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Simon Holley: Sustainable Power

Simon Holley, Sustainable Power: Creating a Healthy Culture of the Supernatural in the Church Today (Crownhill, Milton Keynes: Authentic Media Limited, 2013), 259 pages, ISBN 9781860248849.

Sustainable Power is the story of a pastor, who along with his congregation, took a journey toward ministering in the supernatural power of God. Though this was not a significant part of their church experience, they sought to move in that direction. The supernatural, evidenced in healing, miracles and other gifts of the Holy Spirit, marked the ministry of the New Testament church, the church at other times in history, and they should, scripturally speaking, be a part of the church today. The author, Simon Holley, is the lead pastor at King’s Arms Church in Bedford in the United Kingdom. He is qualified to write this volume because he is intimately acquainted with the journey, for he himself was a participant in it.

The story is told on two levels, both personal and corporate. Pastor Holley writes both freely and frankly about his own struggles and questions along the way as well as about the experiences of his church. This quest for the supernatural began as a result of a prophetic word that was given to Pastor Holley and his wife, Caroline. They were told that God was going to put miracles in their hands, hearts, mouths, and minds (page 1). They were also told to pass on what they would be given by equipping, training, and sending out as many people as they could” (page 2). This prophetic word, along with others, has shaped his life and the life of his congregation, as well as the writing of this book (page 2).

Holley admits that he does not write as one who has arrived but that his church has seen progress in salvations, healings, prophecy, and deliverance.

The book gives considerable space to discussing things that need to be changed or taken out of the way so that “the river” of God’s Spirit can flow freely. There are things that can hinder the working of the Spirit and these obstacles need to be removed. The author believes that Christians need to be set free from self-reliance and an orphan spirit. Holley writes “Self-reliance and the orphan spirit are massive rocks obstructing the river-flow of the Holy Spirit, because they push us back into our limited resources instead of God’s unlimited supply” (page 38). In addition to these hindrances Holley says that Christians also need to be set free from fear, being judgmental, the desire to be in control, and unbelief. He goes into some detail as he addresses these areas. This book, while it is in some measure theological, containing Scriptural teaching about the supernatural power of God as well as reasons why we should experience it in the church today, is for the most part a very practical book. The author writes to help churches move in the supernatural power of the Spirit of God as he shares his church’s story.

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Category: Ministry, Spring 2016

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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