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Max Lucado: The Church Needs the Holy Spirit, Not Another Program or Trend

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Max Lucado entered the ministry in 1978 and has served churches in Florida, Brazil, and Texas. He currently serves as teaching minister of Oak Hills Church in San Antonio. Max is America’s bestselling inspirational author with more than 145 million products in print. His latest book is, “Help Is Here: Finding Fresh Strength and Purpose in the Power of the Holy Spirit.”

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Key Questions for Max Lucado

-What is the unique role of the Holy Spirit and how does he empower us?

-How do people cultivate the friendship of the Holy Spirit?

-What expectations should pastors and church leaders have as they walk in the power of the Holy Spirit? How does the Holy Spirit guide you personally?

-How do we as pastors and church leaders help other people access and walk in the power and the gifts of the Holy Spirit?

Key Quotes From Max Lucado

“I was not taught a lot about the Holy Spirit. I don’t fault the little church where I was raised, the small West Texas congregation. I owned a Bible. I could have read about the Holy Spirit, but had you asked me, I could have explained God, the Father and God the Son, but ask me to explain the Holy Spirit and I would have given you a blank stare.”

“I was that pastor who wanted to do everything just right and solve every problem, answer every question, and developed insomnia, stressed out. My wife was depressed, clinically depressed. I was a mess. I couldn’t sleep at night. And that’s when I began to understand John 14 of the Holy Spirit as a friend and a comforter.”

“The Holy Spirit came to me as a friend more with a whisper than a shout, and I began to sense strength in my day-to-day life.”

“My more recent fascination with the Holy Spirit or pursuit of an understanding of the Holy Spirit comes out of a desperation as I look around in society.”

“Given the political climate lately in the last three and four years or five or six years, where churches are really becoming increasingly known for their political stance more than their spiritual position, that was frustrating and continues to be for me…What do we need to revisit? Where do we need to go back as a movement, as a people? Well, the answer to that for anybody who’s read the teachings of Christ, is he sends the disciples back to the upper room and says, ‘Go and wait on the Holy Spirit.’”