Preparing for University - "Try the Spirits" - 6 messages by various speakers (2014)

PART 6 – “Try the Spirits” (1 John 4:1) – Mervyn Hall examines the history and nature of politics and ecomomics in light of the truth of God’s word, the Bible. Socialism or capitialism, or neither – what does the Bible teach? Starting in the early chapters of Genesis, Mervyn explains that “sin in the heart of man” corrupts the thinking and undermines the efforts of governments both to rule and to manage their finances. He also gives helpful insights into how Christians should view government and the economy and leaves his audience with three basic principles from Scripture: Christians need to work, to save and to give (Message preached 22nd June 2014)

PART 5 – “Try the Spirits” (1 John 4:1) – Michael Penfold examines the power and influence of the entertainment industry and the news media. Under the headings of consumption, consequences and cure, he describes a world addicted to “the screen” and the corrosive output of Hollywood. The negative impact of  “53 hours a week in front of the screen for the average teenager” on independent thinking, Biblical discernment, good use of time, and holiness, are immense. The cure? Recognise the devil’s strategy and refuse to conform to it…”Walk in the Spirit and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh” (Gal 5:16) (Message preached 1st June 2014)

PART 4 – “Try the Spirits” (1 John 4:1) – Michael Penfold examines the history, beliefs and influence of two dangerous forces within Christendom – the Ecumenical and Charismatic Movements. The ideas and assumptions of these closely allied movements have permeated the entire globe and left unprecedented confusion and compromise in their wake. Terms like interdenominationalism, ecumenism, inter-faith and syncretism are defined. Warnings and guidance are given from scripture, combined with an exhortation to “Come out from among them and be separate” (2 Cor 6:17)  (Message preached 18th May 2014)

PART 3 – “Try the Spirits” (1 John 4:1) – Joshua Jacob examines the dangers posed by Eastern religions and the major cults. He gives a history of how Hinduism was repackaged and sold to the West starting with Swami Vivekananda’s speech at the World Council of Religions in 1893 in Chicago, USA, up through the Beatles and the New Age Movement until pagan practices such as Yoga and Transcendental Meditation became mainstream in the West. In addition he examines the claims of Islam and then takes a look at three major cults – Seventh Day Adventism, Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormonism (Message preached 11th May 2014)

PART 2 – “Try the Spirits” (1 John 4:1) – David Castles examines “Philosophers and Psychologists” and traces the long downward road of man’s wisdom since the commencement of the “modern period” in the 1600’s down to today’s “post-modern” era. Along the way we come across Hume, Kant, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Sartre, Freud, Maslow and others, whose ideas culminated in the wasteland of the 20th century with its Holocaust on the one hand and pleasure seeking focus on the other. All of this is set over against the absolute truth of Scripture and the true joy of salvation (Message preached 4th May 2014)

PART 1 – “Try the Spirits” (1 John 4:1) – Mervyn Hall examines “Materialists and Secularists” and unravels the bankruptcy of the godless humanistic worldview that rules University life and Western European society in the 21st century. Referencing Luke 12, he explains that secularists substitute self for God, the body for the soul and time for eternity. He further points out that without God moral absolutes have been swept away, leaving man as his own god in a culture dominated by self and pleasure and heading for judgment (Message preached 27th April 2014)

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