Had supper last night with a man who is hungry for all of God. His current paradim is born again and a believer of the Bible. However, I have been used of God to bend that paradim a bit. I mentioned the gift of prophecy and tongues one night in a teaching situation he attends and the whole experience of being Baptized in the Holy Spirit. Used Acts 19:1-7 as my Scriptural reference point.
This has resulted in two great meals in two weeks. Great, not because the food was good (which it was) but because the conversations centered around Jesus. And, an opportunity to share, from the scriptures, about the supernatural side of our faith – and what is available after you are soundly saved.
Last night, part way through the conversation, this man’s son-in-law joined us. Let’s call them Darryl and Darryl. They actually did have the same first names.
What a great time we had discussing the Bible and looking at verses that specifically challenges believers to think outside the box and that allows God to come out of that same box and be bigger than they have let Him be in the past.
“The things that I do you shall do also…” (John 14:12)
“You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you”
“Desire (covet) spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophecy”
(1 Corinthians 14:1)
“If I pray in another language, my spirit prays…” (1 Corinthians
“You may all prophesy” (1 Corinthians 14:31)
They are not against this second experience as found throughout the book of Acts – it is just that it is not part of their mind-set or their view of the Christian faith and the Church.
Didn’t need to push my views or opinions on them. It was a great, open and honest conversation simply looking at scriptures, talking about the bible verses, and asking and answering questions about this side of the faith that all three of us believe and share with others.
Taking them both copies of Jack Deere’s “Surprised by the Spirit of God” and his second one, “Surprised by the Voice of God” as Dr. Deere successfully made the journey from a dispensationalist to a Spirit-filled believer many years ago recording his search and discovery in these two great books.
More great suppers ahead.