Moving away from the specific area of the indwelling of individuals by evil spirits, Beresford now moves on to the much wider sphere of their influence over the whole world of humanity. A dip into the book of Daniel in the Old Testament gives a quite staggering insight as to what is actually going on behind the backdrop of human affairs: a battle that is raging between the Lord, His angels and the hosts of Satan! What can, and can’t, be deduced from the Bible in regards to this is examined, including a thorough look in the New Testament at the teaching of Paul. False doctrines pertaining to these matters are carefully and comprehensively refuted.
The Battle for the Mind
The area covered in this study is the nature of the warfare going on behind the scenes, and the way in which the principalities and powers are able to work in relation to men and women. The tie-in between the fallen human nature and Satan is revealed, and the basis of our part in the warfare covered. A picture is here painted in very large brush strokes, and the resulting vista is quite breathtaking. This, as you will discover from the talk, is literally dynamite.
The Question of Location
Before entering into battle with an opposing army it really does help to know precisely where that army is, and it is no different with the demonic hordes against whom we are called to do battle either. So where, exactly, are the demons? Where do the principalities and powers actually hang out? Well, believe it or not, the Bible answers these questions for us quite literally, and Beresford lays it out here as clear as a bell.
Pulling Down Strongholds
And so we come to the battle itself, and to the subject of the weapons of our warfare. Satan’s strongholds are identified, and the manner of their destruction by us outlined. It’s all about taking away from the devil what God has given to us, and jolly exciting it is too! Yet more false teaching is refuted in the duration of this talk, thereby allowing the glorious truth which shines out of God’s Word in regards to this vitally important subject to be seen in even sharper relief.
With the hard work done, and the details safely covered in the previous talks, Beresford here puts the whole thing into one readily digestible, if rather large, mouthful. The complete picture is reduced to a manageable canvas and false teaching pertaining to it given a last quick run through with the Sword of the Spirit. It’s all here, the battle of the ages, with the victory going to the Lord Jesus Christ! On yer bike, Satan! Hallelujah!
This Series contains various one-off talks. Firstly, there are straightforward teaching sessions; but secondly, and perhaps more unusually, there are Question Time sessions as well. The latter have resulted from the fact that over the years Beresford has found it to be tremendously helpful for people to be able to set their own teaching agenda by asking questions, thereby receiving the biblical information they most need at any given time. As a result many subjects have been covered which it is most unlikely would have been touched on in the normal course of events. The nature of this series is that it obviously keeps growing as different talks are added to it, and of course this website will be accordingly up-dated.
The Christian life is one of being constantly called to step out of the security of one’s boat to walk with Jesus on the sea of life, thus sharing His experience. This examination of Peter’s attempt to do this reveals two things: firstly, he by no means had a monopoly on sinking, it happens to all who really do obey the Lord; and secondly, it is far better to step out and sink than to simply stay in the boat all nice and comfortable and just float aimlessly around in it. This talk will greatly encourage all who really are serious about following the Lord.
Most of us have listened to preachers who, even though speaking for an hour or so, end up talking about absolutely nothing. So not wishing to be left out Beresford here makes his contribution to the genre – an hour’s talk about absolutely nothing! Intrigued? Then we suggest you hear this talk to find out what he’s going on about.
There are things in all our lives which, whether individually or corporately, constitute barriers between ourselves and the Lord, and in this talk the way to deal with them is highlighted. Three characters who Jesus encountered during His life provide the key to our freedom, each representing a different area of discipleship where difficulties arise. A most encouraging and interesting study!
In this Question Time session Ephesians 3v30 gets the full treatment. What exactly does it mean to grieve the Holy Spirit? And how can we stop if we are doing it? (And likely as not we are doing it in one way or another.) What is the difference between this grieving and what Paul refers to elsewhere as quenching the Holy Spirit? The answers to both these, and other, important questions are here explained.
Without remaining in fellowship with God through ongoing repentance and confession of sin we will never grow as Christians. The Bible’s teaching about this is clearly explained, along with the way in which we can stay in right relationship with those around us. The wonderful simplicity of repentance is revealed, and Beresford shows that this is quite different from the heavy and somewhat negative affair that many imagine it to be. You will feel differently about this whole area of the Christian life after listening to this encouraging and light-hearted talk.
This may seem to be a rather obvious question with an equally obvious answer, but it is, nevertheless, an extremely important one. Beresford therefore sets out to answer it in as definitive a way a single talk allows and makes it very clear that the answer is not actually as known and understood as it should be. If it were then a very much more robust discipleship would be the norm, rather than the exception, amongst today’s Christians.
The Lord Himself knows what it is to be beset by the temptations to sin which Satan is so expert at in laying before us. This talk is a study of Jesus’ confrontation with the devil in the wilderness and shows the way in which He overcame temptation, thereby leaving us the example to follow. Demonic wiles, subtleties and tricks are dealt with, and helpful pointers given to wielding the sword of the Spirit effectively.
