This talk was given at a baptism and homes in on its aspect of the believer being united to the death of Jesus. Taking the picture of a man being crucified Beresford demonstrates the implications of living the Christian life for our past, present and future, thereby explaining what is meant by what some term the crucified life. There are more than a few laughs on this talk and the joy of the Christian life exudes from it. We warmly commend it to you!
This two talk set covers the whole area of the Bible’s teaching on the subject of financial giving. Tithing is fully dealt with and shown to be quite different from that which many Christians conceive it to be, and the practice of the New Testament Church concerning monetary matters is then clearly outlined. There is much misunderstanding about this and many completely unscriptural things are being done by the Christian Church today in regards to the way in which its financial affairs are handled. Beresford calls for a return to clear biblical practice showing just what the Word of God actually does say about Christian giving. This is a tremendously important subject for each individual believer and we heartily recommend this talk to you.
What does the Bible mean when it speaks of sharing Jesus’ sufferings? What exactly is this suffering? And in what way can we share it? This talk answers these questions in great detail and then challenges Christians to become those people who will actually end up suffering with the Lord. Such suffering can often be avoided, but if we do dodge it we will miss out on one of the greatest blessings that God has for us. This talk also contains a timely warning about the phenomenon known as Healing of the Memories or Inner Healing, clearly demonstrating its dangers from the Word of God. Beresford also shows how Jesus handled the modernists, or the Bishop of Durhams, of His day.
In this Question Time someone asked about praying for those who have died in the light of Paul’s comment in 1 Corinthians 15 concerning being baptised on behalf of the dead. Beresford explains what Paul meant and then shows clearly from the Bible that the state of the dead is unalterable and that any idea of praying for them, or of doing anything for them at all, is completely unscriptural. This led to a warning against occult involvement of any kind and a demonstration of how occultism is actually creeping into the Christian Church via the charismatic movement through some of the teachings and ministries which are becoming readily accepted by many believers. Special consideration is given to the danger of current counselling techniques and to the whole Healing of the Memories, or Inner Healing, phenomenon. Also covered, as an example of how Satan tricks believers into occult practice, is the increasing use of holy water in the casting out of evil spirits. The content of this talk is actually quite disturbing, but the sooner the issues it raises are faced the better it will be for the Christian Church as a whole.
This Question Time answered an enquiry concerning the body Jesus had in His pre-existence and what happened to it. Beresford establishes the fact that He did have one, duly outlining the implications of this, and then proceeds to show what the Bible says about the change that happened to Him in becoming human. Was Jesus really an ordinary man? Or was He God just dressed up, so to speak, to look like one? Could He have sinned? Or was it impossible for Him to have done so? And what does all this have to do with fighter jets and low level approaches? These questions are all answered on this highly recommended talk.
The issue raised in this Question Time session was that of the difference between Christianity and religion. A definition of each was duly given which led on to Beresford demonstrating the way in which beliefs held prior to conversion, be they religious or otherwise, can be carried over into our discipleship and Christianised. It is largely in this way that the spirit of the age, the world’s wrong beliefs, philosophies and practices, infiltrates the Christian Church leading believers into deception. Indeed, this is why absolutely everything must be tested by the Word of God and why absolutely nothing can be taken for granted. Among various examples given of this happening today the major one in this talk is the way in which Christians have increasingly accepted the tenets of modern psychological theory and adapted them into counselling practises and techniques which are completely anti-scriptural. The so-called ministry of Inner Healing, or Healing of the Memories, is nothing more than modern in-depth psychology, and is based on presuppositions and theories about the nature of man which are at complete variance with the teaching of the Bible. This talk also clearly explains why much modern psychology can’t even really be considered to be scientific at all, being more akin to a religion than anything else, and with strong similarities to occultism. There was some animated reaction in the meeting to this talk and some will find its contents controversial, but we nevertheless make it available to you.
DIY has become one of the great phenomena of the twentieth century and whether you’re decorating a room, or building a garden shed, just about anyone who is anyone nowadays has a crack at it themselves. In this talk Beresford shows that whereas this is fine when talking about practical work, DIY Christianity is actually the last thing the Bible teaches. There are two ways of living the Christian life: you can let the Lord do it through you, or you can do-it-yourself. The way the Lord works in us to bring us out of what discipleship isn’t, and into what it really is, is the main point of this important and light-hearted talk.
