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Keep in Step with the Spirit: Finding Fullness in Our Walk with God [Paperback]

By J. I. Packer (Author)
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From the bestselling author of "Knowing God" comes a sympathetic critique of the charismatic movement. Packer issues a radical call to personal and corporate revival.

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J. I. Packer's "Keep in Step with the Spirit" focuses on the person and ministry of the Holy Spirit. Now in its second edition, this book is not merely a theological study, but a rousing call to encourage believers to implement the Spirit's directives in their lives. Packer explains how to get the Spirit in focus and how to map the Spirit's path in life. He restates the Christ-centeredness of the Spirit's ministry, reaffirms the biblical call to holiness, and even-handily assesses the charismatic movement. Readers wanting to understand this movement, believers interested in the ministry of the Spirit, and fans of J. I. Packer's writings will appreciate this radical call to personal and corporate revival.

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Studio: Baker Books
Pages   248
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.9" Width: 6" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   0.95 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2005
Publisher   Baker Publishing Group
Edition  Revised  
ISBN  0801065585  
ISBN13  9780801065583  

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J. I. Packer

J. I. Packer (DPhil, Oxford University) serves as the Board of Governors' Professor of Theology at Regent College. He is the author of numerous books, including the classic best-seller Knowing God. Packer served as general editor for the English Standard Version Bible and as theological editor for the ESV Study Bible.

Mark Dever (PhD, Cambridge University) is the senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC, and president of 9Marks ( Dever has authored over a dozen books and speaks at conferences nationwide.

Mark Dever (PhD, Cambridge University) is the senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC, and president of 9Marks ( Dever has authored over a dozen books and speaks at conferences nationwide.

Ligon Duncan (PhD, University of Edinburgh) is the chancellor & CEO and the John E. Richards Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary. He previously served as the senior minister of the historic First Presbyterian Church in Jackson, Mississippi, for seventeen years. He is a cofounder of Together for the Gospel, a senior fellow of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, and was the president of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals from 2004-2012. Duncan has edited, written, or contributed to numerous books. Ligon and his wife, Anne, have two children and live in Jackson, Mississippi.

C. J. Mahaney is the senior pastor of Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville. He has written, edited and contributed to numerous books, including Proclaiming a Cross-Centered Theology; Don't Waste Your Sports; and Sex, Romance and the Glory of God. C. J. and his wife, Carolyn, are the parents of three married daughters and one son, and the happy grandparents to twelve grandchildren.

R. Albert Mohler Jr. (PhD, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) serves as the ninth president of Southern Seminary and as the Joseph Emerson Brown Professor of Christian Theology. Considered a leader among American evangelicals by Time and Christianity Today magazines, Dr. Mohler hosts a daily radio program for the Salem Radio Network and also writes a popular daily commentary on moral, cultural, and theological issues. Both can be accessed at

J. I. Packer currently resides in Vancouver, BC.

J. I. Packer has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Knowing the Bible
  2. Moody Classics
  3. Shorter Writings of J. I. Packer
  4. Theology of Lordship

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This book means freedom  Aug 4, 2006
I was in the charismatic church back in the 80's. But, because of certain experiences I had while there, I began to have misgivings about the constant emphasis (not bad in itself but it left out many things it should not have) on the Holy Spirit and the way it was being taught. When I tried to speak with people (leadership) about my feelings I found that I started getting the cold shoulder treatment. I would have appreciated even an honest "I don't know". I was starting to think something might be wrong with me.

Then I ran across Packer's Keep In Step With the Spirit. I can't tell you how greatly this book helped me. It let me know there was nothing wrong with me and that I was not the first person to feel the way I did. Packer even related in the book how, because he was a bookworm (as I've always been) God threw him a lifeline in the form of a volume or two of the works of John Owen (Owen wrote about 18 or more books if I remember correctly) which helped free him from the mental shackles of Keswick teaching.

