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Loren Sandford: The Prophetic Church

“And it shall come to pass afterward

That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh;

Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,

Your old men shall dream dreams,

Your young men shall see visions.

And also on My menservants and on my maid servants

I will pour out My Spirit in those days.”

Joel 2:28-29

One of the final chapters is given to the importance of the Holy Spirit as the primary force multiplier for the believer and the believing community. Sandford briefly engages the reader with a discussion of pneumatology as it not only relates to power, baptism, gifts, and manifestations; but also, as the gift of the Spirit who provides the increase or added force for the present and future generations. Sandford offers a threefold paradigm of vision, power and effect which attempts to explain why, how, and the results of the indwelling of the Spirit. The author argues the person of the Holy Spirit is the most important consideration; however, this section is somewhat oversimplified in its theological discourse. He incorporates biblical examples, as well as historical accounts of revivals throughout the centuries to argue that “we have yet to experience the true baptism in the Spirit” (199). This statement might serve as a point of disputation for many scholars, pastors, and leaders alike, who would argue for various interpretations of this widely debated doctrine. Sandford may have proved his point more advantageously by explaining this idea in more descriptive language and omitting doctrinal terminology. The book is written in a pastoral and prophetic fervor. However, Sandford’s prophetic theological understanding may limit his audience. The overall tone and message is one of passion and hunger for intimacy with God, offering a model for a prophetic church within practical biblical themes. Sandford effectively exhorts through his kingdom theological framework how a prophetic church can become what he calls a “Lighthouse Church.”

Reviewed by Lisa R Ward

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Category: Spirit, Summer 2011

About the Author: Lisa R. Ward, M.B.L., M.P.T., MMGT (Oral Roberts University), is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Renewal Studies, specializing in biblical studies, at Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA. As a nurse and teacher, she is involved with her faith community to establish churches, orphanages, medical clinics, and leadership training centers for pastors in East Africa.

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