The Message of the Holy Spirit

The Message of the Holy Spirit 

Keith Warrington, contributes an excellent volume to the "The Bible speaks today:  Bible Themes" series.  Warrington does a lot in this book.  The book is packed with helpful anecdotes.  His applications throughout each chapter are excellent.  He even includes a study guide!  This was intended to be and is a useful book.

Warrington hits on all of the primary themes regarding the Holy Spirit, touches on all of the primary passages and applies them all in helpful, practical ways.  He has a gift for bridging the gap between those who are familiar with the Spirit in Scripture and in life and those who are not;  he adeptly takes a person from one side to the other.  He constrains himself to use only biblical metaphors and does not make use of the images beyond the warrant of Scripture.  A very strong, very useful exploration of the person of the Spirit.

David Griffiths, Fellowship Bible Church, Palmyra, WI, USA.

 

The role of the Holy Spirit is often treated with hesitance within the Christian life, language of who exactly he is, or even his role, tend to be vague and unconfortable.  Keith Warrington's helpful and concise book has attempted to reassert the importance of his place in our lives and that of the church, in a non-patronising and challenging manner.

The book seeks to direct the reader to use of scripture when exploring and attempting to understand a personal relationship with the Holy Spirit.  Its aim is to encoiurage the reader and guide them via biblical evidence through both the Old and New Testamnet, examing the Spirit in his many manifestations.  It would provide a helpful text for both individuals and groups wishing to develop their understand of the Holy Spirit.

Joseph Walsh, Christianity Magazine

 

The author describes this book as "a theological exploration, practical and biblically based, of the person of the Holy Spirit" who "desires a relationship with believers and not theological enquiry into a doctrine".  This is not to say that the book is light on theology;  quite the reverse.  It is an extremely scholarly overview of the work of the Holy Spirit.

This topic is potentially a Christian 'hot potatoe', but the author is very balanced in his approach and does not allow any one aspect of the Spirit's work to overwhelm the others.  If there is a main emphasis then it is upon the on-going, active presence of the Spirit in the life of the Christian, a Spirit whose work cannot be contained or summarised by any manmade systematic theology.  This book will certainly challenge you to examine again your presumptions about the Holy Spirit.

Roger Coode


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