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How does God bring His Word into our lives?
The answer is: by the Holy Spirit.
By the Spirit the Word was revealed and written. By the Spirit the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. By the Spirit the Word roots itself in the hearts of sinners and produces fruit. Calvin recognized long ago that the Holy Spirit is the bond of union between believers and Christ. Jonathan Edwards said that the Spirit is the sum of all Christ bought for His people with His precious blood. How precious then is the Spirit, and how important to know Him and His ways!
In this book, a team of pastor-theologians uncover the rich biblical teachings about the work of the Holy Spirit. How was the Spirit involved in the human life of Jesus Christ? What is a spiritual person? How does the Spirit open the mind of sinners to trust in Christ? What does it mean to serve God in the power of the Spirit? How does the Spirit’s sovereign work relate to our responsibility in evangelism? These questions and more are addressed in this book.
Table of Contents:
Part I: Geoff Thomas: A Faithful Instrument of the Spirit
1. Hugh Geoffrey Thomas: A Biographical Appreciation — Gary Brady
2. A Minister Who Has Produced Ministers — Paul Levy
Part II: Salvation and the Spirit of Christ
3. The Spirit and the Word Incarnate: John Owen’s Trinitarian Christology — Carl Trueman
4. The Relation of the Righteousness of God and the Spirit of God in Romans 1–8 — Sam Waldron
5. The Illumination of the Holy Spirit — Joel Beeke
6. The Holy Spirit and Human Responsibility — Fred Malone
Part III: Growth and the Spirit of Holiness
7. A Gracious Willing Guest: The Indwelling Holy Spirit — David Jones
8. John Owen on the Spirit’s Ministry in Guarding the Believer’s Heart — Michael Haykin
9. Professor John Murray and the Godly Life — John J. Murray
10. Living by the Spirit’s Sanctifying Ministry — Ian Hamilton
11. John Owen and Spiritual-Mindedness: A Reflection on Reformed Spirituality — Derek Thomas
12. The Spirit of God in the People of God: A Celtic Spirituality — Iain D. Campbell
Part IV: Ministry and the Spirit of Counsel and Might
13. The Holy Spirit and the Call to the Ministry of the Gospel — Stephen Turner
14. The Empowering Work of the Holy Spirit — Conrad Mbewe
15. The Supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ and Apostolic Ministry — Austin Walker
16. An Elizabethan Cameo: The Ministry of Edward Dering — Robert Oliver
17. Passion and the Spirit’s Sovereignty in the Thinking and Evangelistic Preaching of Martyn Lloyd-Jones — Gary Benfold
Joel R. Beeke (PhD, Westminster Seminary) is president and professor of systematic theology and homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary; a pastor of the Heritage Reformed Congregation in Grand Rapids, Michigan; editor of Banner of Sovereign Grace Truth; editorial director of Reformation Heritage Books; and a prolific author.
Derek Thomas is a well-known author and is professor of systematic and practical theology at Reformed Theological Seminary. He also serves as minister of teaching at First Presbyterian Church in Jackson, Mississippi, and is the editorial director of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals. He is married to Rosemary, and they have two adult children.
“Geoffrey Thomas is known and respected far and wide for his love for the doctrines of grace and warm-heartedness as a pastor. I am grateful to have known him over the years and to be invited now to commend this festschrift with its helpful essays illustrating the importance of the Holy Spirit’s work in saving sinners, in promoting their holiness and spiritual growth, and in supplying biblical preaching past and present.” — Maurice Roberts
“Geoff Thomas is a Reformed statesman—one of the remarkable figures in the modern church who is truly committed to Reformed ecumenicity. For that reason alone, this tribute is appropriate. You will note that men from a number of church backgrounds (both credo-Baptist and paedo-Baptist) have contributed to this birthday present. Those readers who know Geoff have found much pleasure and edification in his company, and all who read these articles will find the same.” — Joseph Pipa, president, Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Taylors, South Carolina
“What better way to give thanks to God for the gracious work of the Holy Spirit in and through a dear father and brother in Christ than by directing hearts and minds to grow in delight in and reverence for the Holy Spirit? This diverse collection of essays challenges us to search the Scriptures to know the Spirit, see His work, and stand in wonder and worship before the triune God.” — William VanDoodewaard, associate professor of church history, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan