The Holy Spirit is often the most misunderstood member of the Trinity---and has come into greater focus in today's church revivals. In this updated edition of his classic, Packer explores the merits and shortcomings of the current charismatic movement---and how to make sure Christ is always at the center of true Spirit-led ministry. 248 pages, softcover from Baker.
J. I. Packer's Keep in Step with the Spirit focuses on the person and ministry of the Holy Spirit. Now in its second edition, this book is not merely a theological study, but a rousing call to encourage believers to implement the Spirit's directives in their lives. Packer explains how to get the Spirit in focus and how to map the Spirit's path in life. He restates the Christ-centeredness of the Spirit's ministry, reaffirms the biblical call to holiness, and even-handily assesses the charismatic movement. Readers wanting to understand this movement, believers interested in the ministry of the Spirit, and fans of J. I. Packer's writings will appreciate this radical call to personal and corporate revival.
J. I. Packer is Board of Governors' Professor of Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia, and an executive editor for Christianity Today. Best known for his best-selling classic Knowing God, he is the author or editor of over thirty books.
Scholarly, yet simple enough for everyone to understand, Keep in Step with the Spirit offers a thorough and even-handed teaching on the Holy Spirit. J.I. Packer is known for his insightful understanding of Scripture and his ability to convey that information to readers. These pages reveal a closer look at the Spirits work in this world, and in the lives of individual believers.
Yet, this book wasnt written merely to inform or to entertain. Embedded within these pages is a clarion call to live in the truth of this teaching. This text is for those who mean business with God and are prepared to be dealt with by Him.
Currently, there are many books about the Holy Spirit on the market, but this one is unique because of the way the subject is presented. J.I. Packer is secure enough in his understanding of the Bible to write with clarity, compassion, and conviction. He tackles the often-controversial topics of healing, speaking in tongues, and holiness with a profound spiritual sensitivity. He writes candidly about the positive and negative aspects of the charismatic movement. He offers a careful examination of the popular belief in the Holy Spirit as merely a source of power, while pointing out the Spirits ultimate purpose and performance as taught in the Bible.
The teaching in this book was originally published as an extended essay in 1984. The book is now in its second edition, which proves its continuing relevance. The enduring truths have not changed, and in fact, may be more appreciated by todays readers, thanks to the increased attention now being paid to the Holy Spirit.
Without a doubt, these pages will describe a quality of life enjoyed by first-century Christians, and one that is still available to modern believers. -- Joyce Handzo, Christian Book Previews.com