An interesting and eye-opening account from a Jewish perspective.
Last evening in a group discussion a question arose concerning the Holy Spirit's role in the Old Testament era. Because of this discussion I thought it might be helpful to post a short portion of A.W. Pink's book, The Holy Spirit, in which he offers some useful insights on this important (and oft misunderstood) subject.
"The Holy Spirit During the Old Testament Ages"
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Arthur Walkington Pink was born in Great Britain on April 1, 1886 and died on July 15, 1952. After spending a portion of his young adulthood as an unbeliever and member of an occult-society he was converted to Christianity and immigrated to the U.S. to study at Moody Bible Institute. Eventually he would go on to pastor churches in Colorado, California, Kentucky, and South Carolina before becoming an itinerant Bible teacher in 1919. From 1925-1927 he Pastored in Sydney, Australia then went to visit his hometown of Nottingham, England before returning to the U.S. He returned to his native land in 1934, taking up residence on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland, in 1940, and remained there until his death. Most of his works first appeared as articles in Studies in Scriptures, a monthly magazine concerned solely with the exposition of Scripture.
According to his biographer: "Pink was virtually unknown and certainly unappreciated in his day. Independent Bible study convinced him that much of modern evangelism was defective. When Puritan and reformed books were generally disregarded by the Church as a whole, he advanced the majority of their principles with untiring zeal. The progressive spiritual decline of his own nation (Britain) was to him the inevitable consequence of the prevalence of a 'gospel' that could neither wound (with conviction of sin) nor heal (via regeneration)."
Pink was a prolific author and most of his work is now available free online.
One of the particular gospel partners who has encouraged me is a young, intelligent, student of the Bible named Peter Rennie.
When I was pastoring in Glasgow, Scotland I would occasionally see Peter in the congregation on a Sunday evening sitting next to our talented young piano player (and not by accident as it would later turn out).
There he would sit with an open bible on his lap and a focused expression on his face. Somehow he seemed to be scrutinizing everything that I said from the pulpit - and I liked that! People ought to use their Bibles to scrutinize the claims of preachers.
"...gospel work is global work. We are not alone..."
As a matter of fact, I liked Peter so much that I actually had plans to bring him on staff at my church as a ministry partner while he finished up his theological training. Though providentially this never came to pass the prospect did give me multiple occasions to get to know Peter better and to be inspired by his zeal for the gospel.
Then time did its work. Peter and that piano player got married (I sat in a small rural church in Northern Ireland and witnessed the nuptials with my own eyes.) They started a new life together. About that same time I was called to a church 3,500 miles away from Scotland and along with my wife and children left the UK. We settled down into our new routine together... and as often happens Peter and I more or less lost touch... And then today I was sent a link to the website of Living Hope Church - a new church plant in Inverness, pastored by Peter Rennie. This news has come as a great encouragement and it has reminded me once again that gospel work is global work. The same Lord who has guided us in the planting of All Souls Church in a little place called Green Camp, Ohio has guided Peter and Anne in the planting of Living Hope Church in a big place called Inverness, Scotland.
What a great God we serve!
To Peter, Anne, and the flock of Living Hope Church; we thank God for you! We will pray for the success of your work. We will pray that under your ministry the saints will be perfected even as the lost will be saved. We will pray that the hand you have laid to the plow will remain on the plow....
And we will do all of this with the firm conviction that we, here in this corner of the world, are greatly blessed to be your partners in the gospel.
Watch this 3-minute informational video featuring Peter and his plans for
Living Hope Church
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (December 20, 1899 - March 1, 1981)
This morning I stumbled upon a brief clip of a Lloyd-Jones sermon on Exodus 33. His words could not be more challenging and his critique of the Church could not be more timely.
Do you have 5 minutes to hear what Lloyd-Jones has to say? I promise you, you'll be challenged, strengthened, and blessed if you do.
Rev. R Crabtree
"...a son, a husband, a father of 6, a friend, a Presbyterian
(not the liberal kind), an eccentric, and a minister of the gospel... I am also the Pastor of All Souls Church and a Professor of Religious Studies at OCBC."
All Souls Church
Attributes Of God
Irenaeus Of Lyons
Journey Of Faith
Means Of Grace
Order Of Salvation
Westminster Confession Of Faith