Behind the rather cryptic title of these two talks which follow lies one of the most important questions that any believer could ask of themselves: Just what should our attitude be towards the Bible, according to the Bible itself? Beresford answers this thoroughly and demonstrates the way in which many Christians today are actually putting themselves at variance with God’s Word over certain issues, and largely because of a refusal to interpret the Bible in the way in which it clearly shows us it should be interpreted. The teaching of both Jesus and the Paul the apostle is examined in detail, and the way in which they viewed the Scriptures ascertained, and it is shown to be quite undeniable that they are a million miles away from the somewhat casual and compromising approach that seems to have become the norm amongst believers today. We are of the firm opinion that the content of this talk is absolutely vital, and pray that God will use it to unmask the deception within the Body of Christ which is so much hindering the Lord as He seeks to move amongst His people.
This Question Time firstly covers a quick point concerning rumours and what to do about them. It then goes on to tackle the teaching of Paul in Ephesians about the spiritual armour with which the believer needs to be equipped. What this armour is, and precisely how one becomes equipped with it, is covered in detail. There are some common misunderstandings that arise concerning this subject, so balance and common sense prevail in making everything crystal clear. If you thought that you knew what Paul was getting at, then this study may well change your mind – things are not always what they seem! We recommend that this talk be heard in conjunction with the Demonology Series.
A most fascinating talk resulted from this Question Time which covered some extremely important issues indeed. Starting off with how to overcome life’s downers, Beresford explains why you need to learn to talk to yourself (Yes, really!), and why Christians need to meditate in order to live above their problems. It really is quite possible to do so when you have the Lord in your life, and this talk will help to show you the way.
In this Question Time session the subject raised was that of judging. Is it ever right to judge people? Or is it always wrong? In answering this Beresford clears up the confusion as to what the Bible does actually say about it and explains why Jesus, in the Sermon on the Mount, taught against judging others, whilst Paul positively instructed the Christians in Corinth to judge each other. The occasion of Jesus’ words, “Let him who is without sin cast the first stone…” is also thoroughly reviewed, with a clear demonstration that all is not necessarily what it appears to be. If more Christians were to gain an understanding of the subject matter in this talk, and then act on it, we would see a more robustly biblical Christianity in our country today.
In this talk the subject of suffering is covered. Why is there suffering, why does God allow it anyhow, and what should be our response to it? Beresford deals with these questions both scripturally and from his own experience of having gone through cancer along with its immensely unpleasant medical treatment.
These three talks show how to go about building a personal prayer life. They cover such areas as the need for persistence in prayer, and why that persistence is so necessary, the so-called Lord’s Prayer, and the importance of believing prayer. This set of talks will be especially helpful to any who find themselves, as Beresford did, coming to grips with developing a prayer-life some years into their discipleship.
Beresford has long been a lover of Christmas with all its trimmings and is widely known for his ability to decorate just about anything with tinsel as long as it isn’t actually moving. He therefore relishes these three talks that follow below, given in the actual lead up to Christmas day, which cover both the story of the Nativity and the ‘theology’ therein contained as revealed in the Bible. Some rather helpful insights are revealed, with particular attention being paid to establishing the precise chronology of the various events of the Christmas Story. A real little stocking-filler!
When Satan attacks, and difficulties and problems abound, then the story of good old King Jehoshaphat is just the sort of pick-me-up we need. The invasion he was confronted with, and the way he handled it, perfectly pictures for us the means by which we can overcome the enemy. We can indeed know victory, whatever the circumstances we face.
One of the Bible’s favourite pictures of Christians is that of the flock of sheep. Therefore, by taking the characteristics of sheep that represent both what we should, and shouldn’t, be like; Beresford outlines various aspects of following the Lord which arise naturally out of this symbolism.
In this Question Time the subject raised was that of money. Is it neutral, or is it endowed with spiritual power, and therefore potentially dangerous? The key to this lies in Jesus’ teaching wherein He personified it as mammon and therefore as a potential for idolatry in all our lives. The way of safety and blessing regarding financial matters is covered, and Beresford emphasises just how crucial a biblical understanding and practice of this is in today’s consumer society.
