts the fight. Although this study covers a tremendously serious and important aspect of God’s work in our lives, Beresford nevertheless really did have some fun communicating it. Seconds away!!! Round 2!!!!

Work Out Your Own Salvation – Part 1 SA 13

The meaning of these words written by Paul to the Philippian church is outlined, and the first of the two keys which, when used together, unlock the door to Christian maturity, is also explained. Key number one turns out here to be confession of sin and repentance, and Beresford shows from the Bible what it means to be out of fellowship with God and how to get back in. Wrong ideas about this whole subject are dealt with, and fears will be laid to rest by the teaching contained in this important talk.

Work Out Your Own Salvation – Part 2 SA 14

The second key for opening the door to Christian growth is here shown to be the marvellous truth contained in Paul’s statement in Romans 8v1: “…in everything God works together for good to them that love Him and are called according to His purpose.” Various examples from the lives of believers in the Bible are used to show how even our sin and failure can be the means of God accomplishing His work in us. Despair and hopelessness are countered by this incredibly encouraging talk which has proved to be a tremendous blessing to all who have heard it. Also dealt with is the problem of those who are re-married, having been divorced, and the explanation given as to why there is nothing for them to be concerned about in regards to it. The grace of God is here so powerfully set forth that Satan’s lies will be exposed, and any who are troubled will be restored again to peace and joy.

Judgement of Believers SA 15

Although Christians are delivered from God’s judgement on sin, and therefore its penalty, as a good Father He nevertheless disciplines us because we are now His children. Examples of the various stages which this child-training goes through are shown using the lives of believers in the Bible, along with the way in which we can, by obedience and submission, make our discipleship a little easier in this respect. Of particular interest here is the explanation of the sin unto death, as the King James Version calls it, using the examples both of King Saul and Ananias and Sapphira. Once you learn to differentiate between the various judgements in the Bible you will become less prone to the attacks Satan launches against you with his fiery darts of condemnation and fear.

The Baptism With the Holy Spirit – Part 1 SA 16

The power of the Holy Spirit is essential equipment for every believer, and the Old Testament Feasts of Passover, First Fruits and Pentecost are here shown to point to the significance and importance of the Baptism with the Holy Spirit in the life of the Christian. A survey of the Acts of the Apostles is also used to demonstrate how this baptism is quite distinct from the new birth, and also the way in which the New Testament believers ensured that people received this power as soon as possible after becoming Christians. The teaching in this talk is important stuff!

The Baptism With the Holy Spirit – Part 2 SA 17

This study examines the subjective effect on believers’ lives by being filled with the Holy Spirit. Reference to the biblical symbolism of wind, fire, water and the dove demonstrates the ministry of the Holy Spirit, which is shown to be far wider than just the spiritual gifts He imparts. Ultimately it is to simply glorify Jesus by enabling Him to live through us. The problems of leaking and keeping your feet on the bottom are also dealt with. (Intrigued? Then have a listen!)

Death – And Beyond! SA 18

This talk marks the beginning of the third phase of this series – deliverance from the presence of sin. The Bible’s teaching on what actually occurs at death, and what consequently happens to people immediately afterwards, is traced through from Genesis to Revelation, with the most remarkable scenario you could possibly imagine duly unfolding. Tartarus, Paradise, Gehenna and Hades are all explained, along with information on all the various places and conditions of the dead. A most interesting sidelight on the Garden of Eden emerges as well, and an explanation given concerning the increasing number of people who are having near-death experiences of lights, tunnels and infinite beings and stuff like that. Are they meeting God? Or is it something rather more sinister? A not-to-be-missed talk!

The Rapture – Part 1 SA 19

I Ain’t Got No Body!

This is the first of two studies on the subject of the Rapture and deals with both the nature of the resurrection body, and the timing regarding when various groups of people receive one. The long-standing heresy of Platonism is tackled and its effects on Christian thinking exposed as being the satanic deception it is. The big surprise here though is what happens to unbelievers in regards to this whole area of the Bible’s teaching, and that there is a little understood resurrection which, by the time the process is completed, means that eventually no one at all will be left dead.

