By Buddy Dawson
Have the spiritual gifts passed away?
Week 6 in a multi-part series
My intent has been to successfully lay the scriptural foundation that God’s plan for effective evangelism is and always has been: signs and wonders. God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will? (Hebrews 2:4 NKJV)
Over the past 2,000 years we have tried every substitute that anyone can imagine: Music, anointed preaching, drama and all manner of entertainment, only to make relative few converts. The outreach in the prison discussed last week is a good example. Before the man with the damaged leg received his miracle, no one was responding to our invitation to follow Christ. After the miracle however, more than 20 men came forward for salvation. Our music was anointed, and the testimonies were sincere but neither of these demonstrated the reality of the risen Savior, only the miracle.
Faith to perform and receive signs and wonders comes from hearing about signs and wonders. When the church begins to talk about the importance of signs and wonders in the building up of Christ’s Body, then those signs and wonders will become more commonplace. Also, the more we preach, teach and/or talk about our own experiences with signs and wonders, the more faith will arise for others.
There is no way of knowing where the Church of Jesus Christ would be today, if we had continued to build on His ministry template instead of our own man made doctrines. … teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you (Mathew 28:20 NKJV).
Do you still believe that miracles, healings and all of the other spiritual gifts made available to us through the Baptism of the Holy Spirit (I Corinthians 12:8-10) are not for today but have passed away? I believe we need the power and spiritual gifts of the Holy Spirit more today than any time in history. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8 NKJV) and … the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable (Romans 11:29 NKJV).
And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams (Acts 2:17 NKJV). It is obvious to me that Jesus is going to restore His church back to the original template. Young and old alike will experience the supernatural power of God, as He has saved the best for last. I suggest that we rethink our theology, stop caring what other people think and begin opening our hearts to all that He has for us.
Buddy and Maude Dawson are the founders and directors of the River of Life Worship Center, 3504 Carolina Beach Rd., Wilmington, NC. firstname.lastname@example.org