Lastly, Paul will show that keeping in step with the Spirit is not self-‐focused . As J.I. Packer notes, “To be right with God the judge is a great. J. I. Packer’s Keep in Step with the Spirit focuses on the person and ministry of the Holy Spirit. Now in its second edition, this book is not merely a theological. In this new edition of his classic Keep in Step with the Spirit, J. I. Packer seeks to help Christians reaffirm the biblical call to holiness and the Spirit’s role in.

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Keep in Step with the Spirit: Finding Fullness in Our Walk with God – J. I. Packer – Google Books

The Holy Spirit empowers us, guides us, and enables us to grow and endure in our relationship with the Father through Jesus Christ.

Often the most misunderstood member of the Trinity, the Spirit is someone of great focus and attention today amid church revivals and renewals.

In this new wuth of his classic Keep in Step with the SpiritJ.

Packer seeks to help Christians reaffirm the biblical call to holiness and the Spirit’s role in keeping our covenant with God. Packer discusses both the merits and shortcomings of the current charismatic movement and how Christ must always be at the center of true Spirit-led ministry. Packer encourages believers to implement the Spirit’s directives and discusses how to map the Spirit’s path in your life. If you want to understand and experience more of life in the Spirit, you will cherish this latest offering from one of Christianity’s most respected scholars.

Packer is recognized as one of today’s leading evangelical theologians.

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Lists with This Book. So thankful that Packer wrote Keep in Step with the Spirit. His writing helps to keep my bias in check as it desperately wants to reveal itself as the ugly monster that it is.

He recognizes his own bias. He presents the information and m.i.packer as someone who is not trying to sway the reader, but as someone who has done his job and presented his arguments justly.

I truly believe that a charismatic could read this book, see that their theology is presented as it is, and So thankful that Packer wrote Keep in Step with the Spirit. And I think a charismatic could read j.i.packfr and not be offended, at worst I think they would read it and agree to disagree with Packer.

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View all 3 comments. Jun 12, Catie rated it it was amazing Shelves: I would give it 6 stars if I could. The book frustrated and deepened the way I view the Spirit and his role in the Trinity.

I WILL reread it one day. Feb 27, Andrew Strenn rated it really liked it. I found this to be a very helpful book. I read this book for the purpose of learning more about the nature of sanctification, and kerp this area Packer te some excellent insights. He also gave me some food for thought on witu whole charismatic movement stuff.

I don’t agree with all he had to say, but it was a good counter balance to my assumptions about j.i.packeer “baptism in the Holy Spirit” and the sign gifts. Here is some of the stuff I found helpful: Certainly God sometimes works wonders of sudden I found this to be a very helpful book. Certainly God sometimes works wonders of sudden deliverance from this or that weakness at conversion, just as he sometimes does at other times; but every Christian’s life is a constant fight against the pressures and pulls of the world, the flesh, and the devil; and his te for christlikeness that ishabits of wisdom, devotion, love, and righteousness is as grueling as it is unending.


Sin, which is in essence an irrational energy of rebellion against God – a lawless habit of self-willed arrogance, moral and spiritual, expressing itself in egoism of all sorts – is something that God hates in all sspirit forms.

That is in fact the fittest language for the purpose, since the love of man and woman really is the closest analogy in creation to the relationship with himself that slirit heavenly Lover intended for us. Human love was, indeed, always meant to help lovers on into just that. In love experiences, both human and divine, one is intensely self-aware.

Holiness is consecrated closeness to God. Holiness is in essence obeying God, living to God and for God, imitating God, keeping his law, taking j.i.pavker side against sin, doing righteousness, performing good works, following Christ’s teaching and example, worshiping God in stsp Spirit, loving and serving God and spiriy out of reverence for Christ.

In relation to God, holiness takes the form of a single-minded passion to please by love and loyalty, devotion and praise. In relation to sin, it takes the form of a resistance movement, a discipline of not gratifying the desires of the flesh, but of putting to death the deeds of the body.

Repentance means turning from as much as you know of your sin to give as much as you know spirkt yourself to as much as you know of your God, and as our knowledge grows at these three points so our practice of repentance has to be enlarged.

The first is that the Spirit works through means – through the objective means of grace, namely, biblical truth, prayer, fellowship, worship, and the Lord’s Supper, and with them through the subjective means of grace whereby we open ourselves to change, namely thinking, listening, questioning oneself, examining oneself, admonishing oneself, sharing what is in one’s heart with others, an weighing any response they make.

The Spirit shows his power in us, not by constantly interrupting our use of these wtep with j.i.pacjer, impressions, or prophecies, which serve up tous ready-made insights on a plate, so to speak such communications come only rarely, and to some believers not at allbut rather by making these regular means effective to change us fro the betrter and for the wiser as we wiht along.

