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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 manThe 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....

Title : Practicing the Power: Welcoming the Gifts of the Holy Spirit in Your Life
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Number of Pages : 240 Pages
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Practicing the Power: Welcoming the Gifts of the Holy Spirit in Your Life Reviews

  • Joan
    2019-04-21 07:14

    Christendom 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 Some preach that the gifts of the Spirit are no longer active and that the charismatic movement is dangerous.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.

  • Dan Cogan
    2019-04-05 13:27

    I read this after reading Michael L. Brown’s recent book on the topic, Authentic Fire. What I found lacking in Brown’s book was more than made up for in Storms’. Storms successfully makes a positive defense of continuationism in a winsome and gracious manner without giving overt offense against cessationism. He of course does give AN offense there, but it is not reactionary as much as it is thoughtful. His Appendix on “12 reasons” is a good example of this. I appreciated his approach to the fact that cessationists often practically function as continuationists but use different terminology. That is where I have found myself over the last several years. But on Storms’ definitions, I can call myself a continuationist. And I feel pretty good about it, if I do say so myself!

  • Jonathan
    2019-04-05 14:08

    Practicing the giftsStorms has provided a guide for practicing, using the gifts of the Spirit in the life of the church. Lots of his own experience and good reflection on Scripture makes it a helpful book. He doesn't build a case for the gifts here as he does in other material but he focuses on the expression of them. I didn't find myself agreeing with everything but was greatly encouraged by the recommendations and example Storms is to the church.

  • David Marino
    2019-04-21 14:06

    This book took me all over the place emotionally and intellectually. I appreciate Sam's Storms writing because I can feel his heart in each page. Something's I found myself disagreeing with and some things he really brought some clarity. This is not so much a book defending continuationism because he notes that he has done that in many other places. It is more of a book given biblical and practical advice to use and practice the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Although I had some disagreements, many agreements, and many things I still have very much to learn about, I really enjoyed this book.

  • Alan Barrientos-Pino
    2019-04-18 11:03

    A must read book for EVERY reformed church.Though I disagreed with a few very small things here and there. That does not take away from the larger great piece of work this is to the body of Christ, and to every individual believer!

  • Andy Fletcher
    2019-03-28 10:21

    I read this on a follow-up to attending the Convergence conference in OKC hosted by Sam Storms' church. This is a really really good book for those skeptics like me who are interested in how the Holy Spirit works in the church today. I will probably return to this book multiple times for reference and encouragement.Storms dismantles all of my concerns about uncontrolled Pentecostal charismatic fundamentalist crazy believers who quite frankly scare the pants off me. He addresses the abuse and charlatans that abandon the Word of God, but he also kicks people like me in the butt who want to comfortably ignore the Spirit's work when it gets tricky.Great book! Read it!

  • Cole Brown
    2019-03-27 12:18

    Sam Storms is a pastor in Oklahoma City and is among the more well-known "Reformed charismatics" thanks, in part, to the multiple books he has written on both subjects. Unlike many self-identified Reformed charismatics, Storms actively seeks and provides opportunities for his congregation to operate in the gifts of the Spirit. For this reason, I have been anxiously awaiting the release of this book since I first heard it announced almost a year ago. In many ways, I am satisfied. Storms talks at length about spiritual gifts in the church (especially prophecy) and how our church's might be faithful to pursue them and provide opportunities for their use. Certain chapters (such as the chapter on fasting, one of the best I have ever read on the topic) are equally theological and practical. Others tend toward one or the other. And this is my only complaint. I had the privilege of hearing Storms speak on "deliverance ministry/spiritual warfare" last year. He spoke for over two hours and provided both theological grounds for his beliefs and very practical advice for those of us who wanted to grow in this area. But the book lacks much of both. Though he shares much practical advice about pursuing prophecy in the local church, the practical counsel on spiritual warfare and the other spiritual gifts of 1 Corinthians 12 is minimal. The book is worthwhile because it takes a theologically robust pastoral perspective on the spiritual gifts but it could have benefited from much more practical counsel and examples.

