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The Bible teaches us that we are to be filled with God's Spirit and that God's presence and grace is manifested among his people as they serve, love, and minister to one another. Yet some of the gifts that God offers to his people aren't commonly seen in many churches today. Gifts of prophecy, healing, tongues, and other supernatural gifts of God seem to be absent, and many Christians are unsure how to cultivate an atmosphere where God's Spirit can work while remaining committed to the foundational truth of God's Word.
How can Christians pursue and implement the miraculous gifts of the Spirit without falling into fanatical excess and splitting the church in the process? In Practicing the Power, pastor and author Sam Storms offers practical steps to understanding and exercising spiritual gifts in a way that remains grounded in the word and centered in the gospel.
With examples drawn from his forty years of ministry as a pastor and teachers, Storms offers a guidebook that can help pastors, elders, and church members understand what changes are needed to see God move in supernatural power and to guard against excess and abuse of the spiritual gifts. If you long to see God's Spirit move in your church and life, and aren't sure why that isn't happening or where to begin, this book is for you.
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About the Author
Sam Storms (PhD, University of Texas) is founder of Enjoying God Ministries, which provides biblical and theological resources to the body of Christ. He is also the senior pastor of Bridgeway Church in Oklahoma City and a former professor. Storms travels both in the United States and abroad, speaking at churches and conferences. He is the author of over two-dozen books and a contributor to the Zondervan Counterpoints volume Are the Miraculous Gifts for Today? He blogs regularly at www.samstorms.com.
Table of ContentsForeword by Matt Chandler
1. Welcome to the World of Word and Spirit
2. Earnestly Desire Spiritual Gifts
3. The Place of Prayer in Practicing the Power
4. Identifying Prophecy in the Local Church
5. The Gift of Prophecy in Real Life
6. Principles from Practicing Prophecy in the Local Church
7. Worship in the Spirit
8. User-Friendly Deliverance
9. Do not Quench the Spirit
10. Manipulation or Ministry?
Appendix A--Are Miraculous Gifts for Today?
Appendix B--Does the Spiritual Gift of Prophecy Undermine the Finality and Sufficiency of the Biblical Canon?
What People are Saying About This
I am an elder in a church that engages with God in genuine worship,
seeks maturity through dynamic preaching, loves compassionately in community, expresses mercy to the disenfranchised, and multiplies through intentional missionality. Thankful for God’s many blessings,
we long for more of his grace, especially through an outpouring of the
Spirit’s gifts. But how can our church experience this renewing power?
It seems Sam Storms wrote this book to guide our church in this quest. I
think it is for your church too! -- Gregg R. Allison, Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Sam has written an immensely practical book on the gifts of the Spirit that will help anyone who longs to experience the Holy Spirit’s gifts and see those gifts meaningfully integrated into the life of their church. -- Jack Deere, former professor of Old Testament Exegesis at Dallas Seminary; pastor
Sam Storms has done it again. This book combines sound theology with inspiring personal examples, together with practical ways to express the compassion of Jesus to others by partnering with him in spiritual gifts.
Sam successfully demystifies what it means to obey the apostle Paul’s injunction to earnestly desire spiritual gifts (1 Cor. 12:31; 14:1). I highly recommend this book for anyone seeking to grow in this dimension of the grace of God, and especially pastors seeking to lead their flock into a deeper experience as empowered evangelicals who want all that Jesus provides for us. -- Mike Bickle, International House of Prayer of Kansas City
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
MENU Book Review: Practicing the Power APRIL 9, 2017BOOKS, CHURCH/MINISTRY0 Spiritual gifts is a topic that has intrigued many throughout the ages. There are various thoughts on how they work, are they still around, when a Christian gets them, and more. As the jacket of the books states, “pastor and author Sam Storms offers practical steps to understanding and exercising spiritual gifts in a way that remains grounded in the Word and centered in the gospel.” I was interested in seeing what stance this book was going to take on the subject of spiritual gifts. In my experience, spiritual gifts is one of those topics that is very polarizing. The forward written by Matt Chandler (whom I respect greatly) made me want to see what this book was about. The topic of spiritual gifts has interested me for some time. I have heard the arguments about how some spiritual gifts are no longer needed or in use today (cessationist view). I have also heard of those who believe that the gifts are all still in use today among the church (continuationist view). Sam Storms is one who holds the continuationist view, but presents his convictions with a strong use of Scripture. He writes in the conclusion, “The foundation for the experience of spiritual gifts is and always must be inerrant truths articulated in the Bible. Any attempt to move forward apart from the parameters set for us in the [New Testament] will likely lead to experiential excess, theological error, and an unbridled fanaticism that will serve only to bring disgrace on the name of Christ and do damage to those very people you are trying to serve and help” (237). The manner at which Storms takes the Word of God and uses it as the starting platform and guardrails makes this book and great and reliable tool. The words and thoughts that are presented in this book are ones that are backed up with Scripture. One of the only issues that I had was that there was not equal attention given to the gifts mentioned in the book. I know that to write a full work on each gift would be too much for one book. I even get why Storms chose the gifts that he did in this book. I just didn’t get why three chapters were devoted to “prophecy” and one to the others. Recommendation As for a recommendation, I would highly recommend Practicing the Power by Sam Storms to the Christian that is looking for answers to the question of whether some particular spiritual gifts are still at work today. I believe Storms gives some great insight and uses Scripture to show that you do not have to check solid, grounded in the Word theology at the door to believe that the Holy Spirit is still distributing the gifts that some think are long gone.
