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Sam Storms: Convergence

 

Storms greatly values the spiritual gift of prophecy. He says that Paul’s counsel to desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy (1 Corinthians 14:1) is not something that we can decide to do or not do; it is a command. In addition to the fact that the Scripture commends prophecy Storms is a strong advocate for the gift because he has personally experienced the benefits that the gift can supply.

I think that one of the highlights of the book is found in section two. In this section Storms assesses the differences between cessationists and continuationists. He looks at the differences between the two groups with reference to such topics as prayer, worship guidance and their favorite biblical texts to preach from. I found his analysis to be particularly insightful.

This book is a good resource for anyone who has questions about whether God speaks today or who wonders whether we should expect to see the gifts of the Spirit active in our day. The book will also prove useful to those who already embrace the contemporary moving of the Spirit as it will affirm them in their faith. Citing both Scripture and experience Storms demonstrates that God is still very much on the move today.

Reviewed by John Lathrop

 

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Category: Living the Faith, Winter 2008

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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