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.
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If a person were to ask former Dallas Theological Seminary professor Jack Deere about experiencing physical healing by the power of the Spirit eight years ago, he would have been given a stern and disdainful reaction. Along with his other theological counterparts, he held to the teaching that the miraculous gifts of the Holy Spirit had ceased with the last of the Apostles. Deeres firm conviction that healing, speaking in tongues, and other miracles cannot happen today changed, however, when Jack received a phone call in January 1986 that completely changed his life. Surprised by the Power of the Spirit is a personal account of Jack Deeres journey away from a skeptical view of spiritual gifts into a fuller experience of the Spirit. Deere explains how he soon discovered that the Bible provides no defense for his view that miraculous gifts have ceased, the position he held as professor of Old Testament. He tells the story of how, after being compelled to study the New Testament again, this time without the interpretational assistance of his personal prejudices, he discovered the weakness of his former opinions. "My study of Scripture convinced me that God would heal and that healing ought to be a significant part of the churchs ministry. I was also convinced that the Bible did not teach that the gifts of the Spirit had passed away," says Deere. Written in a popular stylewith the care of a scholar but the passion of personal experience, Surprised by the Power of the Spirit lays a strong biblical foundation for the Spirits speaking and healing ministries today. It also includes sound advice for using spiritual gifts in the church, discussion of charismatic and anti-charismatic abuses, reasons why God heals and refrains from healing, and more