While your ideal trip to New York City might include tickets to a Broadway show, my ideal visit would coincide with prayer meeting night at the Brooklyn Tabernacle.
It’s not the famed Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, although that would be great; but just the idea of attending a service at a church where they break all the rules of what a North American church service is supposed to look like is enough for me to covet the experience. Where they follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. Where they like loud music but aren’t afraid of silence; even extended silence. Where people line up around the block waiting for the doors to open on Sunday. Where people arrive two hours early for midweek prayer meeting because they want to spend more time in God’s presence. Where people get saved from crime, from crack, from prostitution.
This is actually a book review; and what you’ve just read above is really my biggest takeaway from reading Spirit Rising: Learning to Tap Into the Power of the Holy Spirit, the newest in a line of books by Brook Tab pastor Jim Cymbala. That’s it. Something good is happening there. Jim wants to share it. My guess is that he’s hoping some of it becomes contagious and spreads to your city or even your house of worship. With a healthy balance of teaching and amazing testimonies, this is a book that will transform your expectations of what can do.
For the many who read Francis Chan’s Forgotten God, here’s a book if you want to go deeper into understand the person and work of the Holy Spirit. If you’re a church leader or pastor who wants to be inspired for greater things, this book could be your game changer.
** Read an excerpt from Spirit Rising at Christianity 201