Acceptable Worship

“It is impossible to worship God acceptably apart from the Holy Spirit. The operation of the Spirit of God within us enables us to worship God acceptably through that person we call Jesus Christ, who is Himself God. Therefore, worship originates with God, comes back to us, and is reflected from us. That is the […]

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Holy Spirit Inspired Repentance

Sinclair Ferguson, in his book The Holy Spirit, discusses repentance.  He concludes with the following, “The fact that repentance is a gift of the ascended Christ to His people (Acts 5:31) indicates that it comes to us specifically through the ministry of the Spirit.  Its nature indicates how manifold and comprehensive his ministry is. Christ […]

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The Power of Regeneration

One of the best books I have ever read on the Holy Spirit is by Sinclair Ferguson. In one chapter he deals with the Spirit’s work in our salvation/regeneration. He said, “Regeneration is, consequently, as all-pervasive as depravity. On the basis of such statements as ‘the heart is…beyond all cure’ (Jer. 17:9), theologians have spoken […]

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Old and New Testament Revelation

On Tuesday mornings I am reading Sinclair Ferguson’s book, The Holy Spirit, with a group of men.  In his discussion on the work and revelation of the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament he quotes B.B. Warfield, “The Old Testament may be likened to a chamber richly furnished but dimly lighted: the introduction of light […]

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Indwelled by the same Spirit who Empowered Jesus!

Yesterday our journey through John’s Gospel took us to the conclusion of chapter 14.  In the introduction to the sermon I discussed the enormity of what Jesus says about the Holy Spirit and then quoted from Bruce Ware’s book, The Man Christ Jesus.  In that book Ware said,  “Think of it: He relied on the […]

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Honor the Holy Spirit!

FBC’s journey through the Gospel of John has led us to chapter 14 and I think many are beginning to understand why John is often referred to as the Apostle who had the most to say about the Holy Spirit.  It is amazing how much Jesus taught about the Helper who was to come in […]

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Are You Filled With The Holy Spirit?

My study of John 14 has led me to some rather deep waters in terms of the work of the Holy Spirit.  Outside of the commentaries I’ve used throughout the series I have poured myself into three books—JI Packer’s Keep In Step With The Spirit, Sinclair Ferguson’s The Holy Spirit, and John Owen’s work, The […]

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Fight to Delight!

Yesterday I referred to John Owen’s book The Holy Spirit.  In his preface he spoke of the resources he used in writing the book.  He said, “And whereas I had not the advantage of any one author, ancient or modern, to beat the path before me, I have confined myself to express testimonies of Scripture, […]

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The Efficacy of the Gospel Depends on the Holy Spirit!

For the last few weeks I’ve been quoting from a book that I’ve been reading with a group of men on Tuesday mornings.  As I have made my way through JC Ryle’s, Holiness, I noticed the number of times Ryle quoted or referred to John Owen’s book The Holy Spirit.  On Saturday I waded into […]

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