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Belonging to a Local Church: A Foundation for Believers

A minister writes about the importance of significant and intentional community for followers of Jesus. Church-hopping Christians who flit from one congregation to another do have a problem—but it is not with the people they meet, as they think. It is with themselves, observes one veteran pastor who believes local church involvement is the true […]

State of the Church 2002

State of the Church 2002

Half of the Churches in America are growing have fewer than 100 participating adults (25% have less than 50) are located in a rural or small town setting Less than 10% of all churches in America have more than 1000 in attendance. Keys to Growth Growing churches report that they: welcome change have cultural affinity—finding […]

Pentecost and the Inside-Out Church

Pentecost and the Inside-Out Church

  A timely reminder of the empowerment of the Spirit in our daily lives. Not long ago a young woman I’ll call Karen asked if she could talk with me about her plans for the future. I had known Karen for several years but I hadn’t seen her in a long, long time. She said […]

The Duration of Prophecy: How Long Will Prophecy Be Used in the Church?  (Part 3) by Wayne A. Grudem

The Duration of Prophecy: How Long Will Prophecy Be Used in the Church? (Part 3) by Wayne A. Grudem

Part 3 and conclusion of Professor Grudem’s exegetical study of 1 Corinthians 13. The Duration of Prophecy: How Long Will Prophecy Be Used in the Church? The Relationship between the Gift of Prophecy and Scripture In addition to the interpretation of 1 Corinthians 13:8-13, there is one other area of concern to the question of […]

Healthy Church Apostles: Every local church should have a healthy apostolic covering in order to be effective beyond its four walls

Healthy Church Apostles: Every local church should have a healthy apostolic covering in order to be effective beyond its four walls

John Kelley with Paul Costa, “Healthy Church Apostles: Every local church should have a healthy apostolic covering in order to be effective beyond its four walls” Ministries Today (May/June 2001), pages 53-56. He was young in the Lord; rash and impulsive. He was also a born communicator, and immediately went out preaching and teaching, unencumbered […]

Power House: How Prayer Can Saturate the Life of Your Church

Power House: How Prayer Can Saturate the Life of Your Church

  Alen Martin and Dian Ginter, “Power House: How Prayer Can Saturate the Life of Your Church,” Pray! (Issue 23, Mar/Apr 2001), pages 14-17. Looking for some practical advice on transforming your church into a house of prayer? This issue of Pray!, and this article in particular may offer the simple steps needed to get […]

The Duration of Prophecy: How Long Will Prophecy Be Used in the Church?  (Part 2) by Wayne A. Grudem

The Duration of Prophecy: How Long Will Prophecy Be Used in the Church? (Part 2) by Wayne A. Grudem

Part 2 of Professor Grudem’s exegetical study of 1 Corinthians 13. The Duration of Prophecy: How Long Will Prophecy Be Used in the Church? Objections to This Interpretation Various objections to this conclusion have been raised, usually by those who hold that the gift of prophecy has ceased in the church and should no longer […]

Richard Twiss: One Church Many Tribes

Richard Twiss: One Church Many Tribes

  Richard Twiss, One Church Many Tribes (Regal Books, 2000), 216 pages. What can the church of the 21st Century learn from the mistakes of the past? Richard Twiss could be a budding new personality in the Christian world. I recently noticed his name on a column in Charisma magazine, and this new book has […]

The Duration of Prophecy: How Long Will Prophecy Be Used in the Church?  (Part 1) by Wayne A. Grudem

The Duration of Prophecy: How Long Will Prophecy Be Used in the Church? (Part 1) by Wayne A. Grudem

Part 1 of Professor Grudem’s exegetical study of 1 Corinthians 13. The Duration of Prophecy: How Long Will Prophecy Be Used in the Church? Introduction Many people reading this study have never seen the gift of prophecy functioning in their local church. In fact, outside of the charismatic movement and certain traditionally Pentecostal denominations, this […]

Doug Bannister: The Word and Power Church

Doug Bannister: The Word and Power Church

  Doug Bannister, The Word & Power Church: What Happens When a Church Experiences All God Has to Offer? (Zondervan Publishing House, 1999), 208 pages, ISBN 9780310227106. Doug Bannister is one of an increasing number of voices crying out for the Church to awaken to its full potential in the power of the Word and […]

Touched by the Wind: The Charismatic Movement in the Episcopal Church

Touched by the Wind: The Charismatic Movement in the Episcopal Church

By D. William Faupel As appearing the Summer 2000 issue of The Pneuma Review My mother met me at the door, her face bursting with excitement. “You will never guess what has happened,” she exclaimed. Before I could respond, she continued, “Pentecost has come to the Episcopalians!” The year was 1961. I was a senior […]

Praying in the Spirit: Charismata in Post-Apostolic Church

Praying in the Spirit: Charismata in Post-Apostolic Church

This chart is from part 2 of the sixth chapter of the Praying in the Spirit Series. Figure 3 Charismata in the Post-Apostolic Church

A.D. 2000: State of the Church in America

A.D. 2000: State of the Church in America

As the rest of the world is experiencing unparalleled church and Christian growth, America has become an unchurched nation.    

Local Church Missions for the New Millennium

Local Church Missions for the New Millennium

  Debra Wood, “Local Church Missions for the New Millennium” Ministries Today 17:2 (March/April 1999). Pages 64-68. As the new millennium approaches, amidst all the sensationalism and millennial hype, there is at least one positive emphasis shining through all the nervous excitements: renewed zeal for missions and evangelism. A number of articles about missions and […]

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