Aug 8, This is an excerpt from the last sermon that John Wimber ever preached, entitled ‘ The King’s Worship’, using 1 Corinthians 8: 5&6. We come to. Apr 24, Just prior to the Spiritual Warfare Conference in March, John Wimber met with three of Sydney’s leading evangelicals. The discussions, which. This is part of the Signs and Wonders and Church Growth Conference that was held in in Anaheim, CA, when John Wimber was at the height of his activity.

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John Wimber was born in Kirksville, Missouri in the s. He grew up entirely outside of faith, as did his wife Carol.

He came to Christ at age 29 as a self-proclaimed chain-smoking, beer-guzzling, drug abuser. John taught on, and demonstrated, that signs and wonders were for today, and that God wanted to bring healing and expressions of His love and power through His Church.

Wimber was a talented musician and producer who played many instruments at studio quality. Before he came to faith in Christ, he was making his full-time living in music. Among other accomplishments, Wimber was involved in the founding and producing of the Righteous Brothers, and was at the top of his career.

After coming to faith, Wimber was a gifted evangelist, leading hundreds to Christ and often overseeing several Bible studies at the same time.

Additionally, he was known for his ability to help churches grow through evangelism, and spent time training and consulting with many pastors.

Wimber originally came to faith in a Quaker church and was associated with the Quakers for many years.

Some practices of the Vineyard today have Quaker-like roots, particularly the tradition of wimbed waiting for the Spirit to speak. At the beginning, the Vineyard movement launched in the mids as a small network of church led by Kenn Gullicksen. During this time period, John and his wife Carol had become spiritually dry. This renewal became a turning point in their life and ministry.


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The church was associated with Calvary Chapel untilwhen it separated from Calvary Chapel and quickly became the flagship church of the Vineyard movement as the newly named Anaheim Vineyard.

In the early 80s, John Wimber took the leadership of the Vineyard churches, and proceeded to plant hundreds of churches in the coming decades, first in the US, and then globally. They prayed for hundreds of people who never got healed. Eventually, God began to use John and other members of the Anaheim Vineyard to supernaturally heal many people. Ladd developed the idea that the kingdom of God is a reality that is both present in our midst, but not completely present.

We experience some of the goodness and power of God in the present, but we also wait for the day when God establishes His kingdom fully. Wimber was passionate about equipping people for ministry. He also wrote books about evangelism, hearing from God, dealing with suffering, and spiritual growth.

Many people experienced the present day work of the Spirit for the first time in this class. Vineyard churches were well known for their music. Rather than writing traditional church hymns, they wrote songs in the rock-n-roll style of their time. In the early 80s, this was considered somewhat revolutionary. Vineyard worship music has always been known for its sense of intimacy — singing simple love songs to God.

Vineyard churches also became known for eschewing traditional church formalism. Rather than dressing up for church, Vineyard church attenders were welcome to wear jeans, shorts, sandals, or whatever made them feel comfortable. This was then considered quite unusual, though it has now become quite common. Additionally, Wimber encouraged his churches to avoid using religious, insider language, and instead wanted church to be down-to-earth and accessible.

Wimber was always very open to what new thing God might be doing. This led to his openness to the work of the Spirit that was one of his great legacies. Sometimes this caused him trouble—particularly in the late 80s and early 90s when the Vineyard movement moved in some directions that, from a distance, seem to have been rabbit trails that confused some about what the focus of the movement was.


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At the same time, these incidents modeled the willingness to try new things even if at times they are messy. John was plagued by health problems in his later years and died in from a brain aneurysm at the age of He pioneered a new openness among mainstream evangelicals to the supernatural, present day work of the Spirit in a way that had previously only been known in Pentecostal and Sermns streams.

Our experience of the Kingdom of God is rooted in the words and works of Jesus. We teach the Bible, and the main and the plain of the Kingdom. It is also not fully here — it seromns not yet. That means we have a theology both for suffering, and for signs and wonders. We need a constant filling of seermons Holy Spirit, and this ancient prayer is an invitation for the Spirit to touch us iwmber.

We believe that anyone can do the work of the Kingdom. We lean toward the lost, the poor, the outcast, and the outsider with the compassion of Jesus.

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We are all in need, in some way. We are the Vineyard — join the movement! John Wimber Leaving a legacy in the 21st century Church — still felt around the wimebr. Come, Holy Spirit We need a constant filling of the Holy Spirit, and this ancient prayer is an invitation for the Spirit to touch us again.

Remember The Poor We lean toward the lost, the poor, the outcast, and the outsider with the compassion of Jesus. Be A History Maker.