One Gift, Many Giftings; The Supremacy of the Holy Spirit Over Every Spirit Gifting

One Gift, Many Giftings; The Supremacy of the Holy Spirit Over Every Spirit Gifting

Abstract

We have not seen the Spirit of God with our eyes nor touched Him with our hands, yet we know from Scripture and from experience that the Holy Spirit is real and a part of our hope and faith. Still, even with the abiding presence of the Spirit, our incipient theology of the Spirit has seemingly fractured our Church beyond healing. This great divide finds its epicenter in a deceptive doctrine of the Holy Spirit and the confusion about His role in the believer’s new life in Christ.

Without question, there is great confusion, in both the practice and theology, surrounding the Holy Spirit and the “gifts” He brings.  Confusion, left unchecked, leads to divisions within the one Body of Christ.  This paper offers a solution, by exploring the concept of the One Gift of the Holy Spirit and the right place for his giftings in the Church.

A Paper Presented at Southern California Seminary

Symposium on The Holy Spirit
July 27, 2015

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Top 10 Tyndale Book Contest Finalist

Top 10 Tyndale Book Contest Finalist

I was excited last week to learn that my book proposal was selected by Tyndale Publishers and the Fedd Agency as one of the top 10 submissions for their upcoming RE:WRITE conference here in San Diego.  I don’t know… maybe they only had 11 submissions, but I am still happy to make their top selection of writers.

If you are attending, look me up while you are there.

Congratulations as well to all the other finalists  (Listed in no particular order.)

Epic Grace” by Kurt Bubna

“Gospel Grub” by Cheryl Porter and Bethane Banks

“Healing Prayers for a Hurting World” by Deb Nykyforchyn

“How to Get Your God-Grit On” by Simply Darlene

“The Dating Plan” by Timothy and Samantha Keller

“Poor Millionaires” by Nathan Roberts

“Homemade Renegade” by Krista Gilbert

“Risk Only Money” by Jack DeBoer

“Adam Meets Eve” by Peter Kerr

“Boys to Men” by JR Miller

Making Montana Missional

Making Montana Missional

I had a fabulous time in Montana leading a group of dedicated brothers and sisters into a discussion of how to transform their lives, and their church, into a missional community.  We had three amazing days of talk that ended in a powerful time of prayer for God to heal broken families and unite fractured churches.

 

 

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Culture offers perspective, God alone offers truth.

— J.R. Miller

Training Small Group Leaders in SoCal

Training Small Group Leaders in SoCal

Spent the afternoon training a group of about 70 small group leaders from Pathways Community Church in Santee, CA.  Pathways is a wonderful church family that has a strong reputation of community service and compassion.  My hope was to build on this core strength and motivate every small group leader to build a clear Group  Identity and help every person in their group find a Personal Identity in the Church.  I had a wonderful time and am praying everyone were inspired to build groups that reflect the diversity of Jesus Christ.

Culture offers perspective, God alone offers truth.

— J.R. Miller

ACC & a Weekend in Anambra State

ACC & a Weekend in Anambra State

The main event of the week was African Connection Seminary at West Africa Theological Seminary.  I presented a paper titled, ” PRACTICING MISSIONAL IN THE FACE OF POST-MODERNITY: HOW TO HIT THE TARGET WHEN THE TARGET DOES NOT EXIST.”  The presentation went well and was well received by the students who had many questions after my talk.  The paper will be published later next year.

The second full weekend in Nigeria included travel from Lagos to Anambra State.  After a 45 minute flight and a 2 1/2 hour drive on the rugged Nigerian roads, I arrived in the city of Onitsha.  The first speaking engagement was sponsored by the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria.  The occasion brought together the Bishops and pastors from across Nigeria where I spoke on leadership in the church.  The next day, Sunday, I preached at another local church.

 
 
 
 

Culture offers perspective, God alone offers truth.

— J.R. Miller

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