Jesus said: “Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” This book is about learning how to whitewater raft on the rivers of the Holy Spirit.
Leon Fontaine boldly proclaims “It’s time that we stop living boring, safe little Christian lives.” The Spirit Contemporary Life can help you step beyond church as usual into the exciting lifestyle of following and obeying the risen Jesus in the person of the Holy Spirit. To emphasize that the Holy Spirit is a person and not a force, Fontaine drops the traditional “the” always refers to Him as “Holy Spirit” in the book.
Fontaine states that this book is “not just about putting a new face on Christianity; it’s about getting back to the basics of what Christianity was always meant to be and then presenting that reality to the world.” He practically explains the New Testament concept of hearing and obeying Holy Spirit in such a simple way that any Christ-follower can learn to do it. He says: “With Holy Spirit, ordinary people can do extraordinary things . . . The answer lies with allowing Holy Spirit to work through you in a contemporary way in the context of your normal, everyday life. And it can happen so naturally.”
Fontaine calls us to radically change our approach to Christianity. He says: “Refusing to change when change is necessary is one of the most destructive things you can do.” And he reminds us: “There will be times of discomfort as you walk in step with Holy Spirit.” He asks us: “Are you willing to let go of the holy cow of ‘the way we’ve always done it’ and let Holy Spirit guide you into truth?” He advises us: “When you feel a leading from Holy Spirit, simply share it in a natural way.”
Here’s more practical advice from The Spirit Contemporary Life: “You can become adept at sensing when Holy Spirit is speaking to you. All it takes is a bit of practice. Holy Spirit is a person. You get to know Him the same way you get to know anyone. Talk to Him. Ask His opinion. Tell Him how you feel. Ask for help. Then pause to listen so you can have a dialogue, not a monologue. He will communicate with you.”
Fontaine ends the book by applying the concepts of The Spirit Contemporary Life to Christian community. He says that the body of Christ “is meant to be a group of people working together to train and support one another so they can learn to know God better and serve Him more effectively. ” Fontaine says that leaders in the body “need to equip the saints for the work of the ministry. That means showing them how to sense and release God’s power into situations.” He goes on to say: “When clergy are the stars of the show, the message they convey is that they are special somehow” and that this exalting of “clergy” makes it harder “for our churches to become Spirit Contemporary.” He states: “If we create church services that are just theatrical productions . . . we set people up for failure.”
If you want to learn how to flow in the Spirit as an individual, this is the book for you. (If you want to learn to flow in the Spirit as a church, check out the book Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible–Ekklesia.)
“I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.”