This two talk set (below) arose out of a Question Time session to become a fascinating and exciting excursion into one of the most little understood areas of biblical truth. It has since been complemented by the Demonology Series which should be heard in conjunction with it in order to maintain the necessary scriptural balance.
The meaning of this term, along with its various uses in the Bible, is clearly explained, revealing the most amazing change in the celestial pecking order imaginable. Why is it, for instance, that the Archangel Michael has less authority over Satan than a believer? Most Christians remain sadly ignorant of their position of superiority over the angelic realm, and an understanding of this subject is vital to all of us in order for our spiritual warfare to be effective.
Who, exactly, is the devil? Where do evil spirits come from? What, precisely, are they? What is their genesis and history? And what will be their final end? An understanding of this most important subject is here given which we believe will be of great blessing to all who hear it. A riveting follow-up to the previous talk!
Few things are doing more damage to both church and family life today than the rise amongst Christians of feminism. The biblical distinctions regarding both role and responsibility between the genders is being blurred by a profusion of completely unscriptural ideas, and predominantly the notion that the headship of husbands over wives was the result of the Fall, and has therefore been both countered and rendered obsolete by Jesus’ death. By examining both Genesis and the New Testament, Beresford shows just how totally contrary to the Word of God this false teaching is.
This study, given at a baptism, demonstrates from history the truth of the Bible’s teaching about the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. The common notion, held by so many in our day, that Jesus was merely a good man and wise teacher, yet not actually God, is vigorously exposed as the nonsense it is. An invaluable aid to personal evangelism!
A talk for the festive season the like of which you will have never heard before. If you can stop laughing long enough you will find its content to be a real help. It is also particularly suitable as an evangelistic talk for those who are not yet Christians.
The story of Jesus’ feeding of the multitude is here used to show that the failure of modern Christianity is actually its un-broken adherents. However, the future for those who are willing to really go all the way with the Lord, and be broken by Him, is shown to be rather thrilling.
Somebody once made the mistake of saying to Beresford that when anything is properly done or said in the power of the Holy Spirit it won’t upset people, so here the utter fallacy of such an ignorant and ridiculous statement is clearly revealed. Beresford shows how the Lord actually works on the principle of dividing people from each other, believers included, and the part the sword of the Spirit, convicting of sin, plays in the process.
This two talk set consists of three Question Time sessions edited together which explored the Bible’s teaching on both the beginning and end of history. The literalness of the Genesis account of creation is examined, as is the theory of evolution, with the latter being exposed for the nonsense it is. The events leading up to the destruction of the present universe, and the creation of a new one, are also outlined. Special attention is given to the Second Coming, with a straightforward demonstration that it is a separate event from the Rapture. The question of whether or not the Church goes through the Great Tribulation is also tackled head on. An excellent introduction to the Bible’s teaching on what is technically known as eschatology!
This talk was given at an actual baptism and shows its absolute necessity, as soon as possible, after becoming a Christian. The practice of the early churches in the Acts of the Apostles is studied in detail and shown to be very different from current practice, be it amongst Anglicans, for example, at one end of the spectrum, or Baptists and the like at the other. Beresford therefore makes a strong plea for a return to biblical practice and for the renunciation of anything that is merely human tradition, whatever that particular tradition may be. The significance of baptism is explained, not only in it’s relationship to dying and being raised with Christ, but also to being baptised into the body of Christ by the Holy Spirit and then being baptised with the Holy Spirit by Jesus. The Bible teaches more than one baptism and getting them mixed up leads to endless confusion. This study will guide you simply and clearly through this vitally important subject.
This is another two talk set which deals with one of the most important areas of biblical doctrine that Christians should be aware of. Hell, Tartarus, Hades, Gehenna, the past and present locations of Paradise, falling asleep in the Lord: all these things are clearly and simply explained. There is absolutely no need to be hazy about this subject and not to know, for instance, the difference between Sheol and the Lake of Fire, or be unaware that unbelievers will one day get new bodies as well as believers. It is all here for your inward digestion, and we think you will be enthralled by this teaching.
In this Question Time someone asked about the Catholic Church and its teaching. A clear explanation ensued of the place of the Bible as the final arbiter in all matters and the problems which result, along with the potential for satanic bondage, when tradition, in whatever form, takes its place. A most awful state of affairs exists regarding this, and it is not just confined to Catholicism either. Some may find this somewhat uncompromising talk a bit difficult to take! You have been duly warned!
The Bible teaches that we do not go through suffering in spite of being Christians, but precisely because we are Christians. Beresford here examines the work which the Lord accomplishes in our lives through hard times and by everything actually going wrong for us. This talk might not suit those who expect, or want, the Christian life to be a bed of roses, but it will most certainly help and encourage any who are actually going through it in any way because of their faithfulness to the Lord. The story of the caterpillar alone makes this talk worth hearing and Beresford shows us how we can see the light of God’s truth shining on us in even our darkest hours. He also explains how tribulation can become our friend and how we can learn to praise, rather than grumble, our way through it.
