Are the gifts of tongues, prophecy, and healing for today? No, say cessationists. Yes, say Pentecostal and Third Wave Christians. Maybe, say a large sector of open-but-cautious evangelicals. What’s the answer? Is there an answer? Are Miraculous Gifts for Today? takes you to the heart of the charismatic controversy. It provides an impartial format for comparing the four main lines of thinking: cessationist, open but cautious, third wave, and Pentecostal/charismatic. The authors present their positions in an interactive setting that allows for critique, clarification, and defense. This thought-provoking book will help Christians on every side of the miraculous gifts debate to better understand their own position and the positions of others. Wayne Grudem has brought online the four major views on miraculous gifts today. Downloading them into your own understanding takes effort, but the worldwide network that you join is the fellowship of the Spirit! The Counterpoints series provides a forum for comparison and critique of different views on issues important to Christians. Counterpoints books address two categories: Church Life and Bible and Theology. Complete your library with other books in the Counterpoints series.
This thought-provoking book presents the four major views of miraculous gifts today and will help Christians on every side of the miraculous gifts debate to better understand their own position and the positions of others.
Tongues! Signs! Wonders! Are they operative in the church today? Samuel E. Waldron builds a systematic case for the complete cessation of the miraculous gifts as well as the offices of apostle and prophet. Building an insurmountable argument step by step, he shows that the Bible is quite clear on this issue. If you are struggling to come to grips with what the Bible says on this most important and oftentimes confusing topic, then this book is essential reading.
Miraculous Gifts is a discussion of spiritual gifts in light of the basic differences between cessationalism and Pentecostalism. Many studies of this issue are written from a primarily theological perspective, and while theological arguments are valid, charismatics assert that this controversy concerns ÒbiblicalÓ gifts and miracles, and is therefore a matter of 'faith' to believe their claims, with theological arguments proving unsatisfactory. The fundamental question is, ÒIs this what the Bible discusses; is it biblical?Ó Miraculous Gifts attempts to answer that question by providing a biblically-based analysis of spiritual gifts in view of the charismatic controversy.
This book the fourth of four volumes "Spiritual Gifts For Today" deals with the Power Gifts; Faith, Healing, and Miracles. These are without doubt the most spectacular of all of the nine gifts of the Spirit. When functioning under the anointing of the Holy Spirit the results are outstanding though not always instant. Some questions may arise concerning THE POWER GIFTS SUCH AS: Is faith the same as the gift of Faith? Does God still heal multitudes as in the early church? Is the day of miracles past? These questions and many more are answered in "Spiritual Gifts for Today." Gerda Brown a seasoned teacher for 60 years proves that the power gifts are still necessary for the church and in the world today. The world is in great turmoil with murders, crime, and uprisings taking place daily in many countries, and it takes the Power Gifts both inside and outside of the church to make an impact for the better. The natural man cannot understand how it will come to pass but the Holy Spirit will, if we let him help us to enter into the territory of the miraculous."
In the first century A.D., miraculous gifts occurred with the baptism with the Holy Spirit. These served as signs that God was no longer using the Israelite nation but that his approval now rested on the Christian church, which had been established by his Son. (Heb 2:2-4) On the day of Pentecost, miraculous gifts followed the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, and in each case mentioned in the New Testament where the miraculous gifts of the Spirit were given, at least one of the 12 apostles or Paul was present. (Ac 2:1, 4, 14; 8:9-20; 10:44-46; 19:6) With the death of the apostles, the transmittal of the gifts of the Spirit ended. Did the miraculous gifts of the Spirit cease? Is the gift of prophecy for today? It is imperative that we know the correct answer to that question.
