When God Comes to Church: Experiencing the Fullness of His Presence

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B&H Publishing Group, 2007 - 251 Seiten

With so much attention given to the presentation aspect of modern worship services, is it possible that many people attending church today forget to focus on the primary purpose of actually being in God’s presence? Pastor Steve Gaines and coauthor Dean Merrill (Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire) fear this is the case and call for a return to the core point of corporate worship in When God Comes to Church.

The goal here is to "send people out the door saying not ‘What a sermon!’ or ‘What great music!’ but rather ‘What a Savior!’ . . . the only ‘Wow!’ in a church should be God."

With that in mind, Gaines and Merrill write thoroughly about what attracts God to our worship gatherings—sincere prayer, repentance, unity, etc.—and warn against the worldly hindrances to pure worship such as legalism, liberalism, and fanaticism.

 

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Introduction
1
What Church Was Meant to
3
Whos in the House?
17
Church Is Not a Performance
19
An Audience of
31
Welcoming Gods Glory
45
A Church with Little but
59
On American Shores
72
Praying Together
149
A Word from Above
160
Calling People to the Savior
169
Hindrances to Overcome
177
Formalism
179
Fanaticism
190
Liberalism
199
Legalism
213

Crusades and Coffeehouses
85
Hoisting the Sails
97
The Leaders Heart
99
What Attracts the Presence of God?
111
Flow Not Show
125
The Agony and the Ecstasy
138
Traditionalism
224
Pressing On
235
Discontented
237
Notes
249
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Über den Autor (2007)

Steve Gaines succeeded the late Dr. Adrian Rogers in 2005 as pastor of the Bellevue Baptist Church near Memphis, Tennessee. He holds degrees from Union University (B.S.) and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div, Ph.D.). Gaines and his wife, Donna, have four children.

Dean Merrill is author or coauthor of twenty six books including Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire and the New York Times best seller In the Presence of My Enemies. He lives with his wife in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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