Holiness teaching tha skips over disciplined persistence in the well-doing that forms holy habits is thus weak; habit forming is the Spirit’s ordinary way of leading us on in holiness. The fruit of the Spirt itself is, from one standpoint, a series of habits of action and reaction: Habits are all-important in holy life, particularly those biblically prescribed habits that we find it difficult and even painful to form.

Holiness by habit forming is not self-sanctification by self-effort, but is simply a matter of understanding the Spirit’s method and then keeping in step with him. Legalism means two things: Twice Paul speaks of being “led” by the Spirit Rom. Both times the reference is to resisting one’s own sinful impulses as the flip side of one’s practice of righteousness see the contexts, Rom.

Leads is rightly taken to mean “guides”, but the guidance in view here is not a revealing to mind of divine direction hitherto unknown; it is, rather, an impelling of our wills to pursue and practice and hold fast that sanctity whose terms we know already.

The activity Augustinian holiness teaching encourages is intense, as the careers of such prodigiously busy holy men as Augustine himself, Calvin, Whitefield, Spurgeon, and Kuyper show, but it is not in the least self-reliant in spirit. Instead, it follows this four-stage sequence.

First, as one who wants to do all the good you can, you observe what tasks, opportunities, and responsibilities face you. Second, you pray for help in these, acknowledging that without Christ you can do nothing – nothing fruitful, that is John Third, you go to work with a good will and a high heart, expecting to be helped as you asked to be.

Fourth, you thank God for help given, ask pardon for your own failures en route, and request more help for the next task. Augustinian holiness is hardworking holiness, based on endless repetitions of this sequence.


I love all Dr Jim Packer’s writing anyway but this book is so very characteristic of him. Describing himself in the edition preface as a ‘pietistic theologian and a theological pietist’ sums up his approach. The book was originally written as a response to, and critique of the Charismatic Movement sweeping evangelical churches in the 70’s and early 80’s. Jim Packer give a soundly balanced view of the movement but actually is more interested in discussing the vital role of the Holy Spirit in I love all Dr Jim Packer’s writing anyway but this book is so very characteristic of him.

Jim Packer give a soundly balanced view of the movement but actually is more interested in discussing the vital role of the Holy Spirit in leading and pointing us to Christ and being a key instrument in our progressive sanctification. Should be read by all who want to know the role of the Holy Spirit but also any who want to reflect on the necessity of holiness and Christlikeness in the Christian life.

Aug 08, Philip Tadros rated it really liked it Shelves: Only read the first 3 chapters which deal grapple with life in step with the Holy Spirit. Didn’t venture into the following chapters because they deal with the charismatic debate and that is not why I ventured into this book. Packer’s emphasis on holiness in the Christian life is a welcome reminder.

His basic summary of New Testament teaching on the Trinity is breathtaking and challenging. May 06, E.

Some parts of Packer’s book are outdated at this point, and others may not be detailed enough to fully do their subject justice; but the discussion on different Protestant views of sanctification is well done and, in any case, seems to be at the heart of the book.

Oct 08, John Rabe rated it it was amazing Shelves: Quite possibly the best popular-level book on biblical sanctification I have ever read. A necessary tonic for the rampant Keswick quietism that rules the day in evangelicalism. Aug 07, Daniel rated it it was amazing. It is a great book, it helped me to deeply understand the Holy Spirit, and how to walk by the Holy Spirit. Oct 16, Aaron Pang rated it it was amazing. A book that provides much needed clarity on the person of the Holy Spirit today!

Jan 23, Scott Hubbard rated it really liked it Shelves: As Packer’s work always proves to be, Keep in Step With the Spirit is an adeptly evaluated, warmly argued, and incredibly helpful book.

Packer’s insistence on centering all thoughts concerning the Spirit around the essence of His ministry as displayed especially in chapters of John’s gospel proved remarkably enlightening and served to tie together the various mental threads I had concerning the role of this third Person of the trinity in the New Testament era.

Again and again, J.i.padker bri As Packer’s work always proves spirrit be, Keep in Step With the Spirit is an adeptly evaluated, warmly argued, and incredibly helpful book. Again and again, Packer brings the point home that “the essence of the Holy Spirit’s ministry, at this or any time in the Christian era, is to mediate the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ” This truth summarized by Jesus in the phrase, “He will glorify Me” [Jn.

Along with bundles of carefully considered and crafted theology with no lack of challenging and gospel-centered pastoral applicationI learned much from simply observing how this godly thinker interacted with viewpoints at variance with his own. Early on, Packer acknowledges the reality that “because God is gracious, He The way he sets about arguing his points throughout reflects his commitment to this reality, and his discussions of movements and groups that he clearly thinks are “quite wrong” are nevertheless recognized to contain much good and are dealt with graciously through and through.

This is what “speaking the truth in love” looks like, it would seem to me. This is all to say that I was much blessed by reading this book and would heartily recommend it to anyone who wants to experience more of the Holy Spirit’s ministry.