The Rapture – Part 2 SA 20

The Church and the Tribulation

There is much confusion today over the question of the timing of the Rapture. Is it before the Great Tribulation, or after it and therefore at the same time as the Second Coming? By examining Old Testament teaching to Israel about Messiah establishing His Kingdom on earth and His personal reign from Jerusalem, and then contrasting this with Jesus’ own teaching in the New Testament, Beresford clearly demonstrates the truth of this controversial aspect of the Bible’s teaching. The belief that the Rapture occurs at the Second Coming entails that the Church will go through the Great Tribulation, but a correct understanding of Scripture shows such a notion to be mistaken. There is no need to be frightened by the teaching going around in some places today that we must prepare for the reign of the Antichrist. Indeed, we won’t even be on the earth at that time!

The Judgement Seat of Christ SA 21

In this talk Beresford reveals where the Church actually will be whilst the Great Tribulation is raging on earth, and precisely what we will all be getting up to. And we shall, in fact, be in Heaven having our works, or service, assessed by the Lord. The nature of this judgement, how it works, and the way in which its outcome will affect us from that moment onwards, are all discussed in detail. The difficult passages in the sixth and tenth chapters of Hebrews, which some maintain indicate that salvation can be lost, are fully dealt with and shown to mean no such thing. Scripture teaches that one day we shall all give an account of our Christian lives and what we have done with them, and it means exactly what it says. This is an important subject, and every believer needs to have a full understanding of this aspect of their future salvation.

A Marriage In Heaven SA 22

At the end of the period of the Great Tribulation, during which the Church is in Heaven, the event of the ages takes place: the marriage of the Church to the Lamb. The precise meaning and significance of this is discussed, and the part that various groups of believers throughout history play in it is demonstrated. Various parables of Jesus which often mystify people, and which sometimes get used to argue that that salvation can be lost, are explained in the light of their ‘end times ‘ context, and thus become quite obvious. This study is an excellent example of the fact that without an understanding of Israel’s unique place in God’s plan, parts of the Bible can seem rather obscure. However, once you have that understanding then many things fall naturally and logically into place.

The Millennium and the Eternal State SA 23

This last study in the section on future salvation describes the thousand-year reign of Jesus on the earth, also known as the Millennium, followed by the Eternal State. The Second Coming issues in the imprisonment of Satan and the establishing of the Kingdom of God, with Jesus Himself reigning personally over humankind from Jerusalem. The nature of the restored earth and its society is analysed along with the part that various groups of believers will play in its government. The final release of the devil is explained, and an understanding of the ensuing Eternal State given. This is mind-boggling stuff indeed! But then mind-boggling is just what we should expect from a God as mighty and as incredible and powerful as the Lord God of Israel. The eternal future we face as believers is finally just too incredible for us to even begin to imagine, but this talk at least gives the tiniest inkling of what the Lord has in store for us throughout eternity.

Can Salvation Be Lost? Part 1 SA 24

If the most important question in the universe is, “Do you have salvation?”, then the second most important one must therefore be, “Can you lose it?” So Beresford now demonstrates quite clearly that you can’t lose your salvation, and that the fundamental nature of what God has done, of what salvation actually is, totally precludes, by very definition, even the very notion. The Bible clearly and firmly teaches that believers are eternally secure and the relevant passages are here duly explained. There is, however, someone who very much wants believers to have doubts about this, and Beresford clearly shows that it is Satan himself in a bid to malign the character of the God he so hates. This talk will calm any fears that you may have about this and restore the sense of security and safety that the Lord desires you to be living in.

