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Jim Cymbala tells of riding out a super storm in his 26th floor apartment in Brooklyn. "That night I saw something I'd never seen before--Lower Manhattan disappeared into the night. The lights that always glowed from the Financial District were gone! The power that physically and metaphorically lit the world had been cut off at the source...It struck me that this could be the perfect metaphor for what is happening to the church in America today."
Storm is a book that will both disturb and enlighten you. It will help you to recognize what is happening and why. Most of all, it will sound a clarion call to all who believe, reminding us that no matter how fierce the storm, God isn't asking us to take shelter under a table while the light and power go out of his church. No, God has given us the gospel of Christ and the Holy Spirit's resources so that we can bring his light to the world. We are called to join Jesus, the one who calmed the winds and invited Peter to walk with him on the water, to let his light shine strong in the blackest night.
Number of Pages: 208
Publication Date: 2014
|Dimensions: 8.75 X 5.75 X .75 (inches)|
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Storm: What Jesus Is Saying to His Church is a book for every Christian who is concerned about the challenges that face believers today. Using powerful stories of people who have been transformed by Christ, it will strike a note of encouragement and hope, helping Christians to remember that a life surrendered to Christ in the midst of a church transformed by his presence cannot be defeated. No amount of spiritual darkness or cultural pressure can drown out the life-giving power of the gospel.
Jim Cymbala believes that the church in America is in the middle of a powerful storm, the intensity of which is likely to increase in coming months and years. Many Christians are bewildered, disheartened, and concerned by what they seea culture thats become increasingly hostile to biblical Christianity and a church whose vital signs are quickly waning. Like the storm surge that overtook lower Manhattan during Hurricane Sandy, powerful forces have come together to create a surge thats threatening the health of the church.
Storm will talk about the tendency on the right and on the left to conflate the kingdom of God with a particular political party. Many conservative Christians have made the mistake of substituting America for the Israel of the Old Testament, failing to realize the danger of adopting Old Testament principles that were never affirmed in the New Testament. Their message has sometimes been harsh and legalistic, making it difficult for them to proclaim a gospel of grace. Even though there is a great deal of emphasis on the Bible in such churches, it can often be the wrong emphasis.
Jim Cymbala will explore the importance of preaching a gospel of grace rather than a gospel of mixed messages, so common in the church today. He will speak of our need to understand spiritual battles and for total dependence on the Holy Spirit, and he will discuss the importance of prayer. He will also explore the motivational atmosphere of the early church which flourished despite far worse conditions than those we face today. We dont need more church growth programs to turn the church around. Whats needed is a transformation at the heart of the church so that the gospel is preached, the Holy Spirit is allowed to lead, and lives are transformed.
Jim Cymbala has served as pastor of the Brooklyn Tabernacle for more than forty years. He is the author of many bestselling books, including Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire, The Church God Blesses, When Gods People Pray, Fresh Faith, and Spirit Rising. He lives in New York City with his wife, Carol, who directs the Grammy Awardwinning Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir. The Cymbalas have three children and eight grandchildren.