Many Christians are taken up with the whole idea of revival and how our nation might be called back to God’s moral standards. However, not all Christians seem to realise the biblical principle, here clearly outlined, that the Lord only does in a nation what He has first done in His own people within that nation. The message of this talk can be summed up by saying that you should be very careful when praying for revival: God might just start it in you!
Do you get discouraged in your Christian life? Are there times when you despair of your progress in the Lord? Do you often find yourself under condemnation and feeling that there’s still so far to go in your sanctification that the burden of it all is just too great? Do you ever wonder if the Lord is looking down on you wanting to just let you have it because you’re still so sinful and wretched? Yes? Then this talk, simply brimming over with humour and positive encouragement, is for you!
Arising out of a Question Time when the subject raised was the seriousness of sin, this talk developed into a broad sweep of the Bible’s teaching about being saved from the penalty of sin, and just what Jesus accomplished when He died on the Cross. For instance, it is not widely realised by Christians that it is actually no longer sin which separates anyone from God and that the barrier it once created has now been completely demolished. The question of salvation rests, in fact, not on the sin issue at all, but solely on whether or not someone accepts Jesus as their Saviour. This teaching lies at the very heart of the Christian faith, and we believe it to be something every believer should properly and thoroughly understand.
Is anger ever right? What does the Bible mean when it says, “Be angry, but do not sin…”? What is the difference between man’s anger and God’s anger? Does the Lord ever get angry with us as His children? These and other questions are answered in this challenging Question Time session.
Demonstrating the fact that the power of God is sufficient to overcome every barrier which we find to be in our way, Beresford clearly shows the difference between those Christians who do plough through problems in faith and those who do not. A challenge to greater faithfulness in the Church is made as this famous story is applied to the contemporary Christian scene, and some of the issues raised here are actually quite profound. Just who is bigger anyway, Goliath or the Lord? Well, the answer depends, as you will see, on just who you happen to be looking at.
What is the eternal destiny of those who die without ever having heard the gospel? Are they automatically saved? Or automatically lost? This fascinating study clearly answers these questions, and in the process presents the philosophical case for both God’s existence and the truth of the Christian Gospel.
Another Question Time session! Do Christians who commit suicide lose their salvation? Where does the Catholic idea of purgatory come from? The very nature of salvation is tied up with the answer to these questions, and you will be in no doubt as to the truth about them after hearing this talk.
The teaching of the Bible regarding divorce and remarriage is pretty tough and many Christians shrink away from it and just compromise. This talk therefore outlines from scripture just who, and who is not, free to remarry, and what our attitude and stance should be towards anyone who plans to do so when not biblically free, as well as towards those who have already done so. A vital study!
This Question Time arose out of an enquiry regarding Jesus’ teaching about church unity in the light of today’s ecumenical movement, and with particular reference to the Catholic Church. This led to a critique of Catholicism, both historically and doctrinally, with Beresford unequivocally outlining the position any faithful, Bible-believing Christian ought to take concerning it. Few believers today actually realise the truth about the Catholic faith and stand in great danger of associating with things which the Lord would have us steer well clear of. This is not an easy talk, but with deception so widespread amongst believers today it is nevertheless much needed.
Many believers are concluding that it is wrong to celebrate Christmas, and we all need to know where we stand on this, and why. This talk examines the whole question and outlines a biblical principle which, if understood and implemented, would prevent much unnecessary division amongst the Lord’s people today.
Another Question Time talk when the subject under review was the character in the Old Testament called Melchizedek. This led to an exposition of the Bible’s teaching concerning priesthood, culminating in severe condemnation of the false teaching so widely accepted and practised by Christians today regarding it. This is not a talk for those of a compromising disposition, and the Word of God is fully upheld with no punches pulled.
A tremendously helpful study on the nature and practice of praise and worship in the Bible with clear advice as to how we can all move into a greater freedom in this area! Desmond Morris wasn’t the first to draw attention to the subject of body language, or people-watching as he calls it, because the Word of God beat him to it by a few thousand years: and nowhere is this seen more clearly than in the understanding we can gain from the Scriptures on this subject. The Bible shows us how, by using our bodies, we can actually experience a greater control over our emotions and inward mental condition. Hang-ups and inhibitions are squarely faced and dealt with, and Beresford sends out a heart-felt plea that all pressure techniques, along with all forms of public coercion, be completely halted. This talk will be of tremendous benefit to both the freest, and most inhibited, of believers.
What are we to make of the fact that self-professed practising homosexuals are in the priesthood in the Anglican Church? And what, if anything, should we be doing about it? This talk clarifies the issues from the Bible and outlines the action that should be taken. Clear teaching is given about the whole subject of homosexuality and lesbianism, and the part that we must play as Christians with those so struggling. This talk is quite direct and includes a call for Christians to completely dissociate themselves from any churches which are sanctioning immorality and heresy: a state of affairs, incidentally, even being recognised and condemned even by unbelievers.