No and Yes. The insights I offer on the Spirit are based completely on Scriptures, especially what Jesus taught in John 3 and 14-16 and on Paul’s understandings in his 143 references to the Spirit. My understanding developed through studying Gordon F. Fee’s large book on God’s Empowering Presence, the Holy Spirit in the Letters of Paul (1994). But for most Protestants these will be fresh insights because the Reformation took church life for granted and did not fully search Scriptures to understand the Spirit’s work. Five-hundred years later we face a very different world where churches are in competition for the attention of people living with many other options. Traditional churches are dependent on the Spirit like never before.
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