May 06, 2021
Keep in Step with the Spirit: Finding Fullness in Our Walk with God
Posted by J.I. Packer

If we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit Galatians 5 25The Holy Spirit empowers us, guides us, and enables us to grow and endure in our relationship with the Father through Jesus Christ Often the most misunderstood member of the Trinity, the Spirit is someone of great focus and attention today amid church revivals and renewals.In this new edition o If we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit Galatians 5 25The Holy Spirit empowers us, guides us, and enables us to grow and endure in our relationship with the Father through Jesus Christ Often the most misunderstood member of the Trinity, the Spirit is someone of great focus and attention today amid church revivals and renewals.In this new edition of his classic Keep in Step with the Spirit, J I Packer seeks to help Christians reaffirm the biblical call to holiness and the Spirit s role in keeping our covenant with God Packer discusses both the merits and shortcomings of the current charismatic movement and how Christ must always be at the center of true Spirit led ministry.Packer encourages believers to implement the Spirit s directives and discusses how to map the Spirit s path in your life If you want to understand and experience of life in the Spirit, you will cherish this latest offering from one of Christianity s most respected scholars J I Packer is recognized as one of today s leading evangelical theologians He is Board of Governors Professor of Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia, and the best selling author of Knowing God.

  • Title: Keep in Step with the Spirit: Finding Fullness in Our Walk with God
  • Author: J.I. Packer
  • ISBN: 9780801065583
  • Page: 124
  • Format: Paperback
  • Keep in Step with the Spirit Finding Fullness in Our Walk with God If we live by the Spirit let us keep in step with the Spirit Galatians The Holy Spirit empowers us guides us and enables us to grow and endure in our relationship with the Father through Jesus


    I would give it 6 stars if I could Keep in Step with the Spirit is a very challenging read that is an unflinching stream of thoroughly developed and well articulated points on the Holy Spirit, a topic that is due attention that it has received, both in my life and in the church as a whole The book frustrated and deepened the way I view the Spirit and his role in the Trinity I WILL reread it one day.

    Andrew Strenn

    I found this to be a very helpful book I read this book for the purpose of learning about the nature of sanctification, and in this area Packer provided some excellent insights.He also gave me some food for thought on the whole charismatic movement stuff I don t agree with all he had to say, but it was a good counter balance to my assumptions about the baptism in the Holy Spirit and the sign gifts.Here is some of the stuff I found helpful Certainly God sometimes works wonders of sudden delivera [...]


    This book was somewhat different from what I had expected, but I found as I moved through it that I really liked it Packer believes of greatest importance is that Christians be committed to holiness as their goal in life, and of second importance to understand how to achieve holiness in their daily lives He discusses three views or approaches to holiness as ascribed to throughout history Augustinian Holiness, Wesleyan Perfectionism, and Keswick Teaching a Halfway House Packer then goes on to des [...]

    Philip Tadros

    Unparalleled depth Only read the first 3 chapters which deal grapple with life in step with the Holy Spirit Didn t venture into the following chapters because they deal with the charismatic debate and that is not why I ventured into this book Packer s emphasis on holiness in the Christian life is a welcome reminder His basic summary of New Testament teaching on the Trinity is breathtaking and challenging.

    Scott Hubbard

    As Packer s work always proves to be, Keep in Step With the Spirit is an adeptly evaluated, warmly argued, and incredibly helpful book Packer s insistence on centering all thoughts concerning the Spirit around the essence of His ministry as displayed especially in chapters 14 16 of John s gospel proved remarkably enlightening and served to tie together the various mental threads I had concerning the role of this third Person of the trinity in the New Testament era Again and again, Packer brings [...]

    Graham Heslop

    It s hard to rate this because, in my opinion, despite being exceptional in content it is far from Packer s best in terms of form Added to that, parts of the book are obviously a little dated Let me draw up a list of positives and another of negatives in reviewing this book.Positively unapologetically biblical, and therefore not only a vital corrective for the common misunderstandings and gross misrepresentations of the Spirit s work in the church, but also gracious in rebuke and generous toward [...]

    Don Bryant

    This is one of Packer s best books but also one of his most overlooked Here he has a sane, thoroughly biblical, and charitable evaluation of the Pentecostal charismatic PCs movement While he doesn t buy into the baptism of the Holy Spirit as a second work of grace evidenced by speaking in tongues, he does find a way to include PCs within the Evangelical family and fellow laborers in the vineyard Packer would be totally distanced from MacArthur s Strange Fire conference and his constant disparagi [...]

