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The Holy Spirit Awakens a Major U.S. Denomination

by Steven C. Lausell on June 28, 2016
 


Dear friends,

The following is part of an encouraging report from the board of directors of The Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA) denomination. In it, the senior leadership of that denomination express their conviction of "starying too far" from the Holy Spirit in recent decades, and that going forward, they are stirred to pursue the presence of God in their midst. This is an interesting development that indicates that the Holy Spirit is currently awakening the Church everywhere. May others follow suit, and may we all together as the body of Christ pursue the manifest presence of God (The Glory of God in our midst.)

 

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"The Holy Spirit testifies in every city.."Acts 20:23

Dear Co-Laborer for Christ,

The Board of Directors of The Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA) met at the National Office in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on February 24-25, 2016. 
The Board reviewed numerous reports and acted on certain recommendations.

As I sit down to summarize the proceedings of the recent Board of Directors meeting, I cannot help but blurt out that the meeting was permeated by the presence of the Holy Spirit. All who spoke acknowledged His presence, and there was a shared perception that this was a significantly different meeting.

Together we wondered whether our denomination had grieved the Holy Spirit in recent decades. Could it be that while properly rejecting a doctrine of "evidence"of the Holy Spirit, in practice we had strayed too far from Him? More recently, could it be that in rejecting manifestations of the Holy Spirit in our churches we had missed out on His power and guidance? Have we been blessed by our celebration of Christmas and Easter and at the same time missed out on something by not celebrating Pentecost?

Regardless of how we might answer these questions, there was a definite conviction at the meeting that the Holy Spirit wants to bring an awakening to His presence and a renewal of the power that only His presence can bring. Most, if not all, of the thoughts shared and issues dwelled upon by the Board members relate directly to the transformation required to really become a Christ-centered, Acts 1 :8 family. Therefore, paraphrasing Paul's words to the Ephesians, from now until the close of Council on Pentecost Sunday in 2017, would we all... 

"Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert to what the Holy Spirit is doing among us and always keep on praying for all of the Lord's people. Pray also that we always speak from the foundation of our LOVE and that the right words may be given to us as we courageously PROCLAIM the mystery of the gospel, for which we are ambassadors in chains as we strive to REACH all the over-looked of the world. Pray fearlessly, as well we should. Amen."

Steven C. Lausell
Corporate Secretary


 

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Tragedy In The Church: The Missing Gifts

 by A.W.Tozer

 
"Now concerning spiritual gifts, bretheren, I do not want you to be ignorant.."
1 Cor 12: 1

 
"THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH CANNOT RISE to its true
stature in accomplishing God's purpose when its members neglect
the true gifts and graces of God's Spirit. Much of the religious
activity we see in our churches is not the eternal working of the
Eternal Spirit but the mortal working of man's mortal mind.
That is raw tragedy!
 
From what I see and sense in evangelical circles, I would have to
say that about 90 percent of the religious work carried on in the
churches is being done by ungifted members. I am speaking of
men and women who know how to do many things but who fail to
display the spiritual gifts promised through the Holy Spirit.
 
This is one of the ways in which we have slowed down the true
working of God in His church and in the hearts of unbelieving
people all around us. We have allowed members of the body who
possess no genuine gifts of the Spirit to de religious work.
It has been gratifying in recent interdenominational conferences I
have attended to fellowship with internationally-known ministers
who are preaching about the great need for the Spirit's operation
among the people of God. This conviction is being echoed and
reechoed throughout the world as our Lord is confirming the same
need to many thousands of Christians in denominations
everywhere.
 
"Why this emphasis?" you ask.. "Doesn't every Christian have the
Holy Spirit?" There is plenty of biblical authority to affirm that every
regenerated believer has a measure of the Spirit. Paul reminded the
Corinthian believers that they had been baptized into one body by
the same Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:13). He told the believers in
Rome, "If anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not
belong to Christ" (Romans 8:9).

But God has more
 
But in the same letter in which he explained to the Corinthian
Christians the operations of the Spirit of God in their regeneration,
Paul also told them: "About spiritual matters do not want you to be
ignorant" (1 Corinthians 12:1), and then, "Eagerly desire the
greater gifts" (12:31). If Paul only wanted them to know that they
had a measure of the Spirit upon conversion, he would have said
that and stopped right there. But he went on at great length to
explain the necessity for the functioning of the gifts of the Spirit in
functions and capabilities are the birthright of every Christian.
 
Paul did not say we must be important and well-known Christians
to be useful to the Spirit of God in the functioning of Christ's body,
the church. This is not something reserved for the great. It is the
birthright of the most humble saint.


Paul reminded the Corinthian believers that God actually was
seeking the simple people because they were willing to respond to
the outworking of God's plan through the Holy Spirit and His
ministry.
 
"Where is the wise man?" Paul asks. "Where is the scholar? Where
is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the
wisdom of the world?" (1 Corinthians 1:20). And then he goes on
to say, "But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the
wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.
He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things -
and the things that are not - to nullify the things that are, so that no
one may boast before him" (1:27-29).

The Spirit of God, His presence and His gifts are not simply
desirable in our Christian congregations; they are absolutely
imperative!
 
Now here is another aspect of truth often overlooked. The
regenerated, converted men and women who joyfully have found
their place in the body of Christ by faith are still humans, even
though redeemed through faith in the death and resurrection of
Jesus Christ. Having found divine forgiveness through God's
mercy and grace, they delight in the complete lifting of the sense
of guilt and in the fellowship they find in varied segments of the
visible church of Jesus Christ here on earth - here and now....

(From the book "Tragedy in the Church: the missing gifts" By A.W.Tozer)

 
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