Breakthrough author Francis Chan rips away paper and bows to get at the true source of the church's power—the Holy Spirit. Chan contends that we've ignored the Spirit for far too long, and we are reaping the disastrous results. Thorough scriptural support and compelling narrative form Chan's invitation to stop and remember the One we've forgotten, the Spirit of the living God.
Greater than your theology, bigger than denominations, beyond all we can imagine, God's gift to the church and to you
Debate about the Holy Spirit has been around for a long time. In Holy Fire, best-selling author and respected theologian R. T. Kendall sets the record straight about the Holy Spirit’s role in our lives and in the life of the church.
If you want to increase your knowledge of this most misunderstood member of the Trinity, or if you long to experience His presence in your life in a deeper way than ever before, this book is for you.
Are you charismatic? He is bigger than your signs-and-wonders events. Are you Reformed? He will not be limited by your theology. As Jesus said of the Holy Spirit, “He blows where He will.”
Respected international evangelists Mahesh and Bonnie Chavda show believers everywhere how to develop a close, personal friendship with God through the Holy Spirit. Through inspiring testimonies and sound biblical teaching, readers will learn how to
• recognize and listen to the Spirit's voice and promptings
• receive words of knowledge from the Holy Spirit
• communicate with the Spirit
• move in the anointing and power of the Holy Spirit
Believers will walk away refreshed and full in spirit as they begin this life-changing friendship.
Jesus said, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you.”
What kind of difference is the Holy Spirit of God making in your daily life?
You’ve probably heard confusing, often conflicting information about who the Spirit is and what He does. You may feel disconnected from Him, even as you long to experience His dynamic presence and power.
Here is the practical help you’ve been looking for. With clear, simple teaching straight from the Word of God, Tony Evans shows you how to intimately know the Holy Spirit—His fruit, His power, His guidance—for a life of victory and joy.
From the Hardcover edition.
While the stories of the world s creation and the fall of humankind have often been subjected to reductionism of one sort or another literalists treat the Bible as a science textbook whereas rationalists divorce God from creation Ratzinger presents a rich, balanced Catholic understanding of these early biblical writings and attests to their enduring vitality.
Beginning each homily with a text selected from the first three chapters of Genesis, Ratzinger discusses, in turn, God the creator, the meaning of the biblical creation accounts, the creation of human beings, and sin and salvation; in the appendix he unpacks the beneficial consequences of faith in creation.
Expertly translated from German, these reflections set out a reasonable and biblical approach to creation. In the Beginning . . . also serves as an excellent homiletic resource for priests and pastors.
Scripture makes it clear that communion with the Holy Spirit is the key to living the kind of empowered and authentic Christian life we see modeled in Scripture. The Holy Spirit works within us to form hearts that truly worship, minds that understand of the depths of God’s Word, and hands that accomplish the miraculous. This book will acquaint you with the mysterious third Person of the Trinity, helping you to draw closer to Him so that you may become a carrier of God’s Spirit—a chosen friend of God.
This book provides answers to some popular questions about the Holy Spirit…What is the Holy Spirit’s purpose and nature?What is the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit and why is it an unpardonable sin?What does the Bible really teach about spiritual gifts?What does it mean to be friends with God?If you desire to know God in a deeper and more intimate way, if you want your soul to be set ablaze with a passionate love for Him, if you want to walk in the fullness of all that He has created you for, then this book is for you!Draw close to His glory.
About the Author:
Charles Green is the president of Harvest Ministries to the World and the founding pastor of Faith Church, New Orleans, Louisiana, a church that grew to over 3,000 people under his leadership. As a member of the board of regents of Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Green now serves as chairman of the executive board. He was also one of the founders of the Network of Christian Ministries and served the first five years as chairman of the executive board. He and his wife, Barbara, have two adult children, Michael Green, who now serves as senior pastor of Faith Church in New Orleans, and Cynthia Green Crider, also his executive assistant. They have two grandsons-Geoffrey and Tyler Green.
But too often we overlook this profoundly personal reality in search of “theology,” convinced that knowing the facts of faith will allow us to experience the power of God. Instead, we must remember that Christianity is a relationship with a living person—the Lord Jesus Christ—who deeply desires to be present with His people.
And He empowers us to live a joyful, abundant Christian life—if we will allow Him His place; if we will make Him Lord of all that we have and are.
Since Jesus of Nazareth made exorcism a cornerstone of his own ministry, the Church has seen itself as engaged in a battle against the demonic. Exorcism has continued to play a role throughout Christian history in this conflict, although it has received different emphases in different times and places, and has been practiced in a range of different ways. Exorcism and Deliverance aims to shed new light on the phenomena of possession and exorcism by looking at them from a range of disciplinary perspectives.
