Here is Dr John Stott at his best! The charismatic movement has divided and confused Christians for many years - crossing the boundaries of many denominations. The main issue centres on the baptism of the Holy Spirit - what is it and when does it take place? Dr Stott goes to great lengths to show from scripture that the 'baptism of the Spirit' takes place at the point of conversion to Christ, and not as an experience subsequent to conversion - a second blessing. The chapters on the gifts and fruit of the Spirit are gems. This book is a classic, and can still be bought - even if second hand. This small volume will have a permanent place on my book shelves!
A very good and simple to read book, in which John Stott sets out some clear guidelines for understanding the work of the Holy Spirit. By examination of key events in the Book of Acts, Stott is able to clear up some misunderstandings that people have concerning the idea of the Baptism of the Spirit (e.g. is it something that happens in the life of a christian, as a secondary experience to conversion). The events looked at include, Pentecost, the disciples encounter with the Samaritains and Paul's meeting with the Ephesian disciples. Stott then gives another chapter where he expounds 1 Corinthians 12:13, showing what is really meant by the term. Stott then goes on to show the difference between being 'baptised' andbeing 'filled' with the Spirit. He then finishes with teaching on the fruit of the Spirit, and deals with the issue of spiritual gift for today. A very important book for christians to read today. It should provoke much thought on the subject, and ought to clarify many important issues. Strongly recommended.
Confused about what it really means to have a God centred life filled with the Holy Spirit? Is it really about losing control, being slain in the spirit and speaking in tounges? Do we need another Pentecost? Should this filling with the Holy Spirit be a one off event? What are the true marks of a mature Christian? Well John Stott gives an excellent explanation from the Bible about what it really means to be filled with the Spirit. His clear & simple presentation is short yet thorough, and he also exposes some of the myths and misconceptions that surround our churches today. Approximately 100 pages you could read this book in a few hours, yet I would argue this is essential reading for anyone who is wrestling with these issues. Every church leader should read it!