A lucid account of the function of the Spirit in the growth of the church. Through the history of God's people the constant element has been the presence of the Almighty. The baptism in the Holy Spirit, which so galvanized the young church, equipped and empowered the believers, boosting courage, fostering fluency and granting insights to ordinary men and women. Terry Virgo was baptized in the Holy Spirit as a young believer, and delighted in the experience. 'As we began to welcome the presence of the Holy Spirit, our church life was transformed,' he explains. 'The presence of the Holy Spirit changed everything.' As the Spirit moves, so there are healings, often dramatic. But there is more: a discovery of God's grace. As people discover grace for themselves a far more profound healing takes place, leading first to worship, then a recognition that we are a prophetic people.
This book contains every biblical tenet of the Apostles Doctrine (Acts 2:42). Every Pentecostal, Apostolic, Independent Spirit-filled church now has a reference to assist them in fulfilling Jesus' statement . . . I will build My church.
Life on earth is a journey toward eternity. And how we live is paramount to our destiny. The pivotal moment of our journey began with a choice to receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, making our hearts His home. At that moment, the Holy Spirit took the reigns and changed our course. As we walk through life being led by God and transformed by the Spirit, we experience a series of movements by the power of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit-Filled Journey: Experiencing God's Love is a companion for our journey. It invites God's people to spend an entire year unpacking, understanding, and being inspired by what it really means ... To be saved by grace and grace alone To be born of the Spirit To be God's child To be connected to other believers To be secured by the love of God Written by ministers and members of Apostolic Church of God, The Spirit-Filled Journey: Experiencing God's Love is the first in a devotional series designed to strengthen your walk with the Lord and deepen your faith in Him. Founded in 1921, the Apostolic Church of God is a mega church located in Chicago, Illinois. Its endeavor is to sustain a community of faith that moves the congregation forward in its relationship with Christ. "Apostolic," as it is fondly known, hails from the Pentecostal tradition, which believes in and embraces the active role of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer and in the church.
Since the second verse of the Bible, we have observed the ministry of the Holy Spirit and have been somewhat confused ever since about what He does! Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to make the New Testament church His main priority. The day of Pentecost was just the beginning; the Holy Spirit wants to encourage, empower, enliven, equip, protect, and pray for our churches now. Each chapter of Empowered: Why We Need Spirit-Filled Churches exposes the reader to a specific aspect of the Spirit's ministry to every church. When taken collectively, it becomes obvious we are utterly dependent upon the Spirit and doomed without Him. In this fast-paced book, readers will be reminded the Holy Spirit is more than a personal counselor to individual believers--He is the presence and power of God for our churches right here and right now.
Religious Dis/Continuity in African Pentecostalism
Author: Allan Heaton Anderson
This book is about African Pentecostalism and its relationship to religious beliefs about a pervading spirit world. It argues that Pentecostalism keeps both a continuous and a discontinuous relationship in tension. Based on field research in a South African township, including qualitative interviews and focus group discussions, the study explores the context of African Pentecostalism as a whole and how it interacts with the concepts of ancestors, divination, and various types of spirit. Themes discussed include the reasons for the popularity of healing, exorcism, the “prosperity gospel,” the experience of the Holy Spirit, Spirit manifestations and practices resembling both traditional and biblical precedents, as well as scholarly discussions on African Pentecostalism from theological and social scientific disciplines. The book suggests that the focus on a spirit-filled world affects all kinds of events and explains the rapid growth of Pentecostalism outside the western world.
What Happens When a Church Seeks All God Has to Offer?
Author: Douglas Banister
You don't have to head overseas to find a war. In the church, the rhetorical cross-fire between evangelical and "spirit-filled" Christians over the past hundred years has been withering. "No scriptural foundations," is the charge evangelicals have leveled at the charismatics. "No spiritual power," the latter have countered. The boundaries are clear. The positions are taken -- and guarded. Either you're a Word person or a Power person. Today, though, such black-and-white, either-or thinking is giving way to the liberty and promise of a Word and Power church. Pastor Doug Banister shows why we cannot afford to settle for less. It's time to bury our differences -- which are largely artificial -- and discover the incredible potential that arises when evangelicals combine their strengths with Pentecostals and charismatics. Taking a long, careful, and honest look at the Scriptures, at church history, and at the state of the church and the world today, Pastor Banister reveals why Pentecostalism and evangelicalism need each other. Each tradition possesses strengths that are essential to a balanced, life-changing faith. The Word and Power Church shows how these "two mighty rivers" add to, rather than subtract from, each other. At the cusp of a new millennium, they are in fact merging into one river. Word and Power churches may experiences turbulence where the waters meet, but they teem with life, hope, faith, and power to reach a desperate world with the Gospel. Filled with personal anecdotes, this fascinating, thought-provoking, and candid book supplies the why-tos and how-tos of a Word-and-Power approach. What you won't find is preferential treatment of one view over another. What you will find are thoughtful biblical insights that will challenge you and inspire you. And you'll discover practical guidance for charting your own course -- whether as an individual or as a church -- toward a faith that embraces the truth of the Word and the power of the Spirit. As a solidly evangelical seminary graduate and pastor, Banister admits to having disdained charismatics. That is, until meticulous study of God’s Word convinced him that miraculous gifts of tongues, healing, and prophecy are indeed valid for today. As he details his “journey beyond categories,” Banister explores the reasons for the age-old rift between the two camps and the ways in which healing is taking place in new “Word and Power” churches all over America. When evangelicals and charismatics bring together the best from each tradition, he has discovered that the result is a strong, unified body. Word and Power churches affirm the authority of Scripture and encourage the propheticembrace of those who pray in a spiritual language, pursue obedience to Christ, edify the believer and evangelize the seeker, heal the sick and comfort the suffering. The Word and Power Church will speak to Christians everywhere who want to walk in both the integrity of Scripture and the power of the Holy Spirit.
How are we to understand the Holy Spirit? In this enlightening presentation, Leonard Sweet examines the power, the divinity, the gifts, and the ecstasy of the Spirit. He tackles the question of speaking in tongues; the weaknesses and strengths of the charismatic movement; and the part that the Spirit plays in art, nature, history, and in other religions. With questions for discussion, this perceptive study opens our eyes to the role of the Holy Spirit in life today.