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Walking in the Spirit by [Berding, Kenneth]
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“At last, a book that I can recommend to the average Christian about holiness, intimacy with God, and the power of the Holy Spirit! In more than 20 years of pastoral ministry I have learned that there is almost universal discouragement—at least at times—in our battle with sin. So many resources offer strategies of accountability or behavior change, but aren’t grounded in the deep truth that God alone has the power to transform us. Others seem to take a simplistic, “Let go, let God” approach that may sound good, but leaves us disheartened when we struggle to live it out. Still others are written at a level that is not readily accessible to all readers. Berding has given us a great gift in Walking in the Spirit in that his book is engaging, eminently practical, and most of all, profoundly biblical. If you want to grow deep in your walk with God and experience real power to be like Jesus you need to read this book.”
Robert Bishop, Senior Pastor, Whittier Hills Baptist Church; Adjunct Faculty, Bible Department, Biola University

“There is so much confusion among Christians about the Holy Spirit, and I am thankful that Berding has written a much-needed book in layman’s language. It is at once biblical, irenic, and charitable. I recommend it to pastors with the hope that they will give copies to their congregations.”
Lyle W. Dorsett, Billy Graham Professor of Evangelism, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University

“Berding captures profound spiritual truths and shares them in a comfortable, down-home fashion that will make you smile, nod, and ponder. When you apply the principles of Walking in the Spirit, you will live life differently; you will experience more of the Spirit of God and be able to say with confidence as you approach the end of your life, “I know Him and am eager to meet Him!”
Dan LaGasse, missionary, Operation Mobilization; Missions Pastor, Venture Christian Church, Los Gatos, California

“How do I move from a place of confessing belief in the Holy Spirit to experiencing the Holy Spirit’s transforming presence in a more profound way? Walking in the Spirit offers us an array of practical insights that will help new believers as well as those who have been Christians for many years.”
Clinton E. Arnold, Professor and Chairman, Department of New Testament, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University

“It’s easy to talk the spiritual talk. But how do we walk the Spirit-ual walk? In this book, Ken Berding offers a practical, biblical, wise guide to life in the Holy Spirit, as outlined in Romans 8. Filled with real-life examples and engaging personal stories, Walking in the Spirit is as much a spiritual autobiography as it is an instructional Bible study. Straightforward, humble, and easy-to-read, Berding’s book is nevertheless a strikingly deep, important study—the sort of solid spiritual food an increasingly anemic generation should hunger for. Walking in the Spirit recalibrates our understanding of the ministry of the Holy Spirit, providing an invaluable corrective to many of us who have either ignored, forgotten, or misunderstood the role of the Spirit in the Christian life.”
Brett McCracken, Managing Editor, Biola Magazine; author, Hipster Christianity: When Church & Cool Collide

“Ken Berding is a man who walks with God in the power of the Spirit. This walk is grounded in Scripture and through this book we are blessed by the insights of this godly man and first-rate scholar. Those wanting to know more of the Spirit’s work in their lives will be helped greatly by what this book offers.”
Erik Thoennes, Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies, Chair, Biblical and Theological Studies Theology Department, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University; Pastor, Grace Evangelical Free Church, La Mirada, California

About the Author

KENNETH BERDING (PhD, Westminster Theological Seminary) is professor of New Testament at Talbot School of Theology at Biola University and author of numerous books. Before coming to Talbot, Dr. Berding was a church planter in the Middle East and taught at Nyack College just north of New York City. He has a heart for God and ministry, and has written many worship songs and served as a worship pastor in local church ministry.

Product Details

  • File Size: 313 KB
  • Print Length: 130 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1433524104
  • Publisher: Crossway (August 2, 2011)
  • Publication Date: July 15, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005G52PPM
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"Walking in the Spirit" delivers on its aim - to provide practical and biblical insight into the Spirit-led life. What does it mean to: walk in the Spirit? Pray in the Spirit? Be led by the Spirit? Berding addresses these questions and more from Romans 8, the "Spirit-ual walk" chapter, as he refers to it. "Walking in the Spirit" addresses a real need in the evangelical church: what it means to trust God's power for living, and yet to live in active obedience.

I'm not one to read books in one sitting, but at the risk of sounding cliche, I couldn't put it down. Berding's book rightfully belongs on the same shelf as works like "The Pursuit of Holiness" by Jerry Bridges and "Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life" by Donald Whitney. If you're looking for something to read (in addition to the Bible) that will lend clarity to what it means to live by the Spirit, buy this book right now.
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I don't know about you, but of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit has always been a bit nebulous for me. A bit fuzzy. Then I encountered this book.

