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Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit (2009)

by Francis Chan

Other authors: Danae Yankowski

Series: Forgotten God

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It doesn't make sense that Almighty God would have children characterized by fear and insecurity. Could it be that we've forgotten the One who distinguishes us from every other religion and cult in the world? Chan returns us to the Holy Spirit as the Bible describes Him.
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This is a dangerous book! Read it only if you dare!

If you claim to be a Christian, this book could very well convict you, as it did me. Convict you of thinking or praying too much to God to reveal what He wants you to DO rather than praying to Him about who God wants you to BE . Do you wonder about what God's will is for you in a year? 2 years? What is God's 5-year plan for you? WHY? Why are you not seeking to understand God's will for you TODAY?

This book will also remind you that Christians believe in a triune God, three persons - three co-EQUAL persons - manifested in one God. I know for me, as I read it and discussed it in a small group, I started to understand Chan's message more and more and realized that I had, perhaps unintentionally, excluded an equal focus on the Holy Spirit as I do on God the Father and Jesus the Son of God.

Chan is not telling us we must change to a different faith tradition that may focus more on the Spirit. In fact, he specifically tells us such a change is not what he is suggesting. What he is teaching is that to fully have God's presence in our lives, we must seek out the Holy Spirit's guidance and presence in our lives as much as we seek out God the Father's and Jesus the Son's guidance and presence. After all, before Jesus left his physical life on earth, he gave a part of himself to his disciples and us in the form of the Spirit. For me, that has pushed me to not only pray specifically to God the Father and to God the Son, but also to the Holy Spirit every day.

I really enjoyed the book. A couple in the group struggled a bit more with understanding that Chan's teaching is not in conflict with their Christian beliefs.

I think that the traditions they grew up in simply did not focus on the Spirit as a co-equal. And that was the reason they struggled with Chan's teaching.

I challenge you to read and discuss this book in a small group. ( )
  highlander6022 | Aug 28, 2020 |
Talks about the Holy Spirit and how he works in our lives. ( )
  LindaLeeJacobs | Feb 15, 2020 |
I love Francis Chan's biblical approach to practical theology. This book challenged me to reconsider the Holy Spirit's work in my life. This is a must read for anyone who wants to grow deeper in their walk with God, no matter their denominational background.
  amy_reasoner | Feb 13, 2019 |
Second copy in our church
  PPAC | Nov 25, 2017 |
Francis Chan picks up the mantle of Bill Bright in helping the church form a biblical understanding of the way that the indwelling of the Holy Spirit should change us. This is a challenging book and you may or may not agree with everything (I didn't) but all believers do need to think through the things he is saying. Come Holy Spirit and fill your church! ( )
  HGButchWalker | Sep 21, 2016 |
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To Rachel, My daughter and friend: You have no idea how happy I am to see the Spirit alive in you. Let's follow Him together, forever.
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You might think that calling the Holy Spirit the "forgotten God" is a bit extreme. Maybe you agree that the church has focused too much attention elsewhere but feel it is an exaggeration to say we have forgotten about the Spirit. I don't think so.
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I've Got Jesus. Why Do I Need the Spirit?
We may as well face it: the whole level of spirituality among us is low. We have measured ourselves by ourselves until the incentive to seek higher plateaus in the things of the Spirit is all but gone... [We] have imitated the world, sought popular favor, manufactured delights to substitute for the joy of the Lord and produced a cheap and synthetic power to substitute for the power of the Holy Ghost. -A. W. Tozer-
I am convinced there is a desperate need in the church for the Holy Spirit of God to be given room to have His way.
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It doesn't make sense that Almighty God would have children characterized by fear and insecurity. Could it be that we've forgotten the One who distinguishes us from every other religion and cult in the world? Chan returns us to the Holy Spirit as the Bible describes Him.

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It doesn't make sense that Almighty God would have children characterized by fear and insecurity. He put His Spirit in us so we could be known for our power (Acts 1:8, 2 Tim 1:7). Sadly, most believers and churches are known for talent or intellect rather than supernatural power. What's worse is that we're okay with it.
Could it be that we've forgotten the One who distinguishes us from every religion and cult in the world?
Through solid scriptural support and compelling narrative, breakthrough author Franchis Chan returns us to the Holy Spirit as the Bible describes Him. He reminds us that we were not created and saved merely to survive our time on earth. Chan contends that we've ignored the Spirit and are reaping the disastrous results.
It's time for the beloved church of Jesus Christ to reverse the trend of neglect. Let's pursue the Spirit-filled life of effectiveness God desires and we desire.
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