What are spiritual gifts? Author and pastor Sam Storms has spent several decades teaching on the topic of the spiritual gifts and equipping believers in the faithful practice of God's gifts. Yet there remains a great deal of confusion about the nature of the gifts and how they best function in the body of Christ. In this comprehensive guide to the spiritual gifts, Storms addresses the many bizarre and misleading interpretations that abound and confronts the tendency to downplay the urgency of spiritual gifts for Christian living and ministry. He explains how spiritual gifts, both the more miraculous and the somewhat mundane, are given to build up the body of Christ. God has graciously provided these "manifestations of the Spirit" so that believers might encourage, edify, strengthen, instruct, and console one another, all with a view to an ever-increasing, incremental transformation into the image of Jesus Christ. Throughout this guide, Storms unpacks the glorious truth that there is a supernatural and divine energy or power that fills and indwells the body and soul of every born-again believer. God does not call upon us to speculate about the nature of this power or to embrace it as a mere idea. His desire is that we avail ourselves of it to partner with him in his purposes on the earth. His desire is that we cry out to him that he might intensify, expand, increase, and deepen the manifestation of this power through us in ever more demonstrative and tangible ways in our lives. Understanding Spiritual Gifts is useful as a reference to address common questions about the gifts, but it also serves as a training manual for using and exercising the gifts in ministry. It is perfect for any individual or group who wants to grow in their understanding of the gifts for today.
The Holy Spirit Wants to Work Through You! Because of division over these controversial questions, many Christians have embraced a major deception about the Holy Spirit—that He is no longer powerfully at work in the world today. Randy Clark has been an eyewitness to the miraculous work of the Holy Spirit and a key participant in watching Him powerfully transform lives across the Earth. This easy-to-read guide equips everyday believers to understand and activate the Spirit’s power in their lives today. The Essential Guide to the Power of the Holy Spirit will help you: Discover the gifts of the Holy Spirit that are still in operation and available to you today Recognize an authentic move of God in your church, community, and life Understand how miracles, signs, and wonders play a key role in you sharing the Gospel To fulfill your destiny, you must unlock the power of the Holy Spirit in your life. He is God on the Earth and He wants to use you to release His Kingdom today!
If You Believe Miraculous Gifts Have Ceased, You’re in for a Big Surprise! What caused a former Dallas Seminary professor to believe that the miraculous gifts of the Holy Spirit are being given today? What convinced someone skeptical about miracles that God still speaks and heals? A dramatic change took place in Jack Deere’s life when he took a fresh look at the Scriptures. He discovered that his arguments against miraculous gifts were based more on prejudice and lack of personal experience than on the Bible. As soon as Deere became a seeker instead of a skeptic, the Holy Spirit revealed himself in new and surprising ways. In Surprised by the Power of the Spirit, Deere provides a strong biblical defense for the Spirit’s speaking and healing ministries today. He also describes several reliable cases of people who were miraculously healed or who heard God speak in an unmistakable way. Finally, he gives sound advice for using spiritual gifts in the church. Written in a popular style, with the care of a scholar but the passion of personal experience, this book explores: - The real reason Christians do not believe in miraculous gifts - Responding to Charismatic abuses - Were miracles meant to be temporary? - Why God still heals "‘Must’ reading for all Bible-believing Christians. I wish with all my heart I could place it in the hands of every conservative evangelical." - James Robison, Life Outreach International
Here is a new edition of this important book from one of the most influential charismatic churches in the UK. Many Christians hunger for the gifts of the Holy Spirit described in the new Testament, but don't know how to discern their validity or fully use their potential. In this book, Mark Stibbe examines the biblical presentation of these gifts, and applies it for Christians to use in all areas of their life and service today. He helps us discern true authenticity in the realm of spiritual power, and exercise the responsibility which accompanies the Spirit's gifting. Most importantly, he helps us to become more faithful and fruitful disciples of Christ.