Can Salvation Be Lost? Part 2 SA 25

In this last talk of the series Beresford tackles the remaining passages in the Bible which, according to some, teach that salvation can be lost. Jesus’ teaching in John 15 about the branches being cut off the vine and thrown into the fire is covered, as is the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. Also covered is the content of 2 Peter 2, plus the problem presented by Judas, the betrayer. These scriptures, plus others which cause difficulties to some people, are examined and explained quite clearly. The question of whether or not salvation can be lost is here answered once and for all as this series is brought to its conclusion.

Spiritual Gift Series Introduction

These talks aim to sort out the whole fraught subject of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Their nature and practice are thoroughly examined with careful consideration being given to the rules in the Bible which, if heeded, would greatly reduce the risk of error or abuse.

Things are going on in the so-called charismatic movement today which are not only extremely unhelpful but are actually pure demonic deception, and this is because of widespread ignorance of what scripture actually does and doesn’t teach about the subject, and the complete failure to follow the ground rules laid down. For this reason the context of Paul’s teaching about the gifts is fully examined showing clearly the importance placed on corporate fellowship and biblically based church life, mutual accountability and love, and the dangers which arise from the use of the gifts without these safety mechanisms firmly in place. This series is, in effect, an exposition of 1 Corinthians 12 – 14, and should be considered as complementary to the ‘Church Life Series’, being incomplete, and even potentially unbalanced, without it.

Introduction SG 1

In this introduction the place of spiritual gifts in the life of the believer is explained, and their nature made clear. Their relationship to the Trinity is also shown along with the reason why Paul, in his introductory remarks on the subject, parallels them with dumb idols. Beresford explains too why the actual term spiritual gifts can be misleading and demonstrates that they are far from being the big deal some seem to make of them. They are actually quite ordinary and not special at all. You therefore don’t have to be a special person to use them – any ordinary old believer will do.

Tongues and Interpretation SG 2

There are some Christians for whom speaking in tongues is a bit of a taboo subject and best not mentioned at all, whilst for others it seems to be about the most important thing in their lives. Balance is needed as the essential ingredient here and, whilst keeping tongues carefully in its scriptural place, Beresford demonstrates just how important it actually is, and what a source of blessing it can be. The difference between the private and personal ministries of tongues is also explained, along with the rules for its public use and the subsequent interpretations which should follow. The question as to whether or not all believers should speak in tongues is tackled head on, and practical advice for moving out in this gift is given.

Interpretation and Prophecy SG 3

Many people are confused as to whether or not an interpreted tongue is the same thing as a prophecy, and although the standard approach is to say that it is Beresford clearly shows that this view is actually incorrect. There is a profound and fundamental difference between the two things, and the failure to realise this can actually lead to the true gift of public tongues, with its subsequent interpretation, becoming practically non-existent. A severe diminution in the true gift of prophecy is also shown to stem from this. Corporate worship and sharing together among God’s people can never be quite as the Lord truly desires until these wonderful, yet misunderstood, gifts are flowing freely in our churches.

The Gift of Prophecy SG 4

Paul the apostle rated this gift rather highly, and his reason for doing so is here explained, as is the unique blessing it brings with it. The uses of prophecy are also demonstrated along with the rules which must be observed when it is being used. Once again practical points of advice are given to enable people to step out in faith and to actually begin exercising this most valuable of gifts which the Lord has made available to us.

The ‘Thought’ and ‘Deed’ Gifts SG 5

This talk covers the remaining six gifts dealt with by Paul in his Corinthian letter, and the word of wisdom may especially hold a surprise or two in store for you in that it has applications which most believers are not particularly aware of. The Lord has truly called us to live miraculous lives, and this study will help you to realise the kind of things that we should be expecting to happen.

