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Is your preaching focused on the supernatural power of God or just mere words? Invite the extraordinary power of God into your sermon this Sunday and call the church to live in total obedience. 

Practical Tip: As you study and pray over your message this week, ask God to give you a renewed passion for all that He can do through your sermon, through your church, and through the Holy Spirit. 

John Richard Wimber was a musician, charismatic pastor and one of the founding leaders of the Vineyard Movement, a neocharismatic Evangelical Christian denomination which began in the USA and has now spread to many countries world-wide.

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John E Miller

commented on Sep 1, 2012

When Christ was here on earth He directed the attention of His listeners to the Father. He revealed the Father in His life, teaching, suffering and death. He emptied Himself of the glory that was His in Deity according to Philippians in order to reveal the wonder and perfection of God's love, displayed in an obedience that must draw out our worship. He never ceased to be God, and equally will never cease to be a man. The Holy spirit has come to indwell every believer individually and the church collectively. His great service, according to Christ's own words is to speak about Jesus, not Himself (John16:13-15). That is His service to the believer and the church. His mission in testimony in the world is explained by the Lord Jesus in John 16:8-11. If we bear these truths in mind we will be preserved from charismatic extremes that go beyond the word of God.

Doug Conley

commented on Sep 1, 2012

Well said, John Miller! Although I do agree that the world has infiltrated the Church, the New Testament Scriptures do not refer to supernatural works but "Love the Lord your God with all of your heart, all of your soul, and all of your mind" and "Love your neighbor as yourself" works. These are our illustration! In addition, Paul mentions nothing about supernatural works when writing to the Galatians about the fruit of the Spirit. Nothing! Those, too, are our illustration. Of course, as you wrote, John Miller, this is merely Scriptural.

Val Black

commented on Sep 1, 2012

1 Corinthians 2:4-5, "And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God." Paul preached but he also demonstrated the power of God. Shouldn't we follow his example?

Keith B

commented on Sep 1, 2012

I'm smellin a whole lotta Law in that clip. "Do do do!". That's not the Gospel. Instead, we ought to be concentrating on what Christ "did did did". I think he misses the point in that video.

Richard Given

commented on Sep 1, 2012

RE: k.b. odd comments - "do do" is wrong yet "did did did" which could only be outworking of "do" is okay. Re: Doug - a note that ends in sarcasm is not likely Holy Spirit inspired - I read your final remark as sarcastic - if I am wrong, I apologize. Re: John Miller - it is all well and fine, in my opinion to choose not to be charismatic, but how does one determine if one is charismatic, or charismatic "extreme(s)"? What do you mean by that?

Keith B

commented on Sep 1, 2012

Richard....watch it again...there was a lot of talk about "doing" things, and an emphasis on action/obedience.

Darryl Woodson

commented on Sep 1, 2012

I read the comments before I watched the video. By the comments, I thought maybe the preacher was off. Its a good thing the video speaks for itself and the comments here don't speak for it. The preacher is not in any way "off". Its quite good, he has a great point that should not be missed!

Pastor Sandy .

commented on Sep 1, 2012

I generally watch these videos and read these articles with an open mind, with the hope of learning something new, or of being reminded of something long forgotten! If I take away one good point, I feel truly blessed. These good folk who post their articles/videos don't deserve to be only criticised. I get the impression there are some who only come to this site to be critical. If I am wrong, I apologize in advance. If I am right, consider displaying God's love in your critiques. Peace.

Dennis Dillon

commented on Sep 1, 2012

"Anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing....And greater works than these shall he do...." We have explained this truth away from our western mindset and experience. John's words were more in line with Jesus than you're giving him credit for. Miracles happen all the time in other parts of the world. We will experience more of the Holy Spirit's power as we walk in personal holiness and prayer. Come Holy Spirit, we need Thee!

Thelma C. Cunningham

commented on Sep 1, 2012

Paul said to follow me as I follow Christ. There truly is no augument when the word of God is applied. When you want Jesus results, you must have his power to do it. His power is always manifested with the person receiving the miracles giving a revelation of an experience from Christ himself. Saying that to say this as well, We as followers of Christ only and no other gospel should have the ministry of miracles. Each and everyone of us. This ministry was not just given to just a few but all! So I ask. Is your ministry one of miracles? It should be. It is not a hard thing. It is a Christ thing. If it is lacking, check your love meter, prayer life and obedience. Lastly, if those are intact, just ask for it. We are helpers one of another. If you do not see the real thing, then be the real thing. Pray for true worshipers because only they will truly manifest God given and needed miracles. God Bless! www.authorthelmacunningham.com Poetry/Books

Nigel Foster

commented on Sep 3, 2012

Challenging. Heard nothing I disagree with. Much easier just to study and accumulate for the sake of it. I'm a born student. But... I have to confess... it's not enough.

