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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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"An encouragement to the reader to acquire a Spirit-filled character."
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"If we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit."-Galatians 5:25
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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J.I. Packer discusses today's charismatic movement, and writes frankly about the shortcomings as well as the blessings of that movement and encourages the Christian to always keep Christ at the center, even when so much of the emphasis in the charismatic movement is on the Holy Spirit.
J.I. Packer is recognized as one of today's leading evangelical theologians and he is also the author of " Knowing God ", which is also considered a classic.
I read " Keep in Step with the Spirit " some time ago when I was confused about the many movements within the evangelical circles. I had many concerns about the call to holiness, the Keswick movement and the charismatic movement and wanted to find a balance. I asked God to show me and He directed me to this book. I really appreciated the author's non-judgmental approach when he tried to show the biblical and the non-biblical basis for some of the beliefs within the movements. Packer also discusses the inspiration and interpretation of Scripture, which many, many people have questions about. He also discusses the work of the Holy Spirit in revivals vs on a personal level.
Now that I am older and I picked up this second edition again, I am convinced that it is just as relevant in this 21st century as it was years ago. I also think that many Christians desire biblical Christianity as a way of life and this book will steer you in that direction, at least it did for me. I highly, highly recommend it and if you have worked your way through, pick up " Knowing God " by the same author, you will be richly rewarded!
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.
An excellent work!