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Baptism and Fullness

The Work of the Holy Spirit Today

by John Stott
Foreword by Michael S. Horton

Baptism and Fullness
  • Length: 154 pages
  • Published: March 06, 2013
  • Item Code: 8424
  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-8424-7

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"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.

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Foreword by Michael Horton

Preface to the Second Edition


Basic Principles of Approach

1. 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

2. 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 Exhortation

3. The Fruit of the Spirit
Supernatural Origin
Natural Growth
Gradual Maturity

4. 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?



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John Stott

John R. W. Stott (1921–2011) has been known worldwide as a preacher, evangelist, and communicator of Scripture. For many years he served as rector of All Souls Church in London, where he carried out an effective urban pastoral ministry. A leader among evangelicals in Britain and the United States and around the world, Stott was a principal framer of the landmark Lausanne Covenant (1974).

Stott's many books have sold millions of copies around the world and in dozens of languages. His best-known work, Basic Christianity, has sold two million copies and has been translated into more than sixty languages. Other titles include The Cross of Christ, Understanding the Bible, The Contemporary Christian, Evangelical Truth, Issues Facing Christians Today, The Incomparable Christ, Why I Am a Christian, and Through the Bible Through the Year, a daily devotional. He has also written eight volumes in The Bible Speaks Today series of New Testament expositions.