Book Review: Forgotten God

Francis Chan is the former pastor of Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley, CA. This book is a follow up to Chan’s best selling book Crazy Love. It is an invitation to comprehend, accept, and pursue the Holy Spirit’s direction in our lives. We often pray to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, but we seldom live in recognition of the Spirit.

Chan tells us the Spirit is more obviously active in places where people are desperate for Him, humbled before Him, and not distracted by their pursuit of wealth or comforts like we are. The church becomes irrelevant when it becomes purely a human creation. We are not all we were made to be when everything in our lives and churches can be explained apart from the work and presence of the Spirit of God.

Our modern church teaches frequently about Jesus and about God, but the Holy Spirit is seldom taught, frequently misunderstood and occasionally neglected. Pentecostals frequently misinterpret the role of the Holy Spirit, while Calvinists undervalue the Holy Spirit. The Spirit and his role as an equal and valuable member of the Trinity are imperative. Throughout the New and Old Testament the Spirit plays an active role in churches and individuals lives.

The term Holy Spirit appears nearly 100 times in Scripture and is featured prominently before the birth of Christ and after his death. The roles of the Holy Spirit in every Christian life includes: conviction of sin, bringing to conversion, enabling the Christian life, a comforter, inspiration and interpretation of scripture.

As Christians we frequently neglect the Spirit and Chan tries to nudge us to embrace the Spirit as a loving part of our faith.

About Mike

Mike, 49, grew up in California and spent 38 years of his life there. He received an undergraduate degree in Political Science, graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary and is pursuing a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. Before accepting God’s call to fulltime missions, Mike worked in the California State Senate for 12 years. He became a Christian at the age of 20. Mike was a Ruling Elder at Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church(PCA) for seven years. While at Soaring Oaks, Mike served as the Director of the High School Youth Group, Sunday school teacher, and instructor of evangelism. His cross-cultural missions experience includes five short term trips to Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Peru (Lima and Cusco) through Mission to the World (MTW). He has volunteered with World Relief by teaching and counseling international refugees. Mike has also attended cross-cultural church planting conferences in New York and Orlando and completed the Perspectives course on the World Christian Movement. He attended Bible Study Fellowship for two years. He is a certified instructor through Evangelism Explosion and is a certified trainer of the Darkness to Light child sexual abuse prevention program. He completed MTW‘s Disaster Response Training. Mike is an experienced speaker and author. Over 70 of Mike's articles on missions have been published and he has written three books. He is a trained and experienced mentor, discipler, leader and a passionate teacher of small groups and Bible studies. Mike received an undergraduate degree in Political Science, graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary and is currently pursuing a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. Before accepting God’s call to fulltime missions, Mike was a Ruling Elder, Youth Group Leader, adult Sunday school teacher and evangelism instructor at Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church in Elk Grove, CA. Mike is an experienced speaker and author. Over 70 of Mike's articles on missions have been published and he has written three books. He is a trained and experienced mentor, discipler, leader and a passionate teacher of small groups and Bible studies. From 2007 to 2017 Mike served as a fulltime missionary for MTW. Mike served as Team Leader, Church Planter, and Seminary Professor. Mike and his wife Erin served in Honduras in Central America and Equatorial Guinea in Central Africa. Mike currently serves as the Director of the MTW West Coast Hub where he trains and mentors new missionaries from CA, AZ, & NV. Mike is also busy writing his next book.

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