I just finished reading a book that I enjoyed immensely. I enjoyed it immensely because I agreed with what the author was expressing about the church of God. I believe it is what the church should be about and what it needs to experience. I try in my own life and ministry to implement what the author was trying to express. The title of the book is “The Presence Driven Church.”
The main thrust of the book is to encourage and stimulate the church to be what God would have it to be. To be a ‘presence-driven’ church that focuses on experiencing the presence of the Holy Spirit.
The author expresses it this way; “In this book I am arguing that churches must be presence-driven, because experience gives knowledge that theory cannot. Experience, not theory, breeds conviction.” The difficulty the church is having today is that is has become ‘program-driven’ ‘purpose-driven’ and ‘consumer-driven. And it is because of this that the church has become weak and as Os Guiness said irrelevant. For the church to be what God has called it to be, it needs to experience the presence of the Holy Spirit. This is why our vision at our church is; “To create an environment, within the church and outside the church that gives people the opportunity to experience the presence and power of Almighty God within their lives.”
I just want to share with you a few scriptures (there are many more) that I have found and the author has given that express the truth about being a ‘presence-driven’ church.
Exodus 33:14-16; “The Lord replied, My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest. Then Moses said to him, ‘If your presence does not go with us, do not send us from here. How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?’”
Psalm 63: 1-3; “O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water. I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and glory. Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.”
John 14:21; “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and ‘manifest’ Myself to him.”
1 Corinthians 2:4-5; “And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in wisdom of men but in the power of God.”
1 Corinthians 3:16; “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?”
1 John 4:4; “He who is in you is greater than he who is the world.”
Let us strive to be a ‘presence-driven’ church.
In His love and power,