Yearning for something beyond a mediocre and self-centered Christianity? Frustrated by the sterile intellectualism preached from many pulpits? Longing for the power of the Holy Spirit you have read about in books and believe is able to draw a wayward generation to Christ?
Many of us are on our faces before God crying out for an awakening in our country and in our world. Law passionately shows us the path to this end from a solid Scriptural foundation.
The Holy Spirit’s power is at our fingertips. It is within our reach. True awakening must start in our own hearts. It must start with us.
Besides the Bible, it is difficult to think of a more needed and relevant book for the Church today.
The author of The Divine Name in the Bible surveys the immense literature on this subject, and traces the use of various names for deity in Israel from patriarchal times onwards, with special attention to the significance of the Tetragrammaton, which in course of time, became the name by which the God of Israel was known. Various aspects of the theological meaning of the name in the Old Testament writings are explored. The Dead Sea Scrolls, the Jewish Talmudic literature, and later mystical writings are also examined. The translators of the Old Testament into Greek used Kyrios as the equivalent for YHWH--with implications for the New Testament understanding of the person of Jesus Christ, reflected also in subsequent Christological formulations.
God the Father is revealed in the Bible through his creation, his acts in history, and through metaphors and prophecies. Jeus Christ, the Son of God, is described in the New Testament gospels as a historical person who was seen, heard, and touched by his disciples. But God the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, is far more mysterious and elusive.
This studyguide offers biblical insights to help you come to a deeper understanding of the Holy Spirit as you discover how he works in our lives. You'll learn the unique role he plays in enabling us to live as children of God, in power and wisdom and unity, equipped for every good work.
12 SESSIONS FOR INDIVIDUALS OR GROUPS
Fisherman Bible Studyguides include:
* Penetrating questions that generate discussion
* Flexible format for grou or individual needs
* Helpful leader's notes
* Emphasis on daily application of Bible truth
From the Trade Paperback edition.
• What is the anointing of the Holy Spirit?
• What is the anointing like?
• How to feel the anointing
• What is the difference between the anointing and the presence of the Holy Spirit
• What is the difference between being born again and being anointed
• How to increase the anointing on your life
• The anointing of the sick for healing
• The anointing with oil
• How to lay hands on the sick for healing (an other impartations)
• Your relationship with God and the anointing
• The difference between anointing in Old Testament and New Testament
• Different levels of anointing
• Different types of anointing
• How to impart the anointing
• The natural and spiritual man
• What is the glory of God?
• Faith and the anointing
• How the anointing manifests
• The limitations of your anointing
• Managing yourself with the anointing
Too often churches emphasize the Bible without welcoming the work of the Holy Spirit, who inspired the Bible. Or they focus on seeking manifestations of the Spirit while neglecting sound Bible teaching. The result: a schism in their faith lives in which they cut God--and his power--out of Christianity's equation. How can God draw a lost world to his Son through people who are powerless?
With over 170 years of diverse ministry experience among them, respected veteran leaders R. T. Kendall, Charles Carrin, and Jack Taylor restore balance to the Christian walk. They show that when the Word is faithfully preached and the Holy Spirit warmly welcomed, the Lord manifests his power, bringing salvation, miracles, healings, heart understanding, and much more. Only when Christians honor the Word and the Spirit can they lead empowered, fruitful lives.
Pastor and theologian Simon Ponsonby believes that the hunger we feel is a desire for more of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Many Christins have emphasized the experience of the Spirit and neglected the Word, while others have emphasized the Word and neglected the Spirit. Either way, we've become so accustomed to living in the shallow waters of Christianity that we've forgotten the depth of that promised power, and the depth of the love that gave this power to us.
In More, Simon invites you to journey with him into the deep waters of God's love. While both biblical and practical, what he says also has the power to inspire in you a new love and a new understanding of everything we've been given in Christ. Are you ready? This journey may not be comfortable or easy, but it will bring you more joy and more of God than you can even imagine.
The Bible Themes resource at the end is a useful alphabetical listing of key Bible themes that gives practical and teaching help along with Scripture references. The “see also” cross references are linked within the section.
You can use this ebook for personal Bible study or for group study.
The church of Jesus Christ has survived martyrdom and persecution across the centuries, and yet it continues to grow and thrive. Nations may rise and fall, but they are only a footnote to the ongoing victory of Christ’s world-wide family. Great spiritual awakenings always feature moral repentance, thousands of conversions, and a thirst for the Scriptures and for heartfelt prayer. All this is due to the work of the Holy Spirit. Just before Jesus ascended into heaven, he told his disciples, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses . . . to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8).