    Chris Maguire

    Clear, well written, precise, honest, bold and even humorous in places Packer is a tremendous writer, well organized and thought provoking The author pulls in scripture after scripture to illuminate not his own points, but rather the doctrines of scripture I never get the sense that Packer is trying to bolster his own theory or doctrine, but rather that he is genuinely seeking to mine the doctrine directly from the scripture itself.Packer describes John Wesley as eclectic to his fingertips and i [...]

    Laurent Dv

    Good overview of the charismatic movement from a balanced author who don t take position on many issues at the cessationism, tongues But anyway he gives clues to answer the baptism of the Spirit understanding of charismatics More than just speaking about the charisma debate, he shows us that the main new covenant ministry of the Spirit has to deal with Christ, christcenteredness is the clue He succeeds to gives both the strenghts and the weak points of Pentecotalism Besides, he has a lot of insi [...]

    Michael Vincent

    This was a good follow up to my reading of D.A Carson s, Showing the Spirit 1 Corinthians 12 14 Packer is not quite as deep as Carson, but there is plenty of meat to chew on His main theme is that the Spirit came to glorify Christ, but I m not sure he sticks to this throughout His discussion of sanctification seemed especially helpful He spends much time on the charismatic movement, and seems skeptical than Carson He represents a variety of views in his writing and discusses history, strengths [...]


    The best single treatise on the ministry of the Holy Spirit Packer gives an impassioned analysis of the work of the Holy Spirit, evaluated against the Scripture, and without taking a side in the polemical debate between the charismatic vs the uncharismatic, the power driven vs the purity driven, etc A memorable analogy was comparing the work of the Holy Spirit to the light that shines on a building at night If done right, you don t actually see the sources of the light but only the shone buildin [...]


    What a great book by Packer It is considered a classic, however the 2nd edition makes it completely relevant to the church today As I read this book, I realized I had based my view on the Holy Spirit mostly on experiences, not on biblical truth Also, as he began to describe the different interpretations of the role of the Holy Spirit in a Christian, I found my understanding of the Holy Spirit beginning to solidify Awesome read, very challenging, very honest and true to the Word of God.

    Christopher Jamison

    This is a book I describe as being dense Certainly not a light read, I had to limit my reading to 3 4 pages at a time There is a lot of material packed into the book I found the style of writing to be erudite, but often it got in the way of a straightforward reading of the material I got a lot of good information out of the few couple of chapters, but then the book takes a left turn into the world of Charismatic and Pentecostal worship I m not sure how exactly this relates to the first half of t [...]


    Classic J.I Packer readable, devotional, doxological Keep In Step With The Spirit is an outstanding study of the person and ministry of the Holy Spirit Packer points to the Christ centeredness of the Spirit s work and his ministry of sanctifying the people of God There is also a helpful evaluation of the charismatic movement.


    At 270 pages, this is a big beast It is sometimes hard to manage But as a big beast, it also provides plenty of good meat to chew on It s probably one of the most balanced, and Scripturally faithful, treatments of the person and work of the Holy Spirit in print It s certainly the most that I ve ever read So it s definitely worth seeking out and digesting albeit in small doses.

    Matt Mason

    Spiritually refreshing and generous Also an excellent, short treatment appendix of the identity of the man in Romans 7.

    Matt Carpenter

    This book gives excellent balance to the various teachings on the Holy Spirit in the Church today It is thoroughly biblical in approach.

    Tim Rodgers

    It is an excellent book from a depth perspective I must confess that I struggled with the language and readability.


    Very thorough examination of the Holy Spirit and its work Excellent resource for understanding charismatics.


    Very thought provoking book Excellent insights on person work of Holy Spirit in life of contemporary church.


    life changing


    And edifying and comforting read It helped heal some scars inflicted by the Keswick teaching from my youth.

    Matt Chapman

    An outstanding book I don t agree with every fine detail but 99% is pure gold Probably the best book I ve read on the Holy Spirit and his work.

    Jay Risner

    Really great.

    Carl Hesler

    Parts of this were amazing, but many other parts of it were too vague and possibly unhelpful.

    Drew Bennett

    Somewhat technical as expected, but very helpful Chapter 7 on revival is gold.


    Pretty good book but it had too much discussion about the charismatic pentecostal movement.


    Broke through decade long spiritual darkness and theological confusion.

    Angus Mcfarlane

    About the best book on the Spirit I ve read.


    Good review of various historical understandings of the Holy Spirit an his work in and among us I was moved by his conclusions.

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