This talk on Jesus’ parable of the sower reveals the way forward for our personal growth in the Lord. The truth is that we bear as much fruit as we ultimately decide to, and the ways in which the spiritual harvest of our personal lives can be increased are here outlined. The symptoms of spiritual immaturity are also described, as is its cure. Many Christians stay spiritual babies for far too long, and so in order to redress the balance here is some high protein growth food for any who feel they need it.
At just under 45 minutes in length this is possibly the shortest talk in the whole catalogue. We also believe it to be one of the most important. What more can we say?
In the light of the fact that Jesus came to be a sacrifice for us, a sacrificial life lived in obedience to Him becomes the very essence of our discipleship. The various spiritual sacrifices we are called to be making are therefore the subject of this challenging study. Due to a technical hitch the last 2 minutes are missing, but the main points are quite intact.
Fundamental to the nature of the one true God is that He exists in a plurality beyond our understanding. Not only is this clearly demonstrated from scripture, but Beresford also shows how only such a God could explain existence as it actually is. He also demonstrates clearly how not only our relationship with ourselves, but also with others, is contingent upon the fact and nature of the relationships experienced by the three divine Persons Who exist within the Godhead. The key to this is the realisation that in the Bible the Lord frequently speaks of Himself in the plural, but that whenever we speak of Him it can only ever be in the singular. An extremely important talk!
This talk is basically a verse by verse exposition of Hebrews 13 given from an extremely practical point of view at a time when numerous of those present were going through a difficult time of experiencing broken relationships and rejection by those who had once been close to them. Encouragement here abounds and no one going through difficulties as a result of faithfulness to the Lord could fail to be helped by this talk.
The following two talks might really get you going. In fact, Beresford has actually been excommunicated and declared a heretic by some for his teaching regarding some of these things. Along with the biblical principles outlined here he reveals a tragic, but largely unknown, aspect of the Reformation that will be a sobering eye-opener to any who still embrace the traditional romanticised picture of the Reformers. These talks, which follow below, are absolute dynamite!
This study asks the question as to whether it’s sufficient for Christians to live merely on the basis of the teaching of the Bible. Beresford’s answer to this is a rather surprising “No!” We’ll have to keep you guessing until you actually hear the talk itself, but we do assure you that it really is something of a hum-dinger.
Beresford here demonstrates the way in which the correct application of the principle outlined in the previous talk paved the way for a biblical understanding of the Trinitarian nature of God, but how it’s misapplication led to the historic scandal of the conflict between two of the most harmful unbiblical ‘isms’ Christians have traditionally embraced; that is, Calvinism and Arminianism!
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.
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.
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.
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.
We all take for granted that unbelievers sometimes persecute Christians, but in this study below, which was too long to go on just one tape or CD, Beresford draws attention to something not often dealt with, and that is the way in which Christians sometimes persecute each other. The reasons for this are here outlined along with the key as to how, according to scripture, we can keep ourselves free from ever ending up doing it. It is not greatly known that during the Reformation people like Luther, Zwingli and Calvin presided over both the persecution and murder of those they disagreed with, just as did the Catholic Church to those they considered heretics. A disturbing but much needed study!
One of Beresford’s major concerns has always been the way in which believers often end up putting various theological and doctrinal systems above scripture itself, thereby reading the Bible through the grid of their systematic theologies rather than the other way round. The result is that rather than testing their systematic theologies by the Word of God they are instead, without realising it, testing the Word of God by their doctrinal systems. Or, to put it another way, the problem with systematic theologies is that they have a definite tendency to not let the Bible get in the way of a good doctrine. The following two talks address this issue with a major example of how the problem manifests itself.
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.
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.
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!
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.)
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!
Beresford has long been a regular speaker at various House Church Conferences in different parts of the world, and the purpose of such is to explore and outline what scripture teaches concerning all aspects of church life. This perspective is obviously reflected heavily in the talks made available in this series.
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.
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.
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 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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 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!
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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 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 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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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:
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!
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.
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!!!!
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.
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.
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 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!
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!)
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!
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 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.