When the Holy Spirit transforms a person, the fruit of the Spirit will be demonstrated in that believer as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
The Spiritual Gifts: God gives the Church gifts to benefit everyone. The purpose of the gifts is not make us spiritual, but to help us to serve and minister to one another in love. The operation of the Spirit of God and His gifts/ministries among believers testifies to the presence of God in the Church. In this book, we will take a biblical approach to examining and explaining the gifts and ministries of the Spirit, their functions, and how to recognize them in operation.
Dreams and Visions: When Jesus made us citizens of the Kingdom, it came with advantages. As members of the kingdom of God, we are eligible to partake of the outpouring of the Spirit. The books of Joel and Acts declare that the direct result of the outpouring of the Spirit of God would be revelation. Men and women could receive and communicate by the Spirit of God; two ways this is done is through dreams and visions. In this book, we will discuss the various aspects of dreams and visions. We will examine the different types of dreams and visions; how to interpret dreams, and how to apply them to our lives.
This constellation of theological voices—Lindbeck, his supporters and detractors, along with patristic theologians—is meant not only to test the viability of a religious model but, more importantly, to advance Lindbeck’s project in ways that have not yet been pursued. Among the critical questions engaged are: to what degree can the excesses of modern theology be overcome by a return to premodern sources? What are the implications of a constructive pneumatology to the cultural-linguistic model? Does this complement address the critiques of postliberalism, particularly those that consider the role of human agency, rationality, and autonomy?
While Lindbeck recovers significant and forgotten elements of pre-modern biblical interpretation, the very formalism of his project sometimes obscures the theological underpinnings of premodern insights and practices. Through specific attention to Eastern Trinitarian theologies of the fourth century, this book exposes a rather persistent oversight within Lindbeck’s recovery: namely, that alongside the regulative function of canon and doctrine, early biblical interpretation recognizes the role of the Holy Spirit in the appropriation of scripture, in the mission of the church, and in the defence of the gospel within the context of an unbelieving world. This book attends to these insights from the early churchs doctrine of the Holy Spirit in appreciative service to the cultural-linguistic model of religion.
Antonio Rosmini is the greatest, most original, prophetic Catholic thinker of the last few centuries, little known in the English-speaking world. Following the advice of Popes and Cardinals, he wrote extensively on philosophy, theology, and spirituality, and his teaching is extremely relevant to the major issues confronting the world and the Church of today. His books on spirituality are firmly rooted on Scripture from which they draw the perennial call to holiness, and the means for achieving it through the three steps of purification from sin, constant exercise of the virtues, and union with God. His books on philosophy are full of light for the enquiring mind, ranging from the problem of Truth and Epistemology, to the foundation of Morality, of Right, of Politics, of Natural Anthropology and Natural Religion, and of the Essence of the Human Soul. His work on Theosophy is a most profound study of “being”, in its three modes – ideal being, real being, moral being. Faith and Reason, for Rosmini, far from being in opposition are in fact the two wings which allow human beings to rise from the natural to the supernatural world, the one calling on the other, faith calling on reason and reason on faith. His theological masterpiece is undoubtedly the Supernatural Anthropology, which deals with grace, with the “supernatural person”, and with the Sacraments. Other important works deal with the Church, in particular with the “wounds” of the Church.
Veteran readers will find here a rich and subtle extension of Moltmann's trinitarian and christological works, even as he makes bold use of key insights from feminist and ecological theologies, from recent attention to embodiment, and from charismatic movements. Newcomers will find a fascinating entree into the heart of his work: the transformative potential of the future.
Moltmann develops a theology of the Holy Spirit that links the Christian community's experience of the Spirit to the sanctification and liberation of life. He brilliantly displays the ecological and political significance of Christian belief in the Trinity.
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Vatican Diaries, a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at how the Vatican investigates claims of miraculous events
Apocalyptic prophecies and miraculous apparitions are headline-grabbing events that often put the Catholic Church’s concept of “rational faith” at odds with the passion of its more zealous followers. To some, these claims teeter on the edge of absurdity. Others see them as evidence of a private connection with God. For the Vatican, the issue is much more nuanced as each supposed miraculous event could have serious theological and political consequences. In response, the Vatican has developed a highly secretive and complex evaluation system to judge the authenticity of supernatural phenomena.
Former journalist John Thavis uses his thirty years’ experience covering the Vatican to shed light on this little-known process, revealing deep internal debates on the power of religious relics, private revelations, exorcisms, and more. Enlightening and accessible to Catholics and non-Catholics alike, the book illustrates the Church’s struggle to balance the tension between traditional beliefs and contemporary skepticism.
From the Hardcover edition.
