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The Beginnings

Word & Spirit in Conversion

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Weight 0.32 lbs
Dimensions 7.13 × 4.75 × 0.45 in
binding

Paperback

Format

Book

isbn

9780851514703

Original Pub Date

1986

Banner Pub Date

Jun 1, 1986

topic

Conversion, Salvation

page-count

136

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 9
1 CONVICTION WITHOUT CONFESSION 22
Conviction 24
Is Conviction Enough? 32
What was the Matter? 36
Some Conclusions 38
Does God Toy with Men? 41
Strands not Stages 44
2 REPENTANCE WITHOUT FAITH 46
What is Repentance? 49
The Appropriateness of Repentance 53
Sorrow for Sin without Repentance 55
A Common Factor 60
Summing Up 65
3 FAITH AND REPENTANCE 66
What is Faith? 67
True Repentance – Some Examples 70
Repentance Inseparable from Faith 74
But Repentance is not Faith 76
Which Comes First? 78
Summary 80
4 PROBLEMS 83
‘Legalism’ 83
Strands not Stages 87
Faith, Assurance and the Offer of the Gospel 89
Mechanical Grace? 96
The Preaching of the Law 102
Summary 106
5 SOME CONSEQUENCES 107
Justification and Sanctification 107
The Importance of Christian Experience 113
Christian Piety 116
Word and Spirit Once Again 119
Our Language 122
6 EPILOGUE 127
General Index 135
Index of Scriptural References 139

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