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A 1997 Christianity Today Book of the Year
In what may be regarded as his magnum opus, Clark Pinnock here turns attention to the vital Christian doctrine of the Holy Spirit. Writing out of wide learning and deep personal passion, he shows us the way to restore the oft-neglected Spirit to centrality in the life and witness of the church.
Pinnock explores the doctrine of the Spirit in relation to other key doctrines such as the Trinity, creation, Christology and the church. Never one to duck the difficult or sensitive questions, he also examines issues of the Spirit's universality, gender language for the Spirit, and charismatic gifts.
Pinnock intends his book to be catholic (in the sense of respecting the beliefs and worship of the historic church) and evangelical (drawing particularly on the heritage of the Reformation). Always in sight is the mission of the church, for "people want to meet the real and living God and will not be satisfied with a religion that only preaches and moralizes." He concludes, "Only by attending to the Spirit can we move beyond sterile rationalist religion in the direction of recovering the sense of intimacy and immediacy for which our generation—and every generation—longs."
In these pages, and in waht may be regarded as his magnum opus, the author turns his attention to the vital Christian doctrine of the Holy Spirit. Writing out of wide learning and deep personal passion, he shows readers the way to restore the oft-neglected Spirit to centrality i nthe life and witness of the church.
1 Spirit & TrinityThe face of the Spirit in the communion of the Holy Trinity
2 Spirit in CreationThe Spirit as Lord and giver of life, who touches creation and moves it toward completion
3 Spirit & ChristologyThe Spirit anointed Jesus of Nazareth to heal human brokenness from the inside and bring about atonement
4 Spirit & ChurchThe Spirit indwells the church and is present sacramentally and charismatically to endow it for mission
5 Spirit & UnionThe goal of salvation is to live in loving union with God and to participate in the triune nature through the Spirit
6 Spirit & UniversalityGod desires all to be saved and is found graciously present with every person in every place by the Spirit
7 Spirit & TruthThe Spirit leads the church into truth along the path of mission, enabling it to be timely and fruitful in ministry