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Jack Deere: Why I Am Still Surprised by the Power of the Spirit

Deere has provided a sound biblical defense for the contemporary exercise of spiritual gifts. He has also provided some very practical counsel regarding the gifts of the Spirit and the deliverance ministry.

Also helpful in this volume is Deere’s treatment of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Appendix 1 is given to a brief discussion of each of the gifts (pages 253-278). One section that may be of particular interest to pastors and church leaders who would like to see the gifts in evidence and growing in their congregation is Chapter 24. This chapter deals with cultivating spiritual gifts. The author maintains that gifts develop when they are exercised (page 224). Deere sets forth what he feels are the best settings in which people can grow in the spiritual gifts.

The author gives considerable space to the subject of demons. He devotes two chapters and one appendix to the subject. The material he presents is not only biblical but also practical. Appendix 5 catalogs texts from the New Testament and what they can tell us about demons (pages 307-311). The chapters focus more on practical and pastoral matters related to the subject of demons. Deere discusses things such as: degrees of demonic influence, the inroads to demonization (pages 142-155), and how to deliver a person who is demonized (pages 155-159). Deere has experience in deliverance ministry and so he offers counsel regarding the best practices when dealing with a demonized person.

While not all Pentecostals and Charismatics will agree with everything Deere has written he has certainly given us a lot of valuable information. He has provided a sound biblical defense for the contemporary exercise of spiritual gifts. He has also provided some very practical counsel regarding the gifts of the Spirit and the deliverance ministry. Every interested Christian could benefit from this book, even a cessationist if they are open-minded. But this book should be especially welcomed by pastors because of its biblical foundation and its practical wisdom that can be implemented in the local church.

Reviewed by John Lathrop

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Category: Spirit, Summer 2020

About the Author: John P. Lathrop is a graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and is an ordained minister with the International Fellowship of Christian Assemblies. He has written for a number of publications and is the author of four books Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, and Teachers Then and Now (Xulon Press, 2008), The Power and Practice of the Church: God, Discipleship, and Ministry (J. Timothy King, 2010), Answer the Prayer of Jesus: A Call for Biblical Unity (Wipf & Stock, 2011) and Dreams & Visions: Divine Interventions in Human Experience (J. Timothy King, 2012). He also served as co-editor of the book Creative Ways to Build Christian Community (Wipf & Stock, 2013). Amazon Author page. Facebook

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