Harry Brown

commented on Sep 3, 2012

I don't understand why we need to see the lame walk, the blind to see, the dead resurrected. Is a marriage on the brink of divorce being reconciled not a miracle? Is an atheist who turns to God not a miracle? Is a drug addict, alcoholic, pornographer, any person who is without God, turn from sin and turn to Him not miraculous? What other "miraculous signs" are we looking for? If people didn't believe in the "signs and wonders" during Jesus day, why do we think people will today. If a changed life is not enough then the church is in a world of trouble!

Dennis Cocks

commented on Sep 3, 2012

Amen Harry! Verry good point!

Dennis Cocks

commented on Sep 3, 2012

We don't need to pray for the Holy Spirit to come, He is already here and He lives inside all believers. The moment we are saved we already have all of the Holy Spirit we will ever have. What we need to do is be filled by Him by emptying ourselves of us. It is called giving Him control of our lives.

Kobus Storm

commented on Sep 3, 2012

Pauls says: No veil is needed for those who choose Jesus. through the Spirit already in us, we are the letter to the world. Just live in and through Him. That is the miracle - very simple!! That is the secret!! A life changed forever and brought into the presence of the Father. What is greater than that... nothing. Lets work towards that...

John E Miller

commented on Sep 5, 2012

If we study the Acts of the Apostles and observe how the Spirit of God gave power and authority in setting up churches, we notice a pattern. First the word was preached and then signs and miracles took place as confirmation that God was with the Apostles in the preaching. These men were preaching by direct inspiration of the Holy Spirit. They only had the Old Testament prophets as their written authority and that involved illustrating the spoken word by typical teaching. They did not have the New Testament because it had not been written. We have the New Testament and in it apostolic authority inspired by the Holy Spirit. If we are faithful to God's word in our preaching, the word itself confirms the truth of what is spoken. Can God give miracles and signs today? Of course he can. He is the same God and neither His power nor His sovereignty is in any way diminished. Does He do this today? Of course He does and the greatest way He does it is meeting the need of the sinner at the cross of Christ. There is nothing greater than that and it is happening today on a world-wide scale that has never been witnessed before. Physical healing is much, much less of a miracle. The Lord emphasises this in Matt.9. To forgive sins involved His atoning sufferings and death on the cross. To heal a physical disability was the demonstration of His creatorial power. To those who feel that they can perform miracles today, I would challenge them as to whether they are preaching the Gospel first. If they are and God sees fit to use them in a healing ministry, then that is an additional blessing. He is sovereign. We need to very cautious in such claims or assumptions however. The world abounds with charlatans and confidence tricksters and sadly some attach the name of Jesus Christ to their activities.

Prescott Jay Erwin

commented on Sep 5, 2012

Darryl Woodson's assessment is correct and once again, the website editors fail to deliver what they promise in the title. This clip is not about "why miracles and preaching should go together." In fact, John Wimber refers to the supernatural, but makes no mention of "miracles" in this clip and he barely even mentioned the exercise of gifts of the Spirit, so let's not get hung up -- based on this clip -- on stuff about "charismatic extremes." There was nothing extreme in this clip. While it is a good word from John E. Miller to keep foremost in our minds what Christ taught about the work of the Holy Spirit, limiting the work of the Spirit to His speaking about Christ is ignoring the rest of Scripture. Doug Coney's observation, "the New Testament Scriptures do not refer to supernatural works," is patently untrue. Jesus said, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father" (John 14:12). What was Jesus talking about? How would those who believe on Him do "greater works than" His? He said just three verses later that the Father would send the Holy Spirit. And we see the Holy Spirit doing "supernatural" things through the Apostles in the book of Acts. You may make the cessationit's argument and say that was for then, not for now, but you cannot truthfully say, "the New Testament Scriptures do not refer to supernatural works." I believe Val Black has something valuable to say in this regard. k.b. seems to be a little off biblically because it's about both what He did, did, did and what we do, do, do. That's clear throughout the New Testament -- and what Wimber says. Dennis Dillon is correct to say that in this clip Wimber's comments are more in line with what Jesus taught than we're giving him credit for. However, to say that "miracles happen all the time in other parts of the world" may be overstating the facts; it's beyond what we can say. We HEAR about miracles, but we have seen no more evidence of them there than we have here. And to say, "We will experience more of the Holy Spirit's power as we walk in personal holiness and prayer" is biblically suspect as well; and despite Thelma C. Cunningham's position, love, prayer life, and obedience are never given as the requirement. The requirement everywhere is faith, not personal holiness, prayer life, obedience, or love. She says, "His power is always manifested with the person receiving the miracles giving a revelation of an experience from Christ himself." It's not exactly clear what she means, but to say "always" is not secure ground. A reading of Acts reveals that God doesn't always work the same way in every circumstance, which speaks the "pattern" of John E. Miller's second post. Miller says, "If we are faithful to God's Word in our preaching, the Word itself confirms the truth of what is spoken." It's always good to let God's Word interpret itself, for it will not contradict itself, but the Word tells us that the Spirit testifies with our spirit. That's important, too. Harry Brown's words are probably most apt here. In the end, we must not let our fear of the unknown cause us to cling only to what may be known and prevent us from being open to the inscrutable power of God.

