John Owen said, as he set out to write his classic treatise on the Holy Spirit, that he found it, ‘A work too great and difficult for me to undertake and beyond my ability to manage to the glory of God, or the good of men, for who is sufficient for these things?’ Alasdair Heron called the Holy Spirit ‘the most elusive and difficult of all themes in Christian theology’.
‘Truly,’ writes Simon Ponsonby, ‘attempting to write a comprehensive study, which is accessible, biblical, theological, historical and practical, on the Person and Work of the Spirit, feels a little like climbing the Everest of Christian belief.’
And yet he has done just that.
Marshalling the prolific references in Scripture; the metaphors of wind, water, oil, fire and dove; the multiplicity of terms, types and titles; the many insights from the church fathers, reformers and more recent theologians, Simon Ponsonby presents us with a dynamic and accessible picture of the One who is God with us, working in and through us, shaping us into the character of Christ and equipping us for the adventure of serving others.
The result will stimulate both head and heart, as it presents a dynamic picture of the One who is God with us, working in and through us, shaping us into the character of Christ and equipping us for the adventure of serving others.
This book is a recommended text for Vineyard Institute’s course “The Holy Spirit – God Inside Out”. There’s a short introduction to the course here.
What people are saying
“This is simply the best contemporary book on the person and work of the Holy Spirit of which I am aware. Simon’s style of writing is accessible and easy to understand, but his topic and his content are both deep and rich. Here is a masterful communicator addressing the third person of the Godhead in a way that will inform, challenge, comfort, and inspire.”Revd Dr Bill JohnsonProfessor of Philosophy, Husson University; Senior Pastor of Pittsfield First Baptist Church, Pittsfield, Maine, USA.
“Simon Ponsonby is in my view one of Britain’s finest Christian communicators: he is thoughtful, insightful and passionate. Get ready to be inspired and challenged to go deeper with God.”Amy Orr-EwingDirector, OCCA The Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics
“Simon is what we would call a ‘people’s theologian’. Someone once said ‘to communicate something simply, you have to understand it profoundly’, and Simon thoroughly fulfils that in his excellent teaching.”John and Debby WrightNational Directors, Vineyard, UK
“This is a masterly and wide-ranging study of one of the most vital doctrines for the Church today – mind-stretching, heart-warming and faith-challenging. An immensely readable piece of serious theology at a time when there is so much muddled thinking about the Spirit.”Canon David MacInnesFormer Rector of St Aldates, Oxford, UK and University Missioner
“For a church that seems to insist on separating the work of theology and the person of the Holy Spirit, God Inside Out is a much needed response. Simon’s logic is enviable, but for all that he is as passionate as someone in the first flush of charismatic enthusiasm.”Revd Dr Ian StackhouseSenior Pastor, Millmead Centre
“Writing from a Charismatic perspective Simon Ponsonby maintains the emphases of the Bible’s teaching, stressing the intimate relationship of the Spirit with God’s Word and his work of salvation through Christ. Many of the differences between Evangelical Christians would be kept in perspective if we all followed his example of faithful and passionate engagement with Scripture.”Vaughan RobertsRector, St Ebbe’s, Oxford
“Simon is a most gifted theological communicator. He thinks with rich understanding and writes with piercing clarity. This book gives great handles enabling us to wrangle with and grasp the vast subject of the Holy Spirit. And as a close friend, I can tell you his writing is consistent with his Spirit-filled living.”Joseph SteinbergCWI Director and author of The Y Course
“Simon has both an informed mind and a warmed heart, and he has drunk deeply of the God who satisfies. Reading this book will provoke thirst, thinking and theology! It is a rare read in an age in which there is no end of the writing of books. Here, at last, is one which is essential to read and think about. Read it and grow!”Canon David WhiteDiocesan Missioner Cornwall & Rector of St Austell parish
“Simon Ponsonby is one of those rare men who, without contradiction, has wedded a keen intellect to a simple faith in Christ, and thus is able to stand with his feet firmly planted in the twenty-first century, while hungering in his heart for union with Christ.”Elliot TepperInternational Director of Betel Ministries
“Simon is a perfect combination of head and heart working together. He will amaze you with his knowledge and understanding and then challenge you with his humour and insight. This book will be deep and wide because that is who Simon is – a man who digs deep and finds treasure and then stretches wide, makes you laugh and gives you many practical answers to life!”Rachel HicksonFounder of Heartcry Ministries, London Prayernet, UK
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