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Jonathan Goforth—filled with the Spirit

Jonathan Goforth was a missionary to China in the late 1800’s early 1900’s.  In Wesley Deuwel’s Heroes of a Holy Life, Deuwel records some of the words by Dr John Inkster at Goforth’s funeral. He was a God-intoxicated man—fully surrendered and consecrated. Above all, he was humble. He was baptised with the Holy Ghost and with fire. He was filled with the Spirit because he was emptied of self—therefore he had power which prevailed with God and man. Heroes of a Holy Life, 64.  What a legacy!—All the best of the Journey! Gavin...
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Soul Care

If you have not become familiar with Mindy Caliguire’s site on Soul Care, it is worth a look. Soul care is a more focused area of spiritual formation that examines the heath of our inner life. She explains: So what makes a soul healthy? Quite simply, a soul is healthy to the extent that it experiences a strong connection to and receptivity to God. Jesus was clear: “If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me, you can do nothing” (John 15:5, TNIV). However, connecting this spiritual reality to how we...
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Book: The Kingdom Life

A couple of months ago, IVP published The Kingdom Life: A Practical Theology of Discipleship and Spiritual Formation (2010). This book provides a summary of 10 main concepts behind spiritual formation, with each chapter written by one of the leading thinkers in this field, including Dallas Willard, Bill Hull, and others. It’s a basic but solid biblical introduction to the subject....
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The Mind Under Grace

The 2010 March edition of Christianity Today has some interesting articles on the relationship of doctrine to spiritual formation. In The Mind Under Grace, Darren Marks urges us to base our theology solidly on Scripture rather than the experiences of faithful people in the past, and warns against the temptation to think that what we experience is more important than what we think. His article helps to allay the fears of those who believe that spiritual formation is somehow untethered from the word of God. This edition has two further articles on the importance of doctrine, one on the...
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Video: Updated Plans for citySeminary

The citySeminary is a city-based, city-focused, discipleship training concept that we are trialling in Dublin among all of our churches. It is focused around the following vision: as our greatest desire is to honour God by revealing the beauty of his character in our city… we are learning how to be ever more closely re-formed in His image, becoming cross-cultural missionaries who are passionately searching to bring others into an intimate communion which we enjoy with Jesus The Dublin citySeminary has the following objectives that are shaped by this vision: Coordinates united city-focused mission. Training for discipleship and mission....
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Video: House of Prayer

Jim Cymbala, pastor of the Brooklyn Tabernacle in New York, believes prayer is the barometer of the church’s success. It’s not how many people who show up to services that count, but how many come to pray. In this 50min video, Cymbala presents his vision of a praying church and tells the story of how the Brooklyn Tabernacle grew from literally a handful to having 1500 turn up at prayer meeting. Very inspiring. Best wishes for the journey, Gavin....
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