Sunday, July 20, 2008

Being Naturally Supernatural

Tuesday through Thursday Colleen and I attended the SE Region Vineyard Pastors Conference at the Atlanta Vineyard in Norcross Georgia. Our pastor invited us to attend with him.

The featured speaker was Gary Best, the National Director for the Vineyard Churches in Canada. Gary is the author of Naturally Supernatural, one of the best (if not the best) books on moving in supernatural gifts of the Spirit that I have ever read. Our church uses a lot of Gary's material in our training class for our ministry/prayer teams. I highly recommend the book. Gary spoke at four conference sessions, and his presentations covered most of the material in his book - with the addition of clinic/practice time!

Gary's thesis is that God is already at work in people all around us; and that we should open our eyes and ears to see and hear what God is doing and then join Him in His work. He calls spiritual gifts "God's Toolbox" from which we can pull the tool appropriate to a given need or situation. The key to becoming a naturally supernatural person is to Listen (to God and to the people around us) and Obey (do what God tells us to do). Gifts of healings, prophecy and encouraging words can soften and open the hearts of people who have been closed to the Gospel, so that they can hear the story of Gods' love shown through the cross of Christ. Gary also talks about humility, avoidance of hype, and compassion in the use of spiritual gifts.

I'm praying for God to make me more naturally supernatural - how about you?