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Some Thoughts on the Book “What’s the Least I Can Believe and Still Be a Christian?” (Post #20): Chapter 19- “Jesus’ Promise”

We are almost done with Martin Thielen’s book What’s the Least I Can Believe and Still Be a Christian? Chapter 19 is entitled JESUS’ PROMISE and subtitled “Who Is the Holy Spirit?”

Thielen’s doctrine of the Holy Spirit is orthodox. He gives examples of how we miss the Spirit in our churches, allowing ourselves to fall into church comas. The Holy Spirit (and, for that matter, the doctrine of the Trinity) is a mystery. But the Spirit is God’s empowering presence in the church, in the world, and in ourselves.

MY RESPONSE: My only challenge to this chapter is that Thielen could have pointed out Scripture that show the Holy Spirit’s deity and personality (such as Acts 5 and Ephesians 4). My Jehovah Witness friends will be quite happy with the description of the Spirit as “God empowering presence,” but Thielen means more. And I believe we should take seriously the possibility of developing a personal relationship with God the Holy Spirit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on March 11, 2019 in the holy spirit

 

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The Spirit, the Preacher, and the Word (Part 7)

If you are reading these posts on the Holy Spirit and preaching, thank you! These give me the opportunity to think my way through some critical questions about how the Spirit helps us preachers in our preparation and delivery of God’s Word. Let’s read over these verses in John 15 and 16 once more . . .

26 “When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father—the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father—he will testify about me. 27 And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning. . . . 7 But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. 8 When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: 9 about sin, because people do not believe in me; 10 about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; 11 and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.

12 “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. 13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 14 He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. 15 All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.”

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on December 10, 2017 in the holy spirit

 

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Time for Some Great Quotes on the Holy Spirit (Francis Chan)

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Do you have some favorite quotes about the Holy Spirit in your life?

 
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Posted by on October 10, 2015 in the holy spirit

 

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BEEN DRAGGED RECENTLY?

Been dragged recently? Thank God for His patience in carrying us along in the Christian life.

We read in 2 Peter 1:21 that “. . . prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” That was a special work of the Holy Spirit, protecting the biblical writers from error as they penned Holy Scripture.

But isn’t it true that He carries us along? In what area of your life has God been carrying you recently?

Questions:
1. How do we co-operate with God the Holy Spirit and help to “carry along” other believers?
2. Do you allow other believers to carry you along when life gets tough and you are tempted to live like a practical atheist?

 
 

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