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Number of Pages: 278
Vendor: Xulon Press
Publication Date: 2016
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Author: Paul Evans
Located in: Wilmington, North Carolina
Submitted: April 23, 2016
Tell us a little about yourself. I am originally from England, and came to the United States to study and prepare for ministry at Holmes Bible College in Greenville, South Carolina. I married in my third year at school, and went on to pastor in the International Pentecostal Holiness Church. In 2006 I graduated from Global University (Assembly of God, Missouri) with an MA in Biblical Studies. I currently pastor the Wilmington First Pentecostal Holiness Church, In Wilmington, North Carolina, where I have been for almost 20 years. My wife and I have two children and one grandson.
What was your motivation behind this project? This project was aimed at attempting to evaluate a specific doctrinal approach to the topic of holiness, and then to recast it for the next generation of believers. It has been my conviction that holiness as a matter of inner integrity producing right conduct has been marginalized in our preaching and teaching because it is not understood, has been equated with spiritual growth and maturing in general and because the church has been overtaken with a preoccupation with church growth models and techniques. Holiness is at the heart of God salvific and redemptive program, and at the core of reconciliation and fellowship with God. Holiness is also a matter of both integrity and conduct. Furthermore, the one element consistently left out of discussions on holiness is the role of the Holy Spirit. I hope by this project to address and stimulate discussion on these vital elements in the holiness conversation.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? People should be encouraged to take a fresh look at holiness by this book, and maybe to evaluate their own lives with a view to reaffirming their commitment to holiness in the context of their relationship and fellowship with God.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? From this project I gained fresh insight into holiness and a new confidence in the biblical model for its implementation in the life of the believer. Holiness went from being something desirable but hard to grasp as a concept, to something rather simply described in the New Testament, with a straightforward plan through the Spirit to engage and experience. Remember we are not talking about legalistic flawlessness, but genuine holiness as integrity and consistently, habitually right conduct before God.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? Romans 6-8 are the core of this project, but I also took a fresh look at John Wesley's doctrine of sanctification, and conducted a historical review of the thoughts, teachings and views of the leaders and laymen of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church over the past 100 years.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: The book Holiness Reconsidered is supposed to be a fresh call to genuine holiness, through a fresh examination and evaluation of the biblical doctrine of sanctification.