PRACTICING THE POWER- Welcoming the gifts of the Holy Spirit in Your Life by Sam Storms is an interesting book that discusses the availability and purpose of the Spirit of God. The 269 page book discusses the authors understanding of the gifts of the spirit including that of prophecy. In some instances PRACTICING THE POWER seems to focus more on the technical aspects of the presence of the Holy Spirit than the natural flow in a person’s life. Perhaps this personal interpretation of the authors words has to do with the extent in which the author goes to explain the manifestation of the gifts within the church whereas my focus on the Holy Spirit has always been how He reveals himself when a Believer is in need of Father God. It is true, as the author writes, it is important that the gifts of the Spirit manifest in an orderly fashion in church. It is necessary that the release of a Prophetic word be done properly, though I have witnessed a person speaking in tongues in the church ‘out of order’ I have not seen, as the author discusses, security guards on standby to escort such individuals out of the building. In my experience, either the Pastor has been able to stop an individual before he or she becomes to disruptive or an usher or nearby minister has been able to quiet the person. The incident then becomes a teaching moment for the body of believers. One of the things that struck me as I read PRACTICING THE POWER was the almost apologetic way the author presented information. He seemed to be making excuses as to why he believed what he believed which took away from the credibility of his words. On page 148 he writes: “I know that some of you reading this book will be tempted to skip this chapter.” Since this sentence is halfway through the book the reader should not be tempted to do anything but read more; the assumption is the reader is still not convinced as to the validity of the authors words. On page 162 there was a sentence that I found peculiar: “Regardless of the exact meaning of the word;” in the previous paragraph he uses the word “perhaps.” The word “regardless” has a take it or leave it connotation, or as the children might say “whatever!” And the term “perhaps” implies that it might not be. My suggestion: When in doubt leave it out. Such an ambiguous phrase on such an important subject can lead some to not seek the power. This is the first book I have read by this author and it will probably be my last however there is something to glean from the book which makes it an OK read. Xxx written by Marsha L F Randolph Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
PRACTICING THE POWER By SAM STORMS WELCOMING THE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IN YOUR LIFE Foreword by MattChandler There is not to much people are write on spiritual gifts as wisely, biblically. This book was very inspire with encourage and giving us all the answer and help us learn to minister God's grace in the power of the holy spirit with in Practicing the Power, pastor and author Sam Storms offers practical steps to steps to understanding and exercising spiritual gifts in a way that remains grounded in the world and centered in the gospel. With examples drawn from his forty years of ministry as a pastor and teacher, Storms offers a guidebook that helps individual believers gain a better understanding of how to cultivate the work of the spirit in their own life, and assists pastors and church leaders by helping them think through the changes that are needed to see God move in supernatural power. If you long to see God's Spirit move in your church, aren't sure why that isn't happening or where to begin, This why so important for you to read this book. Sam has written this book to help anyone who longs to see those gifts meaningfully interpreted into the life of their church with his experience Sam Storms (PhD, University of Texas ) with his work all including inside with inspiring personal examples. I highly recommend to everyone must to read this book. " I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Blogger program in exchange for this review "