The Holy Spirit: Contours of Christian Theology    -     By: Sinclair B. Ferguson
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The Holy Spirit: Contours of Christian Theology

Inter-Varsity Press / 1997 / Paperback

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The Holy Spirit, once forgotten, has been "rediscovered" in the twentieth century - or has he? Sinclair Ferguson believes we should rephrase this common assertion: "While his work has been recognized, the Spirit himself remains to many Christians an anonymous, faceless aspect of the divine being." In order to redress this balance, Ferguson seeks to recover the who of the Spirit as much as the what and how. Ferguson's study is rooted and driven by the scriptural story of the Spirit in creation and redemption.

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Format: Paperback
Vendor: Inter-Varsity Press
Publication Date: 1997
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 0830815368
ISBN-13: 9780830815364
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Series: Contours of Christian Theology

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The Holy Spirit, once forgotten, has been "rediscovered" in the twentieth century--or has he? Sinclair Ferguson believes we should rephrase this common assertion: "While his work has been recognized, the Spirit himself remains to many Christians an anonymous, faceless aspect of the divine being." In order to redress this balance, Ferguson seeks to recover the who of the Spirit fully as much as the what and how. Ferguson's study is rooted and driven by the scriptural story of the Spirit in creation and redemption. Throughout he shows himself fully at home in the church's historical theology of the Spirit and conversant with the wide variety of contemporary Christians who have explored the doctrine of the Holy Spirit. Foundational issues are surveyed and clarified. Hard questions are explored and answered. Clarity and insight radiate from every page. Here is the mature reflection of a Reformed theologian who will summon respect and charity from those who disagree.

Author Bio

Sinclair B. Ferguson is senior minister at First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, South Carolina, and serves as professor of systematic theology at Westminster Seminary in Dallas, Texas.

Editorial Reviews

"This series has been around for over a decade now and has established itself as providing learned yet accessible treatments of key topics in systematic theology. The authors are not only fine theological thinkers, they are also passionate churchmen with a love for God's people and a desire to see the church grow in her knowledge of grace. Each volume blends exegesis, theological synthesis and judicious dialogue with the history of theology to provide an excellent treatment of the chosen topic. Highly recommended for thoughtful Christians who want to deepen their knowledge of Christian theology."
"Read everything in the IVP Contours of Theology series. Pure gold."
"This excellent volume takes its place in the Contours of Christian Theology series between The Work of Christ and The Church. It is a very able exposition of the orthodox Reformed understanding of the person and work of the Holy Spirit. The style is attractive without losing accuracy; thus the book is more readable than many theological volumes that tend to be skeletal. The wholehearted commitment to Scripture is manifest through abundant references and crisp exegesis of some difficult passages. One can see here the valuable combination of a mind permeated with revealed truth with a sense of the profound unity in diversity of the various administrations of the covenant of grace. We might note the insights concerning the correlation of the three Persons of the Trinity, the relationship between the Old and New Testament in the unity of the redemptive purpose of God, the connections between the various elements of soteriology, the modern discussions about cessation or continuation of supernatural gifts, not to mention many other topics. The author is well informed, lucid in the presentation of his views and in the discussion of alternative positions. More than many other theologians he is serene in his conscious obedience to the teaching of Scripture and therefore generous toward those with whom he differs."
"Sinclair Ferguson has done an extraordinary piece of work. This is the most comprehensive treatment of the person and work of the Holy Spirit from a Reformed perspective since Abraham Kuyper."
"In characteristic fashion Sinclair Ferguson has once again provided thoughtful readers with a wise, comprehensive, balanced and thoroughly biblical treatment of an important area of theology--the doctrine of the Holy Spirit. All the major questios and texts are treated, and the chapter on 'The Cosmic Spirit,' which deals with universalism, is itself worth the book's price."
"Because this book is thorough and reliable, fresh and full of insight, and its tone is pastoral and constructive, it is among the best treatments of this subject."

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    March 20, 2013
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    This book took me a long time to read and was challenging at times. Challenging is not a bad thing. I would recommend it to anyone interested in knowing more about God. I will come back to this one again and again.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    November 3, 2009
    Eddie Brown
    Ferguson's book on the The Holy Spirit is fresh and living theology, unlike the plodding work of Kuyper or Owen. It is a wonderful blend of systematic and biblical theology, and I find insights on nearly every page. I, personally, would consider the current standard work on the topic in terms of its reliable scholarship and genuine biblical, and, I believe, Spirit-led focus.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    July 3, 2008
    Dan Saugstad
    The only reason I didn't give 5 stars is due to Sinclairs writing style. Scholarly book, but so dense with meaning it can get very laborious at times. Its like reading a modern day John Owen. Very helpful for gaining an all around biblical veiw of the Spirit and His work. Not a book on guidance or an "experience" related pneumatology. Great for understanding the Spirit in a systematic theology fashion.
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