What is it: Bible focused, or Spirit focused?
Without doubt, the work of the Holy Spirit is extremely important:
Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.”John 3:6
Also the Bible (the Scriptures – the Word of God) is extremely important:
and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.2 Timothy 3:15-17
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
And the two together, the Holy Spirit and the Bible, have an inseparable relationship, for we are told:
Take the .. sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”Ephesians 6:17
Spirit outpourings without the Bible
Over the years I have observed various situations that have been described as outpourings of the Holy Spirit.
They have been given names such as: The Father’s Blessing / Toronto Blessing / The River and the Fire / Third Wave.
With these ‘blessings’ the Bible appears to have taken a back seat, or is missing altogether, or is misquoted.
I know that we shouldn’t get judgemental, but the Bible tells us to check out what we hear:
Now the Bereans .. received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.”Acts 17:11
David Wilkerson is saying something very similar in a YouTube video (unfortunately it is no longer available) – his Pastor said that the church wasn’t growing fast enough, then he heard of a revival and so he went to it.
On returning he got up to preach but spent the time laughing uncontrollably and there was no preaching, for three months.
I ask you, would the Holy Spirit who wrote this Book, the Bible, who said that the Truth will set you free, would he cause the minister to laugh so much so that he couldn’t preach this Word?
The 18th Century Revival
When we look at the 18th Century Revival, the preaching from the Bible played a central role coupled with Spirit filled Preachers, and it is repeated time and again.
This is the Lords Blueprint:
How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in?Romans 10:14-15
And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard?
And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?
And how can they preach unless they are sent?
As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!'”
Good preaching is based on the Bible by a Spirit filled preacher.
The Holy Spirit AND the Bible
From my observations, the absence of good Bible preaching in this ‘Blessing’ is cause for great concern.
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.”2 Timothy 2:15
I want to see the Lord performing miracles and pouring out His Spirit upon people, and for His Presence to cause weeping or joy, because the disciples prayed:
.. enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness.Acts 4:29-30
Stretch out your hand to heal and perform miraculous signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”
[i] The New York Public Library Digital Collection opens in a new window