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Blog Article 19: Review of Benjamin Dixon’s book entitled Hearing God
I have waited a long time to review Benjamin Dixon’s (2014) book entitled Hearing God and in his own words he states “for those who know me, your response to seeing this book is likely ‘it’s about time’ (p. 15). My conviction is that hearing the voice of God is all about knowing God—having a personal relationship with him” (p. 20).
Dixon is a fire breathing preacher and by this statement I do not mean he belligerently belittles individuals with hell and damnation but rather provokes, stirs, and challenges listeners to pursue deeper connections with God. Dixon word’s are like a sledgehammer, blasting open shut doors of spiritual progression in one’s own Christian faith. Do not let his powerfully convicting words and charismatic personality confuse your views of his character. Dixon possesses a life of humility demonstrated in his own personal faith walk and service towards others. He is one of the few ministers I know willing to associate with the rejects, misfits, and outcasts of society because he loves them enough that he would use every effort at his disposal for them to know Jesus Christ through the Gospel message.
Dixon believes in praying for true revival not just more and more propheticon like conferences where people feel spiritually fuzzy feelings and change nothing internally about their character. True revival begins within our own personal walks with God when we are consumed with the fiery presence of the Holy Spirit to share the Gospel with people in community through radical love. When groups of individuals unite under this passion, whole cities and nations are transformed. That is the revival I seek and it is the only viable example that produces lasting results historically like the first and second great awakenings of the past centuries. Personally, I am tired of the Hollywood sensationalism of prophetic giftings and the role of prophet being placed upon an idolatrous pedestal of religiosity in the American church. Dixon’s words demolish this common stereotype of the prophetic and his newly released book Hearing God reinforces the ease by which God includes humanity in the supernatural ministry. Dixon’s words are an anchor for the church and demonstrate the simplicity of walking with God as Adam did in Genesis.
Hearing God is refreshing, inclusive, and applicable. Dixon dismantles the mystery behind the prophetic ministry in Christianity through the use of Biblically weighted Scriptural examples, personal experiences in ministering prophetically, and participatory ministry which values every member of the Body of Christ as presented by Paul in 1st Corinthians 12. Normal Christianity involves hearing God’s voice in our own lives and acting upon it; this concept is illustrated again and again in the Book of Acts.
Hearing God is divided into three parts filled with endnotes for the reader to research and verify for him or herself. Part One is entitled “The Foundation for Hearing from God” and consists of three chapters entitled A Real Relationship, Hearing God is for Everyone, and Hearing God and the Bible. Part Two is entitled “God’s Voice: Understanding What It Is and What It’s Not” with three more chapters entitled Understanding How God Speaks, Understanding Why God Speaks, and Hindrances to Hearing God. Part Three is entitled “God’s Voice: Discerning, Responding, and Pursuing” with the three final chapters entitled Discerning God’s Voice, Responding to God’s Voice, and Pursuing God’s Voice.
The whole book is fantastic! Having been a skeptical atheist before my conversion to Christianity, Dixon presents compelling Biblical evidence and personal examples to illustrate his point that God still speaks to Christians. My favorite sections of the book were his explanations of how God speaks to us and his personal examples of what this looks like when walked out in the three chapters of part two. In these sections Dixon provides a general list of how God speaks to us through the Bible, our conscience, thoughts, gut instincts (discernment), mental pictures, dreams, and visions. He then uses Biblical examples from characters such as the major and minor prophets of the Old Testament, Apostles, and other Christians in Acts to support this list.
What many ministers of the Gospel have failed to understand is that many young Christians, like myself, are experiencing these encounters of God on a regular basis but we have no mentors, leaders, or teachers willing to sit with us and help us understand the prophetic gifts that God has given to His church. We are told to read our Bibles or pray more when the Bible shows us again and again examples of these same experiences through the stories of the different characters. Dixon’s literary work provides encouragement and acceptance to those seeking questions about this experience and removing the mysticism that has snuffed out experiential Christianity.
Personally, I believe the current global Christian Church is at a crossroads on their acceptance or rejection of the prophetic ministry and understanding correct teachings will become necessary in the coming future decades of Christianity if we are to accept the next revival movement of the Lord. This book provides a clear and logical spiritual cornerstone to Christians, like myself, seeking understanding of the prophetic without the shallow marketed emotionalism often damaging the reputable prophetic gifts. We need more teaching materials like Hearing God to strengthen and encourage Christian congregations. Above all else, this book challenges readers to pursue your relationship with God at a more intimate level.
You can support Dixon through prayer as he emphasizes this time and time again on his ministry site as THE most important support he can ever receive from people. Purchase his book and share his video teachings with others. Dixon’s calling is to equip the church with the revelation of walking in the prophetic ministry to engage the culture in marketplace ministry just like the Apostles did in early Christianity. He is also available to come and teach prophetic ministry classes to your congregation that you can adapt and replicate. In Dixon’s own words, contact him through social media or email if you would like to dialogue about the prophetic ministry. He gladly encourages this in his ministry! I look forward to the day in which the history of God’s movement in this generation is documented for the future church to learn from. May people look back at the ministry of Dixon and may this blog article serve as a transcribed reminder of what God has planned and what He fulfilled in the many ministries arising to answer this new move of revival!
Benjamin Dixon’s pages
Eleventh Hour Ministries: http://eleventhhourministries.org
Church Website: http://www.mc4s.org/about-us/pastors/ben-dixon.html
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/HearingGodByBenDixon or https://www.facebook.com/pages/11th-Hour-Ministries/99411582612
Author Ben Dixon on Hearing God, YouTube, 1:01, posted by egenpub, February 25, 2014. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVP9pt3gHSs (accessed March 27, 2014)
Ben Dixon – TBN interview about 11th Hour Ministries, YouTube, 21:03, posted by 11thHourMinistries, April 11, 2011. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JBMuVzvcvY (accessed March 27, 2014)
Chinn, Kai. Ben Dixon’s Portrait. Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152103252041948&set=t.1357149236&type=3&theater (accessed march 27, 2014)
Dixon, Benjamin. Hearing God. Chambensburg: eGen Co, 2014.
eGen Co Blog. http://www.egen.co/blog/2014/2/25/new-book-by-benjamin-dixon-hearing-god (accessed March 27, 2014)