3 Ways the Holy Spirit Works in Us

3 Ways the Holy Spirit Works in Us

1. He works effectively
1 Corinthians 12: 11, ‘All these are the work of one and the same Spirit’. And what He does, He does as God. His work must therefore be effective.

2. He distributes spiritual gifts to everyone just as He determines
He does so in complete freedom and with perfect wisdom. Thus Christians are kept in complete dependence on Him. He distributes as He determines (1 Cor. 12: 7-11) – then who should not be content with his or her share? What claim can anyone lay to those works which He distributes by His own decision?

3. He gives
They ‘began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them’, (Acts 2: 4). He gave the tongues to them, freely, as a gift. He can act freely because in the work of our salvation, the action of one person in the Trinity in no way interferes with the freedom of any other – so the love of the Father in sending the Son is free, and in no way does this sending prejudice the freedom and love of the Son, but He lays down His life freely. In the same way, the redemption of the Son in no way affects the freedom of the Father’s grace in forgiving and accepting us through Christ; and again, the Father and Son’s sending of the Spirit does not detract from the freedom of the Spirit in His operations, but what He gives believers He gives freely. This is because the purpose of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit is essentially one and the same, so that in the work of one there is the free participation of all three.

*Excerpted from Living with the Living God by George Smeaton & John Owen (Christian Heritage, 2016).

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Jonathan Edwards on Emotions in Heaven

Jonathan Edwars on Emotions in heaven

Doubtless there is true religion in heaven. Heaven’s religion, indeed, is absolutely pure and perfect. According to the pictures of heaven Scripture gives us, its religion consists mainly in love and joy, expressed in the most fervent and exalted praises. Now, the religion of the saints in heaven is the religion of earthly saints made perfect. Grace here is the dawn of glory hereafter. Texts such as 1 Corinthians 13 prove this. So if the religion of heaven is a religion of emotion, all true religion must be a religion of emotion.

The way to learn the true nature of anything is to go where that thing is found in its purity. We must therefore raise our minds to heaven, if we would know what true religion is. This is because all who are truly spiritual are not of this world. They are strangers here, and belong to heaven. They are born from above, and heaven is their native country. The nature which they receive from their heavenly birth is a heavenly nature. The life of true religion in the believer’s heart is a seed of the religion of heaven, and God prepares us for heaven by conforming us to it. So if heaven’s religion is one of emotion, ours on earth must be too.

*Excerpted from The Experience That Counts by Jonathan Edwards (Christian Heritage, 2016).

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T4G 2016 Ebook Sale

In honor of this week’s T4G conference we have 10 great ebooks on sale through Friday 4/15. Don’t miss out!

John Calvin Revolutionary, Theologian, Pastor  Presbytopia  Theodore Beza: The Man and the Myth by Shawn D. Wright
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Reformation: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow by Carl R. Trueman   John Knox: Fearless Faith by Steven J. Lawson   Five Points: Towards A Deeper Experience of God's Grace by John Piper
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John Calvin: After Darkness Light by Catherine MacKenzie    John Knox: The Sharpened Sword by Catherine MacKenzie    Rebels-Rescued-A-Students-Guide-To-Reformed-Theology-by-Brian-Cosby
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A Christian's Pocket Guide to Papacy: Its origin and role in the 21st century by Leonardo De Chirico
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New from Grant Gordon: A Great Blessing to Me: John Newton Encounters George Whitefield

A Great Blessing to Me by Grant GordonGeorge Whitefield, regarded as the preaching wonder of his day, and John Newton, one of the leading spiritual guides of the movement that Whitefield had a significant hand in creating, Evangelicalism, are perennially interesting figures.

These lives, intertwined as this study of a portion of those lives reveals, speak across the centuries to our day. These two marvelous characters have much to teach contemporary Christians. A great read for both the professional historian and the thoughtful Christian.

Praise for A Great Blessing to Me:

“George Whitefield and John Newton were two of the titans of eighteenth-century British evangelicalism. But for too long, the precise nature of their mutual influence has remained unclear. Grant Gordon’s much-needed book rectifies that problem with its treasure trove of illuminating research.”
-Thomas S. Kidd, Distinguished Professor of History, Baylor University, and author of George Whitefield: America’s Spiritual Founding Father

“Grant Gordon’s careful research has uncovered an important story, both for fleshing out the early history of modern evangelicalism and offering an encouraging picture of that evangelicalism at its best.”
-Mark A. Noll, Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana

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Grant Gordon, who resides in Ontario, Canada, is a respected specialist in 18th-century evangelical church history, especially in the UK and editor of Wise Counsel: John Newton’s Letters to John Ryland Jr.

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3 Must Read Books in the Grace Essentials Series

Grace Essentials

Christian Freedom by Samuel BoltonChristian Freedom provides an accessible entry into Samuel Bolton’s original work, The True Bounds of Christian Freedom, first published in 1645. This book is not simply an academic discussion of the issues; Samuel Bolton constantly reminds his readers of the gospel, and the great transformation that has happened to a person who has trusted in Jesus Christ. Bolton shows us clearly that real Christian obedience comes from a changed heart, and is motivated by love for God. He deals with the practical question of what happens when Christians fall into sin, and encourages us to rely on what Christ has done for us, rather than on our performance.


