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Overview Each person has an anointing or a special gift from God, according to bestselling author Kendall. In "The Uncommon Gift," he helps readers properly understand how to recognize, step into, and use the anointing as God intended.
Publishers Description Fresh ANOINTING for you Today Do you have a fear of being a "has-been"? Although you may long to be blessed by the anointing of the Holy Spirit, R.T. Kendall believes it is possible to abuse this anointing- and become yesterday's man or woman. This happens by trying to move outside your calling and capabilities, for example, or even through impatience. Drawing on the Bible, especially the lives of Saul, Samuel and David, as well as his own experience, he helps you to identify your current usefulness and urges you to seek a fresh anointing of the Holy Spirit each day. God wants to give His anointing to everyone. But have you stepped into your fullness and potential? Don't let your past ruin what God has for you today. Don't be too busy to hear His voice. Learn how to wait patiently for God's perfect timing and the promotion tht will be here tomorrow. The fresh anointing is available to you...right now. "The material within this book is not only unique; it is superb. You will benefit from reading it the first time, but you will be changed by reading it more than once." Michael Youssef The Church of the Apostles, Atlanta, Georgia "R.T. Kendall takes us into, as the prophet Ezekiel says, 'waters to swim in' Read with spiritual ears wide open; God's Spirit will speak-He really will " Paul F. Crouch, President Trinity Broadcasting Network
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Charisma & Christian Life - 12/01/2003 page 62
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Studio: Charisma House
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.96" Width: 6.08" Height: 0.59" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Sep 19, 2003
Publisher CHARISMA HOUSE #135
ISBN 1591851726 ISBN13 9781591851721
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More About R. T. Kendall
Dr. R. T. Kendall, renowned pastor and author, spent 25 years as senior minister of the historic Westminster Chapel in London. He has authored numerous bestselling books, conducts conferences all over the world and is a columnist for "Ministry Today". He lives with his wife, Louise, near Nashville, Tennessee.
In RT's own words... Our premise is this. It seems to us that there has been a ‘silent divorce’ in the church, speaking generally, between the Word and the Spirit. When there is a divorce, some children stay with the mother, some stay with the father.
In this divorce, there are those on the ‘word’ side and those on the ‘Spirit’ side. What is the difference?
Take those of us who represent the Word. Our message is this: we must earnestly contend for the faith ‘once delivered unto the saints’ (Jude 3), we need get back to expository preaching, sound doctrine such as justification by faith, the sovereignty of God and the internal testimony of the Spirit as taught by men like Martin Luther, John Calvin and Jonathan Edwards. What is wrong with this emphasis? Nothing. It is exactly right.
Take those whose emphasis has been on the Holy Spirit. What is the message? We need to rediscover the power that was manifested in the Book of Acts, there needs to be a demonstration of signs, wonders and miracles; we need to see the gifts of the Spirit operating in the church – that the world will once again take notice of the church so that people are left without excuse. What is wrong with this emphasis? Nothing. It is exactly right.
We believe that the need of the hour is not one or the other – but both! It is our view that this simultaneous combination will result in spontaneous combustion! And then, but almost certainly only then, will the world be shaken once again by the message of the church.
This was the message I have preached over the years at Westminster Chapel in London. This is what we are endeavoring to preach in America and around the world. This is not all we preach but it is certainly one of the main things we preach alongside the need for total forgiveness and learning to be sensitive to the voice of the Holy Spirit. We need your prayers. God bless you.
Reviews - What do customers think about Anointing?
Very Good Book Aug 25, 2007
R. T. Kendall wrote very well concerning a topic (The Anointing) which is usually unheard of, unspoken of, and unknown by in today's churches. Generally speaking, churches are seeking after the latest fad in Christianity other than holiness "without which no one will see the Lord". We have the prosperity gospel, the positivism gospel, and the "name-it and claim-it" gospel, to name a few. The anointing of the Holy Spirit can't be properly defined but you will know when it is not there as well as when is evident. I agree totally, through my personal experience, that there are many men of God who are walking on yesterday's anointing; there are still chewing on what God did on 1957, 1977, or late last week. Brother Kendall addresses the issue of the coming together of the Word and the Spirit where neither one is over emphasized over the other. Baptists are usually people of the Word, but usually won't allow the Spirit to do His work. Some of them believe on the gifts of the Spirit so long as tongues are not present. Pentecostals, on the other hand, are usually good in the leading of the Spirit, but don't let them know they have no clue about the Word of God because they will be ready to harm you in the name of God. I have experienced these two extremes.
