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Spiritual Gifts in Church History (3)

May 26, 2013 | by: Sam Storms| 1 Comments

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Matthew Abate

May 27, 2013

Thank you for taking the time to expound and explore the gifts of the Spirit throughout the early church (the Ante-Nicene & Post-Nicene Ages), these three blog posts have been encouraging and illuminating. I want to encourage you to continue writing on the controversial subject of spiritual gifts, especially those categorized as the sign gifts.

My own personal background began with the doctrine of cessationsm; although, I must admit ignorance to knowing that name at the time. When I experienced my conversion at 12 years of age, I absorbed as much as I could in those early days of faith. I attended a Southern Baptist church in those early days, and I am forever grateful for the biblical foundation wrought in me through those faithful men and women.

When I moved out to Los Angeles at 22 for grad school, I began to wonder about the spiritual gifts. Within 4-5 years, I joined a Vineyard church to pursue Christ through His Spirit and the Word in the arenas of male discipleship and inner healing. Needless to say, the Lord has shown me the necessity of His Word and the Spirit in all areas of my life. Regardless of my theology, the Spirit moves, speaks, and bears witness to His truth rather than my limited understanding.

Finally, the other thing that encourages me about your blog is that you're Baptist and Charismatic. Those two tend to mix together like oil and water, When you add the Calvinist piece, you get something that flies in the face of tradition in all three areas. I'm new to studying up on Reformed theology. Each time I read and study the bible on my own, I come away with the centrality of God's sovereignty.

In sum, I embrace the terms Baptist, Charismatic, & Reformed-Calvinist baby. I'd go so far as to call myself Pentecostal. That might scare people, but I'm really a Baptist at heart. I don't know that I'll ever be able to cut myself loose from those Baptist roots. My faith in Christ begins and ends with His Holy Word and the Spirit.

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