Went to my first Leadership Summit a couple of weeks ago and I have to admit, I was impressed. I expected some stale, rehashed business acumen repackaged into some pseudo faith-form arrangement to make it palatable to the unsuspecting pastor. While there was some of this, the information was wonderful. I especially appreciated Bill Hybel’s humilty, and believe it or not, he taught me something about dealing with prophetic outbursts in a meeting.
Evidently (we couldn’t see on the screen) a woman began screaming a prophetic word out in the midst of his sharing. Bill simply waited with a smile on his face until she was finished (she kind of tapered off into a sobbing wimper). If I recall correctly, Bill responded, “Well, I hope that was from God.” It was said with tenderness and a touch of humor, but no sarcasm. He acknowledged that God speaks in a myriad of ways and that we shouldn’t rush to judgment but pray for discernment, which he did. Then he went right on with his teaching.
I’ve gotta tell you, I was impressed and touched. It was a gracious response. By the way, the woman was shouting that what was going on at the Summit was of God. In England, he told us, someone had stood up and declared he was of the devil in a meeting. He said he responded the same way. He prayed for discernment.
I never would have expected that Mr. Seeker Sensitive himself could teach me how to handle uncomfortable situations like this. But he did. Thank you Bill!
This Holy Spirit thing is pretty cool. We left church a couple of weeks ago, and my wife quipped to me, “This Holy Spirit thing is the way to go!” Now, we’ve been involved in Charismatic churches, and for a short time, a Pentecostal church, so this stuff is not new to us. We have seen the abuses and the blessings. Years ago, along with some dear friends at another church we helped plant, we began to see in the scriptures, that there was a more balanced approach to the ministry of the Holy Spirit. After having realized that what we were looking at was what the Vineyard believed, my wife and I joined with the group we were most like, the Vineyard. I love the Vineyard and its people.
We have been sharing for eight weeks on the Holy Spirit and the gifts. It’s amazing what happens when you give Him his due. We have seen 20 people come to Christ, and some very uninformed young people powerfully touched by the presence of the Spirit. I would consider our church an outward focused church, so this is very refreshing. Come Holy Spirit!