There two things I disagree with the author of this book:
1. Brother Kendall states that God showed him in the Bible the belief of election and predestination. Though the Bible mentions election and predestination, these two terms must be looked at in light of the consensus of the Bible on the topic of salvation. Otherwise, how do I accommodate the "whoever" found in John 3:16 (NKJV)? What will I do with the statement "not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance" found in 2 Peter 3:9 (NKJV)?
2. Secondly, in my opinion, he made a bad interpretation or made a bad assumption when he stated the following:
a. On page 152 he quotes Romans 10:8, 9, 14, & 17 to make the following statement: "This tells us that the gospel is complete without signs and wonders. We are saved by faith alone in God's Word - alone. This helps to explain why God magnifies His Word above all His name." He goes on to state that "The gospel is complete without signs and wonders, but the Bible is not complete without signs and wonders."
1) "We are saved by faith alone in God's Word - alone."
a) According to the New Testament, though we must hear the Word, one's faith must be in Jesus which is the Word (Logos). Throughout the book, Brother Kendall refers to the Bible when referring to the Word (Written).
2) "The gospel is complete without signs and wonders, but the Bible is not complete without signs and wonders."
a) The Bible gives no indication nor does it imply that this is the case. Taking Mark 16:20 ("And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen") in consideration, it seems that the Word, and signs and wonders must be together for the Gospel to advance, albeit this is not the case in the 21st century, generally speaking. But how can the Gospel be complete without signs and wonders and the Bible not when the Bible contains, in written form, the Gospel of Christ?
Other than the objections mentioned above, Brother Kendall made a great case for the need for the anointing and for the need to bring the Word and the Spirit together without one of them suffering from lack of emphasis. I highly recommend this book.
Not lukewarm at all a positive review Dec 17, 2004
This was not a quick read. In fact, I had to put the book down frequently after just a few pages to absorb the meaning and content. Nonetheless, R.T. has done a superb job of articulating the faith that I have tried to define for many years. He presents a clear balance between application of the Word and practice of listening to the Spirit. The summary in the final chapter makes reading this book well worth the time investment. He brings together clearly a call to read and live out the Word in faith while listening to the Spirit as in what one of my friends reflects as "post charismatic" christianity. Demonstrating gifts of the Spirit versus bearing fruit in the Spirit is one thought worth pursuing. Walking the talk and reading THE BOOK is what this book is all about. Buy it, read it, post your comments.
OK, I guess Dec 1, 2003
The books chief weakness is that Kendall fails to adequately develop the New Testament concept of the anointing. Perhaps this is too difficult of a thing to do since the anointing is mentioned only once in the book of James and twice in I John. What exactly is the New Testament concept of anointing? Is it the same as the Old Testament? What is the relationship between anointing and charisma? These issues could have been explored more deeply. Those with a charismatic background will readily buy into Kendalls theological assumptions, the rest of us, however, need a little more exegesis please.
By far the best chapter in the book is the last. The author argues passionately against the excesses of evangelicals who tend to ignore or denigrate the role of the Holy Spirit, and the charismatics who seem to give only lip service to the written Word. Kendall argues that a balance between the Word and the Spirit is needed to fully understand the will and guidance of God in our lives.
Yeah, it is worth the read. It really opened by eyes to the possibility of getting stuck in the past, holding on to yesterdays move of God while God is doing a new work. By the way, Peter Ducker argues that many non-profits far outlive their usefulness by continuing to purse the founders vision long after the need that brought to nonprofit into existence is fulfilled. In more theological terms, we may say these non-profit para-church organizations are operating under yesterdays anointing.
Kendall shows the importance of power from God Dec 1, 1999
RT Kendall does a good job of showing the importance of the Holy Spirit's work in the life of the believer. He shows clearly the importance of not only being filled with the Spirit but also the importance of those special annointings, outpourings of the Holy Spirit. Non-charismatics will reject this book as a Baptist gone bad but I am of the opinion that Kendall has become a Baptist who has found the truth of the Holy Spirit.
Excellent resource for leader wanting more than giftedness. Jul 27, 1999
The "Anointing" provides a meaningful discussion on that vital component that makes our gifts empowered by God. The biblical illustration that Kendall uses of Saul, Samuel, and David to show yesterday, today's, and tomorrow's anointing is extremely good. The book provides a excellent framework for one to evaluate where they are in reference to what God is doing today. It also provides a platform for churches and denominations to detirmine whether they are in the mainstream of God's will. While the author's emphasis seems to be on the dynamic (charismatic) aspect, he does close the work with an appeal to remain balanced in the Word (rational, dogmatic, intellectual) and Spirit (expressive, experiential, miraculous).