Not scintillating but solid An outstanding by one of the best theologians of the modern age I particularly Anaphora and Conceptual Structure liked his discussion of the Spirit of Christ and the argument that Christ s power to work miracles should be ascribed of the Holy Spirit enabling him to perform wonders and cast out demons The view prevalent among Fundamentalists and conservative evangelicals that the miracles should be attributed to Christ s divine nature probably reflects their inadeuate understanding of Overly intellectual than it needs to be in my opinion Hard to read through I did not find it very helpful in my personalife or understanding of the Holy Spirit All too often Reformed theology is accused of diminishing the Holy Spirit Ferguson does an excellent job of proving the opposite true Whether it be through the sacraments our union with Christ or our sanctification the Spirit is at the center of our Christian ives The chapters The Spirit of Christ Spiritus Recreator and The Sanctifying Spirit were personal highlights There s no doubt that Sinclair Ferguson is a savvy theological writer There s no doubt that the Contours of Christian Theology series by IVP is a theological heavyweight either While I couldn t exactly Call This My Favorite Ferguson this my favorite Ferguson it did dig deep as the series is known to do Books in this series don t merely regurgitate the main tenets of a doctrine but inger where it makes sense to Betrayals look under stones where treasure might be found I always reach for this series when I m starting a detailed study of a particular doctrineChapter 1 introduces the Holy Spirit in an effort to shorten the distance that stands between Him and most believers while explaining all kinds of theological perspectives Chapter 2ooks at the Spirit of Christ by explaining Paraclete and scoping out the relationship between Christ and the Spirit Chapter 3 ooks at the gift of the Spirit by examining Pentecost Chapter 4 tackles the ongoing aspects of Pentecost Chapters 5 through 7 wades through the Spirit s role in salvation I felt the author bogged down in a pet subject here His theological positions are well known and whether you agree or not perhaps some of this would have. Ferguson's study is rooted and driven by the scriptural story of the Spirit in creation and redemption Throughout he shows himself fully at home in the church's historical theology of.
characters The Holy Spirit Contours of Christian TheologyRguson s biblical theological treatment on the Holy Spirit is A Rich And Sumptuous Theological Feast For Any Serious Minded rich and sumptuous theological feast for any serious minded who wants to know about the so called shy member of the Trinity In eleven meaty chapters Ferguson gives a comprehensive if not exhaustive biblical overview of the person and work of the Holy Spirit all along the way drawing on historical theology
charitably interacting with perspectives different from his ownChapter one The Spirit and His Story surveys the Old Testament s teaching on the Holy Spirit His Story surveys the Old Testament s teaching on the Holy Spirit a careful biblical theological a A masterful exposition of the work of the Spirit Ferguson rightly positions pneumatology as being necessarily coupled with Christology as the Spirit most of all seeks the glorification of the Son by accomplishing the proper union between him and his saints Most of all Ferguson proves that the Spirit accomplishes the comprehensive application of redemption and Ferguson s appreciation of those various soteriological components throughout demonstrates the Spirit s uniueness within the Trinitarian economy of salvation Comprehensive treatment of the third person of the Godhead well worth reading I can see this one being referred to again and again R C Sproul calls Sinclair Ferguson the world s eading expert on the person and work of the Holy Spirit todaySinclair Ferguson is one of those rare authors that gives you MUCH than you bargained for In reading Ferguson you re not just earning about the Holy Spirit but so much Union with Christ sanctification what it means to be made in the image of God the history of sacraments what it means to fall short of the glory of God In reading great authors you reap the benefit of decades of wisdom compressed into a few hundred pagesIt s not a fast read And you l have to Bitter Choices: Blue-Collar Women in and out of Work look up a few words in the dictionary But great for reading a few pages every day in your uiet TimeVery Biblical and Christ centered book The center of the Spirit s ministry to illumine the person and work of ChristI ve been a Christian aong time and have heard the Holy Spirit taught on many times Reading this book made me feel ike I had never understood the Holy Spirit befor. S are explored and answered Clarity and insight radiate from every page Here is the mature reflection of a Reformed theologian who will summon respect and charity from those who disagr. Fit better in a different book Chapter 8 Beyond Redemption: Race, Violence, and the American South after the Civil War looks at other issues involving the Spirit and salvationike first fruits and sealing Chapter 9 reviews the relationship between the Spirit and the body before chapter 10 dives into the explosive territory of gifts The final chapter on the Cosmic Spirit serves as a great conclusionFerguson always stretches my mind Whether I agree with him or not I always find a warmness of one who Blank Darkness: Africanist Discourse in French loves Christ as he writes There s no way I d study the Spirit and not see what he has to sayI received this book free from the publisher I was not reuired to write a positive review The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission s 16 CFR Part 255 Simply magnificent Sinclair Ferguson is in my estimation the greatestiving theologian His explanation of the Christian teaching about the Holy Spirit is balanced scholarly and thoroughly edifyingAs his focus Ferguson considers the Person of the Spirit and then His distinct work and indeed the work He accomplishes together with the Father and the Son Broadly the book can be split into two main sections how God the Holy Spirit Is Revealed the book can be split into two main sections how God the Holy Spirit Is Revealed Spirit is revealed in and how the Holy Spirit of the Scriptures communes with us the bride of ChristOf particular highlight in an all over superb work was his thorough deconstruction of the modern charismatic movement while at no point being uncharitable showing how well meaning and otherwise orthodox folk make serious category errors in their approach to multi Back to the Breast: Natural Motherhood and Breastfeeding in America levelled prophecies Another highlight was Ferguson showing the Spirit s role in Christ s ministry on Earth specifically how the mircales and supernatural events of Christ s ministry cannot simply be attributed to the fact that He had a Divine nature as such formulations tend to deify the human nature of Christ making Him into a pseudo human pseudo divine being with one mixed nature Rather Ferguson argues that supernatural insightful knowledge was imparted by the Spirit of ChristThe book stands as a work of great honour to the Holy Spirit wiritten with great clarity in a time where the subject of God the Holy Spirit is in great confusion Sinclair Fe. The Spirit and conversant with the wide variety of contemporary Christians who have explored the doctrine of the Holy Spirit Foundational issues are surveyed and clarified Hard uestion.and charitably interacting with perspectives different from his ownChapter one The Spirit and His Story surveys the Old Testament s