The Experience that Counts by Jonathan EdwardsWhat does it mean to be a Christian? Is Christianity a matter of the intellect alone? What about desires, feelings, and experiences? What is conversion? These questions are not new. Jonathan Edwards, the great American theologian tackled these, and many others, against the background of the First Great Awakening.

These questions, and the answers Edwards gives to them, are profoundly relevant to us today. Find ‘a guide for the perplexed’ – a voice of clear Biblical and spiritual sanity to lead us safely through the maze of contemporary confusion in this crucial area.


Living with the Living GodLiving with the Living God brings together two classic works on the person and work of the Holy Spirit from two of the most renowned theologians – George Smeaton and John Owen.

Part one looks at the Biblical teaching concerning the Holy Spirit, as Smeaton leads us on a journey of exploration through Scripture teaching on the Holy Spirit. Part two sees John Owen deal with the relationship between the believer and the Holy Spirit in our daily experience.

Living with the Living God provides a helpful aid for the contemporary reader in understanding the work of the Holy Spirit.


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New From Martin C. Haworth – A Clearing of the Mists: In Pursuit of Wisdom upon the Scottish Hills

A Clearning of the Mists by Martin C. HaworthThe mountains of Scotland have long drawn people to their rugged peaks and rolling tops. Drawn by the physical quest, the desire for solitude or for many, the deeper search for purpose and meaning in their life experience.

Martin C. Haworth was drawn to wild places, searching for that connection with something pure and great. In that search, he has known the spiritual glimpses that God communicates to us through the awe-inspiring grandeur of wild places. Join him in this devotional journey through the Scottish hills.

Praise for A Clearing of the Mists:

“Most hill walkers and mountaineers appreciate that there is more to the experience than reaching the summit and enjoying the view. “A Clearing of the Mists” helps us navigate through a number spiritual themes brought to life by the experiences of the author as he climbs the mountains of Scotland.”
-Mike Pescod, Abacus Mountaineering and Chairman, Fort William Mountain Festival, Fort William

“In a remarkable blend of Scripture, personal experience and devotional style, Martin Haworth journeys through the awe inspiring wonder and grandeur of the Scottish hills to the glory and honour of the Creator of all things. Every chapter opens up a new perspective on the realities of life as one man comes to know and understand the saving grace of his Creator God.”
-Wayne Sutton, Senior Pastor, Carrubbers Christian Centre, Edinburgh

“… combines first hand testimony to the power of God in creation and the revelation of God in Scripture. The hand of God revealed in what He has made and the heart of God revealed in what He has said. Martin takes us on his personal journey in a way that invites us to join him in the growing discovery of the goodness of God.”
-Stephen Gaukroger, Director of Clarion Trust International

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Martin C. Haworth served with OMF as a missionary to a Filipino tribe. He now coordinates the mission work of Latin Link in Scotland. Mission and Scotland’s landscapes hold him in awe of God and His creation.

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Happy Easter!

Praying that all of our readers have a blessed weekend celebrating the resurrection of our Savior.

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New in the Focus on the Bible Series – John: Jesus Christ Is God by William F. Cook

John: Jesus Christ is God by William F. CookJohn’s Gospel is the mature reflections of the last living apostle. John the apostle wrote this book approximately fifty-five years after the resurrection of Jesus. During those years he had reflected on the words and deeds of Jesus and the result is that the pages of the Gospel contain the seasoned thinking of one of Jesus’ closest friends.

New Testament scholar William F. Cook brings us the latest in the popular Focus on the Bible series. In a lucid and engaging style, he leads us through the Gospel of John.

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William F. CookAbout the author:
William F. Cook has taught New Testament for twenty-four years. For the past fifteen years at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. In addition to his teaching, Dr. Cook has been the Lead Pastor at The Ninth and O Baptist Church in Louisville for over fourteen years.

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New From Carine MacKenzie: The Promise: How God Told the World about Jesus

The Promise by Carine MackenzieAt the beginning of time a promise was made by God. He promised to save from sin by sending his Son, the Saviour. One after the other people heard the message and told the world about God’s plan to send a Saviour, God’s Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.

The promise that was made in the Garden of Eden came true in the Garden tomb, when the Saviour who was sacrificed, crushed death and came back to life.

All through history God had told the world that this would happen – and it did!

The promise was kept.

About Carine Mackenzie:
Carine MacKenzie’s talent for retelling Bible stories has meant that children from all over the world have been given the opportunity to discover Jesus Christ for themselves. Carine’s 150th book 365 Great Bible Stories was released in July 2011. She has sales of several million books and lives in Inverness, Scotland.

For a full list of books by Carine Mackenzie, visit ChristianFocus.com.

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Ebooks on Sale Through March 24th

 

Ebooks on sale through 324

Below is our current selection of ebooks on sale through March 24, 2016.

Patrick of Ireland: His Life and Impact by Michael A. G. Haykin Sale Price: $1.99/£1.38

Patrick of Ireland: The Boy Who Forgave by K C Murdarasi Sale Price: $1.99/£1.38

Amy Carmichael by Kay Walsh Sale Price: $1.99/£1.38

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