Prescott Jay Erwin

commented on Sep 5, 2012

Interacting with Wimber, however, I have this observation: he says, "Those with knowledge rule. We know this from from precept and example." This, however, ignores history. The sad truth is, often it's those with charisma and brute power who rule. We know this from experience.

Dennis Cocks

commented on Sep 5, 2012

Prescott Jay Erwin says, "Jesus said, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father" (John 14:12). What was Jesus talking about? How would those who believe on Him do "greater works than" His? He said just three verses later that the Father would send the Holy Spirit. And we see the Holy Spirit doing "supernatural" things through the Apostles in the book of Acts." While I certainly believe in miracles, I believe what Jesus was saying is that the reason we would be able to do "greater works than He" is because Jesus could only be in one place at one time while He was in His humanity. Jesus never traveled very far from home but through the power of the Holy Spirit who came after Jesus went back to heaven and lives inside every believer, the Gospel has been preached to most of the world. Also Jesus' ministry while on earth was only three and a half years, many of us as pastors have been in the ministry much longer. Jesus in His humanity was one Person, we as His children are in the millions. Also I would hesitate to base any doctrine from the book of Acts since it is a transitional book. But like I said about miracles, if God wanted to give someone the gift of tongues (i. e. a known language) to speak to someone in another language about Jesus, then He can certainly do so.

John E Miller

commented on Sep 6, 2012

If I may I would point out that I did not suggest that we should limit the work of the Spirit to speaking about Christ. I quoted the words of Christ Himself in His intimation of the coming gift of the Holy Spirit and its purpose and what Christ again said as to His testimonial service is in the world. My comment about charismatic extremes may not be welcome in certain circles but I believe its truth is self evident. The reference to Romans 8:16 is interesting because in that chapter we have a tremendous setting out of the glory and richness of the Spirit of God's activity in the believer and the church. Verse 16 refers to the Spirit's inward confirmation to those who have been adopted as God's sons of the priviledge and reality of our relationship with the Father. Verses 4,6,9,11,14,15,16,23,26 teach us of the tremendous range of the Holy Spirit's service. The one truth that is central to all these activities, if I may describe them thus reverently, is that He does not draw attention to Himself. If we disagree with that we disagree with Christ.

Bill Williams

commented on Sep 6, 2012

@Dennis, I agree overall with your comment #19, but responding to what you wrote about hesitating to base any doctrine on the Book of Acts because it is a transitional book: I think I understand what you mean, but I would like to remind you of 2 Tim. 3:16 "All Scripture [including Acts] is...profitable for doctrine." It's good to keep that in mind! Having said that, I do agree that we have to keep the context of Acts in mind when interpreting it, and I do recognize that not everything in it is necessarily meant to be normative for the contemporary church.

Dennis Cocks

commented on Sep 6, 2012

Bill, I certainly agree that all Scripture is profitable for doctrine and all of Scripture is inspired. We can learn much from the book of Acts, but as you said, and I agree, certain gifts that were used in the transition between the old covenant and the new are no longer for the church today. I mean, when is the last time you saw a flame of fire over someone's head. (Just one example).