The author has created an inspirational and revealing book on the Holy Spirit by grounding his work in scripture -- specifically one chapter of Romans. He wraps his mind around the question -- what is it when one walks with the spirit? Lives with the spirit? And what do we do when we find ourselves way, way, way far away from this spirit?

Profound spiritual truths are hard to wrap one's head around, but this author manages to create something utterly readable yet something which doesn't over-simplify the power the Holy Spirit a power, let's face it, that is powerful in its indistinctness. He adds stories to his study of the scripture which manage to compliment the original text.
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This is a short book but it has so much great teaching packed into it. A pretty thorough study of Romans 8, with personal stories by the author spread throughout.

Practical, easy to read, and very enjoyable.
Pick up a copy. Makes a great Bible study.
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A short book should receive a short review, right? Maybe, maybe not. But Kenneth Berding's book Walking in the Spirit is most certainly a short book, coming in at 127 small pages. It's not quite a booklet, and most certainly not a textbook. Yet there is a lot of substance to be found within it's pages. This is a practical book that explores the concepts of living and walking in the Spirit. The walk is an expression of the positional life.

Berding lists several principles for us to consider in relation to "walking in the Spirit":

Walk in the Spirit.
Set your mind on the things of the Spirit.
Put to death the deeds of the body by the Spirit.
Be led by the Spirit.
Know the fatherhood of God by the Spirit.
Hope in the Spirit.
Pray in the Spirit.

Let me be clear: this book is written to help people grow in their understanding of their spiritual life and how to walk it out. It's by and large aimed towards a general audience and would be excellent as either a small group study or perhaps even a high school or college group. It's not that the book is "weak" on theological substance, but Berding purposefully shares wonderful biblical and theological insights from within the midst of his own personal experience of walking in the Spirit. This is largely Berding's thinking on Romans 8, as one can tell from the seven principles mentioned above.

So how do I evaluate it? Great question...

First, I really appreciate that Berding is having an influence into the theological reflection of non-charismatic (Continuationist) types. His book on spiritual gifts (What Are Spiritual Gifts?: Rethinking the Conventional View) was extremely insightful and much needed for both Continuationists and Cessationists.
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Before picking up this wonderful book, I had been studying Romans as my personal devotion. After reading Romans chapter 8, I began prayerfully considering my lack of understanding in "walking in the spirit". Personally, I wondered: what does this mean, what does it look like, how is this concept applied to life---how do I walk by the spirit down the dusty roads of my home town? I've heard " walk by the spirit" for years spoken from the pulpit to us pew warmers, and so often the concept seems to have become a truism. Kenneth Berding's book has provided for me my first concrete understanding of "walking in the spirit". He did so in several ways--for instance, he has a great command of scripture, seems to have a solid grasp theologically and apparently years of experience working through these concepts, but more importantly he provided depth to a topic that has alluded me as I was simply to shallow. The author has provided , at least for me, an introduction to, or at the least a starting point for, knowing and walking in the Holy Spirit of God.
Eternally Grateful,
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Yes, this book summarizes Roman's chapter 8. It has some very nice examples and applications. Reads very well. And I think this would be generally helpful to a new believer. However (you could sense that coming!), the book is often unclear and a bit mystical.

To be fair, the problem (of the way that the Spirit leads us and our discerning of that) is an problem in Christian theology and specifically within the greater reformed traditions. I shouldn't expect that the author would sail effortlessly through these issues that are current theological topics of discussion within the very tradition in which he writes. Still, to review... this author tends toward the more mystical expression of finding God's will and descerning the leading of the Spirit, though he is clearly not in any charasmatic school. (Perhaps a good book to read on the other side of this is Bruce Walke's "Finding God's Will, A Pagan Notion?". Finding the Will of God?: A Pagan Notion?)

Dr. Berding's Walking in the Spirit is a very readable and useful book. As a professor at Talbot, the book has excellent prose and wonderful applications. The strongest parts of the book are his focus on ACTIVE DEPENDENCE (faith), not passive or fatalistic in focus. In short, we can say no to sin...only as we actively depend on the Spirit in our lives.

Some will think this book deserves 4 stars and maybe even 5. And perhaps they are right. It has some excellent insights. However, the short-comings I mentioned cause me to thus rate it. I did enjoy it, I just wanted it to do better at avoiding some of the contradictions.
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