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Overview In the third and final book of a trilogy by Dr. Blackaby and his son, Melvin, the renowned authors reveal how to find power beyond limited human competenceand capacities supernaturally through the Holy Spirit.
Publishers Description The first Christians "turned the world upside down" (Acts 17:6) shaking the gates of hell even in the face of severe persecution. The result: People all around "were filled with wonder and amazement" (Acts 3:10).What can give Christians today the same impact? God's Holy Spirit is ready to answer that for us in an awesome way, as Henry Blackaby and his son Mel Blackaby make clear in "Experiencing the Spirit." You'll see how the proof of the Spirit's presence is our awareness of God's personal assignments for us, plus our supernatural enablement to carry out those assignments.You'll find essential clarification on the difference between natural talents and spiritual gifts. You'll explore the dynamics of being filled with the Spirit through intimate relationship with Him, committed obedience, and radical departure from sin. Instead of considering what you can do "for" God with your abilities and talents, you'll be encouraged here to seek what God wants to do "through" you supernaturally by His Spirit, empowering you beyond your personal competence and capacities. Release the Holy Spirit's work at the very core of your experience of the Christian life - as He releases you to serve God as never before.
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Studio: Multnomah Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.28" Width: 5.32" Height: 0.81" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Feb 17, 2009
Publisher Multnomah Books
ISBN 1590529111 ISBN13 9781590529119
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More About Mel Blackaby & Mel Blackaby
Henry T. Blackaby is the founder and president emeritus of Blackaby Ministries International, an organization built to help people experience God.
Born in British Columbia, Dr. Blackaby has devoted his lifetime to ministry. He has served as a music director, education director, and pastor in churches in California and Canada, as well as president of Canadian Baptist Theological College for seven years and president of the Canadian Southern Baptist Conference. He has provided leadership to thousands of pastors and laymen across North America and has spoken to missionaries and other groups in over ninety countries of the world.
Dr. Blackaby studied English and history at the University of British Columbia as an undergraduate and earned his B.D. and Th.M. from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. He holds four honorary doctorate degrees.
In 1970, Dr. Blackaby followed God’s call to pastor a tiny church in Saskatoon, Canada. Not only did Faith Baptist Church grow to many times its original membership, but it led to the founding of thirty-eight new churches and became a center for pastoral training.
Dr. Blackaby went on to serve on staff at the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. Through the Home Mission Board, he led revival and spiritual awakening in the life of the convention. He also served as special assistant to the presidents of the International Mission Board and LifeWay Christian Resources. Although he is now officially retired, Dr. Blackaby continues to provide consultative leadership in the life of the Christian community.
Blackaby has published an array of spiritually influential messages in his lifetime, most notably Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God (1990), which has sold 7 million copies and has been translated into over 45 languages. His books, Experiencing God Together and Experiencing God Day by Day Devotional, both won the Gold Medallion Award.
Henry lives with his wife, Marilynn, in Rex, Georgia. He has five children (Richard, Tom, Melvin, Norman, and Carrie), all of whom are serving in Christian ministry, and fourteen grandchildren. His long-range goal is to encourage revival and spiritual awakening in the United States, Canada, and across the world through speaking, praying, enlisting, writing and mentoring. His hobbies are reading and traveling.
Henry Blackaby currently resides in Rex Rex. Henry Blackaby was born in 1935.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Experiencing The Spirit?
Warning - this book might change your Life! Jan 19, 2010
I love reading Henry Blackaby's books. There is so much practical wisdom contained in his books and they all point us back to the importance of living intimately with Christ,
This one is no exception and is full of inspiration for living a Spirit-filled life. When I write this, I don't mean the physical acts that are so often associated with the phrase Spirit-filled, ie, speaking in tongues, etc, but living a life where we allow the Spirit to rule our life rather than our own skills and abilities. I thought I'd share the following paragraph from the book as it is a good pointer to the core of the book:
"Think again of those early disciples (of Jesus), a group made up of ordinary people. After they had witnessed the Cross and the Resurrection, Jesus clearly told them to wait for the anointing from heaven. They hadn't yet received Pentecost, but they soon would. Receiving the Holy Spirit would be a necessity in their lives - just as it had been for Jesus. Before Jesus could fulfill the assignment given to Him, the Spirit came upon Him at his baptism. Likewise, the disciples had to have the Spirit come upon them before they could take on their assignment of sharing the gospel to a lost world.
What was true of Jesus and what was true of the disciples is also true to us. We need the Holy Spirit." (p124)
The book provides good clarity regarding natural gifts and spiritual gifts, providing tremendous Biblical references to support. Whilst reading the book, I read Gideon's story (Judges 6-8), one of the many Biblical examples cited by the Blackaby's of one who didn't rely on his own attributes but the Spirit to impact heaven in a significant way. If you're not familiar with Gideon's story, you'll be greatly encouraged by reading it.
Getting to an understanding of what it means to be completely dependent on the Spirit is hard, we are so drawn each day by our own humanistic ways. But the Blackabys do a great job outlining how we can achieve it - obedience and sensitivity to the Spirit.
This is a super book - use it for devotional time or with your friends and groups (comes with inbuilt Study Guide).
It could change your life, just like the Spirit.
WOW! What a Great book! Dec 23, 2009
This may very well be the best book I have ever read ... and I guarantee I will read it again. I have already recommended it to friends. I'm not the type that likes to read, I just can't sit still long enough. But I literally could not put this book down!
It is very easy to read and very informative. I would find it highly unlikely that anybody could read this book and still not know what the Holy Spirit will do in your life, or how to live for and by the Spirit.
Many people, when thinking or the Holy Spirit, think of raising of the hands, speaking in tongue, running and dancing in the church isles. But that not what this book is about. This book is for any christian (or non christian) of any denomination. It 'simply' talks about what God expects in return for the gift of His Holy Spirit and how the Spirit will work in your life.
I would recommend a book by Henry and Melvin Blackaby titled, Experiencing the Spirit: The Power of Pentecost Every Day. [...] For further study (specifically for more theological depth) on this important topic, I would recommend one check out Frank D. Macchia's Baptized in the Spirit and Robert and William Menzies' Spirit and Power.
God continues to appoint, assign, and assure his followers to be about the mission of bringing about reconciliation and restoration (blessed to be a blessing). One biblical example of this reads, "So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the LORD came upon David in power. Samuel then went to Ramah" (1 Samuel 16:13). In the First Covenant, the Spirit was given to specific individuals for specific tasks for specific periods of time. However, after Pentecost, God's Spirit can now be poured out upon all believers (regardless of status, gender, race, or age) at all times. Let us enjoy and experience the blessings of Christ's life, death, resurrection, ascension, and outpouring together (for his plans and purposes)!
Official Description: The first Christians "turned the world upside down" (Acts 17:6) - shaking the gates of hell even in the face of severe persecution. The result: People all around "were filled with wonder and amazement" (Acts 3:10). What can give Christians today the same impact? God's Holy Spirit is ready to answer that for us in an awesome way, as Henry Blackaby and his son Mel Blackaby make clear in Experiencing the Spirit. You'll see how the proof of the Spirit's presence is our awareness of God's personal assignments for us, plus our supernatural enablement to carry out those assignments. You'll find essential clarification on the difference between natural talents and spiritual gifts. You'll explore the dynamics of being filled with the Spirit through intimate relationship with Him, committed obedience, and radical departure from sin. Instead of considering what you can do for God with your abilities and talents, you'll be encouraged here to seek what God wants to do through you supernaturally by His Spirit, empowering you beyond your personal competence and capacities. Release the Holy Spirit's work at the very core of your experience of the Christian life.
Author Biography: Dr. Henry Blackaby has devoted his life to the ministry. A multi-faceted talent, he has served as a music director, senior pastor, college president, missionary, and later as an executive in Southern Baptist Convention. Blackaby is the author of more than a dozen books with more than one million copies sold, including the best-selling Experiencing God. As the President of Blackaby Ministries, he is a vibrant speaker and the father of Dr. Melvin Blackaby. Melvin serves as the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of Jonesboro in Georgia, where he lives with his wife, Gina, and their three children.
Excellent Book Jul 10, 2009
It has always seemed to me that we tend to forget there is a Holy Spirit. We talk a lot about God and Jesus, but sort of ovelook the Spirit. Well, the Blackaby's bring Him to our attention. This little books holds a wealth of information about the Spirit and the part He plays in our lives. I was surprised at how many Bible verses pertain to the Holy Spirit and the way He works. And as the authors point out, it is possible to experience the power of Pentecost every day in our own lives. Now, that is awesome. Another thing they point out is that there is a difference between natural talent and spiritual gifts. I had always assumed they were the same thing. Do you want more of the Spirit in your life? Then Experienceing The Spirit will give you a greater understanding of the Holy Spirit and the kind of relationship He offers. I strongly recommend this book.
Spirit's Power Jul 5, 2009
The insights I received from the latest Blackabys' book were such that I had to teach them in an adult LIFE group class. The gift of the Spirit at Pentecost following on the heels of the gifts of the Cross and Resurrection gave me a greater understanding of the love of God for us. The role of Christ and His sending of the Spirit to be our guide, comforter, teacher helped all of us to appreciate more God's design for our lives. The power of the Spirit stands in marked contrast with ours. If we live our lives from our own resources, not only do we miss the joy of living in His presence, but none of our accomplishments have any eternal significance. A strong study--hope they finish a student accompaniment soon.