Practicing the Power: Welcoming the Gifts of the Holy Spirit in Your Life
How can Christians use the miraculous gifts of the Spirit without falling into fanatical excess and church splits? Drawing on forty years of ministry experience, Sam Storms offers practical steps for exercising spiritual gifts in a way that remains centred...
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How can Christians use the miraculous gifts of the Spirit without falling into fanatical excess and church splits? Drawing on forty years of ministry experience, Sam Storms offers practical steps for exercising spiritual gifts in a way that remains centred in the gospel.
The Bible teaches us that we are to be filled with God's Spirit and that God's presence and grace is manifested among his people as they serve, love, and minister to one another. Yet some of the gifts that God offers to his people aren't commonly seen in many churches today. Gifts of prophecy, healing, tongues, and other supernatural gifts of God seem to be absent, and many Christians are unsure how to cultivate an atmosphere where God's Spirit can work while remaining committed to the foundational truth of God's Word.
How can Christians pursue and implement the miraculous gifts of the Spirit without falling into fanatical excess and splitting the church in the process? In Practicing the Power, pastor and author Sam Storms offers practical steps to understanding and exercising spiritual gifts in a way that remains grounded in the word and centered in the gospel.
With examples drawn from his forty years of ministry as a pastor and teachers, Storms offers a guidebook that can help pastors, elders, and church members understand what changes are needed to see God move in supernatural power and to guard against excess and abuse of the spiritual gifts. If you long to see God's Spirit move in your church and life, and aren't sure why that isn't happening or where to begin, this book is for you.
Sam Storms (Ph.D., University of Texas at Dallas) is the founder of Enjoying God Ministries in Kansas City, Missouri. He is a former pastor and professor, most recently, visiting associate professor of theology at Wheaton College. Storms is the author of several books, including Chosen for Life, Signs of the Spirit, Pleasures Evermore: Life-Changing Power of Enjoying God and One Thing: Developing a Passion for the Beauty of God.
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Matt Chandler is the lead pastor of The Village Church, a multi-campus church in the Dallas metroplex of over 10,000 people. His sermons are among the topselling (free) podcasts on itunes and he speaks at conferences worldwide. Prior to accepting the pastorate at The Village, Matt had a vibrant itinerant ministry for over ten years where he spoke to hundreds of thousands of people in America and abroad about the glory of God and beauty of Jesus. He lives in Texas with his wife, Lauren, and their three children: Audrey, Reid and Norah.
- :foreword By Matt Chandlerintroduction1. Welcome To The World Of Word And Spirit2. Earnestly Desire Spiritual Gifts3. The Place Of Prayer In Practicing The Power4. Identifying Prophecy In The Local Church5. The Gift Of Prophecy In Real Life6. Principles From Practicing Prophecy In The Local Church7. Worship In The Spirit8. User-friendly Deliverance9. Do Not Quench The Spirit10. Manipulation Or Ministry?conclusionappendix A--are Miraculous Gifts For Today?appendix B--does The Spiritual Gift Of Prophecy Undermine The Finality And Sufficiency Of The Biblical Canon?