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World-renowned New Testament scholar offers a straightforward examination of what the Bible says about the Holy Spirit.

Who exactly is the Holy Spirit? What does he do in our lives? How can we know him more deeply, and is it possible to tap into his power? Should we pray to the Holy Spirit? Is it possible to be aware of his promptings and speaking into our lives? Dr. Scot McKnight answers these questions and more in this comprehensive examination of what the Bible says about this divinely important, but often confusing member of the Trinity.

This is the third work in a three-part series examining some of the more mysterious components of the Christian faith. Scot's The Heaven Promise examines the afterlife. The Hum of Angels elucidates the Bible's teaching on God's supernatural messengers and protectors. Now, Open to the Spirit examines the most mysterious member of the Trinity.

Scot blogs at Patheos, a large multi-perspective blog format. It serves many influential voices from many faith and non-faith traditions. Scot's blog draws primarily a Christian readership; one that is looking for intellectual engagement and thoughtful analysis of Scripture, Theology, and Culture.

Praise

“Frederick Dale Bruner once called the Holy Spirit the ‘shy member of the Trinity.’ Scot McKnight draws on his learning and his life to help us know better the One who ‘transforms and transcends’ mere human abilities.”
—John Ortberg, senior pastor of Menlo Church and author of I’d Like You More If You Were More Like Me

“This biblically rooted, honest, and impressively comprehensive account of the person and work of the Spirit should persuade all Christians everywhere of the need for more of the Spirit in our lives. It is exciting to have a book that brings together the Word and the Spirit, making such a persuasive case for the need of both and rooting it all in real life. It is a gift to the whole church.”
—Lucy Peppiatt, principal of Westminster Theological Centre

“Reading Scot McKnight’s latest book evoked within me a renewed openness to the Holy Spirit. Combining his usual astute biblical and theological wisdom with his accessible and down-to-earth stories and personal anecdotes, he whets our appetites to live more responsively to the Spirit. He reminds us that when we live wide-open lives to the Holy Spirit, we step into God’s world of newness and re-creation. May the Lord who is Spirit use this book to reflect his glory among his people!”
—Trevor Hudson, Methodist minister in South Africa and author of eighteen books, including Holy Spirit Here and Now

“McKnight has done it again—he has provided the church with a rich resource for personal and communal growth. Open to the Spirit provides a guide for exploration into how God communicates, indwells, and empowers Christians for lives of holiness and mission.”
—Dr. Sara Barton, Pepperdine University chaplain

“In Open to the Spirit, the eminent New Testament professor and scholar, Scot McKnight, offers a breathtaking invitation to an interactive life with the Spirit. The Holy Spirit is often the most neglected member of the Trinity (unless you are Pentecostal or charismatic!). This book puts the Spirit front and center. As in all his works, Scot brings a balance of scriptural truth, sound theology, and practical application. I found this book particularly, of all of his, more focused on Christian spiritual formation and experiential transformation, which makes it an important book that should be required for seminarians, pastors, spiritual directors, and Christian educators. But then again, I cannot think of a single type of Christ follower who would not be blessed by this deep dive into life in the Spirit.”
—James Bryan Smith, author of The Good and Beautiful God


"McKnight (The Blue Parakeet), a New Testament professor at Northern Seminary, makes a powerful case that Christians should refocus on the third person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit. He contends that there is a lack of emphasis on the role of the spirit in the lives of many Christians. After using specific examples (for instance, Peter’s first sermon on Pentecost) to demonstrate the centrality of the Holy Spirit in all of scripture, McKnight suggests new ways of celebrating a spirit-filled existence through examples drawn from his own life. He relates personal experiences, such as his conversion during a high school Bible camp after reading the verse, “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit.” He also tells the stories of his students coming to the power of the Holy Spirit through “pursuit of the Spirit’s power to achieve victory.” McKnight calls for Christian readers to receive love through immersion in the spirit, and then to live out that love in everyday life in this heavily scriptural call for deeper spiritual connection."
— Publishers Weekly

About Scot McKnight

Scot McKnight (PhD, University of Nottingham) is professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lisle, Illinois. He is the acclaimed author of more than sixty books, including The Jesus Creed, The Heaven Promise, and Open to the Spirit. He regularly speaks at venues such as Catalyst, the Q Conference, and churches throughout the world. Scot and his wife, Kris, live in the Chicago suburbs.

