Revivalist Bert Farias writes in the spirit, style, and plainness of speech of the old timers.
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The Flaming Herald, from Bert Farias
Friday, June 16, 2017
How to Have a Spiritual Church
A spiritual church is not only one that is guided by mature leadership and reflects the character and fruit of the Holy Spirit but is also one that teaches sound doctrine in the full counsel of God and operates in the various gifts and ministries of the Holy Spirit.
A spiritual church is not only one that is guided by mature leadership and reflects the character and fruit of the Holy Spirit but is also one that teaches sound doctrine in the full counsel of God and operates in the various gifts and ministries of the Holy Spirit. (Public Domain)
A spiritual church is not only one that is guided by mature leadership and reflects the character and fruit of the Holy Spirit but is also one that teaches sound doctrine in the full counsel of God and operates in the various gifts and ministries of the Holy Spirit.

The leadership of any church must be as the apostles of old—given to prayer and the ministry of the Word (Acts 6:4). If they are not, nothing else will work very well. They must have an understanding of the ministries and manifestations of the Holy Spirit. Without them in operation in any church, all we will be left with is a social club, a charitable organization, a sermonizing center and a place bereft of the real power of God.

This is where we have a real problem today. Many of our church leaders are without the revelation and experiential knowledge of the operations of the Holy Spirit. They have charisma, they have eloquence and they have education and degrees, but they lack an intimate knowledge and understanding of the true ways of the Holy Spirit and how to establish a New Testament church of power.

In addition to the aforementioned, the first foundation a New Testament church must have is prayer. I am not speaking of general prayer, for many possess that; I am speaking of spiritual prayer. The church has greatly limited herself by relegating all prayer to the mental realm or praying only with their own understanding (1 Cor. 14:13-15). We need spiritual praying, which consists of praying with all kinds of prayer (intercessions, thanksgiving, supplications, petitions and so on) in other tongues, often with interpretation, and at times with groanings and travail (Gal. 4:19, Rom. 8:26). read more
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