Continuationist Arguments Superior to Cessationist Ones – John Boruff

The below can be overwhelming. I suggest two books as a starting point for a Biblical, traditional, rational, and intensely experiential study of spiritual gifts: Wayne Grudem’s The Gift of Prophecy in the New Testament and Today and John Wimber’s Power Healing.

The following sources could be resorted to in order to build a solid continuationist worldview, increase your faith for healing, and pray for healing effectively.

Starting with John Wimber and the Association of Vineyard Churches, as a modern ministry platform and church environment, and working our way back in charismatic church history, we can find (provided, with a Reformation view of soteriology):

1. Catholic saints – particularly those called “mystics,” “visionaries,” “miracle-workers.”
2. Eastern Orthodox saints – the same.
3. St. Benedict of Nursia
4. St. Columba
5. Hildegard of Bingen
6. St. Francis of Assisi
7. St. Teresa of Avila
8. John Knox
9. George Fox
10. John Wesley
11. Charles Finney
12. William J. Seymour
13. Smith Wigglesworth
14. John Wimber

The above 14 categories – biographies, journals, books, etc, and pro-charismatic arguments could definitely be solidly maintained on a study of these persons and subjects. The same could be said of the theology of John Fletcher, the commentaries of Adam Clarke and John Wesley, and other early Quaker writings, such as The Journal of George Fox (8 vols.) and Fox’s Book of Miracles.

Books.

Life and Miracles of St Benedict.
Life of St. Columba.
Life of the Holy Hildegard.
Bonaventure’s Life of St. Francis.
Teresa of Avila’s Autobiography, etc.
John Howie’s The Scots’ Worthies (by The Banner of Truth Trust, interestingly enough)
The Works of George Fox (8 vols) – I dreamed about Fox as a true prophet
EFCI’s Barclay Press

Robert Barclay’s An Apology for the True Christian Divinity
Hugh Barbour’s Early Quaker Writings

The Works of John Wesley
Daniel Jennings’ The Supernatural Occurrences of John Wesley – I dreamed it
—–. The Supernatural Occurrences of Charles G. Finney. – I dreamed it
Smith Wigglesworth: The Complete Collection of His Life Teachings.
Stanley Frodsham’s Smith Wigglesworth: Apostle of Faith
Francis MacNutt’s Healing. – I dreamed it
—–. The Power to Heal.
—–. The Prayer That Heals.
—–. Deliverance from Evil Spirits.
—–. Overcome by the Spirit.
—–. The Healing Reawakening. (history of healing prayer)
Carol Wimber’s John Wimber: The Way It Was – I dreamed about Wimber
Bill Jackson’s The Quest for the Radical Middle
John Wimber’s Power Evangelism
—–. Power Healing
—–. Power Encounters
—–. Power Points
—–. “Signs & Wonders” DVD set
Richard J. Foster’s Celebration of Discipline
—–. Prayer.
Adam Clarke’s Clarke’s Christian Theology
Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology
—–. The Gift of Prophecy in the New Testament and Today
Sam Storms’ The Beginners’ Guide to Spiritual Gifts
—–. “A Third Wave View” in Are Miraculous Gifts for Today?
Don Williams’ Signs, Wonders, and the Kingdom of God
Rich Nathan and Ken Wilson’s Empowered Evangelicals
Donald Gee’s Concerning Spiritual Gifts
Harold Horton’s The Gifts of the Spirit
Howard Carter’s Spiritual Gifts and Their Operation
Jack Deere’s Surprised by the Power of the Spirit
—–. Surprised by the Voice of God
—–. The Beginner’s Guide to the Gift of Prophecy
Mike Bickle’s Growing in the Prophetic – I dreamed about Bickle
Gary Greig and Kevin Springer’s The Kingdom and the Power
Jeff Doles’ Miracles and Manifestations of the Holy Spirit in the History of the Church
John Piper’s Keep in Step with the Spirit
Randy Clark‘s The Essential Guide to the Power of the Holy Spirit
—–. Words of Knowledge
—–. The Essential Guide to Healing
—–. Power to Heal
—–. The Biblical Guidebook to Deliverance
—–. There Is More!
—–. Healing Unplugged
—–. Finding Victory When Healing Doesn’t Happen
—–. Biblical Basis for Healing
—–. Power, Holiness, and Evangelism
—–. Learning to Minister Under the Anointing
—–. Ministry Team Training Manual
– I dreamed about it in 2010

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About John Boruff

John Boruff is a Philosophy and Religion graduate from UNC Pembroke. In his free time, he blogs about the Christian life; and has special interests in evangelism and spiritual gifts. He identifies himself as a Reformed Arminian Pentecostal. He’s also a husband and dad. John loves street preaching. His influences are Leonard Ravenhill, David Wilkerson, John Wesley, Charles Finney, etc. John is always in the process of writing; and is posting free e-books on this site for cultivating a deeper Christian life. Among them are his 'How to Experience God' and 'The Gospel of Jesus Christ.' He is currently working on the lives of great prophets in church history—from Catholic saints to Protestant reformers and revivalists. He is also working on a Biblical theology of poverty alleviation.
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