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Keep in Step with the Spirit: Finding Fullness in Our Walk with God Paperback – May 1, 2005
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The Holy Spirit empowers us, guides us, and enables us to grow and endure in our relationship with the Father through Jesus Christ. Often the most misunderstood member of the Trinity, the Spirit is someone of great focus and attention today amid church revivals and renewals.
In this new edition of his classic Keep in Step with the Spirit, J. I. Packer seeks to help Christians reaffirm the biblical call to holiness and the Spirit's role in keeping our covenant with God. Packer discusses both the merits and shortcomings of the current charismatic movement and how Christ must always be at the center of true Spirit-led ministry.
Packer encourages believers to implement the Spirit's directives and discusses how to map the Spirit's path in your life. If you want to understand and experience more of life in the Spirit, you will cherish this latest offering from one of Christianity's most respected scholars.
J. I. Packer is recognized as one of today's leading evangelical theologians. He is Board of Governors' Professor of Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia, and the best-selling author of Knowing God.
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Then I ran across Packer's Keep In Step With the Spirit. I can't tell you how greatly this book helped me. It let me know there was nothing wrong with me and that I was not the first person to feel the way I did. Packer even related in the book how, because he was a bookworm (as I've always been) God threw him a lifeline in the form of a volume or two of the works of John Owen (Owen wrote about 18 or more books if I remember correctly) which helped free him from the mental shackles of Keswick teaching.
I am here to say that Keep In Step With the Spirit did the same for me with hyperventilating charismatic/pentecostal teaching on the Holy Spirit. I even bought and gave away a copy to anyone who let on that they were going through what I did. And I also went on to read a number of John Owen's books which helped me to totally remake my spiritual and theological outlook into something with a lot more substance to it than I ever had based solely on what I'd gotten from church.
Sad to say but it's the truth.
Although this book is a harder read than either "Knowing God" or "Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God", the book is more challenging spiritually. Once again he uses the Puritan writers to good effect. Read and enjoy. Drink deeply of the scriptural truths detailed in the pages of this book.
Packer writes in a forthright, yet fair way. He does not seek to knock other views for the sake of it, but often shows how they have valuable insights, though they may be emphasising some things too greatly, or omitting other essentials.
His book is not only about the Holy Spirit, and also features important teaching on the trinity, holiness, Christian living and bible reading.
I think this book is every bit as good as Knowing God. I'm sorry that I have only just discovered it.
The new edition includes a 2005 "Preface to the Preface" and a short chapter on assurance, entitled "Heaven on Earth -a Pentecost Exposition." They are worth reading, but maybe not worth the cost of a new book if your copy is still in good nick.
There are many ways I could imagine God using this book in the lives of those who know Him because this book answers a lot of theological questions and raises a number of practical challenges. For me personally, God has used this book (and the many Scriptures referenced) to help me crave holiness in my personal life, and pastorally it has helped me understand the strengths (and there are quite a few of those) and weaknesses of the charismatic movement and what exactly is going during those "second blessing" experiences. Packer has some very biblical and convincing answers to these questions. I have the book all marked up with notes and underlinings, and will keep it on my shelf for future reference. I just hope I can get back into it when the need arises, because it's fairly deep reading. You'll want to study it with your Bible open and your pen handy.
On the other hand, he believes both movements are a supernatural work of God and it is about time the Church wakes up and abandons it's idolotrous institutionalism and formalism. They provide life to a dead religion, and if we can combine the dynamic life of the charismatics with sound biblical theology and practice it will not be long until revival comes.
One gripe though. He made some, in my opinion, rather favorable references to modern psychology, more specifically Freudeian and Jungian schools. This is the only drawback which kept me from giving it 5 stars.
I would suggest this along with Martin Lloyd Jone's - Baptism with the Holy Spirit for a well written account of the Spirit's ministry throughout church history.
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Great book! I would recommend this book to everyone! Great insight to keep walking with the Lord.Published 15 months ago by Rosa
Have read it twice - and it's worth reading again. More like a textbook as it can be a bit difficult in some areas, but an excellent reference book for teaching.Published 22 months ago by Lady Divine
There are a number of books that provide a theology of the work of the Holy Spirit. Likewise, there are also a number of books that critique the charismatic movement, pointing out... Read morePublished on October 17, 2013 by Karl V. Dahlfred
Very intellectual but very practical book. A little tough to read, the guy is so smart, but it will stretch your mind and make it work like never before. Read morePublished on June 17, 2013 by Robert Kaiser
Keep in Step with the Spirit: Finding Fullness in Our Walk with God is a new edition of J.I. Packer's classic " keep in step with the Spirit. Read morePublished on September 13, 2011 by A.Bennett
After owning this book for years, I finally dug down and read it through in 4 days and finished recently. Read morePublished on July 21, 2010 by Amazon Customer
Dr. Packer's book is a superb treatment of the attributes and purpose of the Holy Spirit. He writes from the firm foundation of scripture. Read morePublished on August 1, 2008 by Amazon Customer