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Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit

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  • Posted July 26, 2010

    A good read that may change your life.

    The book is about the Holy Spirit and how He does not occupy the place of honor that He deserves in the lives of most of us. Honestly, most Christians will pray to God the Father in Jesus name, but how many people consider the role of the Holy Spirit in their lives and His role in the church in general? If you read this book with an open mind it will help you to thoughtfully consider the Holy Spirit's role in your life and the church. The book is well thought out and is thought provoking. If you have ever wondered about the third (but equal) person of the Trinity, this book may help you grasp some concepts. But, let's admit up front that a full and complete understanding of an infinte Creator God is not possible by a finite creation like man. But this book may help clear up a few things for some of us.

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  • Posted October 12, 2011

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    very challenging...

    Typically the Holy Spirit is one of those "forgotten subjects." Like tithing or faith exhibited through works, it's not a popular subject from either pulpit or book. So if anyone was going to find the "lost morsel" and bring it to light, it's Francis Chan.

    Right now, I don't even know how to describe Francis - he was a pastor of a local LA church, I suppose now he is a book author, a husband, a father, a Calvinist, a public speaker, a prophet, a sounding board for resolute doctrine and a very funny and likable guy.

    In Forgotten God, Chan makes a case that the true "power" and "tapability" (my own word) of the Holy Spirit is often left unaccessed, by both Christians and the Church. Chan writes,

    "You are most likely familiar with the fruit passage in Galatians 5 which says, "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, (and) self-control." You may even have the list memorized. But look over those traits right now and ask yourself if you posses each to a supernatural degree. Do you exhibit more kindness and faithfulness than the Mormons you know? Do you have more self-control than your Muslim friends? More peace than Buddhists? More Joy than atheists? if GOD truly lives in you, shouldn't you expect to be different from everyone else?"

    Francis is one of those voices who can look at scripture and find the "obvious" point we have all been missing - he finds some prophetic way to see something new in the same text we have all been reading.

    Chan tells a story about how two Jehovah's Witness knocked on his door one day to share their message - Francis "gently" told them that he found their message offensive because they believe that Michael the arc-angel is also Jesus. Francis shared that Jesus is so much more than an angel, to which the JW's assured him that Jesus/Michael is the only one. Francis then read Daniel 10:13 to them that says "Michael was only one of many chief princes." Francis went on to say that he could not believe that honest bible study had led to their conclusions. He accused them of being spoon fed and instructed them to read the bible for themselves.

    And I think I would offer the same advice, but to all of us.again Francis Chan

    ""I left that conversation feeling a bit proud of myself because I stumped them and got them to question their beliefs. Yet I couldn't help but wonder whether I was fair to them. Had I ever sat down with the Bible and sought after its self-evident truth? Or had a passively ingested what I heard from other people, much like my front-door visitors?"

    Forgotten God will challenge you to beak open the word and unlock the truth that the power of God resides in you - and that power and gifting is available to you today. And if you do not possess it to a 'super natural degree' may you hunger and seek after it all the more

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 4, 2012

    Great insight into God's Spirit

    Not a theological textbook, but it is well-written, approachable book on how the Spirit can work in our lives. Great use of examples and scripture references.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Talking About the Holy Spirit! I love the fact that Francis Cha

    Talking About the Holy Spirit!

    I love the fact that Francis Chan is talking about this often controversial issue of the Holy Spirit. There are far too many churches that remain silent on the purpose and the benefits of the Holy Spirit. And how sad is his statement in the introduction (page 15) – “From my perspective, the Holy Spirit is tragically neglected and, for all practical purposes, forgotten…..I’m willing to bet there are millions of churchgoers across America who cannot confidently say they have experienced His presence or action in their lives over the past year. And many of them do not believe they can.”

    Chan goes on to say that “There is a big gap between what we read in Scripture about the Holy Spirit and how most believers and churches operate today……If I were Satan and my ultimate goal was to thwart God’s kingdom and purposes, one of my main strategies would be to get churchgoers to ignore the Holy Spirit.” (Pg 16)

    Throughout the book, believers are challenged to not forget the Holy Spirit and to get to know Him on a more personal level. Chan clearly describes that the reason to desire the Holy Spirit is not for selfish reasons but for “the common good”. (1 Cor 12:7) Another important challenge that Chan offers is for the reader to reflect on whether or not they are truly willing to yield to the Holy Spirit in all things: “Do I want to lead or be led by the Spirit?”.

    While this book is not designed to be a “how to” manual to develop a deeper relationship with the Holy Spirit, it certainly does provide some thought provoking questions for the reader about how they are/aren’t living out their Christian faith and the greater depth that may be available to them if they seek it.

    This book also has a DVD and workbook available as supplemental resources that can be used for group study. Although I have not seen the DVD, I do have the workbook and it is designed to help you develop a deeper relationship with the Holy Spirit and put some of the newfound revelations into action.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    An Enjoyable, Succinct, and Necessary Treatise on a Seemingly Forgotten Topic.

    Chan is poignant and confronting in this accessible selection. Necessary reading for the modern minister, but a most beneficial read for the layman as well. Chan explores the role of the Spirit within the Trinity, within the Church, and within the individual; shining a light on a shadowy figure we thought we knew. Much like shining broad daylight into a dark closet we rarely visit, Chan's discourse almost looks new, but feels wholly familiar. Be warned, this is a challenging read in that one cannot simply put it down and continue about life unscathed. Well worth it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 23, 2011

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    Exposition for application

    In this book, Francis Chan expounds the often-neglected doctrine of the Holy Spirit. He presents what the Bible has to say about the Holy Spirit and His work in the Christian's life. This is not a dry theology book, but a challenges to Christians to commit to live in the Spirit, which means growing in their relationship with God and contributing to the ministry of the church.

    The reason I gave this four stars instead of five is that Chan brushes past the issues of when the Believer receives the Holy Spirit and the exact nature of spiritual gifts (e.g. whether tongues, prophecy, etc. are for today) with little or no exposition. I understand that he is trying to avoid controversy and focus on application, but these seem like fairly important issues when it comes to how the doctrine of the Holy Spirit should be applied.

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  • Posted September 20, 2011

    Great Read

    Challenging. Insightful. Refreshing

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