The Bible is full of provocative accounts of miraculous healings, signs and wonders that draw people’s hearts back to God. The Old Testament, the Gospels, the Book of Acts, and the letters of the New Testament all contain examples of prophets and apostles working signs and wonders in order to confirm the gospel message. There are also numerous healings, dreams, visions, and prophecies that build up the church and testify to the loving character of our Father.
Depending on your personal context, however, the experience of your church may not align with this trajectory in Scripture. Have the spiritual gifts ceased? Are there some gifts that qualify as “charismatic” gifts which are no longer operative today? In light of Paul’s instruction to eagerly pursue the gifts of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 14:1), this is an issue with which we should wrestle.
Are you interested in learning more about spiritual gifts? We recommend the following resources for further study and prayer:
Gift and Giver: The Holy Spirit for Today by Craig Keener
“Gifts of the Holy Spirit,” in Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem
Surprised by the Voice of God by Jack Deere
Surprised by the Power of the Spirit by Jack Deere
Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire by Jim Cymbala
Power Evangelism by John Wimber