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Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? The lists, single or in combination, are widely regarded as samples only, they are not meant to list everything. Hence there are gifts that occur in Christian experience which are not mentioned.
If the term 'Pentecostal' was not universally used because of an over-identification with the Pentecostalist churches, and 'charismatic' was not always used because of an over-identification with the Holy Spirit's 'gifts', it was the term 'Renewal' that seemed to be the most useful and the least misleading.
Many Christians were already familiar with the term in the New Testament. But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Saviour appeared, he saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we had done, but according to his mercy, through the water of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.
This Spirit he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Saviour, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. Because of other 'renewals' in the churches, e.
It is a bit of a mouthful. One journalist thought that Michael Harper was a leader of 'cosmetic revival'! In my four years' travelling as one of many leaders in this 'Renewal', I inevitably had the honour of folk sharing their lives with me. I am not claiming that they were typical of all, but they certainly represented those who felt uncertain and were looking for guidance.
Many were so anxious about a gift s that they had not received that they had missed seeing and using the one s they had been given! So, many of them were deeply troubled that they did not speak in tongues, and were astonished and immensely helped when I shared that of the Holy Spirit's gifts I had not, so far, received the gift of tongues.
I also shared that I had always stammered and that I could hardly speak my own surname for my first two decades. I quipped that I was still overwhelmingly grateful for the charism - given at Ordination - a genuine 'gift of tongue' that enabled me to speak English!
One of my spiritual mentors, a renowned Benedictine monk, had taught me that there were three rules for the Christian life: The other two I am still learning!
Openness to the Holy Spirit was of paramount importance to me, while at the same time I hoped to avoid getting into a fuss because his actions didn't tally with the expectations of those around me. One thing I did know, as St.
Paul concluded in the passage I quoted at length earlier - the Spirit allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses. They are not signs of maturity, nor rewards for goodness. Having certain ones does not indicate any seniority, having other ones does not imply inferiority.
It is the Spirit allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses. I had, for many years, found that I wept gently, but with no real emotion or sobbing or facial contortion, whenever a Christian gathering moved together into real praise of God, or whenever there was teaching or singing that drew us nearer to the Cross of Christ.
For decades I've simply been unable to sing 'When I survey the wondrous cross'.
It is as if my eyes take over from my voice! The tears flow when my voice cannot. As a public speaker it was not a gift I would recommend! At a personal level it was a nuisance.
I did not find it embarrassing, though, since my years of stammering as a Christian had taught me to believe that anyone who felt impelled to ridicule me because I was a stammerer was displaying as much weakness as I was - but of a different sort!
But whatever it seemed at a practical level, I know for certain that at a spiritual level it was mightily used by God. It was in a decade when there was widespread stress on power: My tears seemed to have provided an antidote. It displayed my own vulnerability and was used, I think, to lead people to realise that there can be no Pentecost other than through the Cross of Christ.
It was as if there was growing separation of Pentecost from the Cross, and that God wanted some leaders to be seen to express the necessity of vulnerability, and that I was one of those so privileged. Paul I experienced a paradoxical ministry where God's power somehow came through weakness.
Perhaps it still does, as I have had M. The response was phenomenal, because up to that time the leaders in the renewal had said nothing about it, and there was no easily available teaching on it.
I sought the advice of some of the more senior leaders about breaking the silence and they too felt that the time was right. The following exchange was typical of my experience: But if it exists, I've most certainly got it!
Tears in the Life of Jesus and in the New Testament back to top a In Jesus' background Scripture gives us many examples of tears and weeping.
There is not space to comment on any more than a few of the instances.W hat are these gifts of the Spirit? How can you know that you have particular gifts of the Spirit?
Can others give us an indication of what our gift is? What does the believer do with these gifts in the church?
Pentecostal History [ AD - AD] go to: Encyclopedia of Pentecostal History History proves Pentecostals to be heretics and false teachers!
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The Holy Spirit is sovereign in the dispersion of the spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians ). The gift of Tongues has been becoming more and more popular over the past 10 years. Christians appear to have differing views on the matter. Some think it is a sign of the HOLY SPIRIT, other think it is a manifestation of demonic forces.