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Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire: What Happens When God's Spirit Invades the Hearts of His People Paperback – March 31, 2003
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'The Brooklyn Tabernacle is truly following the example of the New Testament church. This deeply moving book calls churches back to the Word of God and prayer and away from the cheap substitutes that are so popular today.' -- Warren Wiersbe, Author
'There are relatively few churches that have a heart for the lost and for the inner city; Jim Cymbala and the Brooklyn Tabernacle are one of the few. They have allowed the Holy Spirit to use them to breathe fresh life into seemingly hopeless lives.' -- Nicky Cruz, Author
'If you ever have the chance to visit Pastor Cymbala's church, do not miss it. If you can't go, you must read 'Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire.' The remarkable story of this great church and its dynamic Spirit-filled pastor will bring fresh wind and fresh fire into your life.' -- Bob Briner, President
'Lovingly but forcefully, Jim Cymbala calls us, the Church, to look in the mirror, to repent of all out futile attempts to do the work of the Holy Spirit, and to get back on our knees where we belong. Only then will God supernaturally move to accomplish His plan for our ministries and lives.' -- Dr. Ron Mehl, Founder
'Jim and Carol Cymbala's voice is worth everyone hearing. He has a passion and a purity that brings force and clarity to the grand old gospel -- bringing it alive with contemporary vitality and beauty.' -- Jack W. Hayford, Founder
'It is without question that God has placed his hand on Pastor Jim Cymbala in the raising up of a great inner-city ministry, the Brooklyn Tabernacle. This church, under his leadership, serves as a model and an inspiration for so many across America. It has been their dependence upon the enabling of the Holy Spirit and the emphasis upon prayer that has brought this about.' -- Thomas E. Trask, Former General Superintendent
'This is an important book for all whose Christianity has become still and sterile. 'Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire' signals that God is at work in our day and that he wishes to be at work in our lives.' -- Dr. Joseph Stowell, Former President
From the Back Cover
The Times Are Urgent
God Is on the Move
Now Is the Moment to â¦
ask God to ignite his fire in your soul!
Pastor Jim Cymbala believes that Jesus wants to renew his people--to call us back from spiritual dead ends, apathy, and lukewarm religion.
Cymbala knows the difference firsthand. Thirty-five years ago his own church, the Brooklyn Tabernacle, was a struggling congregation of twenty. Then they began to pray â¦ God began to move â¦ street-hardened lives by the hundreds were changed by the love of Christ â¦ and today they are more than ten thousand strong.
The story of what happened to this broken-down church in one of America's toughest neighborhoods points the way to new spiritual vitality in the church and in your own life. Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire shows what the Holy Spirit can do when believers get serious about prayer and the gospel. As this compelling book reveals, God moves in life-changing ways when we set aside our own agendas, take him at his word, and listen for his voice.
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Jim Cymbala became pastor of the Brooklyn Tabernacle in 1971 without any formal training other than a college sociology degree and a few years of business experience. The church was on the verge of collapse. It had fewer than twenty worshippers, few resources, and appeared unable to make its monthly mortgage payments. When this book was written in 1997, the Church had grown incredibly. The original church now has four Sunday meetings (each 2 ½ hours) at a facility that needed to be built to accommodate 1,600 attendees, plus BT has started another 6 churches in the greater New York area and another ten elsewhere. But Pastor Cymbala makes clear that the goals of his church have nothing to do with the dreaded modern ABC trinity (attendance, budget and cash) that others use to measure success of churches.
Pastor Cymbala shares the “secret” of how BT survived, thrived and transformed people’s lives. The secret comes down to one simple word: prayer. It is made clear that the Brooklyn Tabernacle and its members needed to be transformed, but are their issues any more urgent than my issues or the issues of other people in my congregation? Maybe, but it doesn’t matter! My church and I (and probably all of humanity) need to take seriously the Biblical examples of centering worship and life around prayer.
The Brooklyn Tabernacle has a strong music ministry. Pastor Cymbala’s wife Carol is the choir director and accompanist and writes some of the songs, even though she cannot read music. There are many examples on YouTube, iTunes and elsewhere of the remarkable music made by this choir; but, as the book makes clear, this wonderful music is much less a result of talent and training than it is of the choir’s ongoing commitment to and reliance on prayer.
This book contains some amazingly powerful examples of answered prayers. Perhaps the most poignant is the story of Pastor Cymbala’s daughter Chrissy, who rebelled against her earthly and heavenly fathers in her late teens. If there is anything missing from this book, it is explanations of how BT deals with unanswered prayers. I think I know the answer: pray with more focus, pray with more frequency, pray with more intensity, pray with more unity and listen for God’s answer more fervently!
"We must face the fact that for our churches and ministries to be all God wants them to be, they must be saturated with prayer. No new revelation or church-growth techniques will change the fact that spiritual power is always linked to communion with God. If you and I are prayerless, if our churches have no appetite for God’s presence, we will never reach our full potential in him."