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240 pages | Published by WaterBrook

On Sale Date: Apr 3, 2018

Trim Size: 5-3/16 x 8

Carton Quantity: 24

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Read the first chapter of Open to the Spirit. World-renowned New Testament scholar offers a straightforward examination of what the Bible says about the Holy Spirit. Who exactly is the Holy Spirit? What does he do in our lives? How can we know him more deeply, and is it possible to tap into his power? Should we pray to the Holy Spirit? Is it possible to be aware of his promptings and speaking into our lives? Dr. Scot McKnight answers these questions and more in this comprehensive examination of what the Bible says about this divinely important, but often confusing member of the Trinity. This is the third work in a three-part series examining some of the more mysterious components of the Christian faith. Scot's The Heaven Promise examines the afterlife. The Hum of Angels elucidates the Bible's teaching on God's supernatural messengers and protectors. Now, Open to the Spirit examines the most mysterious member of the Trinity. Scot blogs at Patheos, a large multi-perspective blog format. It serves many influential voices from many faith and non-faith traditions. Scot's blog draws primarily a Christian readership; one that is looking for intellectual engagement and thoughtful analysis of Scripture, Theology, and Culture.

Press Release

 
World-Renowned Biblical Scholar Contends Every Believer
Needs to Be Open to the Work of the Holy Spirit
 
The identity of the Holy Spirit has perplexed believers for centuries. What specifically does the Spirit do in our lives? How can we know the Spirit more deeply and tap into the Spirit’s power? And is it possible to be more aware of how the Spirit prompts us and speaks into our lives? The answers are bigger and better than believers have dared to imagine. Because the issue isn’t whether each person can grow closer to the Spirit but whether a person is open to all the Spirit offers.
 
This is the invitation behind world-renowned New Testament scholar Scot McKnight’s book Open to the Spirit: God in Us, God With Us, God Transforming Us (WaterBrook, 4/3/18). Rather than a scholarly treatise or systematic theology of the Holy Spirit, this book is a practical exploration of more than a dozen biblical themes about the Holy Spirit. These include:
 
-Worship
-Victory Over Sin
-The Gifts of the Spirit
-A Life of Love (The Fruit of the Spirit)
-A New Assurance
-A New Holiness
 
While exploring these themes, McKnight helps readers discover how to be increasingly open to the Spirit every moment of every day. This will change their understanding of the Bible, how they relate to others, how they approach worship and prayer, and how they experience victory over sin, sickness and death.
 
McKnight explains what the Bible says about the various spiritual gifts and encourages believers to be open to them. He challenges readers to follow the Apostle Paul’s biblical admonition to build others up through these gifts.
 
Open to the Spirit is a significant and practical guide on the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer that will be appreciated by readers from a variety of faith backgrounds.

This is a helpful resource as the Church celebrates Pentecost on May 20, 2018.

  
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Scot McKnight is a recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity and the historical Jesus. He is Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, Illinois. McKnight is the author or editor of 50 books, including The Heaven Promise, The Hum of Angels, and The Jesus Creed, which won Christianity Today Book of the Year for Christian Living (2004). He regularly speaks at local churches, colleges, conferences (like Catalyst and Q Conference) and seminaries in the United States and abroad. McKnight obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Nottingham (1986). He writes regularly on his popular blog Jesus Creed, hosted on Patheos.com. McKnight lives in the Chicago suburbs with his wife Kris.