Hindrances to Using the Gifts SG 6

When we eventually realise the means by which Satan holds us back in the use of the gifts of the Spirit then more can be done to enable us to be set free and to really get motoring. Beresford therefore outlines the strategy the devil uses, and the weaknesses and sin in us which actually enable him to be successful. He also points out how we 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

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

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

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

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 examined, and the term defined according to the Bible as distinct from some usual, but incorrect, Christian definitions. The part we are meant to be playing in a church is explained and the nature of true Christian fellowship outlined. For those who like to have things placed in order of importance, Beresford here goes on record as saying that he believes this is the third most important thing that there is.

Love SG 11

You may not know now what Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians has to do with sandwiches, but you certainly will after listening to this. Beresford explains why, of all the different Greek words for love available to them, the writers of the New Testament chose agape in order to define the love of God which we are called to show both to each other, and to the world. But before defining what this agape love actually is, he gives a somewhat unnerving demonstration as to what it isn’t necessarily. 1 Corinthians 13 is just about one of the best known chapters of the entire Bible, and yet also one of the worst for translation, with it’s true meaning not coming out particularly well in the English language at all. The original Greek is therefore explained in some detail and the full import of what Paul was teaching brought out. There is a wealth of information here that every Christian needs to both know and understand.

Compassion SG 12

Having given a general introduction to the subject of love in the previous talk, Beresford now begins to break it down into some of its component parts, with compassion being one of the most important, yet also least understood, aspects. What has compassion to do with being angry? Why does philosophical romanticism and scepticism need to enter the picture here? Why did Jesus snort like a stallion and then burst into tears? These and other questions are answered to show that compassion is actually what the incarnation of Jesus, and therefore Christianity itself, is all about.

Love God, Neighbour and Yourself SG 13

Taking Jesus’ teaching about the greatest commandment this study demonstrates that without a good and right relationship with ourselves we will never have good relationships with other people. Yet the only way to maintain a good relationship with oneself is by remaining in a good, right and solid on-going relationship with the Lord. The problem, however, is that you can only be in a good relationship with Him in so far as you have a correct understanding of Who He actually is, and therefore of the sort of Person He is as well. Many Christians believe in a God who doesn’t actually exist because they believe things about Him which are simply not true; things, in point of fact, that are quite literally the lies of the devil. These demonic little deceptions are therefore here dealt with in a thorough description of just how lovely, and loveable, to say nothing of absolutely wonderful, the Lord really is. This talk will do you the world of good and should be heard three times a day before meals.

The Fruit of the Spirit SG 14

The series continues with an examination of the fruit of the Spirit as outlined by Paul in his letter to the Galatians, and in the light of the previous talk Beresford shows how it relates to our relationship with the Lord, our relationships with other people, and our relationship with our own selves. Common misconceptions are dealt with and the true nature of this fruit clearly defined. Once again the original Greek is explored, this being the only way to fully understand what Paul was actually meaning. And the truth of this passage is shown to be that it is actually a parallel passage to 1 Corinthians 13, and that in both those places Paul is simply speaking of Jesus and the kind of person that He is, and how He wants to just carry on being Himself in, and through, us as His people. What more could we possibly want?

1 Corinthians 10 – 14: An Exposition! SG 15

The series concludes with this talk which was added at a later date. The whole thing about the gifts of the Spirit is put into its biblical context in this study of the five chapters in which Paul deals with the issue as to how a biblically based church ought to meet and function when it comes together on the Lord’s Day. Beresford brings out some things from these chapters which most believers are completely ignorant of and demonstrates just how wide of the mark most churches are regarding these issues. A fascinating and fitting end to the series!

Traditions Series Introduction

These talks demonstrate how much Christian belief and practice, especially in regards to church life, structure and government (or ecclesiology, as the theologians like to call it), is not actually based on the Bible at all, but rather on traditions handed down through the ages which originated from wrong teaching given by the leaders of the early church in the years following the death of the original Apostles.

Controversial subjects are thereby here tackled head on, but we believe it to be vitally important that it be done. Although these studies contain a fair bit of technical and historical material, along with some conclusions that may cause some offence, Beresford passes it all on in his usual humorous, interesting and easy to follow way.