One of the most comprehensive, balanced books on the gifts of the Spirit available today. If you only have one book on spiritual gifts it needs to be this one! Straightforward, biblical answers to such questions as: Can I know for certain what my unique spiritual gifts are? Are the miraculous gifts like prophecy and healing still valid today? What about the gift of tongues? Are all Christians supposed to speak in tongues? Ministry leaders from across the denominational spectrum are praising Spiritual Gifts: Their Purpose & Power as a powerful resource for individuals, churches, and Bible study groups. Detailed analysis of 30 spiritual gifts, including those found in the Old Testament such as the gifts of worship and the interpretation of dreams. Includes a 150-question spiritual gifts inventory designed to help you discover your gifts. Includes four appendices and reflection questions for group study. "It is essential that all Christians be equipped to use their spiritual gifts so the church can be successful today. Bryan Carraway helps take us past the excuses and uncertainty and challenges us to activate God's supernatural power in our lives." Dr. Tim Hamon, CEO Christian International Ministries Network Santa Rosa Beach, FL Bryan Carraway holds a B.S. in History from Texas A&M University and an M.A. in Practical Theology from Regent University. Bryan speaks and ministers throughout the body of Christ and his resources are used in churches and ministry organizations across the nation. His life mission is to equip the church to love God more passionately and to serve Him more effectively.
Are the miraculous gifts of the Holy Spirit still available to individuals in the church today? This question, often the centre of controversy and debate, carries enormous weight for Christians. If the gifts of the Holy Spirit have ceased, then many believers around the world are being deceived. On the other hand, if the gifts are still available, numerous Christians may be missing out on all God wants to accomplish in and through their lives, simply because they don’t believe in the gifts available to them. Sadly, many false teachings have been promoted on both sides of this question. It’s essential for Christians to study what the Word of God has to say about the gifts of the Holy Spirit and think carefully about the role of those gifts in their own lives. Steve Regnault provides a thorough, straightforward survey of relevant biblical passages that will enlighten readers and reveal the scriptural basis for the proper use of the spiritual gifts. A Study in the Gifts of the Holy Spirit will be a valuable addition to the libraries of clergy and laity alike. For personal use or group Bible study, this is a book that will strengthen and inspire readers in their spiritual walk with God.
Your Gifts Reveal God's Presence and Power The apostle Paul wrote, "There are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. . . . To each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good" (1 Cor. 12:4,7). But what are these spiritual gifts? How do you know if you possess them? And, if you do, how do you use them? In The Beginner's Guide to Spiritual Gifts, Sam Storms will help you answer basic and foundational questions about the what, why, and how of the unique gifts God gives to each of His children. You will discover the purpose of spiritual gifts in the Church and learn how to identify your special mix of gifting. In addition, you will find out how the Holy Spirit uses the supernatural manifestation of gifts to demonstrate God's presence and power among His people. God has gifted you . . . now learn how to use His good gifts for His glory!
Miracles, signs and wonders happen today! Countless people the world over testify to God’s miraculous power and intervention in their lives. While personal testimony is inspiring to many, for others, it’s simply not sufficient. Cessationism says that the supernatural gifts of the Spirit ceased when the New Testament was complete; this is a common belief held by many clergy and laity alike. This book challenges that misconception and seeks to scripturally demonstrate that these supernatural gifts have not and will not cease until Christ returns.
What caused a former Dallas Seminary professor to believe that the miraculous gifts of the Holy Spirit are being given today? What convinced someone skeptical about miracles that God still speaks and heals? A dramatic change took place in Jack Deere’s life when he took a fresh look at the Scriptures. He discovered that his cherished arguments against miraculous gifts were based more on prejudice and a lack of personal experience than on the Bible. As soon as Deere became a seeker instead of a skeptic, the Holy Spirit revealed himself in new and surprising ways. In Surprised by the Power of the Spirit, Jack Deere provides a strong biblical defense for the Spirit’s speaking and healing ministries today. He also describes several reliable cases of people who were miraculously healed or who heard God speak in an unmistakable way. Finally, he gives sound advice for using spiritual gifts in the church. Written in popular style-with the care of a scholar but the passion of personal experience-this book is a vital resource for people on both sides of the debate about miraculous gifts.