No Longer Tossed Here or There 0

In postmodern church conferences, trainings or workshops theology and theological references are kept to a minimum. The person doing the presentation will speak on topics like; being missional, relevant, tolerance, diversity, pluralism, delegating, confidence, interaction, decision making, visibility, practicality, accountability and structures. When asked about the Holy Spirit, the fruit of the Holy Spirit or the gifts of the Holy Spirit, the instructor will say something like, “Of course you need the Holy Spirit in all these principles.” I read an article once on “Being Missional.” The article filled several pages of the publication and as an afterthought there was a sidebar reminding people that the Holy Spirit is an important part of being missional. There is just something wrong when the Holy Spirit is relegated to a sidebar.

If ever there was a day when the church needs men and women full of the Holy Spirit, instead of CEO’s, it is today. We must return to the principles that God has outlined in His Word in order to be productive and effective. We need conferences, trainings and workshops on prayer, because it is the most important ministry of the church from which all other ministry is energized. We need more instruction on the Holy Spirit, because He gives dynamic life to the church and we desire His fellowship, leadership, anointing and manifestation. We need more anointed, Biblical teaching and preaching, because they are the catalyst for transformation in our lives and in the church. We need to learn more about love and how it should permeate every aspect of church life. We need more Biblical training on how to be disciples and how to make disciples. We need help in growing in Christ-like commitment, character and wholeness, because a dark and flavorless world needs the church to be the salt and light that Christ commanded it to be. We need more training on the doctrines of the church, because we must be able to defend the truth. Finally, and most importantly, we need leaders of courage to stand up and call out the false teaching of the day; both in principle and by individual.

Ephesians 4:11-16

11 He gave some to be apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints, for the work of service, and for the building up of the body of Christ, 13 until we all come into the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, into a complete man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 14 so we may no longer be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about with every wind of doctrine by the trickery of men, by craftiness with deceitful scheming. 15 But, speaking the truth in love, we may grow up in all things into Him, who is the head, Christ Himself, 16 from whom the whole body is joined together and connected by every joint and ligament, as every part effectively does its work and grows, building itself up in love.

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Is Nostalgia Hindering the Pentecosal Church? 2

There is no doubt that some people miss the way things used to be. This can be with almost any aspect of church life. There is no argument that the church must change with the times, update itself, be self-reflecting and more accepting. However, nostalgia is not holding back the Pentecostal church in the twenty-first century.

What is keeping the Pentecostal church from being what God has called us to be is a lack of His presence in our midst. When the Holy Spirit is no longer welcome in our churches; leaders will fill the void with postmodern principles and man-made methods. I can only speak for myself, I am not melancholy for the past. I am hungry for a future that includes the indwelling and empowering ministry of the Holy Spirit in our churches and lives. The answer for this present world is not a postmodern church, but a Pentecostal church full of the presence of a miracle working God!

Francis Chan says, “There are millions of churchgoers across America who cannot confidently say they have experienced the presence of God or His actions in their lives over the past year. And many of them do not believe they can.” (Forgotten God)

Isa 64:1
Oh, that You would rend the heavens! That You would come down! That the mountains might shake at Your presence —
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Reaching Today’s Culture 0

“Churches are perfectly equipped to reach a world that no longer exists.”

I received an email recently that had this quote in bold quotations. The question being, is the church equipped to reach today’s culture? My response to that email is, if the people of God are indwelled and empowered by the Holy Spirit then they are equipped to not only reach the culture, but to turn the world upside down for Jesus.

It is postmodern stinking thinking and a statement like the one above that fuels the fires that says most churches are too out-of-date to deal with today’s culture. The Holy Spirit does not need updating. The Holy Spirit is not out-of-date. The Holy Spirit transcends every demographic, and every culture.

In fact, most of the postmodern churches of today are surely not equipped to reach the culture with the true Word of God nor with the life changing, transforming power of the Holy Spirit. Come Holy Spirit We Need Thee!

John 16:8
8 When He comes, He will convict the world of sin and of righteousness and of judgment.
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