And God confirmed the message by giving signs and wonders and various miracles and gifts of the Holy Spirit whenever he chose. Hebrews 2:4 (NLT)
We are Pentecostals and Charismatics. We are continuationists and not cessationists. Doctrinally, we believe that the work of the Holy Spirit continues in our day. However, do we approach each day and every time the church gathers with an expectation that we will see God move in power and might?
I would never advocate that we chase after signs and wonders, but
neither should we be content in believing that signs and wonders are
possible without actually experiencing the power of God in our churches.
We cannot force God to show signs and wonders, but we can live with
expectancy, even a sense of urgency. Our skeptical, postmodern society
needs to see a demonstration, a confirmation, if you will, of God’s
power and might.
Paul knew that great preaching was not enough. And my message and my preaching were very plain. Rather than using clever and persuasive speeches, I relied only on the power of the Holy Spirit. I did this so you would trust not in human wisdom but in the power of God. 1 Corinthians 2:4–5 (NLT). Today’s new article on the website, “Preaching Confirmed,” explores the importance of demonstrating God’s power in confirming what we preach.
Blessings, Steve Ekeroth