We are a Kanye
Wed Jun 19, 2013
by Odd Thomas
Does the bible contain errors?
Tue Jun 18, 2013
by Megan Almon
Introducing: “Know the Bible” series
Mon Jun 17, 2013
What is Scripture?
Mon Jun 17, 2013
by Justin Holcomb
21 simple ways to be an exceptional dad
Sun Jun 16, 2013
by Josh Mcpherson
Like Paul, I Aim To Be Charismatic & Reformed
I have occasionally been asked to fill in a questionnaire in which I am required to state whether I am a Charismatic or Reformed Christian. I don’t want to confuse people, but like the Apostle Paul, I aim to be both! I believe in an awesome sovereign God and see no reason to suppose that spiritual gifts as described in the New Testament have been withdrawn from the church.
Local Churches Hold the Key to Global Mission
Told to go and make disciples, the early apostles instinctively went and planted churches where discipleship could take place in a community of love cared for by called and gifted elders. The promised outpouring of the Holy Spirit galvanized them into action. Soon they gained the reputation that they were turning the world upside down!
The worldview of the average man or woman in the West has been radically transformed in the last century, making the modern mission field look very similar to the one which Paul and the early apostles encountered as they travelled among the nations. Christendom, with all its vague endorsement of Christian values, has gone. Secularism rules, sometimes urged on by aggressive atheism. The church has to rediscover its early zeal, power, and gospel clarity. Local churches will need to be seen as relevant to this generation, providing genuine answers, and not merely religious platitudes.
I believe in an awesome sovereign God and see no reason to suppose that spiritual gifts as described in the New Testament have been withdrawn from the church.
The gospel of the grace of God set people free and formed them into communities of believers shaped by apostolic doctrine and energized by God’s empowering presence. It is my conviction that the biblical model of the early church still holds the key to 21st century world evangelization.
A fragmented society, characterized by individualism and loneliness, needs to discover churches in which groups of people have discovered genuine answers, know how to relate in love and trust, and have found God in terms that can be understood and embraced with joy.
A God To Be Encountered
Can God be known? Can he be experienced? Are there people on the planet who are genuinely experiencing him? Few enquirers into Christianity anticipate that they will meet such people. They tend to regard us as merely religious types who have opted out from the real world and embraced a preset formula of rules and regulations. Most are unaware of churches filled with people who themselves were formerly unbelievers but have encountered God, experienced the lavish outpouring of his Spirit, and have been built into loving communities.
May God help us to continue to make the gospel known to our generation and build relevant churches for his great glory. The Spirit Filled Church highlights some experiences and biblical principles which have been impressed upon me over the last few decades which have resulted in the planting of hundreds of churches in many nations.
In the The Spirit-Filled Church, Pastor Terry explores what it means for a church to stay true to the Word of God, but also be filled with the Holy Spirit.