Scott Hourigan

commented on Sep 8, 2012

All of this carismatic chaos was spawned around the begining of the 20th century. A radical and extreme preacher named Charles Parham had a bible college in Houston Texas he opened in 1903. An eager and enthusiastic preacher named William Seymour listened to Parham's abberational doctrines on tounges, healings, signs and wonders manifestions of the spirit etc. Outside in the hallway of the school (Seymour couldn't sit in the classroom because he was black) he became so inspired with what he heard that he carried the eccentric ideas to Azsua Street L.A. California where a revival ensued. The idea of the spirit coming down and a second Pentecost resulting came to fruition. after days and nights of praying and seeking the spirit they finally recieved it and "viola" Penecostalism was born. This supposed great move of the supernatural was reported by newspapers as fanatical and considered as paranormal and cult like activity. Most in the conservative christian community passed it off as illogical and unbelievable. This is the origin of penecostalism, and other unorthodox movements in America including charismatics. I challenge John Wimber and all that read this to study this historical event in American history. It may change your perspective about the extremism that is being touted by so many "so called" christian leaders today!!! I suggest that john wimber read scripture in context and stop misleading gullabe followers obvious misinterpreting the Truth. I also suggest reading "counterfit revival authored by Hank Hanegraaff. Commenting on the video.... His ideas used to be considered extreme in Christiandome, but now they are accepted as the norm. Rather than dismissed as fanatical these teachings are accepted as truth. Since Wimber claims that he recieves "words of knowledge" that results in healings, signs and wonders tounges etc... Why doesn't he take his exceptional contact power with god and his ability to heal to the hospitals, nursing homes,mental institutions, broken home , homeless shelters etc..... The answer is!!! He is not truthful and his teachings are untrue or he is the most uncaring and inensitive person on earth. Obviously anyone with such supposed gifts fom the Lord would be helping those that are sick and hurting outside of their own meetings. It would be the most selfish, and sinful attitude a human could have not to share these gifts with a selected few!!!! Hypotheticall, if anyone kept these abilities (who they claim are from God) from a suffering world, then they wouldn't be doing God's will by "loving your neighbor as yourself". Selfishness and pride destroy and divide!!!! Ruminate what i have said.. think about it... God is logical and He expects us to use "common sense"> If something doesn't seem right, we should beware and scrutinize it and juxtapose it with God's Word!!!

Guillermina Grandt

commented on Sep 8, 2012

yes Harry I'm with you!!

Scott Hourigan

commented on Sep 8, 2012

All of this carismatic chaos was spawned around the begining of the 20th century. A radical and extreme preacher named Charles Parham had a bible college in Houston Texas he opened in 1903. An eager and enthusiastic preacher named William Seymour listened to Parham's abberational doctrines on tounges, healings, signs and wonders manifestions of the spirit etc. Outside in the hallway of the school (Seymour couldn't sit in the classroom because he was black) he became so inspired with what he heard that he carried the eccentric ideas to Azsua Street L.A. California where a revival ensued. The idea of the spirit coming down and a second Pentecost resulting came to fruition. after days and nights of praying and seeking the spirit they finally recieved it and "viola" Penecostalism was born. This supposed great move of the supernatural was reported by newspapers as fanatical and considered as paranormal and cult like activity. Most in the conservative christian community passed it off as illogical and unbelievable. This is the origin of penecostalism, and other unorthodox movements in America including charismatics. I challenge John Wimber and all that read this to study this historical event in American history. It may change your perspective about the extremism that is being touted by so many "so called" christian leaders today!!! I suggest that john wimber read scripture in context and stop misleading gullabe followers obvious misinterpreting the Truth. I also suggest reading "counterfit revival authored by Hank Hanegraaff. Commenting on the video.... His ideas used to be considered extreme in Christiandome, but now they are accepted as the norm. Rather than dismissed as fanatical these teachings are accepted as truth. Since Wimber claims that he recieves "words of knowledge" that results in healings, signs and wonders tounges etc... Why doesn't he take his exceptional contact power with god and his ability to heal to the hospitals, nursing homes,mental institutions, broken home , homeless shelters etc..... The answer is!!! He is not truthful and his teachings are untrue or he is the most uncaring and inensitive person on earth. Obviously anyone with such supposed gifts fom the Lord would be helping those that are sick and hurting outside of their own meetings. It would be the most selfish, and sinful attitude a human could have not to share these gifts with a selected few!!!! Hypotheticall, if anyone kept these abilities (who they claim are from God) from a suffering world, then they wouldn't be doing God's will by "loving your neighbor as yourself". Selfishness and pride destroy and divide!!!! Ruminate what i have said.. think about it... God is logical and He expects us to use "common sense"> If something doesn't seem right, we should beware and scrutinize it and juxtapose it with God's Word!!!

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