The Holy Spirit and Christian Origins comprises a selection of original essays that explore a topic that has held a prominent and distinctive place in the majority of Professor Dunn's publications. Written by twenty-seven leading scholars, this singular volume probes deep into the nascent Christian communities and their writings and investigates the early Christians' convictions concerning the Holy Spirit. Ranging widely through Scripture and across early church history, many of these essays introduce groundbreaking research in biblical studies, and some engage directly with Dunn's work in the field.
Presenting some of the best new work in New Testament studies as well as celebrating a respected career, The Holy Spirit and Christian Origins will help to stimulate further discussion and reflection in the theological academy and in the Christian church -- two sectors that Jimmy Dunn has consistently and passionately sought to straddle, nurture, and refresh.
John M. G. Barclay
Gordon D. Fee
Victor Paul Furnish
Beverly Roberts Gaventa
Joel B. Green
Morna D. Hooker
Bruce W. Longenecker
I. Howard Marshall
R. W. L. Moberly
J. Lionel North
Graham N. Stanton
Loren T. Stuckenbruck
Anthony C. Thiselton
Marianne Meye Thompson
Alexander J. M. Wedderburn
This book shows the ultimate selflessness of the Holy Spirit as the member of the Trinity who always works for the glory of God the Father and God the Son and the good of the saints.
Ideal for pastors, teachers, and students of theology, this book is a superb theology of the Holy Spirit.
Part of the Foundations of Evangelical Theology series.
The key that unlocks God’s awesome purposes in your life is the Holy Spirit, Commander-in-Chief of the army of Christ. He holds the secrets of the supernatural, the secrets behind healing miracles. He is the word of knowledge and the gift of prophecy.
God, The Holy Spirit explains how the extraordinary power of the third person of the Godhead can transform your life. If you want to know what tomorrow holds, you need the Holy Spirit. If you want miracles to happen in your ministry, you need the Holy Spirit. If you want to live a rewarding and productive Christian life, you need the Holy Spirit.
It was Dr. R. A. Torrey who pointed that out and showed Christians that the Holy Spirit is a Person to be worshiped, Someone who would take hold of you and use you as He transformed you from day to day.
Can you, or can any Christian, go far in the Christian life without giving time and thought to the third Person of the Godhead? Obviously not, for the Holy Spirit takes the things of Christ and shows them to us, who makes the practical application of Bible knowledge in the outworking of Christian living. He alone can make Christian theory into life and deeds.
Throughout this book, Dr. Pache will direct us into thinking again about who the Holy Spirit is, what He did before Pentecost, and what He has been doing since then in the lives of men. What place does the Holy Spirit have in the service of the Christian worker, and what will be His ministry in the future? The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit answers these questions and others concerning conviction, baptism, filling, indwelling, and gifts of the Spirit.
Chapters are *To Do Pneumatology is to Do Trinity, - *Struggling with Ambiguity, - *The Way of Doxology, - *To Do Pneumatology is to Do Eschatology, - *Movement Toward Fixity: Holy Spirit in Patristic Eschatology, - *To Do Pneumatology Is to Start at the Beginning, - *No Unified Vision in the New Testament, - *Losing the Battle to Stay with the Imprecision of the Scriptures, - *The Mission of the Spirit: Junior Grade? - *God Beyond the Self of God, - *The Return: The Highway Back to the Father, - *The Spirit Is the Touch of God, - *The Tradition of Subordinationism, - *Basil: Not Subordination but Communion of Life with the Father and the Son, - *Gregory Nazianzus: The Divine Pedagogy in Steps, - *The Council of Constantinople: The Triumph of Discretion, - *To Do Pneumatology is to Start with Experience, - *Experience of the Spirit in the Early Church, - *William of St. Thierry: 'so I May Know by Experience,'- *Bernard of Clairvaux: 'Today We Read in the Book of Experience,'- *The Role of Pneumatology in an Integral Theology, - *The Continuing Quest for a Theology of the Holy Spirit, - and *Toward a Theology in the Holy Spirit. -
Kilian McDonnell, OSB, STD, a monk and priest of St. John's Abbey, Collegeville, Minnesota, is the founder and the president of the Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research in Collegeville. For years he was a consultor to the Pontifical Council for Unity in Rome. He has been involved both nationally and internationally in dialogues with the Lutherans, Presbyterians, Pentecostals, and Disciples of Christ. He has published on John Calvin, Christian initiation, and on the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan, as well as collections of poetry. The Catholic Theological Society of America has honored him for his contributions to theology."
Through journaling exercises, revelatory Scripture, and personal testimony, Dr. Saundra Biltz will inspire you to come to the Father as a much-loved child, friend, and bride to transform your entre life, as well as everyone in your sphere of influence.