THE SPIRIT-EMPOWERED MOVEMENT is rich in history and hope. Throughout the pages of our past, we find generations of believers deeply affected by the Holy Spirit’s expansion of God’s kingdom, especially through the historic outpouring of the Spirit early in the twentieth century at the Azusa Street Mission of Los Angeles. Now, turning the pages to a new chapter, we see a twenty-first-century generation on the cusp of a new Holy Spirit outpouring. But this time it is occurring not just in one or even a few locations, but around the globe.
In As the Waters Cover the Sea: The Story of Empowered21 and the Movement It Serves, E21 movement leaders and scholars Dr. Billy Wilson and the late Dr. Vinson Synan inform and inspire us about the Holy Spirit’s empowering of generations—past, present, and future, producing a network of Spirit-empowered believers connected across decades and denominations.
This account of the Spirit-empowered movement moves from North American origins to the growth of the Empowered21 network and the cooperative efforts it fuels globally. It is as hope-filled as it is grounded and as theologically sound as it is inspirational. News of spiritual victories around the globe will encourage you and awaken fresh hope, while this book helps you envision God’s glory covering the whole earth—just as the waters cover the sea.
“A thorough, comprehensive and complex analysis of the origin and development of the eschatological thinking in one of the largest and most important Pentecostal denominations in the world, Assemblies of God (AG). Isgrigg offers a fascinating, constructive proposal for a contemporary pneumatological eschatology building on the huge potential of the pneumatological imagination which leads into a consequent eschatological imagination, as the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of the “last days” and so the eschatological end is conceived as the future work of the Spirit.”
— Corneliu Constantineanu, Ph.D., Professor of Pentecostal Theology, Aurel Vlaicu University of Arad, Romania
“This books stimulates much needed thought on eschatology within the AG and Pentecostal communities and be a blessing to both. Isgrigg combines thorough historical analysis with informed and insightful theological reflection. He writes clearly and with an irenic spirit. The result is a wonderful encouragement to the AG community to engage in much needed reflection on the contours, purpose, and impact of our eschatology.”
— Robert P. Menzies, Ph.D., Director, Asia Center for Pentecostal Theology
“This fine and multi-layered study of American Assemblies of God shows how it has adjusted fundamental interpretations of its eschatology in the face of a changing world. This is a vigorous and expertly documented account that deserves to be widely read, not least because the church has a pressing need to revisit its expectations of humanity’s future.”
— William K Kay, D.D., Emeritus Professor, Wrexham Glyndwr University
“Isgrigg’s meticulously researched and engagingly written monograph on eschatology in the Assemblies of God provides not only the first comprehensive historical and theological treatment of the development of AG eschatology throughout the movement’s entire history, particularly as it relates to dispensationalism, but also makes the important theological contribution of an emphasis on pneumatological imagination, calling for both a renewed focus on and hopeful expectation for the Holy Spirit’s work in eschatological signs. I highly recommend this book for ministers, scholars, and all who eagerly await the Blessed Hope.”
— Alicia R. Jackson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Vanguard University
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