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Praying in the Spirit: Proposed Dates of Charismata Cessation

Praying in the Spirit: Proposed Dates of Charismata Cessation

This chart is from part 2 of the sixth chapter of the Praying in the Spirit Series. Figure 2 Proposed Dates of Charismata Cessation        

Praying in the Spirit: Consensus on First Corinthians 13 by Non-Pentecostal Scholars

Praying in the Spirit: Consensus on First Corinthians 13 by Non-Pentecostal Scholars

This chart is from part 2 of the sixth chapter of the Praying in the Spirit Series. Figure 1 First Corinthians 13—Consensus on Non-Pentecostal Scholars The following non-Pentecostal/charismatic commentators view “the perfect thing” (verse 10) as yet to come; an asterisk indicates that they take the “now” of verse 13 to mean that faith and […]

Praying in the Spirit: That Glorious Day When Tongues are Not Needed: Until Then … Part 2

Praying in the Spirit: That Glorious Day When Tongues are Not Needed: Until Then … Part 2

The second part of the sixth chapter of the Praying in the Spirit Series. Author Robert Graves continues to examine the claim that tongues are not needed today. He argues convincingly that tongues are needed and will continue until the return of Jesus Christ.   Completed Scriptures For those dating the cessation of the charismata […]

Praying in the Spirit: That Glorious Day When Tongues are Not Needed: Until Then … Part 1

Praying in the Spirit: That Glorious Day When Tongues are Not Needed: Until Then … Part 1

In part 1 of the sixth chapter of the Praying in the Spirit Series, author Robert Graves examines the claim that tongues are not needed today. He argues convincingly that tongues are needed and will continue until the return of Jesus Christ.   “Tongues shall cease.” More than 1,900 years have passed since the apostle […]

Praying in the Spirit: Better Than I Was, Not Better Than You Are

Praying in the Spirit: Better Than I Was, Not Better Than You Are

The fifth chapter of the Praying in the Spirit Series. “You Pentecostals think you’re better than anyone else, don’t you?” The question startled the young Florida pastor attending his first ministerial association meeting. He stammered briefly and then with wisdom replied, “No, not at all. I am simply better than I was before.” The question […]

How to Receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit

How to Receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit

  Many questions have been asked about the baptism in the Holy Spirit. Is it truly God’s promise to every believer for today? If so, Is there any reason why all Christians should not receive it? What are the practical steps we need to take in order to receive this baptism? Can some things hinder […]

Praying in the Spirit: Just What Is the Nature of the Prayer Language?

Praying in the Spirit: Just What Is the Nature of the Prayer Language?

The fourth chapter of the Praying in the Spirit Series. I was in a meeting recently where a man began to offer a prophetic word, but before he finished a woman interrupted him with a message in tongues. It was obvious for several reasons that she was out of order: (1) She interrupted the speaker; […]

Filled with the Holy Spirit

Filled with the Holy Spirit

  In this guest editorial, Pastor Mur shares his memories of being filled with the Holy Spirit and how he was reminded of this blessing of God while reading Robert Graves’ article, “The Focus of the Charismatic Experience” that appeared in Summer 1999.   Robert Graves’ excellent article on “The Focus of the Charismatic Experience” […]

Praying in the Spirit: Focus of the Charismatic Experience: Tongues, the Holy Spirit, or Christ?

Praying in the Spirit: Focus of the Charismatic Experience: Tongues, the Holy Spirit, or Christ?

The third chapter of the Praying in the Spirit Series. The strongest criticisms leveled at the charismatic renewal seem to center on two theories: one, the experience is tongues-centered, and two, the experience is Spirit-centered. The two have in common, of course, the inference that the source and focus of the baptism and its attendant gifts […]

Baptism in the Spirit: Is it Normal to Receive At or After Conversion?

Baptism in the Spirit: Is it Normal to Receive At or After Conversion?

  Pastor Michael Peters looks at the Baptism with the Spirit in light of the whole salvation experience.   Editorial Introduction This article is a chapter from Michael Peter’s book In Defense of Charismatics. In Defense was written as a response to John MacArthur’s book Charismatic Chaos and as a defense of charismatic beliefs and […]

The Kingdom and the Spirit

The Kingdom and the Spirit

  In what way is the kingdom of God manifested in the time between the first and second coming of Jesus Christ? This question has been a prime preoccupation in discussions concerning the kingdom or reign of God. In this investigation we shall take a first step towards an answer by examining the nature of […]

John Pester: Jesus Christ: Last Adam, Life-giving Spirit

John Pester: Jesus Christ: Last Adam, Life-giving Spirit

  John Pester, “Jesus Christ: Last Adam, Life-giving Spirit,” Affirmation and Critique, Vol. 3, No. 4 (Oct. 1998). Affirmation and Critique is a quarterly which addresses theological subjects in a continuum. Through a variety of articles by numerous authors, the last seven issues have focused on the person and work of Christ in a weighty […]

Praying in the Spirit: Some Marvelous Effects of Praying in the Spirit

Praying in the Spirit: Some Marvelous Effects of Praying in the Spirit

The second chapter of the Praying in the Spirit Series. Most evangelicals believe that one always remembers the day he or she became a Christian. I remember the day very well. I was alone in a half‑completed apartment building off Interstate 1‑75 in Atlanta, Georgia. I was taking a lunch break from my summer job as […]

Praying in the Spirit: What They're Saying Now: Some Non-Charismatics Reevaluate Tongues

Praying in the Spirit: What They’re Saying Now: Some Non-Charismatics Reevaluate Tongues

The first chapter of the Praying in the Spirit Series. Bow-tied waiters glide across the plush red carpet. Sharply dressed gentlemen and elegantly appareled ladies devour crispy bacon, spicy sausage, and fluffy scrambled eggs. The smiling couple beside you probably has a college degree or two. Perhaps they are doctors, dentists, or lawyers. After the […]

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