The church cannot be the church without
the Holy Spirit abiding and empowering it.
The degree to which we understand and
experience the Spirit of God will be the
exact degree to which God's plan for our
churches will be accomplished.
The very people who are thumping the
Bible the most vigorously are often the
ones trying to have church without the Holy
Spirit. They think that teaching alone can cause
their members to live a "victorious Christian life"-
but it can't be done without experiencing the
power of the Holy Spirit. Vows and promises
alone, no matter how sincere, can never over-
come the power of the world, the flesh, and the