Renovare

Surprised by the Power of the Spirit

by Jack Deere

What caused a for­mer Dal­las Sem­i­nary pro­fes­sor to believe that the mirac­u­lous gifts of the Holy Spir­it are being giv­en today? What con­vinced some­one skep­ti­cal about mir­a­cles that God still speaks and heals? A dra­mat­ic change took place in Jack Deere’s life when he took a fresh look at the Scrip­tures. He dis­cov­ered that his argu­ments against mirac­u­lous gifts were based more on prej­u­dice and lack of per­son­al expe­ri­ence than on the Bible. As soon as Deere became a seek­er instead of a skep­tic, the Holy Spir­it revealed him­self in new and sur­pris­ing ways. In Sur­prised by the Pow­er of the Spir­it, Deere pro­vides a strong bib­li­cal defense for the Spir­it’s speak­ing and heal­ing min­istries today. He also describes sev­er­al reli­able cas­es of peo­ple who were mirac­u­lous­ly healed or who heard God speak in an unmis­tak­able way. Final­ly, he gives sound advice for using spir­i­tu­al gifts in the church. Writ­ten in a pop­u­lar style, with the care of a schol­ar but the pas­sion of per­son­al expe­ri­ence, this book explores: the real rea­son Chris­tians do not believe in mirac­u­lous gifts, respond­ing to charis­mat­ic abus­es, whether mir­a­cles were meant to be tem­po­rary, and why God still heals.

1996

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