Category Archives: Holy Spirit

J.I. Packer on “the heart of Reformed Christianity”

The heart of Reformed Christianity is its Trinitarian Christocentrism, expressed manwardly in evangelistic and pastoral proclamation attuned to human need, according to Christ’s Great Commission, and Godwardly in the worshipful offering, both corporately and individually, of responsive praise, prayer, thanksgiving, … Continue reading

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Eckhard Schnabel: “Paul was a missionary, not a religionist involved in a dialogue.”

After working through Paul’s teaching in Romans 1:18-32 and Acts 17:22-31, Schnabel responds to a document (“Ecumenical considerations for dialogue and relations with people of other religions”) put out by the World Council of Churches in 2002: While the apostle … Continue reading

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Millard Erickson on the instantaneous nature and abiding effects of the new birth

Further, it appears that the new birth is itself instantaneous. Nothing in the descriptions of the new birth suggests that it is a process rather than a single action. It is nowhere characterized as incomplete. Scripture speaks of believers as … Continue reading

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Colin Marshal and Tony Payne on “church growth” vs. “gospel growth”

We talk a lot these days about church growth. And when we think about our lack of growth, we think of the lack of growth of our particular congregation: the stagnation or decline in numbers, the wobbly state of the … Continue reading

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Michael Haykin on meditative reading and the use of “spiritual classics”

The reading of spiritual classics should differ from other types of reading. One reads a newspaper dictionary or textboook for factual information or imediate answers to questions but in spiritual reading one seeks to inflame the heart towards God as … Continue reading

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Spurgeon, Knowledge without the indwelling Holy Spirit makes for no Christian

Spurgeon preaching on John 14:16-17, We are told in the text, that Jesus would send the Comforter, who would abide in the saints for ever; who would dwell with them and be in them… Know ye not that ye are … Continue reading

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Church of England Ordinal of 1662: “…as much as lieth in you will apply yourselves wholly to this one thing…”

John Stott uses the words from the 1662 Ordinal to prove his own statement: “Since the Christian pastor is primarily called to the ministry of the Word, the study of Scripture is one of his foremost responsibilities, to which he … Continue reading

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