The Beginnings

Word & Spirit in Conversion

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Weight 0.17 kg
Dimensions 18.1 × 12.1 × 1.0 cm
binding

Paperback

format

Book

page-count

160

isbn

9780851514703

Banner Pub Date

Jun 1, 1986

Book Description

An unconverted Christian is an impossibility. This is the clear testimony of the Bible. Consequently it is of paramount importance for us to understand the beginnings of spiritual life, to know what God has said concerning conversion, what it is and what it is not. This book seeks to examine in some detail the essential strands: awareness of sin, faith in Jesus Christ and repentance. Other areas covered by Paul Helm include ‘legalism’, the relation of faith to assurance and the present need for accurate language in the church to maintain preaching and Christian experience within a thoroughly biblical framework.

 

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Page
Introduction ix
1 CONVICTION WITHOUT CONFESSION 1
Conviction 3
Is Conviction Enough? 8
What was the Matter? 16
Some Conclusions 18
Does God Toy with Men? 21
Strands not Stages 25
2 REPENTANCE WITHOUT FAITH 27
What is Repentance? 30
The Appropriateness of Repentance 35
Sorrow for Sin without Repentance 37
A Common Factor 42
Summing Up 47
3 FAITH AND REPENTANCE 49
What is Faith? 50
True Repentance – Some Examples 53
Repentance Inseparable from Faith 58
But Repentance is not Faith 60
Which Comes First? 62
Summary 65
4 PROBLEMS 67
‘Legalism’ 67
Strands not Stages 71
Faith, Assurance and the Offer of the Gospel 74
Mechanical Grace? 81
The Preaching of the Law 87
Summary 92
5 SOME CONSEQUENCES 95
Justification and Sanctification 95
The Importance of Christian Experience 102
Christian Piety 105
Word and Spirit Once Again 108
Our Language 112
6 EPILOGUE 117
General Index 125
Index of Scriptural References 129

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