Learn how and when to remove this template message As a result, the differences over spiritual gifts, Wimber and his followers left Calvary Chapel, and joined a small group of churches started by Kenn Gulliksen, known as Vineyard Christian Fellowships, which became an international Vineyard Movement. The Vineyard Movement is rooted in both historic evangelicalism and the charismatic renewal. Due to this duality, the movement uses the term Empowered Evangelicals a term coined by Rich Nathan and Ken Wilson in their book of the same name to reflect their roots in traditional evangelicalism as opposed to classical Pentecostalism. Members also sometimes describe themselves as the " radical middle " between evangelicals and Pentecostals, which is a reference to the book The Quest for the Radical Middle, a historical survey of the Vineyard by Bill Jackson. A particular emphasis of the Vineyard Movement was church planting. Wimber became a well-known speaker at international charismatic conferences with a focus on what he called " Power Evangelism " and healing through the power of the Holy Spirit.
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It gives a clear explanation for the gap between the acts of the Bible and the lack of power on a large scale in the Western Church. Wimber had many verified signs and wonders in his day.
He gives an honest evaluation of how the Western mind often thinks and how we hinder the flow of the Spirit in us. This was very helpful and challenging. As you conclude this book he inspires you to trust God and take the risk of faith to be used by him to This book is a must for any Western Christian today. As you conclude this book he inspires you to trust God and take the risk of faith to be used by him to demonstrate the kingdom of God against the kingdom of darkness. This book brings a deep theology to the movement and the method of Evangelism.
Wimber methodically goes through the Biblical basis for the power of the Holy Spirit being essential to fruitful evangelism. What is also essential is the church history in the Appendixes describing how this is NOT a new phenomena but something that has been with the church since Acts 2.
Highly John Wimber, one of the founders of the Vineyard movement, was a pioneer in brining Power Evangelism back to the church. Highly recommend this book for anyone interesting growing in their confidence in Evangelism.
I wish every Christian in America would learn the principles in this book and take them seriously. We would see this nation transformed with the power of the gospel. Mar 13, Michelle Swallow rated it liked it I recently finished this book and although I am glad that I had the opportunity to read it, Im not sure I actually enjoyed it.
Im back into studying mode so havent had as much time to sit and soak in a book as I would like so its taken a lot longer to read than I am used to. There are so many examples of where God through the power of His Holy Spirit shares a word of knowledge with someone, heals someone of a range of illnesses from minor to serious and whole families become aware of how loved they are by God.
I guess that it was a product of his time and that there are some people who are not aware of the validity of signs and wonders and maybe need convincing. Wimber refers to these as cessationists.
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Signs and Wonders