Message of the Holy Spirit (The Bible Speaks Today) Paperback – 18 Sep 2009
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"Most Christian readers will be delighted to find that Warrington's book englightens, stimulates, and invigorates their thinking about the third person of the trinity. This primer on the Holy Spirit will be a valuable addition to church, seminary, and personal libraries."--Mary Schaefer Fast, Religious Studies Review, March 2011 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Keith Warrington is Vice-Principal and Director of Doctoral Studies, Regents Theological College, West Malvern, Worcestershire. He is the author of a number of books including "Discovering the Holy Spirit in the New Testament" and "Pentecostal Theology: A Theology of Encounter".See all Product Description
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Having used it in that way I am considering using the study guide at the back for my monthly Bible studies in my churches on the English Welsh Border.
Probably the best book I have read on The Holy Spirit, informative, spiritual and level headed, but staying true to scripture, buy it!
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However the book sufferd from a number of issues. Firstly there was not nearly enough on the Spirit in the Old Testament. The stuff that was there was rather poor. The section on Judges was frustrating. He kept viewing Samson and Gideon as heroes to be emulated. Rather I find the perspective of Judges is that of a Faithful God who is faithful to his promises to Israel even though Israel are unfaithful to him! He kept saying that we need to be worthy vessels for the Spirit, and demonstrate that we are ready and worthy for more comissions. I felt that he got it wrong there. That could easily lead one to a performance based Christianity, where one strives to be good before God will use us. You don't get that from the stories of Samson, Gideon or Jepthah either. In any case, it's not that we need to make ourselves worthy but that we are worthy by virtue of the indwelling Holy Spirit and that is all of Grace.
The section on the Gospels suffered from the problem that has plagued evangelicalism for a long time. We're quite sure what to do with the Gospels. We tend to treat them as a repository of timeless truths we can extract. But we've neglected the story aspect, and their continuity with the overall biblical narrative. This perspective would have seriously improved his understanding of the Spirit in the Gospels. I say that he was partially reformed in that he doesn't seem to hold to a doctrine of irrisitable grace. He holds that the conviction of the Holy Spirit simply opens our eyes to our sin, then we are given the choice of whether to repent or not. I happen to think that if God himself prompts and convicts that it surely results in conversion. The section on Acts was ok, but not that memorable.
The discussion on the Gifts in 1 Corinthians 12-14 would have been helped by expounding some trinitarian theology. Believers have the Spirit in them, they are in Christ, and such participate in the "dance" of the trinity. That is the self giving love between Father, Son and Spirit is manifest in their lives. The gifts and fruit of the Spirit are the natural overflow of this relationship.
What else was missing? What does the Spirit do in continuity with the Son and Father? What about the Spirit bringing Shalom to creation as part of God's redemptive plan? That's what the Gifts and Fruits of the Spirit are there to accomplish. To build up the Church through these gifts and to manifest the fruit of the Spirit is to promote God's shalom to the world, to extend God's kingly rule to the world.
I felt this book could have been a lot better. If you've read anything else on the Spirit you probably won't glean much from this book. A better place to start would be Paul, the Spirit, and the People of God instead of this, and his God's Empowering Presence: The Holy Spirit in the Letters of Paul for advanced readers.