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Experiencing the Spirit:
New Testament Essentials for every Christian

Graham Beynon (IVP, 2006)

Blurb Review by Will Lind


For some Christians, God the Holy Spirit is something of a mystery, and they are not too sure what to say about him. Others speak with confidence and enthusiasm about him, challenging us to be ‘filled with the Spirit', or to live a ‘Spirit-filled life'. As a result, the work of the Spirit has sometimes been controversial.

The three members of the Godhead, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, are not only distinct persons; they also have distinct roles. We may have some idea of what the Father and the Son do, but what is the Spirit's role? Graham Beynon looks at the main New Testament passages in which the Spirit's work is described. With freshness and clarity, he builds a picture of what the Holy Spirit does, and hence what experiencing him in our lives should look like.


Introduction: the big sister?
1. New life in the Spirit - (John 3:1-8)
2. Knowing Jesus by the Spirit - (John 16:5-16)
3. The Spirit of adoption - (Galatians 4:4-7; Romans 8: 15-16)
4. Seeing by the Spirit - (1 Corinthians 2:6-16)
5. Walking by the Spirit - (Galatians 5:16-26)
6. Getting more of the Spirit? - (various texts; Ephesians 5:18-21)
7. Resisting the Spirit - (Acts 6:8 - 7:60)
8. The Gifts of the Spirit - (1 Corinthians 12:1-11)
9. Empowered by the Spirit - (Acts)
10. The Spirit and the future - (Ephesians 1:13-14)
Conclusion: Experiencing the Spirit

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