Spurgeon on Praying in the Spirit

The seed of acceptable devotion must come from heaven’s storehouse.  Only the prayer which comes from God can go to God. Spurgeon’s five aspects of praying in the Spirit: Fervency: “Those who do not plead with fervency, plead not at all.” Perseveringly: “The longer the gate is closed, the more vehemently does he uses the knocker.” Humbly: “Out of hte depths must we cry, or we shall never behold glory in the highest.” Loving: “Prayer should be perfumed with love, saturated with love — love to saints, and love to Christ.” Faith: “A man prevails only as he believes.” Most … Continue reading Spurgeon on Praying in the Spirit

Baptism and Fullness

John Stott’s Baptism and Fullness is a short, systematic theology of the Holy Spirit’s work in the life of the believer and the church at large.  It was first published in 1964 and since then, as we know, the Holy Spirit’s work has been increasing in interest and controversy with the surging of the Charismatic and Pentecostal movements. It’s a short work, only 119 pages and four chapters.  Those four chapters cover the promise of the Spirit, the fullness of the Spirit, the fruit of the Spirit, and the gifts of the Spirit. On page 24, Stott talks about John … Continue reading Baptism and Fullness

Pentecost, the Jews, and Salvation

God’s Big Story: View Series Continued from Part 5 At his ascension, Jesus looked at his disciples and said, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:7-8).  The whole world — literally “all the peoples,” according to Matthew 28:19 — will hear the gospel because of these apostles.  They will receive power from God to make it happen. On the day of Pentecost, the disciples were gathered together, and suddenly the Holy Spirit … Continue reading Pentecost, the Jews, and Salvation