LOS ANGELES, June 20, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Is Jesus relevant for today's world? Can faith in God go beyond time-worn platitudes and dull religion? Does the Bible actually have meaning and life-changing power for needy, hurting people here and now?
Popular Canadian pastor and author Leon Fontaine says an emphatic "YES" to all of the above — and is on a mission to encourage Christians that they can use their faith to genuinely touch individuals every day by simply being "Spirit Contemporary."
Tuesday, June 21st, Fontaine will join hosts Matthew and Laurie Crouch on TBN's signature talk show Praise the Lord, to introduce his new book, The Spirit Contemporary Life, and to talk about how every Christ follower, from the youngest believer to the most seasoned saint, can impact their world by embracing a Spirit Contemporary lifestyle.
Fontaine said that there is nothing complicated or difficult about being Spirit Contemporary. It simply means "living so in tune with Holy Spirit that you are guided and empowered to help others in natural, authentic, contemporary ways. It's not just about putting a new face on Christianity; it's about getting back to the basics of what Christianity was always meant to be and then presenting that reality to the world."
Having grown up in a church where faith and miracles were a regular occurrence, as a young man Fontaine was confronted with the need to take that faith outside the church walls when he served as a paramedic. "My experiences in emergency rescue raised questions that seemed to have no answers," he writes in The Spirit Contemporary Life. "I was confident in Holy Spirit's miraculous power … yet now I was faced with a hurting world, with people in desperate need, with blood, and tears, and pain, and death. And the church seemed so . . . irrelevant."
That desperation to reach people with a meaningful representation of God's love ultimately led Fontaine to a dynamic model of ministry and outreach he calls Spirit Contemporary, which he emphasizes is all about "learning to be led by God's Spirit in everyday life situations. It's an ability to live passionately for Jesus, communicating and demonstrating our faith with a relevance that attracts others to follow Him."
Fontaine's new book has gotten solid endorsements from leaders throughout the Christian community. "I believe The Spirit Contemporary Life has the potential to become the next 'Azusa Street,' moving us forward in the winning of our world to Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit," said Dr. Elmer Towns, co-founder of Liberty University. "The Spirit Contemporary Life reminds us all of our need for the Holy Spirit in our lives on a daily basis," said Dr. James Merritt, President Emeritus of the Southern Baptist Convention. And Glenn Burris, President of the Foursquare Church, said that The Spirit Contemporary Life challenges readers "to become agents of God's miraculous intervention as He leads us in tune with our current culture without sacrificing our spiritual moorings."
TBN Chairman Matthew Crouch said that the message of The Spirit Contemporary Life is poised to shape the way an entire generation of Christians reaches the world with the love of Jesus. "This timely book shines a light on a truly important concept," he said: "the gifts of the Spirit can and should be better adapted to our modern-day culture and powerfully utilized by each and every one of us in our daily lives to minister to those around us. If we dare to adopt this mind-set, we will be more effective, attractive, and culturally relevant."
Join Matthew and Laurie Crouch as they welcome pastor and author Leon Fontaine for a special edition of TBN's Praise the Lord program Tuesday, June 21st, at 7 p.m. Pacific (9 p.m. Central, 10 p.m. Eastern). And immediately following the program stay tuned for the exciting debut of a six-part teaching and life series with Pastor Leon Fontaine, entitled Discovering Spirit Contemporary, airing Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m. Pacific and Fridays at 1:30 p.m. Pacific, only on TBN. Click Here to watch TBN live online.
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