Website: patheos.com/jesuscreed
Twitter: https://twitter.com/scotmcknight
Facebook: https://facebook.com/scot.mcknight

Praise for Open to the Spirit:
“Scot helps us to know better the One who ‘transforms and transcends’ mere human abilities.”
John Ortberg, senior pastor of Menlo Church

Open to the Spirit is a rare kind of book, one that is grounded in solid biblical theology but at the same time, very accessible and readable. It is refreshing to learn from someone like Scot, who has the authority of an intellectual but writes as if you are reading from his journal.”
Dave Ferguson, founding and lead pastor of Chicago’s Community Christian Church, coauthor of Finding Your Way Back to God (From the foreword)
 
"McKnight, a New Testament professor at Northern Seminary, makes a powerful case that Christians should refocus on the third person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit. He contends that there is a lack of emphasis on the role of the spirit in the lives of many Christians. After using specific examples (for instance, Peter’s first sermon on Pentecost) to demonstrate the centrality of the Holy Spirit in all of scripture, McKnight suggests new ways of celebrating a spirit-filled existence through examples drawn from his own life. He relates personal experiences, such as his conversion during a high school Bible camp after reading the verse, “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit.” He also tells the stories of his students coming to the power of the Holy Spirit through “pursuit of the Spirit’s power to achieve victory.” McKnight calls for Christian readers to receive love through immersion in the spirit, and then to live out that love in everyday life in this heavily scriptural call for deeper spiritual connection." -Publishers Weekly 

Notable Quotes from Open to the Spirit:
“We are called by God to be open to the Spirit, because it is the Spirit who is working to transform us and who is bringing the world to Christ.”
 
“In the death of Christ we die to sin; in the resurrection of Christ we are raised to a new kind of life; and in the Spirit we are empowered to live our lives to God.”
 
“The Spirit takes up residence in our bodies, not to take us into a spirit-world of nonbodies, but to make physical the reality of the Spirit-prompted life.”
 
“Death is not always the final word; sickness is not always the final word; those who are open to the Spirit do sometimes experience healing and resurrection. We are not yet in the new heavens and new earth, when all tears and sickness will be removed. We live between the Pentecost and the kingdom, that is, in an era when the Spirit is unleashed but before the fullness of redemption occurs. We dwell in an era we might call The Meantime.”

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By Patrick Willis

I was able to request the book from Waterbrook press in order to write an unbiased review of it. First, if you know me, you know that I REALLY like reading Scot's work! I've enjoyed each of his three books on 'religious experience' (The Heaven Promise, The Hum of Angels, and Open to the Spirit), but this one was certainly my favorite of the three. In fact, this might be my favorite book that I've read by him since 'Jesus Creed' (I still have...

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By Suzanne Anderson

Open to the Sprit is like reading a letter from a friend. McKnight writes a very accessible introduction to the Holy Spirit and its role in our spiritual life. McKnight uses several stories from his life and others to share how the Holy Spirit consoles and deepens our daily spiritual walk. A terrific book for those seeking an introduction to a relationship with the Holy Spirit.

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By Jose Gonzalez

Many people don't understand what it means to be open to the Spirit. It is something that is not understood with the logical mind, but with the spiritual mind. Becoming open to this may require a process for many, but it is so worth it! This book will go e you insight as to the importance and the process and the benefits that you will receive this one you embrace the most important person in the world, the Holy Spirit of God.

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By Loretta Merritt

     I really enjoyed this book, it is from a scholar, a Professor, but it really explains in a down to earth, simple way, mixed with the authors personal stories and well as others as to the working of the Holy Spirit in the Christian's life.    I was scared, and reluctant of the "Holy Ghost" at first too (like the author) in the 1980's, as a new Christian. I was raised in a denomination that didn't emphasize the workings of the Holy Spirit...

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By Bonnie Luttkus

A quote toward the beginning of this book summed up why I am so excited to have read Open to the Spirit by Scot McKnight."To put all our nervous-about-the-Spirit rationalizations into one tight bundle, we reduced the Spirit by resorting to reason, to intellect, to the mind, to the Bible.  In doing so, we relegated the Spirit of God, the Third Person of the Trinity, to an idea that our superior logic and careful theology made irrelevant."  -...

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