The Spirit-Filled Church: Finding Your Place in God's Purpose
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...
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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.
Through the history of God's people, the constant element has been the manifest presence of the Almighty. Baptism in the Holy Spirit galvanized the young church, equipping and empowering the believers for action, particularly for proclamation. This transformative experience boosted courage, fostered fluency, and granted insights to ordinary men and women--and still does today.
The Spirit gives particular gifts. Terry clarifies the distinction between pastors, apostles, and prophets. Every fellowship needs a pastor, someone who can keep the flock close to the Shepherd Himself. Beyond that there is the role of the apostle, whose calling is to act as the master builder. But we are all called to be a prophetic people, able to speak God's word into the current situation, bringing direction, comfort, solutions, and action.
This warm and loving description of the work of the Spirit is a delightful articulation of the passion that has driven Terry's life and ministry.
Terry Virgo is the leader of the Newfrontiers family of charismatic evangelical churches. Born and raised in Brighton, England, he started a small church movement which has grown into an international group of churches in 29 nations. He is well known for his teaching on grace and the importance of the local church.