The Forgotten God Study Introduction


This is my first post in the book club as we read through “The Forgotten God” by Francis Chan. I’ll be honest with you, I knew the name prior to beginning this study; but I hadn’t heard or read anything from him. I’m looking forward to diving further into this book and what comes from the study. I’m also interested in reading others thoughts.

I’ve been pretty lucky growing up. I’ve been in a church and school even which strongly encouraged seeking the Holy Spirit and His direction in the everyday things of life. So coming into the reading of this book, I have a foundation of how important it is to let the Spirit lead and guide daily. That’s definitely not to say that I have it all totally figured out and there’s nothing further to gain. On the very contrary, I’m looking forward to further encouragement and challenge from both the book itself and the ideas of the others participating; either in the study itself or by commenting on a particular posts.

A couple of things stuck out to me in the introduction of the book. The first is the following excerpt.

“The world is not moved by love or actions that are of human creation. And the church is not empowered to live differently from any other gathering of people without the Holy Spirit. But when believers live in the power of the Spirit, the evidence in their lives is supernatural. The church cannot help but be different, and the world cannot help but notice.”

I fully believe the above with all my heart. Unless the church is moving with the Holy Spirit, there’s no true power in the movement.

Finally I can agree with this prayer at the end of the introduction. May this be true of me.

“As we begin this book, may our desire to experience more of the Holy Spirit be our starting point. And may we open our hearts and lives to His presence and action more fully than we have ever done before. By the power and presence of the Holy Spirit, may we be different people when we finish from when we started.”

5 Responses to “The Forgotten God Study Introduction”

  1. Sarah Salter says:

    It’s good to have you joining us again, Phil! I’m really interested to see/hear the different perspectives among our groups as we discuss. We all have different backgrounds and experiences to bring to the table. And this is a subject that I’m very interested in seeing a lot of different perspectives on. Thanks for sharing yours! 🙂
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  2. Without the Spirit, we are no different than the world. May we be different. May we be Spirit-filled.
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  3. TC Avey says:

    Great quote and I echo that prayer!
    I’m joining the book club late, can’t wait for next week.
    Have a beautiful weekend in the Spirit.

  4. Glad you’re joining in too, Philip. 🙂 I said similar things–so thankful for what was imparted and reinforced to us. It’s a great foundation to launch into greater things of His heart. Good stuff-thank you.
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  5. Thomas Mason says:

    I said this on Jason’s site too but I said that I don’t know a lot about the Holy Spirit. So I’m looking forward to reading yours and the other great thinkers throughout this series.
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