The Tradition of the Elders TR 1

This first talk establishes from the Bible the two kinds of traditions there are, and shows which, as Christians, we should, and should not be accepting. The background to the conflict between Jesus and the religious leaders in Israel is shown to have been something that scripture calls the tradition of the elders, and the origination and development of this is traced, and the damage it was doing to the Jews as the people of God demonstrated. The varying names by which it was called are also explained and its root problem, that it denies that the Word of God alone is sufficient for establishing belief and practice, is clearly revealed.

Jesus and the Tradition of the Elders TR 2

Having seen what this tradition of the elders actually is we now move on to find out what Jesus thought about it. And what we discover is that far from being neutral, or somehow accepting of it, Jesus’ reaction was actually one of complete non-acceptance and total and open antagonism! In fact, He absolutely hated it and declared war against it, and some of the ways in which He did this are actually rather amusing. And something quite fascinating emerges as Beresford shows how Jesus proved that He was Israel’s Messiah not only according to the Old Testament and its teachings, but according to their beloved tradition of the elders as well. Beresford also quite clearly demonstrates from the Word of God that the Jewish religious leaders actually sought Jesus’ death in the full knowledge that He was the promised Messiah.

The Tradition of the Early Church Fathers – Part 1 TR 3

These studies now move uncomfortably close to home as, having demonstrated the serious error of Israel’s tradition of the elders, Beresford proceeds to show how Christian version emerged. We are introduced to the Early Church Fathers through their own writings, and the uniqueness of their position, that they did not then have the fully compiled New Testament as did the church later on, is explained. Quite understandably in such circumstances wrong teachings began to appear, but the real problem was that they were not corrected once the church did have the entire New Testament at its disposal. And it is precisely those teachings which the Early Church Fathers got wrong that are such a big problem today, because rather than being phased out not only were they retained, they were actually given authoritative and inspired status to boot. By testing the writings of the Fathers against the New Testament, Beresford reveals and explains their foundational error which inevitably became the seed-bed in which their other errors naturally grew.

The Tradition of the Early Church Fathers – Part 2 TR 4

Beresford now demonstrates, again by comparing the actual writings of the Early Church Fathers with the New Testament, the other false teachings which sprang up from their foundational one. He also demonstrates how Bible-believing scholarship is unanimous in its understanding of the fact that these traditions and practices are not what the Bible teaches, but are rather just what the Fathers handed down to us. However, Beresford puts himself at variance with these scholars, and with most other believers as well, by arguing the simple point that such practises should therefore be totally renounced and rejected, and that Christian churches should be completely re-formed to hold only such beliefs and practises which accord with the actual teaching of Scripture, and to therefore return to being how the churches we see in the New Testament were. A controversial position to hold indeed!

A Summation TR 5

Beresford chose to call this talk a ‘Summation’ as opposed to a ‘Summary’ due to the fact that it is an American legal term denoting the concluding statements made by opposing counsel in a court case. And this nicely sums up his contention, here outlined, that the Christian church is actually well and truly in the dock’ over these issues, and somewhat without excuse regarding them too. And although fun was had by all during this talk it is not really what one would call a fun subject. We truly are convinced that the issues dealt with in this series, and summed up in this talk, are among the most important that churches face today. God is crying out through His Word for a people who are in obedience to His every known and understood directive, and Beresford therefore pulls no punches in communicating that fact here. Nothing, however sacred it may be considered to be, is here spared from the process of being held up to the light of the truth of the Bible in order to be declared either as being of God, or a deception that must be renounced in obedience to the Lord.

Question and Answer Session TR 6

Various questions from the floor are here answered and Beresford clarifies issues surrounding what churches should actually be like in practical terms. He describes in detail the life and practice of the church here in Chigwell, and deals with the vitally important questions concerning leadership, church government and the relationship of itinerant/apostolic ministries to the individual churches they work with. A fascinating and practical end to this most important of series.