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Manifestations and Gifts of the Spirit: An Interview with Andrew Gabriel

Pneuma Review: In your opinion are spiritual gifts as evident as they should be in the Pentecostal/Charismatic churches of today?

Andrew Gabriel: This is a bit of a loaded question. Aside from what I’ve already said, I actually think that the gifts of the Spirit are more active than people think—it’s just that we don’t always recognize them. So maybe a person won’t hear a lot of speaking in tongues and the gift of interpretation in their church, which I think we should be hearing. But that same person might be missing the fact that there are gifts like giving, teaching, and hospitality at work all around them.

Do we recognize the gift of prophesy, even when no one is calling it prophesy?

And in some cases the gift of prophecy could be at work in conversations as people are drinking coffee together in the church foyer, but people don’t recognize it because no one is running around saying, “I’m a prophet,” or no one is saying, “Thus saith the Lord,” in the middle of a worship service.

Pneuma Review: What can pastors and ministry leaders do to facilitate a greater desire for and openness to the gifts of the Holy Spirit?

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Andrew Gabriel: In addition to all that I have said above, leaders need to start with themselves. I suspect that in many cases, a strong desire for the gifts of the Spirit will rub off and make just as much impact as any teaching session. Churches can also expose their congregation to other individuals who are active in the gifts of the Spirit.

Thanks for your great questions. I pray readers find this helpful. It has been a joy to dialogue with you.

 

PR

 

Further Reading:

Spirit Baptism in the Whole Bible

A brief introduction to a E-book by Andrew Gabriel, available without cost, about the coming of the Holy Spirit seen throughout Scripture.

 

Review of Andrew Gabriel’s book, Simply Spirit-Filled: Experiencing God in the Presence and Power of the Holy Spirit by John Lathrop.
Read an excerpt from Andrew Gabriel’s book, Simply Spirit-Filled: “Two Common Myths about the Spirit-Filled Life.”

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Category: Spirit, Spring 2019

About the Author: Andrew K. Gabriel, Ph.D. (McMaster), is an ordained minister with the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada and associate professor of theology at Horizon College and Seminary, an affiliated college of the University of Saskatchewan. He has focused his research on the doctrines of God, the Trinity, the Holy Spirit, Pentecostalism, and Karl Barth. He is the author of Barth's Doctrine of Creation: Creation, Nature, Jesus, and the Trinity (2013), The Lord is the Spirit: The Holy Spirit and the Divine Attributes (2011), co-author of Johannine Writings and Apocalyptic: An Annotated Bibliography (2013), and a forthcoming book for pastors and laity, Simply Spirit-Filled: Experiencing God in the Presence and Power of the Holy Spirit (2019). You can download his free e-book Spirit Baptism in the Old and New Testaments (Not Just Acts) at his web page, www.AndrewKGabriel.com.

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