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Number of Pages: 240
Publication Date: 2017
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Signs of the Spirit: An Interpretation of Jonathan Edwards's Religious AffectionsSam StormsCrossway / 2007 / Trade Paperback$14.99 Retail:
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Miracle Work: A Down-to-Earth Guide to Supernatural MinistriesJordan SengInterVarsity Press / 2013 / Trade Paperback$10.99 Retail:
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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 (PhD, University of Texas) is founder of Enjoying God Ministries, which provides biblical and theological resources to the body of Christ. He is also the senior pastor of Bridgeway Church in Oklahoma City and a former professor. Storms travels both in the United States and abroad, speaking at churches and conferences. He is the author of over two-dozen books and a contributor to the Zondervan Counterpoints volume Are the Miraculous Gifts for Today? He blogs regularly at www.samstorms.com.
contemplativereflections4 Stars Out Of 5Book Review: Practicing the PowerApril 5, 2017contemplativereflectionsQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0In "Practicing the Power," Sam Storms challenges Christians to experience the power of the Holy Spirit through the use of spiritual gifts. As a continuationist, Storms believes that the spiritual gifts as described in the New Testament still operate in the life of believers today. The book goes one step further and illustrates how spiritual gifts should be used in biblical and beneficial ways in the context of the local church. Storms uses his own church's approach as a template for consideration and also mentions a number of his personal experiences with spiritual gifts either in his own life or those around him. Despite his insistence on the usage of spiritual gifts, the author urges caution and discernment to ensure that when these gifts are being exercised, God is the One who is glorified and the church as a whole is being built up. For example, he suggests that church leadership should be prepared to deal with how gifts of prophecy and tongues are to be exercised in public during worship services. What I appreciate about Storms is his straightforward style and logical arguments along with his practical suggestions which would be helpful to those who have not attended churches in which outward spiritual gifts are regularly practiced.
I would recommend this book to those who hope to learn more about how spiritual gifts should be used to edify the church. Regardless whether one holds to a continuationist or cessationist viewpoint, the material presented by Storms is helpful to challenge both sides to a greater appreciation of the Spirit's work. Storms reminds those who doubt that despite many instances of misuse for the sake of fame, fortune, or recognition, the Holy Spirit is still actively dispensing His power on believers to further the gospel and build up Christ's body. At the same time, Christians need to utilize wisdom and discernment to identify misuse or abuse of spiritual gifts and prevent such occurrences from becoming distractions that divert attention away from God.
In compliance with Federal Trade Commission guidelines, I was provided a review copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers.
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Bringing the spiritual gifts into a church cultureMarch 8, 2017bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Christendom is divided on the activities of the Holy Spirit. Some preach that the gifts of the Spirit are no longer active and that the charismatic movement is dangerous. Others embrace the working of the Holy Spirit and His gifts today.
Storms has been an important voice on the issue. As a Reformed Christian who is also charismatic, I have appreciated the books Storms has written. He continues to help Christians understand and move in the work of the Holy Spirit today.
This book is not a defense of the operation of the gifts today. He has covered that in previous books. This book is aimed at those who believe the gifts are for today but have no idea what to do next. Storms provides practical guidelines to implement the gifts and their operation in the church.
Changing the culture of a church is not easy. Storms is up front about the cost and the work involved. He covers a number of topics including possible roadblocks. He writes about prayer, fasting, prophecy, healing, deliverance, and much more, including how to instruct others. He also covers how ministries go wrong, like with manipulation.
I think what struck me the most in this book was Storms' comment on a quote from Octavius Winslow. "Everything we know of God the Father and of Jesus does not come naturally. We owe everything to the ministry of the Spirit. Everything we understand in God's Word, whatever degree of insight we gain into the measureless truths it embodies, we must attribute to the ministry of the Spirit." (178) That really gave me pause to think of how the ministry of the Spirit is usually ignored in most churches.
I recommend this book to pastors, staff and other church leaders who value the authority of the Bible and the continuing operation of the spiritual gifts. If you desire to see people have a better understanding of the spiritual gifts and be energized by the Spirit, this book will help you see that come to pass.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.