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Alvin Slaughter: I’m convinced more now than ever That we don’t serve a god of the mundane But God of the supernatural You see, when we worship him in faith He will always meet us at the point of our needs Dry, fleshly worship is not enough Get ready, get ready to be completely drenched and covered by the power of the spirit For He alone is our peace God is all the power we need The power to make new, He has the power to save So today as we worship Him, I pray the power of God will fill your life to overflow with the latter rain. It’s the latter rain, It’s the latter rain
In his sermon, “A Dangerous Pentecost,” Halford Luccock tells of Lorenzo de’Medici, the great Florentine patron of the arts who was very proud of the spectacles he staged for the citizenry. Among his productions were several amazingly realistic religious pageants performed in church. But one Pentecost, Lorenzo went too far: he used actual fire to depict the descent of the tongues of flames on the apostles. The fragile stage set caught fire and, before horrified onlookers, the entire church burned to the ground (Marching Off the Map, Harper, 1952). The moral is clear: pray for Pentecostal power, but don’t try to manufacture it.
Charismatic Chaos, J. MacArthur, Jr., Zondervan, 1992, p. 175
Charismatic Churches Over 45,000 U.S. churches identify themselves as charismatic or Pentecostal or nearly 15% of all American churches. Only Baptists claim a larger number. (Foster Letter 6/97)
In the Star Wars films I love the character of Yoda. He is from an alien race of small creatures about 3 feet high, with a green-brown complexion. Yoda is old. He hobbles around on a walking stick and yet his words are full of wisdom for his pupils. In many ways he is a pitiful sight. At one point towards the end of Episode Two he faces the evil Count Dooku. Essentially both of them are armed with high-tech swords. The agile Count Dooku attacks the pathetic, small, rather aged Yoda. Suddenly Yoda is spinning, twisting and turning, fending off every blow. His movement is like that of a young man and a tremendous battle follows. Afterwards, as Dooku manages to escape, Yoda picks up his walking stick, and hobbles around for the rest of the film, back to his normal self. How tempting it must have been for Yoda to always be swashbuckling, agile and ch...
· 66% of Latin American protestants attend a Pentecostal church.
· Charisma magazine reports its average reader spends more than $570 on Christian products annually and household income averages over $51,000.
· It also reports that in the past year: 88% of its readers last year purchased at least one book, 82% bought at least one Christian cassette tape or CD, 68% bought Christian greeting cards and 48% a Bible.
· Family Christian Stores charismatic section has grown from $1.5 million to $4 million in the last 3 years and is expected to top $5 million in 1998.
· Creation House experienced a 65% growth in sales during the past 16 months. (Christian Retailing 2/21/98)
Global Evangelism Movement reports 25% of all Christians worldwide are charismatic and estimates this number will grow to 38% by 2025. It’s also estimated there are 18 million charismatic Christians in the U.S. Gallup poll reports nearly 62% of Charismatics visited a Christian store in the past 3 months compared 22% of evangelicals. Also, 61% of Charismatics bought multiple Christian books in the past year while 20% of evangelicals did so. Recent Charisma magazine reader polls say during the last 12 months; 88% purchased at least 1 Christian book, 82% Christian tapes, 68% Christian greetings cards, 56% Christian gifts and 48% a Bible. (Christian Retailing 4/7/98)
About 25% of the world’s Christians are Pentecostal or charismatic , says historian Vision Synan, dean of Regent University School of Divinity. Missions expert David Barrett notes that this group is growing at the rate of 19 million per year. (CT 11/16/98)
Books Influence Pastors: A new Barna survey finds Rick Warren’s The Purpose-Driven Life and The Purpose-Driven Church (Zondervan) are the most helpful books protestant pastors have read in the last 3 years. Other popular titles were What’s So Amazing About Grace? by Philip Yancey (Zondervan); Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire by Jim Cymbala (Zondervan); Wild at Heart by John Eldredge (Nelson); Courageous Leadership by Bill Hybels (Zondervan); Spiritual Leadership by Henry & Richard Blackaby (Broadman & Holman); The Next Generation Leader by Andy Stanley (Multnomah); and The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John Maxwell (Nelson). Warren’s books were mentioned by 30% of the pastors and Maxwell’s by 5%. 54% listed at least one book regarding discipleship or personal spiritual growth. Titles about church growth, congregational health or ministry dynamics were noted by 23% of pastors while leadership books were valued by 22%. Less influential types of books listed were theology (9%), evangelism and outreach (6%), pastoring (6%), prayer (5%), charismatic perspectives (5%), trend...
The Barna Research Group recently asked 324,000 Protestant pastors to define their churches. They responded like this:
· Evangelistic 84%
· Theologically Conservative 79%
· Evangelical 79%
· Seeker-sensitive 58%
· Fundamentalist 36%
· Liturgical 35%
· Pentecostal 20%
· Charismatic 19%
· Theological liberal 13%
NIV Leads 40% of Protestant pastors prefer the NIV Bible says a recent Ellison Research survey. 24% prefer the KJV, 17% the NRSV, 10% the NKJV and 9% the NASB. Mainline pastors favor the NRSV, evangelical pastors, the NIV, and charismatic pastors, the KJV. (PWB 9/1/00