Have the Miraculous Gifts of the Spirit Ceased?

Episode 578 Show Notes 

From the Show

We need to focus on God’s word. The scriptures. Often times people chase miracles and signs and wonders in a really unhealthy way. God can do whatever he wants, that’s true. But, ordinarily, he works through means. He is free to work apart from means–and we do pray that God heals and does miraculous things–but, we recognize that the way we ordinarily grow as Christians is to be apart of the local church, by reading the scriptures, and by being committed to prayer.

–Adriel Sanchez

Questions in this Episode

  1. 1. When can I be a witness for Jesus and evangelize, do I have to wait until the Spirit descends on me and anoints me?

2. What does the Bible say about fasting? Is it just about giving up food for awhile to draw closer to God? Is it something we can do to unlock some form of holy power like the apostles did in the New Testament? I hear about it on Instagram a good bit but I just don’t fully understand it.

3. Me and my friend were talking about if miraculous signs, wonders, and spiritual gifts have ceased. He said “there’s no way a person can read through the entire New Testament and come to that conclusion.”So, is there a way?

4. I have become more conscious of trying not to shame and alienate others for their faults, especially in this contentious year, but I have gotten pushback by others saying that no matter how kind I am my belief that we are all inherently sinners means that I am teaching others to hate themselves, especially those who have experienced abuse or trauma who already struggle with self-hatred and feeling ashamed. How can I answer these responses and tell people that even though they are sinners that God loves them?

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Adriel Sanchez

Adriel Sanchez is pastor of North Park Presbyterian Church, a congregation in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). In addition to his pastoral responsibilities, he also serves the broader church as a host on the Core Christianity radio program, a live, daily call-in talk show where he answers listeners' questions about the Bible and the Christian faith. He and his wife Ysabel live in San Diego with their four children.

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