I am here to say that Keep In Step With the Spirit did the same for me with hyperventilating charismatic/pentecostal teaching on the Holy Spirit. I even bought and gave away a copy to anyone who let on that they were going through what I did. And I also went on to read a number of John Owen's books which helped me to totally remake my spiritual and theological outlook into something with a lot more substance to it than I ever had based solely on what I'd gotten from church.
Sad to say but it's the truth.
Drink Deeply   Jan 29, 2006
This book is more systematic than "Knowing God", but it cuts as deep. He addresses two major views of holiness: "Keswick Teaching" and Pentacostalism. He carefully shows the strengths and weaknesses of each movement. He then shows scripturally what is the correct view of the Holy Spirit work in our lives. Packer likes to call himself a "Packer of Theology" and this book takes careful reading. He often lists several scriptural references to make his point and then he is off to the next point. He carefully states his argument and tries to make sure the reader does take his point any further than it should go. The style seems dry at times, but when you read and meditate on what he is writing, the book is an incredible motivator to live in holiness.

Although this book is a harder read than either "Knowing God" or "Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God", the book is more challenging spiritually. Once again he uses the Puritan writers to good effect. Read and enjoy. Drink deeply of the scriptural truths detailed in the pages of this book.
A Classic Work on the Holy Spirit  Jan 2, 2006
This work is a classic, though a little known one. I'm so glad this has been updated and reprinted. It is simply the best and most balanced book on the Holy Spirit I've ever read. Packer's critique of the Charismatic movement is especially balanced and perceptive. And his writing on the role of the Spirit is deep, on target, yet easy to understand. I will pound the table and recommend this book for any serious Christian.

Mark Marshall
author, God Knows What It's Like to be a Teenager
Classical, Reformed Reading on the Holy Spirit  Nov 13, 2005
I suppose there is no-one who is more understood within the Trinity then God the Spirit. It is quite natural for us to understand God the Father since we have earthly fathers (Hebrews 12:3-11) and we can identify with God made flesh in the Person of Jesus Christ (John 1:17-18) yet the Holy Spirit is often misunderstood or worst He is often ignored. Thankfully there are a few books out there that can help the disciple understand the indwelling Person of the Holy Spirit.

Dr. J.I. Packer's book, KEEP IN THE STEP WITH THE SPIRIT, is a classic reading from a Reformed view on the person and work of the Spirit. The book is an easy to read book on the person of the Spirit. The book, while theological by its very subject, is quite easy to understand. Each chapter deals with a unique ministry of the Spirit of God. Each chapter is based on Scripture which is a relief when it comes to books on the Spirit.

One final note about the book. I greatly appreciated Dr. Packer's chapter on "errors" concerning the work of the Spirit. Dr. Packer covers the ideas of Christian perfection, baptism in the Spirit, and other errors of the Spirit's work to show how these beliefs often lead to an unbalanced and sometimes an unbiblical view of the Holy Spirit. This chapter alone makes it worth the price to read.

Truly, a biblical understanding of the Holy Spirit is needed in our day. As we watch the advance of false religions such as Islam or other Eastern religions and as we see the corrision of the modern Church in the West, we need to go back to Acts 1:8 and see that it is the person and work of the Spirit of God that brings us power to be Jesus' witnesses in an age of death. KEEP IN STEP WITH THE SPIRIT is a book that does just that. Great reading!
The Holy Spirit de-mystified  Sep 12, 2005
J. I. Packer is a great teacher, as any one who has read 'Knowing God' will have discovered. In this monograph, Packer seeks to unravel the confusion and bewilderment that have dogged the question of the Holy Spirit-particularly in the twentieth century. The work addresses such basics as what the Bible says about the person and ministry of the Holy Spirit. He addresses each school of thought, from each of the main denominations and succeeds in providing the reader with a very well balanced and hence fair description of the different positions adopted by these various groups. He carefully highlights the strengths and weaknesses of each position based on his understanding of Scripture.
Packer is not afraid to tackle all the questions I could think of, from speaking in tongues to miraculous healing; from prophecy to guidance.
This work is not a casual read, it is a study in the Word of God. You will be rewarded as you discover the basic premise: the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify Jesus Christ in each believers life and in the church.

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