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Porpoise Diving Life on CharisMissional

And so we conclude the series on the CharisMissional articles from the October 2007 edition of The Porpoise Diving Life. I hope you enjoyed them. Here is a recap:

Grace on CharisMissional encourages Christians who are not from a charismatic background to be open to the supernatural and those who are from a charismatic background to be more open to using the gifts in mission.

Grace on Inner Healing points out that God’s mission is to bring shalom. Inner healing doesn’t have to be hyped up or associated with the bizarre. God can use deliverance to bring real freedom and wholeness to individuals.

Brother Maynard on Evangelism outlines power evangelism and lifestyle evangelism. He recommends his own blend of the two that include relationship, conversation and prayer, which he dubs charismissional evangelism.

Chrysalis by Rob McAlpine makes the fascinating observation that some of those who have left churches can still bring God’s kingdom to others and may even be desperate to find new ways to move in the Spirit as they become active in their faith again.

These are just a few of the articles in that edition of Porpoise Diving Life. Please feel free to explore the other articles. On a post on his own blog Brother Maynard introduces the edition and links to all the articles here. Why not have a look at them and perhaps discuss them here in the comments or do some link posts to them in your own blog? It would be great to know what you think about them.

 

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August 24, 2011 at 6:00 pm Comments (0)

Brother Maynard on Evangelism

The next article that I want to look at is CharisMissional Evangelism by Brother Maynard.

Signs and wonders are one hallmark of charismatic evangelism. John Wimber popularised this idea in the 1980s in his book Power Evangelism. The basic idea was that supernatural gifts such as healing should accompany the proclamation of the gospel. This view is still held today in many churches. I can understand that some may fear that this may discredit the gospel if the healings promised do not materialise but I still feel that this can be a valid practice.

Brother Maynard points out that also during the 1980s in other circles there was a growing emphasis on Lifestyle Evangelism. ‘Sharing our faith’ has often meant just entering into a dialogue about Jesus. On the other hand Lifestyle Evangelism stresses the importance of demonstrating our faith in our lives. Of course for lifestyle evangelism to really be evangelism we must never forget to mention Jesus!

Power Evangelism and Lifestyle Evangelism both involve ‘proclamation’ and ‘demonstration’ but in different ways. Brother Maynard recommends we ‘proclaim’ the gospel by having natural conversations with people who want to discuss issues of faith and we demonstrate the gospel both by letting people see how our faith in applied to our everyday lives and by offering to pray for people’s needs in low key ways. Though he has some misgivings about the word ultimately this is what he would call CharisMissional Evangelism.

You can find Brother Maynard’s article here.

Stay tuned for another CharisMissional article from Porpoise Diving Life soon.

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August 19, 2011 at 6:00 pm Comments (0)