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Engaging with the Holy Spirit: Real Questions, Practical Answers [Paperback]

By Graham A. Cole (Author) & David Peterson (Foreword by)
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Despite today's growing charismatic movement, many Christians remain unclear about the person and work of the Holy Spirit. Cole offers biblical answers to six common questions---what is blasphemy against the Spirit; how do we resist, quench, and grieve him; how does he fill us; and should we pray directly to him? Reader-friendly and reassuring.

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Despite the growth of the charismatic movement and Pentecostal churches, people still have questions-and even troubling concerns-about the person and work of the Holy Spirit. These real questions are the burden of this book, which seeks to sequentially address from throughout Scripture six crucial questions that affect a person's relationship to the Spirit: What is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit? How does a person resist him? Ought we to pray to the Spirit? How do we quench the Spirit? How do we grieve the Spirit? and How does he fill us?

Each chapter is devoted to one question and challenges readers about their relationship with the Spirit and about Christian living in general. Readers are also given key elements for thinking theologically and implications for their belief and behavior. It's a brief, reader-friendly book full of solid, reassuring answers.

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Studio: Crossway Books
Pages   125
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.46" Width: 5.69" Height: 0.28"
Weight:   0.34 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 2, 2008
ISBN  1581349726  
ISBN13  9781581349726  

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Graham A. Cole (ThD, Australian College of Theology) is the dean and professor of systematic theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. An ordained Anglican minister, he has served in two parishes and was formerly the principal of Ridley College. Graham lives in Libertyville, Illinois, with his wife, Jules.

John S. Feinberg (PhD, University of Chicago) is department chair and professor of biblical and systematic theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is the author of Ethics for a Brave New World (with Paul D. Feinberg) and is general editor of Crossway's Foundations of Evangelical Theology series.

Graham A. Cole was born in 1949.

Graham A. Cole has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Foundations of Evangelical Theology

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Gave it as gift  Dec 16, 2008
Gave this item as a gift to a dear friend who heard about on a radio show.
God is always around us, and one's relationship with Him depends on one's actions  Jul 10, 2008
God is always around us, and one's relationship with Him depends on one's actions. "Engaging With the Holy Spirit: Real Questions, Practical Answers" is a book dedicated to helping those who have lost their way to return to the path of wholeness and stop blaspheming. Answering questions on prayer, just what blasphemy is, why some resist God's love, and more, "Engaging with the Holy Spirit: Real Questions: Practical Answers" is a essential pick for any Christian and for community library Christian studies collections.
Truthful Experiential Pneumatology  Apr 23, 2008
'Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?' Acts 19:2. The rise of the charismatic movement and the growth of Pentecostal churches worldwide soon made their comment, out of date.' pg 15

Proff Cole, author of 'He Who Gives Life', approaches the practical difficulties dutifully faced when presented with the theological minefield of Christianity: the Holy Spirit.

The reason why he interacts in this book with questions pertaining to the practical outworking of our understanding of the Holy Spirit, is that more and more Christians appear to be returning to the Gnosticism of the 1st Century church. Paul had not yet named it, or labeled it as such, for it was a new phenomenon to the fledgling church, presumably originating thru a lack of sound teaching. Yet Paul, and by logical extension, the church throughout its history, had to contend with various strains of Gnosticism - always from within its own ranks.

The Question & Answer format therefore seeks to pose troubling, penetrating and recurring questions, as if asked by the faithful Bible-reading believer him or herself. This then settles into an informed, scholarly and orderly presentation of the correct expectations to have with regard to the function, work and interaction of the Holy Spirit as God.

'The problem is the human heart settled in opposition to God.' pg 30

'The doctrine of the internal, effectual call is the way Reformed theology explains different reactions to the heard Word as portrayed in the book of Acts. It does so in terms of the sovereign grace of God at work thru the Holy Spirit, in some but not all.' pg 50

'The NT presents not only an evangel, but also an ethic. So when Paul preached to the Thessalonians and then moved on, he left behind the Word of God and instruction in how these new Christians ought to live and please God (an ethic as in 1 Thess 4:1-8). Moreover, the gift of the Holy Spirit means a sanctified life. Christians are expected to be a community characterized by moral integrity.' pg 86

Graham Cole combines a very keen intellect and a high view of God's Word to register, then rework his pneumatology, which is not in favor of cessationism:

'1 Cor 1:4-8 places the Corinthians and the exercise of their gifts in the framework of life between the Cross and the second coming of Christ - and not that of the Cross and canon closure.' pg 82

This remarkable insight diverges from the orthodox view (propounded by the brilliance of BB Warfield) of apostolic and post-apostolic revelation. Cole could have, much to his credit, spent some time on explaining if his view includes all the gifts.

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