2.10.2011

Book Review - Forgotten God

Forgotten God by Francis Chan

Growing up in the churches that I did, this book was completely relatable for me. I learned some good, important things in those churches. I learned about salvation through Jesus, Heaven, purity, fellowship and ironically, the Trinity. There was also some vital things I didn't learn. Probably those most vital thing that I wasn't taught about was the Holy Spirit...kind of a big thing for a Christian.
In Forgotten God, Francis Chan exposes that very issue. The Holy Spirit has become the forgotten God in a lot of churches. When we say we believe in the Triune God, but don't understand who the Holy Spirit is, we're only recognizing and experiencing God in part.
He starts off the book by saying, "The benchmark of success in church services has become more about attendance than the movement of the Holy Spirit." I think it's safe to say that this is an issue in a lot of churches. Our success, in a worldly since, has numbed us from the need and desire of the Holy Spirit's power in our life. He goes on to say, "Jesus refers to the Holy Spirit as the 'Helper' or 'Comforter'. Let me ask you a simple question: Why would we need to experience the Comforter if our lives are already comfortable?"
If you are a growing Christian and disciple of Christ, your desire for the power, fruit, and filling of the Holy Spirit is also growing. I can definitely recommend this book to give you some insight and inspiration.
Chan does a great job of tackling a very heavy subject and leading you to the point of it all. The power of the Holy Spirit is not about us, its about being the Church and shining light of Christ to the world around us, which is only possible through power and filling of the Holy Spirit, the One we seem to forget about.


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