Word and Spirit, by Alison J. Sherrington

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Word and Spirit: The Vital Union

by Alison Sherrington

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Word and Spirit was born of personal concern about misunderstanding and disunity in the Body of Christ with regard to charismatic beliefs.  The booklet encourages Christians to be both faithful to the Word and open to the Spirit.

Word and Spirit has the potential to bring healing to Christian disunity concerning the role of the Holy Spirit. . . . She shows that the truth of God is clear.

James Brecknell  (Journey)

Her biblical treatment is . . . balanced, and avoids . . . legalism.

Robert J. Wiebusch  (The Lutheran)

Alison Sherrington has written a book on charismatic renewal which is eminently sensible and intelligently presents a discussion of issues raised by non-charismatics.   An excellent book.

Geoff Strelan (New Day)

Alison Sherrington’s Word and Spirit: Coming to Terms with the Charismatic Movement “is intended as an encouragement to be both faithful to the Word  and open to the Spirit.”

Her book provides an excellent introduction to contemporary concerns raised by charismatic renewal.  It rejects a false dichotomy between Word and Spirit, places experience under the scrutiny of revealed theology, acknowledges a dynamic exegesis which refuses to be contained within our Western conceptual framework (for the wind blows where it will), and explores spiritual gifts in terms of God’s sovereign presence in all of life – not merely as theories confined to our paltry categories.

As a comment on faith and obedience, the book calls for courageous openness to God’s work in his world in the power of his Spirit.  This involves change for us all no matter what our pet categories may be.  God’s ways cannot be confined to ours.  We are encouraged to seek the Giver even more than his gifts.  He is Lord.  He gives charis (grace) and chaismata (gifts of grace) more liberally and more comprehensively than any evangelical or Pentecostal theology can categorize.

Alison Sherrington affirms the importance of both Word and Spirit and challenges any dividing or emasculating of both.  She does not attempt an exhaustive exegesis, but calls for faith in God founded on obedience to the Word of God empowered by obedience to the Spirit of God.

This book is useful as a guide for those confused by the legalism of much current debate (on all sides) because it affirms the primacy of God’s Word revealed and interpreted by his Spirit.

Geoff Waugh (Renewal Journal)

Contents

Foreword by Rev Dr Geoff Waugh       

Experiences of the Holy Spirit

The charismatic claims

Does experience matter?

The stumbling-block of terminology

Are there Scriptural parallels?

Is there Biblical support for experiences today?

Are modern experiences of the Spirit genuine?

What are the results of such an experience?

What descriptive terms should be used?

Baptized with (or in) the Spirit

Giving and receiving the Spirit

Filled with the Spirit

Have I been baptized (filled) with the Spirit?

Do you want a baptism (filling) with the Spirit?

Being baptized (filled) with the Holy Spirit

The Gifts of the Spirit    

What are spiritual gifts?

The relationship of Spirit-baptism and gifts

When are the supernatural gifts to cease?

Why do some believe certain gifts have ceased?

The proper use of spiritual gifts

Which Way Ahead?     

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