Sam Storms born in Shawnee, Oklahoma, is a scholar/author and Senior Pastor at Bridgeway Church in Oklahoma City. His favorite movie is Field of Dreams, his favorite smell is fried okra, his first job was working construction in Duncan, Oklahoma and when not engaged in academic rigor he enjoys reading, writing, movies, and baseball.. You can listen to his sermons here, and read his blog here.
Join us as we sit down with Reformed scholar/pastor/theologian, Sam Storms, who believes the Spiritual Gifts are still alive and that the church desperately needs the power of God.
Sam Storms is a Reformed Pastor who speaks in tongues, has had visions, has seen healings, has heard prophetic utterances and is convinced the Bible teaches that the spiritual gifts have not ceased and reminds Christians that we are commanded to pursue them.
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Specific questions and responses:
1:10 What was your first job?
6:30 Why do you care about the Spiritual gifts?
10:47Jesus’ mission was to save the world, He needed the Spirit for His task, but I just build pumps and make cappuccinos… Do I need the Spirit for those tasks, or when I’m driving to work? Cant I have joy without the Spirit? Can I love my wife?
13:58Ok, maybe the Spirit helps me to love people, maybe it’s really the Spirit when I’m joyful… But, aren’t the gifts of the Spirit separate from that weren’t the gifts just something Jesus needed so he could jumpstart the Church, and so he just gave everybody these gifts for a little while? Can’t we just separate the Spiritual gifts as a temporary phenomenon used to initially establish the Church?
16:17In Ephesians 5 it talks about Christ ascending and giving gifts to people. One of the gifts it talks about is giving the gift of the office of “prophet”, and it seems to say in the text that these were given “until we come to maturity…” Can you speak to that?
18:56We always hear these miracle stories of the arm growing out, or the young girl from California all of a sudden speaking Arabic, etc. I always hear these stories (I have even heard one of your own stories, of a vision that you had and then the next day someone confirmed that to you)… I have prayed for hundreds of people, all across the globe to be healed, and restored and have never seen one thing happen as a result. And so it’s not that I don’t believe, it’s just that I gave up. It wasn’t working. How then are people who do believe the gifts are still for our time, proceed with walking in the gifts in their day to day life? And how do we continue on when we never ever see any results?
25:42 I was always open to the gifts of the Spirit, but I rationalized it away because, at the root, listening to some people babel in “tongues” was just annoying. Can you speak to the fact that, at the end of the day, the gifts of tongues is just weird, and how do we cope with that?
29:41Ok Sam, there’s no verses that say the gifts would cease, tell me then, what is happening? Will you tell us what happens internally with you when you speak in tongues?
34:09One time a bunch of people gathered around me, laid hands on me, began speaking in tongues and started praying that I would too. I was losing my mind, but decided to wait and see if in fact I would too. I waited, waited longer, and then alas, nothing. Nothing happened. But, I was very much willing! Another time I needed to make an important decision, I was alone, and I thought “maybe I’ll try to pray in tongues’ ‘, so I started making noises. I have no idea if I was speaking in tongues, faking tongues, or what… And if I was faking tongues, was God mad at me? All that to say, how can we know what is real and not?
39:39How can someone who, by default is weirded out by tongues, actually take steps to “try” speaking in tongues? How do we encourage someone to take those steps – especially when nobody wants to be a faker, and how can we know if we are faking it or not?
42:40 Can you string together for us the gifts of the Spirit as they flow from/through the Trinity… as far as who does what? If we reject the gifts are we rejecting Jesus (because it’s often like “the Spirit is the weird one”)?
48:20We are told to “be filled with the Spirit”, but, how does one get filled with the Spirit?
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