On the Bookshelf – Forgotten God by Francis Chan #quotes #HolySpirit

Forgotten GodForgotten God:

Reversing our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit

With quotes from this book by Francis Chan:

I first read this book several years ago (around the same time as I read his book Crazy Love – a very challenging read!), but have been re-reading it as we prepare to take our home groups through it at our church next month. Here are some of my favourite quotes from this book…

“From my perspective, the Holy Spirit is tragically neglected and, for all practical purposes, forgotten. While no evangelical would deny His existence, I’m willing to bet there are millions of churchgoers across America who cannot confidently say they have experienced His presence or action in their lives over the past year. And many of them do not believe they can.”

“The benchmark of success in church services has become more about attendance than the movement of the Holy Spirit. The “entertainment” model of church was largely adopted in the 1980s and ’90s and while it alleviated some of our boredom for a couple of hours a week, it filled our churches with self-focused consumers rather than self-sacrificing servants attuned to the Holy Spirit.”

“If I were Satan and my ultimate goal was to thwart God’s kingdom and purposes, one of my main strategies would be to get churchgoers to ignore the Holy Spirit. The degree to which this has happened… is directly connected to the dissatisfaction most of us feel with and in the church. We understand something very important is missing.”

“The light of the American church is flickering and nearly extinguished, having largely sold out to the kingdoms and values of this world.”

“I am convinced there is a desperate need in the church for the Holy Spirit of God to be given room to have His way.”

“Even our church growth can happen without Him. Let’s be honest: If you combine a charismatic speaker, a talented worship band, and some hip, creative events, people will attend your church. Yet this does not mean that the Holy Spirit of God is actively working and moving in the lives of the people who are coming. It simply means that you have created a space that is appealing enough to draw people in for an hour or two on Sunday.”

“It’s obvious when someone is not walking in the Spirit (at least not consistently). What you see and experience from such a person is usually along the lines of rage, selfishness, dissension, bitterness, and envy. However, when a person is habitually and actively submitted to the Spirit, what comes out of his or her life is the fruit of the Spirit.”

“(God) wants us to walk in step with His Spirit rather than depend solely on the raw talent and knowledge He’s given us. But instead of living this way, we’ve created a whole brand of churches that do not depend on the Spirit, a whole culture of Christians who are not disciples, a new group of “followers” who do not follow.”

“God desires to do more than “help out” a bit. He wants to completely transform us. He wants to take a timid heart and set it ablaze with strength and courage, so much so that people know something supernatural has taken place…”

“God wants the praise for what we do in our lives. But if we never pray audacious, courageous prayers, how can He answer them?”

“When I read the book of Acts, I see the church as an unstoppable force. Nothing could thwart what God was doing, just as Jesus foretold: ‘The gates of hell shall not prevail against it.’ (Matt. 16:18).  The church was powerful and spreading like wildfire, not because of clever planning, but by a movement of the Spirit. Riots, torture, poverty, or any other type of persecution couldn’t stop it. Isn’t that the type of church movement we all long to be a part of?”

  • To learn more about Forgotten God, check out Francis Chan’s website HERE.

 

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About Chris Jordan

Husband. Father. Author. Pastor. Guidance Counsellor. High School Teacher. Follower of Jesus. And I enjoy a good cup of coffee!
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