  • Nathan Albright
    2019-04-17 11:05

    [Note: This book was provided free of charge by BookLook/Zondervan. All thoughts and opinions are my own.]This book is admittedly more than a little bit of a muddle, and my own feelings about the author's subject matter and approach are more than usually ambivalent. The author is a charismatic Calvinist, and has all of the irritating tendencies of both elements of that identity, even if I would consider myself at least cautiously a continuationist (namely, someone who believes that the workings of the Holy Spirit continue to this day and have not ceased--this book is full of definitions and boundary markers). My feelings on Calvinists are fairly often stated here [1]. If you imagine a Calvinist as someone who is not happy unless they are disputing with someone or making someone else feel miserable and a charismatic as a holy roller intent on acquiring the power of the Holy Spirit in their own lives and showing a sometimes unhealthy interest in demonology, this author meets both of those definitions. I would have appreciated on one level a book where a hypercritical Calvinist sought to demolish his foes and their arguments through specious rhetoric, and I would have enjoyed a practical how-to guide from a charismatic on how the Holy Spirit operates in our lives if we let it, but this book tried to be both and ended up being neither completely.In about 250 pages the author covers quite a few subjects, perhaps too many and not thoroughly enough. After an foreword from a similar identity-challenged charismatic Calvinist and an introduction about God going public--which usually means aggressive Calvinists (not exactly my favorite thing in the world), the author spends the rest of his material in twelve chapters and two appendices. Included in the subject matter is an introduction to the world of charismatic Christianity and the debate between those who believe that the gifts of the spirit ceased with the apostolic era and those who believe the gifts continued on among believers, a discussion about earnestly desiring such gifts, the need to pray, fasting for power, practicing the power of healing, identifying prophecy in the local church, giving a (somewhat misguided) paradigm for prophetic practice, discussing principles for prophecy today, giving a lengthy discussion on user friendly deliverance (or exorcism), a strident warning not to quench the spirit by denying the Trinity (too late), a condemnation on many of his charismatic cohorts whom he accuses of manipulation and the importance of worshiping in the spirit. After a short conclusion the author gives two appendices, one of them an alternate interpretation on 1 Corinthians 14:33-35 and the other a summary of his argument from one of his other books on whether miraculous gifts are for today, in which the author debates with a straw man on the other side.How one views this book will depend on how one feels about the author and his approach. The author picked a subject that is truly interesting and worth thought and reflection. It is likewise something to appreciate for someone to write about the subjects of spiritual warfare and the role of the Holy Spirit and a certain amount of flexibility and spontaneity in one's spiritual approach without being anti-intellectual. If the author had been able to save his rebuking tendencies for a different book, this would have been a far more enjoyable effort to read for someone who has no interest in being a partisan of this author. The author spends far too much time in this book talking badly about other people, engaging in fallacious reasoning, using his own human reasoning in place of sound scriptural citation and exegesis, setting up unbiblical tests and quarreling over definitions and identity. Basically, this author does all the things that Paul told believers not to do in the pastoral epistles concerning the sort of scriptural discussions we are to have. Worse yet, the author fancies himself an expert on many subjects and writes as if the veracity and worthiness of what he says is something that can be assumed rather than something that has to be proven. Alas, this makes for a book that is far higher in potential than in actual achievement.[1] See, for example:

  • Bill Berry
    2019-04-12 13:07

    Sam Storms explains the practical implications of being a continuationist. For believers who are exploring the spiritual gifts for the first time this book gives a practical how to. But with so many differing thoughts on the subject, this book needs to be read in community for understanding within the theological views of the church the reader is apart of. I would highly recommend his book, “The Spiritual Gifts for Beginners” for those wrestling the use of the gifts today.

  • Justin
    2019-04-10 13:29

    Not a defense of spiritual gifts, but a practical book of the application of gifts in personal lives and within the congregation. This book will be of great help to many leaders who don't know how to let the congregation exercise gifts on Sunday mornings.

  • Eddie Williams
    2019-04-19 09:22

    Unbelievable layout of utilizing the gifts in the church. I will have every one of my elders read this. I will recommend to everyone. Great to see a fusion of Reformed thinking and charismatic thinking.

  • David Varney
    2019-04-19 11:05

    Practical guide to using the gifts of the Spirit in the local church. Helpful. Cessationist or continuationist, many Christians could use a little more expectancy and joy in their spirituality. This book certainly points us in the right direction.

  • Kevin Sidoran
    2019-03-31 15:06

    Love how he balances theology with charismata/brain with emotions/wisdom and discernment with freedom/ etc etc. I read Storms’ Beginners Guide to Spiritual Gifts before this, which laid a nice framework - this one was definitely more helpful for church leadership/implementation.

  • Daniel Aldea
    2019-04-16 08:30

    ExcelenteEs el libro tan necesario para leer una vez que, por la Escritura, entiendes que los dones espirituales están vigentes... Entonces no sabes como continuar. Practico, sencillo y con ejemplos de la vida real.Este libro no te convencerá del Continuismo, no es su objetivo, sino el acompañarte en el siguiente paso.