"The Christian life is life in the Spirit," writes John Stott. "It would be impossible to be a Christian, let alone to live and grow as a Christian, without the ministry of the gracious Spirit of God. All we have and are as Christians we owe to him." The Holy Spirit continues to be at work around the world, as numerous renewal movements attest. Yet much confusion and controversy remain regarding the Holy Spirit's activity. In this classic study, John Stott provides clear biblical exposition on the promise, the fruit and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. He offers particular guidance on the nature of "the baptism of the Spirit" and whether certain spiritual gifts and experiences should be normative for all Christians. Always irenic and gracious, Stott points the way to both greater biblical understanding and deeper fullness of spiritual life.
Foreword by Michael Horton Preface to the Second Edition Introduction Basic Principles of Approach1. The Promise of the Spirit The Promise of a Distinctive Blessing The Promise of a Universal Blessing The Day of Pentecost The Samaritan Believers The Ephesian Disciples The Language of Baptism 1 Corinthians 12:13 Conclusion2. The Fullness of the Spirit The Difference Between "Baptism" and "Fullness" Continuous Appropriation Marks of the Spirit's Fullness The Command to Be Filled The Average Christian Special Experiences An Exhortation3. The Fruit of the Spirit Supernatural Origin Natural Growth Gradual Maturity Application4. The Gifts of the Spirit The Nature of Spiritual Gifts How Many Different Gifts Are There? The Relation Between Spiritual Gifts and Natural Talents Are All Spiritual Gifts Miraculous Gifts? Are All the Spiritual Gfts of the Bible Given Today? The Word "Charismatic" The Extent of Spiritual Gifts: To Whom Are They Given? The Source of Spiritual Gfts: Where Do They Come From? The Purpose of Spiritual Gifts: What are They Given For? Conclusion