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Living in the Spirit

Living in the Spirit [Kindle Edition]

Geoff Waugh

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Personal and group studies on the Holy Spirit and the Christian life.

The chapters are: 1 Father, Son and Holy Spirit, 2 Born of the Spirit, 3
Filled with the Spirit, 4 Fruit of the Spirit, 5 Gifts of the Spirit, 6
Ministry in the Spirit, 7 Led by the Spirit
8 The Spirit of the Lord. This second edition, 2009, is revised and
expanded from the 1987 first edition.

The books includes Voices from History and a spiritual gifts questionnaire.

Bishop Owen Dowling wrote:

Australian Christians have experienced renewal in the Holy Spirit.  Yet it would be true to say that those church
members enthusiastic about renewal are often a small group within a parish,
frustrated because the parish, in its overall life and direction, does not seem
to be renewed.


Joint Board of Christian Education has produced a book of eight studies on the
Holy Spirit and the Christian life called Living in the Spirit.  The author is Geoff Waugh, Director of
Distance Education at the U.C.A.'s Trinity Theological College in Brisbane.


assumption is that each study will take two hours, but the suggestion is made
in the excellent guidelines at the beginning of the book that the course may be
spread over sixteen sessions with only half the material in each chapter being
attempted at each study session.


I find
the study material to be balanced in theological emphasis and exceptionally well
organized and presented.  A relatively
large group, say a parish camp as a whole, or a group meeting in the parish
centre, could handle the studies, with small group activity taken as part of
the operation of the whole to allow closer interaction.  On the other hand I can see that the handbook
would work well in a smaller home group, though I would recommend the sixteen
study approach in this case.


is a balanced approach to the controversial matter of the gifts of the
Spirit.  I find myself opposed to that
kind of teaching which treats the list of gifts of the Spirit in 1 Corinthians
12:8-10 as an exhaustive list - the 9 gifts - because Paul alters the list when
he gives it again in verse 28 of the same chapter.  Living in the Spirit takes a wider
perspective on the gifts, following Robert Hillman and his list of 27 Spiritual
Gifts (see his book of that title also published by the J. B. C. E.).  Hillman finds biblical evidence for 27
spiritual gifts which we should expect to see operative in the church, and
rightly divides them (following 1 Peter 4:10-11) into Speaking Gifts and
Serving Gifts.


study techniques used in the book are specific and helpful.  There is a good understanding of group
dynamics, and exercises provided where possible answers are listed so that
group members have something to start with.
Bald questions without any suggested answers are often daunting; the
method here seems to be one of easing people in to dealing with biblical material,
and sharing their own experience along with this.  Some study books go one way or the other -
all on biblical references, or all experiential; this book combines both.


feature I like of the studies is that in there is a 'Voices from
History' section, with apt quotes from members of the Body of Christ from such
writers as Tertullian, Augustine, Gregory the Great, Francis of Assissi,
Charles Finney and David du Plessis.  The
studies thus connect into the wider life, thought and practice of the church
family, and are the richer as a result.


seeking to lead their parishes down a path of spiritual renewal with strong
practical overtones and outcomes should look carefully at Living in the Spirit.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 148 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace (6 Dec 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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More About the Author

Geoff Waugh, born in 1937, is the eldest of his minister father's nine children and began teaching at 19 with a great class of 43 boys. He then completed theological college and taught in schools and Bible Schools in the highlands of Papua New Guinea, living mostly in bamboo and grass roof houses, sometimes in villages. He married Meg, also a teacher, and their first child was born in the remote mission hospital. They returned to Australia, where two more children were born, and they lived mainly in Brisbane in an extended family community home linked with other community homes involved in renewal. Geoff taught on renewal and revival at Bible College, Trinity Theological College and Christian Heritage College.

Geoff enjoys travel. The family explored Israel for two months, based in Jerusalem and Tiberius on Galilee, and visited the Sinai and Egypt, sailing on the Nile and climbing into the Great Pyramid. Geoff and Meg toured Europe including visiting Oberammergau for the Passion Play, and led mission teams to many countries. Geoff enjoys cross-cultural mission and taught on revival and transformation to church leaders in Africa, Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Malaysia, the Philippines, China, and the South Pacific nations of the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, and Papua New Guinea.

Eight grandchildren now enrich his life. Geoff lives with five of them and their parents in a large extended family home, designed and built by his son to accommodate two families plus a granny flat, and many visitors. They have hosted mission teams and church leaders from overseas. Three generations of them, father, son and eldest grandchild, have been on mission overseas together.

Geoff's books focus on renewal and revival. They include Flashpoints of Revival (2 editions), South Pacific Revivals, Light on the Mountains: Pioneer Mission in PNG, Living in the Spirit (2 editions), Fruit and Gifts of the Spirit, Church on Fire, The Leader's Goldmine, three Kingdom Life study books (Matthew, Mark, Luke), and his autobiographical adventures, Looking to Jesus: Journey into Renewal and Revival.

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5.0 out of 5 stars great study book 26 Jan 2013
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this book is not only good for personal use but also GREAT for group study.Even good for a sunday school class
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 1 April 2013
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If you are a Christian you need to read this book, it helps to understand the Holy Spirit and how he works in your life.
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